Complementary Techniques Package

Various dates and times beginning 02/11/18


Eligible for 18 CEU hours

$50 savings from taking each class individually!

Classes Include

  • Sun 02.11.18: 9:00am – 2:00pm – Fire Cupping
  • Sun 02.19.18: 9:00am – 2:00pm – Moxibustion
  • Sun 02.25.18: 9:00am – 1:00pm – Gua Sha
  • Sun 03.04.18: 9:00am – 1:00pm – Ear Seeds, TDP Lamp and Topicals

In these classes we will cover use of complementary techniques that are often used by Acupuncturists, Amma Therapists, Asian Bodywork practitioners, and Massage Therapists in their practices.

In four Sundays we will learn: Fire Cupping, Moxibustion, Gua Sha, Auricular Therapy (ear seeds), use of the TDP lamp, and Topicals & Liniments.

For each technique, we will discuss: history, materials needed and where to find them, properties and functions of the techniques, specific protocols, and contraindications. Each technique will be thoroughly demonstrated and there will be ample hands on practice for all of the participants.

Fire Cupping

Come play with fire with this 2,500 year old and recently popular technique, cupping. Cupping made headlines in the USA during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio where athletes were showing up with these strange circular marks on their bodies, since then clients come requesting this fantastic treatment modality. We will use fire or manual pumps (without fire) to create a vacuum over the skin to move the tissues in an upward direction to separate them to increase circulation (actually ‘opposite’ of massage which is typically downward pressure). It is very effective in increasing circulation, and to help “unstick” layers of soft tissue as well as to help remove old stagnations and toxins. Though this technique typically leaves circular marks that look like bruises, but don’t worry because clients LOVE the treatment and the effects of it afterward. You will learn how to discuss the treatment and it’s results with the client, so there are no surprises, as well as being able to offer after-care for them.


The burning of an herb called mugwort (aka ‘moxa’) over areas of the body including acupuncture points, brings warmth, increases circulation, and expel dampness and cold. We use this technique for conditions such as poor digestion, achiness in the joints, low energy, sensations of being cold, asthma, diarrhea or constipation and we even have a very exciting and effective protocols for turning breech babies, staunching bleeding and promoting labor! We will share several different applications and tools to apply moxa, and practice in this fun, informative, practical, hands on class.

Gua Sha

Using a special tool to “scrape” and or “rub” against the skin helps us assess and treat stagnations at specific areas of the body. Gua sha is terrific for pain, inflammation, range of motion, releases blood and heat stagnation and increases immune function. Although gua sha will often leave a “road rash” like appearance, it doesn’t actually hurt and clients LOVE the effects. We will go over how to properly educate the client about what to expect, as well as proper aftercare. Another great aspect of this technique is how inexpensive and small the tools are that you will use, and how easy it is to administer treatment and layer onto your current practice. This is an experiential, dynamic, hands-on class with many applications and techniques.

Ear Seeds (aka Auricular Therapy) & Topical Applications

The ear is a microcosm of the entire body, meaning that every organ and structure in the body can be influenced with stimulating points on the ear. We will go over different mapping designations of the ear and then practice how to treat the body by stimulating these points with a special probe and the use of  tiny vaccaria seeds (about the size of poppy seeds).  This is a great way to extend the effects of your treatment, the seed may be worn for several days and provide long lasting and effective treatment as the client can stimulate the seed(s) themselves.

In addition this class will go over:

Topicals – We will go over several topicals including liniments, oils, plasters, that help with aches and pains, burns, wound care, skin integrity, rashes, as well as aromatics that help with opening the sinuses and lungs.

TDP Lamp – is a far infrared lamp with a special clay mineral plate. We will briefly cover its uses and applications so that you may add it as an adjunctive tool to your practice. In addition to it’s healing effects, client’s LOVE it, especially if they tend to be cold on your treatment table.

* These classes are hands-on and participants will be practicing on each other. Please wear loose fitting clothing. Eg: Shorts or pants where the legs can easily accessed to expose the quadriceps and shirt tops without zippers and buttons.  Proper draping and privacy will be strictly reviewed and applied.

* You need to be a licensed practitioner (massage therapist, acupuncturist, chiropractor, etc) or currently enrolled in a licensing program to take this class.

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