- Master Class in East - West Traditional Cupping
- Modern Cupping workshops
- Gua Sha workshops
- Traditional Thai Massage course
Health Traditions presents top-shelf accredited courses that deliver exceptional information and practical hands-on training in a friendly and creative environment.
Cupping is a specialized method of treatment that requires expert instruction, backed by the kind of deep interest and decades of research and practice that inspired us to present the World's First Traditional Cupping (and Gua Sha) workshops. We then continued on to be the originators of cupping with modern non-flame instruments and developed new protocols for dealing with myofascial syndromes and other contemporary cupping adaptions including how to clear sinus congestion, relieve abdominal tension and clear scars, cellulite and stretchmarks - which was made possible by a new generation of cupping instruments - which we use exclusively in our Modern Cupping Therapy Workshop.
In Australia in 2013 we will again be conducting our 5 day courses in Cupping, which combines the Master Class in Traditional East-West Cupping (3 days) followed by Modern Cupping Therapy (2 days). On these occasions, students can enrol in either course - or attend both, and gain an additional certificate titled an Advanced Certificate in Integrated Cupping Therapy - in recognition of the comprehensive knowledge and practice level achieved.
Bruce is also teaching cupping and gua sha in United States of America soon - please click box to the right. All courses receive ongoing professional credits from the National Certification Commisssion of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for PDA points and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) for CE points.
The Australian School of Traditional Thai Massage was the first to teach Traditional Thai Massage in the West and remains the only school outside Thailand to be recommended by the Wat Pho School of Traditional Thai Massage (Headquarters of TTM in Thailand).
Please visit our course dates and locations page for more information.
Bruce Bentley and Shirley Gabriel
BRUCE BENTLEY - Founder of Health Traditions has been a pioneer in Traditional Medicine for over thirty five years. Together with SHIRLEY GABRIEL, a Thai and therapeutic massage and cupping therapist, they present all Health Traditions courses. More on Bruce and Shirley.
Bruce is also in private practice, and is a nationally registered practitioner of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine and an accredited Chinese remedial massage (tuina) therapist.
Testimonials on Cupping
"There is no doubt that Bruce Bentley is the foremost international expert on the history and practice of cupping". Steven Clavey, Editor of The Lantern: An International Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
"Bruce's vast knowledge on cupping is second to none and I highly recommend his courses". Heather Deller, official massage therapist for the Great Britain Olympic Cycling Team, US, T- Mobile, the Women¹s Professional Cycling Team and Chinese, Giant Bicycles, Women¹s Professional Cycling Team.
"Bruce is the Michelangelo of the Cupping Therapy world..Graphic practical presentations, infused with traditional and current information...best practices are presented in a unique and structured yet relaxed atmosphere". Dr Yvonne O'Neal Allu DC, Dr Dom Perido MD and Dr Mark Perido TCM: Kansas City USA 2010
"The best workshop - with the most practical & theoretical information - that I have taken in 10 years". Jessamyn McGrath LMT (USA 2008)
"This was an incredible experience. I highly recommend Bruce's class to anyone wanting to gain enormous knowledge and skill in a short time. Bruce's methods and knowledge are extraordinary. Loved every minute of it!" Suzn Martinez LMT (USA 2010)
"This is a wonderful class". Dr Mei Gong, Beijing Ji Shui Tan Hospital, Dept Of Traditional Chinese medicine and Kansas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (USA 2010)
"This was the best course I've taken in my 14 years of practice". Deborah Pacik Lic Ac (USA 2010)
"What I loved most about this workshop was Bruce's ability to bridge Eastern & Western cupping perspectives seamlessly in his explanations & practices..wonderful class!!"Dr Kim U Lic Ac (USA 2008)
"I have been practicing TCM for 10 years and it is hard to believe my eyes have been opened so widely to the practice of cupping. Clinic is going to look a lot different from now on!" Michael Max Lic Ac, herbalist,author and on-line editor of Junkyard Daoist - an online Journal of Oriental Medicine. (from the 2008 cupping workshop held in the USA).