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Introduction to Cupping as a Deep Tissue
and Lymphatic Drainage Tool

Taught by Michelle Burns, BSN, BSAltMed, LMT, MTI


Cupping is a simple, effective technique that offers numerous benefits by using suction to provide a negative pressure, allowing you to work much deeper with less client discomfort and minimal strain to your body. Begun in China thousands of years ago, cupping has been brought forward into the modern era.

Using negative pressure and suction to lift connective tissue creates a “separation” in the tissue layers. This enables renewed blood flow to undernourished tissue, helps to release soft tissue scars and restricted fascia, helps drain excess fluid and stimulates local circulation to tissues. This versatile technique mimics bodywork treatments ranging from deep tissue and myofascial release to the light movements of lymphatic drainage.

This one-day introduction to cupping provides a basic understanding of how to apply negative pressure cupping to alleviate pain, decrease swelling, increase range of motion, and promote the healing process. This class will outline the theory and actions of cupping, indications and contraindication, how to use and care for the cups and how to incorporate them into your treatment plans. You will leave the class with a new understanding of these effective techniques to add to your practice. Cupping is a terrific approach to assist our clients achieve healing and wellness.

What You Will Learn:

  • The definition and origins of cupping techniques
  • The benefits of cupping technique
  • When and how to use cups appropriately
  • Indications and contraindications of cupping techniques
  • How to care for cups
  • How to use cups for myofascial release
  • How to use cups for lymphatic drainage
  • How to use cups to enhance healing and recovery
  • Hands on practice applying the cups

Practice Cups will be provided during class.
Cups can be ordered after class if desired.

Michelle Burns has been a massage therapist since 1992 and has focused her practice on working with medically compromised clients. Prior to becoming a massage therapist, she worked as a registered nurse and later, as a health recovery specialist. Michelle has studied with numerous well known therapists as well as body physiology specialists to provide her the tools to make a difference. She has been teaching for over 10 years and her classes are full of information and opportunities to explore. She currently has a massage and health recovery consulting business in Austin.


Course fee is $125     6 Hours

Payment Plan: $80 at registration; $65 one month before class starts