Master Class in Traditional East-West Cupping – Bruce Bentley – 22/23/24-March 2020

£420.00

In this 3 day Master Class you will discover a whole world of traditional cupping. After completion you will confidently take a huge amount of cupping know-how and practices directly to your clinic.

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Course Description

This unique course will provide the practitioner with a deep knowledge and the practical skills to treat a broad range of health concerns that previously you would not have thought possible with cupping.  Safe practice, diagnosis, the subtleties of application, contraindications and a host of different practices will all be meticulously taught. This course aims to inspire you with a world of new therapeutic possibilities. 

In this three days you will learn:

  • The most refined ways of applying cups and the 5 vacuum levels
  • Diagnosis of cupping marks
  • Cupping Deficiency – to restore chronic soft tissue imbalances
  • Russian cupping massage
  • Treatments for sports injuries
  • Chinese and Vietnamese cupping to alleviate many forms of pain and discomfort
  • Treatments for common cold and other respiratory problems
  • Cupping combined with hands-on treatments and much more

An emphasis in class will be on learning simple and effective ways to confidently diagnose and how to apply the correct method and vacuum level to restore health and balance.

Two essays vital to this workshop are Cupping Deficiency and A Cupping Mark is not a Bruise. Both characterise the quality of what to expect from this essential 3 days exploring the roots and the best of thousands of years of cross-cultural practice.

For more detailed information about the structure and content of the course please visit Bruce’s website.

Entry Requirements

Cupping has been practised since ancient times by every culture on the planet. This therefore attests to its tremendous practice utility. Therefore all therapists who have completed level 4 of Anatomy and Physiology and have professional insurance are entitled to attend including Acupuncturists, Naturopaths, TCM practitioners, Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and Massage Therapists.

Please, before booking the course make sure you meet the entry requirements and send proof of qualifications and insurance policy to [email protected] (please note that a £20 administration fee will be charged if the course is booked and the participant does not meet the entry requirements).

Pregnant women can attend but not to be practised on.

Further Information

  • 19.5 CPD hours.
  • Schedule:
    • Sunday 22nd March 2020 from 9:30 am to 5:30pm
    • Monday 23rd March 2020 from 9:45 am to 5:45pm
    • Tuesday 24th March 2020 from 9:30 am to 5:30pm
  • Cost: £420
  • Venue: East Grinstead Sports Club, Saint Hill Rd, East Grinstead RH19 4JU.
  • Email: [email protected]

Cancellation policy: Refunds for cancellations between two months and 3 weeks before course commencement will incur a 15% administration fee. Full refunds of booking fees (minus an admin fee) can only be made if we have received notification at least 21 days before the event. If you cancel and give us notice of between 14 and 20 days we will refund you 50% of the fees. Unfortunately we cannot give any refunds for cancellations given with less than 14 days’ notice.

Tutor – Bruce Bentley

Bruce Bentley has researched and practised Cupping and Gua Sha for more than 40 years; beginning during his 5 year Doctors training programme in Chinese Medicine (in Chinese language) in Taiwan (1976-81). His background includes a Masters in Health Studies with his thesis “Cupping as Therapeutic Technology”, an Australian state government research grant into cupping and gua sha research and writing many essays on both subjects. Bruce also contributed to “Chinese Cupping Therapy: Cupping Therapy” (3rd Ed.) after an invitation from Ilkay Chirali. Bruce wrote chapter 2 titled “Cupping’s Folk Heritage: people in practice”. He was also invited to meet with other specialists to develop treatment strategies for cupping at the Shanghai Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, some 20 years ago and has travelled to many the world researching traditional cupping practices. Bruce is also the developer of “Modern Cupping Therapy”, in which an important component includes his newly discovered understanding of the relationship between cupping and the fascia. Bruce taught the world’s first cupping and gua sha workshops and has taught (by invitation) throughout the world, including to doctors in a major hospital in Tanzania. His gua sha training has included studying with expert Chinese and Vietnamese teachers including the venerable Phap Thang, holder of the rare Buddhist Forest Monk Medical Tradition and Dr.Li in the gua sha department at the Shanghai Hospital Of TCM.

Steven Clavey, editor of the Lantern: a journal for practitioners of Chinese medicine and co-author of Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica. 3rd Ed.  (Eastland Press) wrote; There is no doubt that Bruce Bentley is the foremost international expert on the history and practice of cupping”

Bruce is also an editor for WHO in the division of Traditional, Complimentary and Alternative Medicine.

If you happen to be on Facebook you may like to join his Health Traditions page. He has more than 10,000 followers and his page has many posts regarding cupping and gua sha.

