Health Traditions with Bruce Bentley, Eastern Tradition

Eastern Tradition

Traditional Cupping Workshops - Eastern Tradition

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Day One:

  • Traditional Eastern theories explaining health and illness, pathogenesis and the reason why cupping is so effective.
  • The safest and most refined way of applying cups.
  • Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese methods of using flame and vacuum cups for soft tissue imbalances plus special warming methods to release muscle tightness.
  • How to diagnostically interpret the colourations that occur when toxins and other pathogens are drawn from the body.
  • The method of applying cups to the shoulders and upper back. As the cups remain, a Chinese massage sequence throughout the legs to ground and balance the client and open the meridians distally to benefit the local upper back condition is taught and practiced.
  • Instruction in how to vary the suction level of the cups to be appropriate for the emotional and physical condition of the individual client.

Day Two:

  • Practical cupping applications for health disorders that typically respond to cupping therapy including:
    • tight and aching muscles;
    • the common cold
    • rheumatic pains (bi syndromes)
    • lower back pain and sciatica
    • menstrual pain
    • gastro-intestinal problems
    • Principal points to strengthen the body plus warming and tonifying methods for improving flaccid soft tissue and deficient body systems.
  • Different cupping methods including stationary, sliding, flash techniques.
  • Insomnia Treatments: For both chronic conditions or for those occasional times of difficulty, magnetic cups are often a very effective means of getting relaxed enough to drift into a good nights sleep. Being completely natural, the effects of cupping are without any side – effects and you will be clear and bright in the morning.
  • Massage and external liniments to use in association with cupping.

'When I did Bruce Bentley’s course on Eastern Cupping, I was amazed to find the degree of subtlety and sophistication attainable in this form of therapy. I can only recommend the course. I strongly encourage students and practitioners to expand their knowledge in this area; as the usual coverage is far from adequate. Bruce is a world expert in the art of cupping, who we are lucky to have here in Australia' Steven Clavey, TCM practitioner, author of Fluid Pathology and Physiology in Traditional Chinese Medicine (Churchill Livingstone), and co-author of Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica - 3rd Ed (Eastland Press).

Enrolment requirements:

  1. Accredited health professionals such as massage therapists, acupuncturists, doctors, nurses, naturopaths, osteopaths and physiotherapists.
  2. Students of an accredited course of study, who have completed a minimum of 50 hours in anatomy and physiology.

Note: Women who are pregnant should not attend.

Dates and locations

Professional credits for this course are recognised with:


United States of America

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) - pending
Florida Board of Massage Therapy

: Upon satisfactory completion of any of the Cupping Workshops, an atractive certificate of attendance is given. I addition, upon satisfactory completion of the three cupping workshops ie. the Eastern Traditional Cupping Workshop, the Western Traditional Cupping Workshop and the Contemporary Cupping Concepts - traditional practices refocussed - a CERTIFICATE OF ADVANCED CUPPING THERAPY will be awarded.

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