Complementary Techniques with Michael Guida
Michael Guida will be teaching the upcoming Complementary Techniques class series starting in June, where students have the opportunity to learn Fire Cupping, Gua Sha, Moxibustion, Auricular Therapy (ear seeds), TDP Lamp, Topicals & Liniments! This class is a requirement for all of our Amma Therapy Program students, but is also open to licensed practitioners and students enrolled in other licensing programs.
We asked Michael to tell us about the class. Here is what he had to say:
Embedded in our Amma Therapy Program is a class where students get a primer on additional techniques (Fire Cupping, Gua Sha, Moxibustion, Auricular Therapy (ear seeds), TDP Lamp, Topicals & Liniments) that they will be able to use in their bodywork practice. Classically used in acupuncture practices, these are excellent techniques that can be used by bodyworkers to help assess and remove blockages in the body, address specific health issues, and create more balance for their clients.
I love teaching this class because most people have seen or heard of these techniques, but don’t know how to do them properly. It is an experiential class and the students get to practice all of the techniques that they are learning. By the end of the series they will have specific protocols that can be used to help benefit their clients.
Something else I like about these complementary techniques is that they are relatively inexpensive! There are always more elaborate supplies that practitioners can get later on, but the starting basics (which will take you very far) don’t cost much and are easy to obtain. We will go over in the class how and where to get the supplies you need.
So what are the techniques as they apply to bodywork or self care?
- Moxibustion – This is the burning of an herb called mugwort over areas of the body including acupuncture points, to bring warmth, increase circulation, 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 protocol for turning breech babies and promoting labor!
- Fire Cupping – though over 2,500 years old made more widely famous in the USA during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio where athletes were showing up with these strange circular marks on their bodies. This is a technique where we use fire or hand pumps to create a vacuum over the skin to move the tissues in a different way (actually opposite of massage which is typically downward pressure) to increase circulation, to help “unstick” layers of soft tissue and to help remove stagnation and toxins.
- Gua Sha – using a special tool to “scrape” the skin in an attempt to asses and treat stagnations at specific areas of the body to help with pain, inflammation, range of motion, increasing immune function. Although both cupping and gua sha will tend to leave bruise like marks, most clients LOVE the effects. We will go over how to properly educate the client about what to expect as well as proper aftercare.
- Auricular Therapy – the ear is a microcosm of the entire body, meaning that every organ an structure in the body can be influenced with points on the ear. We will go over the map of the ear and then how to effect the body by stimulating these points with a special probe and the use of tiny ear seeds (about the side of poppy seeds). This is great as the client can stimulate the seed(s) during the week and between treatments with you to elongate their effects.
- TDP Lamp – learning how to properly use this far infrared warming lamp uses a special mineral plate to aid in its therapeutic effects. In addition to it’s healing effects, client’s LOVE it, especially if they tend to be cold on your treatment table.
- Topicals – we will go over several topicals including liniments, oils, and plasters that help with aches and pains, burns, wound care, skin integrity, etc.
Blog post contributed by: Michael Guida – Certified Amma Therapist, Diplomate Asian Bodywork Therapy (NCCAOM), Certified Wholistic Nutritionist, Licensed Massage Therapist (#19016), Certified T’ai Chi Instructor, Certified Triathlon Coach
Moxibustion and Cupping photo credit: Art of Acupuncture (@art_of_acupuncture)
Saturdays: June 3rd, June 17th, July 1st (1:30pm-5:30pm) and June 24th (9:00am-12:00pm)
Cost: $300 (discounts available)
PLEASE NOTE: You must be a licensed practitioner (massage therapist, acupuncturist, chiropractor, etc) or currently enrolled in a licensing program to take this class.