 

REGISTRATION

Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

LICENSURE

Registered Practitioner of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine – Chinese Medicine Registration Board of Australia

MEMBERSHIP

Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association – Accreditation in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Tuina

2017 – PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENTS

Editorial advisor for World Health Organization (WHO) Traditional, Complimentary and Alternative Division

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (Chinese Herbal Medicine)  Victoria University, Victoria, Australia (2000)
  • Masters Degree in Health Studies Latrobe University, Victoria  (1996)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honors Degree) in Sociology of Health and Illness – Latrobe University  (1992)
  • Post-Graduate Diploma of Clinical Nutrition – International  Academy of Nutrition, Australia (1984)
  • Medical Sciences – Phillip Institute of Technology (1982 -1984)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Sociology and Philosophy) Latrobe University  (1982)
  • Diploma of Acupuncture – Australian Acupuncture College (1981)
  • Chinese Doctor’s Acupuncture Programme (5 years)
  •   The Chinese Acupuncture Hospital, Taiwan, ROC (1976 – 81)
  • Chinese Language Studies (Mandarin) – Taiwan National University, Taiwan, ROC (1976 – 81)

EDUCATION TRAINING QUALIFICATION

Train the Trainer Certificate – Hawthorn Institute of Technology

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Australia

Director and Principal Instructor – Health Traditions Pty Ltd. (1994 – Present ). Subjects: Master Class in Traditional East-West Cupping, Modern Cupping Therapy, Traditional Thai Massage, Chinese Herbs  & Injury Workshops, Gua Sha Day, Tuina/Chinese massage, Burmese massage.

Lecturer: Masters Degree program in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Department of Science and Health, University of Western Sydney. (2014 -15)

Lecturer in Cupping, Tuina and Gua Sha, Chinese Medicine Department, Victoria University (2006 – 2008)

Senior Lecturer: Australian School of Therapeutic Massage (1988 – 2004). Subject: Acupressure and Tuina.

Lecturer: Chinese Medicine Department, Victoria University (2002 -2004). Subjects: Tuina, Cupping and Gua Sha.

Lecturer and Member of the Board of Directors – Australian Shiatsu College (1987 – 1993). Subjects: Oriental Medical History and Philosophy, Oriental Medical Theory and Practice, Acupuncture point locations & Tuina

Lecturer and Course Co-coordinator – The Society of Clinical Masseurs (1989 – 1992)

Lecturer: National College of Traditional Medicine (1987 – 1994). Subject: Acupressure

Lecturer: Australian College of Natural Medicine (1989 – 1994). Subjects: Sociology of Health and Illness, Medical Anthropology

Tutor: Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences (Physiotherapy Dept.). Subject: Medical Sociology (1986)

Lecturer: Australian Acupuncture College (1981-82). Subject: Clinical applications of Acupuncture

International

Cupping Workshops London, England (1998)

United States of America (2008 and 2013)

Canada 2017

2016 Teaching at the Teguru Hospital, Tanzania, Africa, for Africa Integrated Medicine (AIM)

Cupping Workshops, Vancouver, Canada (2017)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Private Practice – Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine (1981 –  )
  • Full apprenticeship with the Venerable Thap Thang in the Buddhist Forest monk medical tradition (2002 –
  • Principal Research Worker – 12 month Research Project titled ‘Folk Medical Practices Within the Vietnamese Community’ funded by the Department of Human Services, Government of Victoria, Australia (2004).
  • Assistant to Professor Wang Zhao – Pu, Director of the Institute of Orthopaedics and Traumatology at the Chinese Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing, China. Professor Wang came to Australia for 12 months to treat children with sequelae of cerebral birth injury (1990)

CONFERENCES

Invited Presenter – TCM Kongress Rothenburg, Germany (2017)

Invited Presenter – Australian Acupuncture and Chinese medicine Conference – Presented by the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association  (2015)

Invited Presenter – Australian Massage Therapy Conference – presented by the Australian Association Of Massage Therapy, Adelaide, South Australia (May, 2015)

Invited Presenter – Australian Massage Therapy Conference – presented by the Australian Association Of Massage Therapy, Adelaide, South Australia (2008)

Invited Presenter– Australian Acupuncture and Chinese medicine Conference – Presented by the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (2007)

Invited Speaker – Australian Massage Therapy Conference (2002)

Key Speaker – New Zealand Medical Acupuncture Conference (1999)

Key speaker – Annual Conference presented by the Australian College of Herbal Studies (1991)

CUPPING EDUCATION AND RESEARCH

Study at hospitals and clinics in acupuncture Chinese herbal medicine and cupping. Taiwan (1976 – 81).

“Cupping as Therapeutic Technology” – Thesis title for Master of Arts Degree in Health Studies. Latrobe University, Melbourne, Australia.

