Eastern cupping is a merge between Ayurvedic marma points, acupressure, meridian therapy, Chinese cupping and moxabustion (smoked mugwort herb) over the marma and acupressure points. Expect to learn the basic concepts, theory and history of Ayurveda, but mostly this is a hands-on class where you will witness a full demonstration as well as be led through a guided practice of giving and receiving a treatment. Students will feel confident in giving this type of authentic, time-proven, ancient bodywork modality. It can be added to your current massage, abyhanga techniques or can be offered exclusively on its own.
We like to begin most treatments by applying fresh lemon, salt, then oil to the soles of the feet. Then oil is applied to the crown of the head. Once these entrance/exit points (also known as terminal ends) are lubricated, the flow of prana and healing can begin. The rest of the sequence follows major mama points on the body, as well as techniques to restore the 5 directional flows (Vayus) in the body. This is a very comprehensive therapy, not designed for deep tissue work, but can be modified either way. Clients love this!
Comprehend the basics of Ayurveda
Define Marma as it relates to Abhyanga
Practice the skills of balancing the 5 directional flows in the body.
Learn the very basics of Chinese Cupping
Learn the contraindications and benefits of Marma, Acupressure, Meridians,Cupping, Moxa.
Practice, practice, practice!
Refine skills in Nasya Therapy (herbal application of oil to the nostrils)
Refine skills in Karna Purna Therapy (application of oil to the ears)
Understand pancha karma techniques more deeply
Learn the history of marma, cupping, meridian therapy and moxa.