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Cupping & Gua Sha Workshop - Level 1

The Cupping and Gua Sha 1 Certification Course is designed primarily for professionals who already work within the healthcare field;
Massage therapists
Nurses & PSW's
Physicians - Chiropractors
Personal trainers - Yoga instructors

This course is also appropriate for those who are interested in learning this skill for personal interest.
A basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology is helpful.
Taking this course does not ensure licensing, registration or employment for providing this therapy.
Cupping - Gua Sha 1 Certification Course
This course covers all necessary aspects of cupping safety, theory, application, indications and contraindications.

There will be a theory, demonstration and practical components of this course where participants will perform cupping on one another to perfect proper technique and knowledge.
Included in class fees will be booklet, necessary supplies including 2 set of cups.
Course is one day 9:00 am -5:00 pm
Class size limit 12 students - at Ottawa location. On-site training may allow for more
Tuition $310. Includes:  registration fee - starter/ supply kit - Certification
Please contact school for upcoming dates at 613-304-6178
CMTO "now considers the use of the modality of cupping for the purposes of treating myofascial tissues as consistent with the scope of practice for Massage Therapy. Registrants who are trained and competent in the application of Cupping are welcome to do so."
This course is also eligible for 8 CEU's

Upon successful completion a certification is awarded - testifying that the student is competent and can safely practice in this modality.

The Cupping II  Is an advanced, more in depth course.
Prerequisite - Cupping I certification from this program
Second level cupping workshop is an advanced level study of more involved practices and applications of cupping practice.
Topics covered:
Wet cupping
Advanced Gua Sha
Woman's reproductive issues
Treatment for children
Case studies
Advanced syndromes
Cost $350. Includes Registration fee, Supplies and certification 

Cosmetic Cupping & Gua Sha: Cupping and Gua Sha are an effective way to achieve many cosmetic goals.

Cupping and Gua Sha 1 are prerequisite for this class

Tuition $310 -- includes registration, supply kit and book and certification.

Topics covered:

  • Facial, shoulder and neck massage
  • Application of cosmetic cupping & Gua Sha to the face and body
  • Cellulite treatment/ reduction
  • Improving skin quality, color & tone
  • Treatments for particular conditions and problem areas
  • Weight loss, body toning, lip enhancement, breast enhancement


Cupping Training and Instruction General information about cupping

Fire cupping is part of our cupping course within Canada. This involves placing heated cups over the skin. It is a type of Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment that encourages blood flow and eases stress, aches and pains. It also increases the blood circulation and lymph flow, thus strengthening the immune system.

We also address other forms of obtaining suction in the practice of cupping other than fire.
Cupping is a form of acupuncture that focuses on the movement of blood in the body and the circulation of the life energy called qi and body fluids, such as lymphatic fluid, which circulate around the body's tissues.
Cupping is an ancient form of holistic therapy where suction is created on the skin, which then mobilizes the blood flow to create healing. References to Cupping date back to 3,000 BC and it has been used by ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Europe and Middle East as well as China and Asia. In traditional Chinese Medicine, cupping is a method of applying acupressure to improve qi flow.
Cupping is used for many types of respiratory problems, including asthma and allergies, as well as conditions like back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, neck pain, poor blood circulation and a variety of conditions related to the circulation of the blood and the lymphatic fluid. The cups are applied to different points on the body depending on the condition being treated.
Cupping generally uses a cup that is made of glass, hard wood, or metal. After being heated, the cup is inverted and placed at a point along the body that corresponds with the life energy pathways involved. As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum that pulls the skin upward. Generally, the cup will be left in place for no more than ten minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cupping
What is a Cupping Session like?
The therapist will take a number of glass cups, which look like small fish bowls. Each cup is heated with a naked flame. The cup is then quickly applied to the skin. This creates a vacuum. The suction anchors the cup to the body and the area of skin covered is drawn up a few millimeters into the cup. The cups are then left on the body while the area beneath is treated and the energy, or qi, is moved.
Cupping is frequently combined with other treatments, in particular with acupuncture and some forms of massage or herbal treatments. There are two forms of cupping that are used; wet cupping (which involves puncturing the skin before apply the cup) and dry cupping (which is more common and does not involve puncturing the skin).
Are There Risks to Cupping?
Some people have had reactions when kerosene was used to swab the bottoms of the cups. Cupping is also not recommended if you have high fever, for convulsions or cramps, for allergic skin conditions, or in areas where you have broken skin or ulcerated sores. You also want to make sure that you have a qualified and trained practitioner who knows what they are doing to avoid the risk of burns. Cupping may leave a red mark or a patch of red skin, but this is not something to be concerned about.