Invited to study cupping at the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China. Course presented by specialist cupping practitioners. Also traveled around China for 3 months studying with specialists in cupping, including study at the Tibetan Medicine Hospital, Lhasa, Tibet, and the Uighur Traditional Medicine Hospital, Urumqi, Xinjiang Provence (1997).

Studied cupping at the Australian Institute of Sport. Canberra, Australia (1998).

Welcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London, England. Spent three weeks conducting archival research (1998).

Department of History of Medicine, Rome University. Italy.

Spent one week conducting archival research. (1998)

Two months travelling throughout Europe and North Africa conducting field research. Countries visited were Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Portugal, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey (1998).

Cupping Research in Vietnam ((2002 and 2005).

Cupping research in Cambodia (2003).

Cupping research in Romania (2010)

Cupping research in Greece (three months during 2013 and 2014)

Cupping research in Tanzania, Africa (2016)

Cupping research in Mexico (2017)

BOOK PUBLICATIONS

Cupping‘s Folk Heritage: people and practice

Chapter contribution to Ilkay Chirali’s book on Cupping Therapy 3rd Ed. (Churchill Livingstone).

JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

The Naked Flame; and other hot topics (Part Two). The Lantern: A journal for practitioners of traditional Chinese Medicine. Vol. 14 No.4, September 2017

The Naked Flame; and other hot topics (Part 0ne). The Lantern: A journal for practitioners of traditional Chinese Medicine. Vol. 14 No.3, September 2017

Encounters with Cupping and Shamanism in Tanzania. The Lantern: A journal for practitioners of traditional Chinese Medicine. Vol. 14 No.2, May 2017

Vietnamese Herbal Steam Therapies. The Lantern: A journal for practitioners of traditional Chinese Medicine. Vol. 13 No.1, January 2016

The Thai Herbal Sauna. The Lantern: A journal for practitioners of traditional Chinese Medicine. Vol.12 No.3 September 2015

A Cupping Mark is Not a Bruise. The Lantern: A journal for practitioners of traditional Chinese Medicine. May 2015. Also published in the Australian Massage Therapy Association Journal

Gua Sha and  the Buddhist Forest Monk Medical Tradition. The Lantern: A journal for practitioners of traditional Chinese Medicine. Vol. 12 No.2 May 2015

Mending the Fascia with Modern Cupping.The Lantern: A journal for practitioners of traditional Chinese Medicine. Vol.10 No.3 May 2013

Explorations of Cupping in Greece. The Lantern: A journal for practitioners of traditional Chinese Medicine. Vol.10 No.1 May 2013. Also translated into Greek and published in Akademia: a a journal of ancient Greek and Chinese Medicine. 2015. Athens.

Cupping Deficiency. The Lantern: A journal for practitioners of traditional Chinese Medicine. Vol.8 No.2 May 2011

Designing a Healthy Practice with Feng Shui with Suhana Lim. The Lantern: a journal of traditional Chinese medicine. Vol.  5 – 1 2008

Gua Sha: smoothly scraping out the sha. The Lantern: a journal of traditional Chinese medicine. Vol. 4 -2 2008. Also translated into French and published in the Journal De Medicine Traditionelle Chinoise , Paris, France.

The Subtle Cup; an interview with Bruce Bentley. Interview conducted by Steven Clavey. The Lantern: a journal of traditional Chinese medicine. Vol. 4 -1 2007. Also translated into French and published in the Journal De Medicine Traditionelle Chinoise, Paris, France.

Folk Medical Practices in the Vietnamese Community. 180 page report for Western Region Health Centre. (2004).

Vietnamese Folk Medicine: Applications and Safe Practices”. Abridged published report: Western Region Health Centre. (2004).

Ancient Burmese Massage. The Australian Massage Therapy Journal. (1993) Vol. 6 -1).

The Traditional Thai Herbal Sauna. The Australian Massage Therapy Journal. (1992) Vol. 5 -1

Traditional Indian Massage.The Australian Massage Therapy Journal. (1990) Vol. 3 -2

Chinese Herbal Medicine: external use for sports and related injuries. The Australian Massage Therapy Journal. (1990) Vol. 2 -5

Chinese Medicine: History and Philosophy – an interview with Bruce Bentley. Interview conducted by Robyn Spear. Radiation from Space (1990) issue 4.

Barefoot Shiatsu: it’s Spirit and Development . The Australian Massage Therapy Journal. (1989) Vol. 2 -1

The Technique of Acu-Point Percussion Therapy. The Australian Massage Therapy Journal. (1989) Vol. 1-4

Report on Acu-Point Percussion Therapy. The Australian Massage Therapy Journal. (1989) Vol. 1 -2.

“What is Qi?”. The Australian Massage Therapy Journal. (1989) Vol. 1 -1.

Text and images by Bruce Bentley.

 

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