NOTE: Previous Fundamentals Course is prerequisite for Advanced Course.

Course Description

An incredible therapy that can be added into any massage and healing modality. This course includes education in history, theory and application of Massage Cupping therapy, along with demonstration of specific techniques. Massage Cupping greatly enhances the benefits of massage, decreases strain on the practitioner, and increases revenues through “add-on” services.

This technique has been created for bodywork and is powerfully therapeutic for many conditions. Massage Cupping is effective in relieving chronic pain at old injury sites and can address conditions such as; fibromyalgia, diabetes, pre- and post-op edema and inflammation, chronic edema, scar tissue and adhesions, and cellulite. This versatile technique mimics massage movements ranging from deep tissue and myofascial release to the light pumping movements of lymphatic drainage. Used regularly, Massage Cupping bodywork therapy is a terrific approach to promoting wellness for our clients and ourselves.

This three-day ADVANCED workshop is fun and informative, with plenty of hands-on activity. Education will include safety and contra-indications, conditions that benefit from the Massage Cupping techniques, integration into existing modalities, and applications for specific conditions. Don’t miss the opportunity to add to your “toolbox” one of the most valuable and versatile healing modalities available today.


Each day will include a demo and practical time for you to give AND receive a treatment.
Friday, Feb 23, 2018
Day 1 (Pathology & Scar Tissue)
Education in the methods of client evaluation and assessment for safe and effective usage of therapeutic cupping for various pathological conditions
Education in the various types of scar tissue and responses to therapeutic cupping
How to evaluate and form treatments plans for various pathologies, including fibromyalgia, diabetes, and pulmonary conditionsScar Tissue:
Safe and effective applications of therapeutic cupping for various types of scar tissue (including new and old scars, atrophic, keloid/hypertrophic scar tissue)
Saturday, Feb 24, 2018
Day 2 (Magnetic Micro-Cupping)
Education in the theory behind biomagnetic therapies
Safety & contraindications about using magnets on the body
Applications for therapeutic usage (including injury & pain management)
Local, regional and full-body applications of magnetic micro-cups
Sunday, Feb 25, 2018
Day 3 (Therapeutic Cupping for Full Body Lymph Drainage)
Education in theory, basic science and physiological responses to therapeutic cupping for the lymphatic system
Safety, contraindications and client evaluation
Full body application for general lymph drainage (including inflammation, athletic performance, cellulite)
Face & Head application for lymph drainage (including TMJD & sinuses)



Regular $499



Shannon Gilmartin CMT, CMCE

Shannon Gilmartin

Shannon Gilmartin is a Licensed and Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, Certified Vacuum Therapy Practitioner and Educator.

Training in aromatherapy, bodymind integration, craniosacral, deep tissue, lymph drainage, medical massage, myofascial release, neuromuscular therapies, orthopedic massage, soft tissue injury rehabilitation, sports massage, Thai massage & Eastern theory, and visceral manipulation, as well as her specialized training in cupping and vacuum therapies have all been incorporated into Shannon’s 18+ years of experience in therapeutic bodywork.

Shannon has owned and operated her own therapeutic massage practice since 2003; first in her native Massachusetts and now in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA. Her practice associates have all been trained by her in vacuum therapies, and her practice receives referrals from many prestigious healthcare provider across the scope of medicinal practices, including chiropractors, acupuncturists, pain management clinics, dentists and orthopedic and plastic surgeons.

After apprenticing for a few years, she began teaching her own unique variations of therapeutic cupping both domestically and abroad, including invitations to teach in Canada, Guatemala, Ireland, and Italy.

Shannon authored ‘The Guide to Modern Cupping Therapy: A Step-by-Step Source for Vacuum Therapy’ under Robert Rose publishing, and she has also been published in Massage Today, Massage Magazine, and online interviewed with ‘Bodywork Buddy.’


Lunch Option

There is a restaurant in the hotel, however, if more convenient, we are also offering the option to pre-purchase a Grab and Go lunch pack for $20/day – INCLUDES: House Salad

After adding lunch to your cart, please indicate the menu option from the choices below on the PROFILE PAGE

  1. Grilled Tortilla Wrap with seasoned organic chicken breast, sour cream, salsa, lettuce, peppers, cheddar and mozzarella cheese on a whole wheat tortilla

  2. Grilled Tortilla Wrap with seasoned locally grown vegetables, sour cream, salsa, lettuce, peppers, cheddar and mozzarella cheese on a whole wheat tortilla

  3. Ocean Wise™ Salmon with organic gathered greens with carrot, cucumber, red radish

  4. Ham and Swiss croissant with lettuce and honey mustard


Refund Policy/Terms & Conditions
100% – 60 or more days before the event
50% – 31 – 60 days before the event
0% – less than 30 days before the event