Five Elements Study

The Five Elements - 2 day course for each element - (with the exception of Earth/ Fire which is 3 longer days)

Each element taken separately :

Metal - Sep 26 2020 & Sep 27 2020 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - $135
Water - Dec 5 2020 & Dec 6 2020 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - $135
Wood - March 13 2021 - March 14 2021 - 900 AM - 4:00 PM - $135
Earth & Fire - Jun 12 2021 - Jun 13 2021 - Jun 14 2021 - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM - $233

Deep dive into each of the five elements. Topics of study to include - Organ systems, seasons, foods, emotions, sense organs and how they relate to our health, balance, happiness and beauty. Student will learn acupressure points, herbs, foods, body exercises/ stretches and challenges to help keep ourselves in better balance to maintain vitality for better health. 


Acupuncture for Registered Professionals

Acupuncture for registered professions - who has acupuncture in their scope of practice - is a 4 level course of study to prepare the registered professional to competently, safely and effectively treat their patients.

Classes begin this Fall - Level 1 - Foundations - 3 weekends in Ottawa ON.

Topics for Level 1 Fundamentals includes:

History, theory, client evaluation, meridians/ acupuncture points, sanitation and a written comprehensive exam.

Tuition $998
Registration $150
Supplies/ learning materials $60
Contact school for more information.


Prep Course for Swedish Massage & Professional Swedish Massage - Techniques

Preparation - Course outline
The prep course is designed for students who do not have an existing background in some form of professional bodywork and/or do not feel confident to pursue the professionals Swedish massage training. This course would be helpful for the student who would like to learn or offer Swedish massage for personal interest, or as a "Non - Massage Therapy" service.
Topics of study would cover necessary information for those who do not have a scientific background.
Classes meet for the hour prior to the professionals class for one hour -
Topics covered are:
History of Massage
Overview of anatomy and physiology
Effects of massage on human body
Emotional, mental effects of massage
Tools of the trade: Tables, bolsters, linens, oils, creams
Ethics, professionalism, insurance, contraindications
Record keeping, client condition - Analysis and assessment forms
Massage preparation: Environment, sanitation, atmosphere, safety, attitude
Client preparation: Cleanliness, positioning, draping, oils & lotions
Procedure for general body massage - local/ spot massage
Body mechanics to protect the practitioner
Building your practice: setting fees, advertising, policies, possibilities
Upon completion of this course the student will confidently know and provide:
Historical background and various techniques
Definition of proper working environment
Familiarity of skeletal-muscular system
Recognition of violations and suggest corrections
Demonstrate appropriate client preparation
Recognize contraindications
Demonstrate full procedure of full body massage

This course is primarily dedicated to mastering Swedish massage technique, safety, body mechanics, proper draping and applications to current/ existing practice.
The Scientific Swedish Massage Certification Course consists of 75 class hours and 75 independent study hours.
Total 150 hours. Eligible for 75 CEU's with CMTO
Classes meet once a week for 5 hours a week for 15 weeks. Student works hands on to learn and perfect technique and must practice independently during the week.
Class size limit 8
Swedish Techniques to be instructed:
· Touch
1. Superficial
2. Deep

· Gliding or effleurage
1. Aura
2. Superficial
3. Deep

· Kneading movements
1. Petrissage
2. Fulling
3. Skin rolling

· Friction
1. Circular friction
2. Transverse or cross-fiber friction
3. Compression
4. Rolling
5. Chucking
6. Wringing
7. Vibration

· Percussion Movements
1. Hacking
2. Cupping
3. Slapping
4. Tapping
5. Beating

· Trager
· Pressure point therapy
· Lymphatic drainage
· Knuckling
· Passive range of motion
· Bolstering
· Draping
· Correct body mechanics
· Contraindications

A luxurious full body Swedish massage will be instructed and mastery of strokes completed.
Included instruction will cover massage for:
Scalp, face, neck, back, arms legs, hands, feet & abdomen
Learning and practice will be student with student. Guaranteed massage every week!

Some samples and supplies will be given.
Student may need to purchase additional supplies on their own.

Courses & Workshops - Traditional Healing Arts of Acupuncture, TCM & Massage in Ottawa, ON

Courses & Workshops - Traditional Healing Arts of Acupuncture, TCM & Massage in Ottawa, ON