ICTA WORKSHOPS START AT 9AM - UNLESS INSTRUCTED OTHERWISE BY THE EDUCATOR
The instructor will decide the venue about 3 - 4 weeks in advance of the workshop based on how many are on their roster.
Because our workshops are practitioner-exchange based and require a massage table and equipment table setup for every 2 students, we need to contract for an appropriately sized space to accomodate the class size.
As soon as the instructor knows they will let everyone on their roster know via email.
Locations are based on the Greater Metropolitan Region.
In other words, as with all seminars provided by professional accredited education providers, although the location listed may be the most recognizable city, the actual location may not in the city proper - but somewhere in that citys' Metropolitan Region. This allows for more flexibility and keeps prices lower, easier logistical access and usually complimentary parking and other benefits to the students.
Additionally our instructors are usually coming in from out of town, so they are equally sensitive to placing the workshop in a location that is as convenient as possible, and are usually able to negotiate a good group rate for guest rooms at the hotel.
- What are the prerequisites for the Cupping Workshops?
Prerequisites for taking the Contemporary Cupping Methods Program
1) The first prerequisite for approval to attend the Contemporary Cupping Methods training is the completed study of *Full Human Anatomy & Physiology (A&P). Partial or introductory classes are not acceptable (see below description of Full Study A&P).
Currently, the ICTA does not teach A&P, as A&P is part of all core curriculum of formal medical training.
As continuing education providers, our objective is to extend the knowledge beyond the core competencies of any given field of Healthcare training. We require that ALL CCM Student Practitioners are knowledgeable with all the systems, pathologies, structures, terminology, movement, contraindications and safety considerations covered in medical human A&P.
If you do not know what A&P is or have not completed this medical fundamentals training, then you will need to take it upon yourself to complete this basic level competency to meet this part of the prerequisites for the ICTA programs.
It is important to understand that you will be participating as part of a group of medical professionals, (i.e. students of healthcare fields or licensed healthcare practitioners). Your A&P training should therefore be oriented towards a healthcare field in the context of training in same.
|* The following subjects are covered in the Full Study of Human Anatomy and Physiology
| - Medical Terminology
|- Supporting Structures
|- Safety Considerations and General Contraindications for Bodyworkers
Additionally, each State and Province constructs their own regulations and laws regarding licensing of healthcare practitioners. It is your responsibility as a healthcare practitioner to understand your license scope of practice. Only licensed healthcare practitioners can legally provide therapeutic services to the public for money or barter.
2) The other prerequisite to attend the ICTA Certification Program is that your medical training or professional experience includes hands on bodywork where you performed Soft Tissue Manipulation, Joint Work and Kinesiology Techniques.
This is a really important aspect of being prepared to do Suction Therapy. Having sufficient experience handling the body and understanding movement, gait, posture, contraindications of Soft Tissue Manipulation and the dis-eases associated with and effecting the involved structures is required.
If you have not worked with the human body soft tissue and related joints using your hands, then you are not prepared to do safe, effective Cupping Therapy, and you will not be approved to attend.
Prerequisites for taking the Advanced Cupping Techniques Modules
The Advanced Cupping Techniques curriculum is designed for Cupping Therapists who are at the intermediate - experienced level of Cupping competency and who have been actively providing Cupping Therapy in their practices for at least 6 months.
The format of this workshop is such that practitioners are hands on within the 1st hour and remain so until the end of the program - either providing or receiving.
That being understood, it is vitally important that those attending are ready to follow the program and perform the treatments without delays in learning how to perform proper Cupping Therapy or operate their equipment.
This curriculum builds upon the foundations of the ICTA Contemporary Cupping Methods and the EarthSpa Health Traditions Negative Pressure Massage Programs. There are other education programs in the application of Cupping Therapy that may cover the basics of Cupping well enough to prepare most practitioners for the ICTA Advanced Class.
The following are the mandatory prerequisites to attend the ICTA Advanced Cupping Techniques workshop:
1) A fluid operational understanding of the equipment used in class - Baguanfa cups, aspirator bulb cups, biomagnetic cups (HACI - original or Decade Edition)
2) You need to have attended a minimum 24 hours of Continuing Education Program (this does NOT include DVD training) in Cupping Therapy where you covered theory, systems, applications, benefits, contraindications, discoloration of the subdermal surface (it's indicators and pathology), Biomagnetics, safety, sanitation, client education and support.
3) The methods you will be using in lab are Dynamic Cupping, Massage Cupping, Stationary Cupping, Intermittent Cupping, Biomagnetic Cupping, Facial Cupping and NPMLD Cupping methods
- you MUST have mastered these 7 Cupping methods.
4) A minimum of 6 months clinical hands on application of Cupping Therapy including the methods listed in prerequisite #3 is required before taking the Advanced Cupping Techniques workshop.
> Please email us with the documentation that shows you meet these prerequisites.
> If you attended either the ICTA Contemporary Cupping Methods or EarthSpa Health Traditions Negative Pressure Massage Programs- please send us your full name (at the time when you took one of these workshops) and dates of training so we may verify you have the prerequisites listed.
If you have registered and are approved (you have met the prerequisites and have signed the workshop contract to attend) for the Advanced Cupping Techniques workshops and do not have the equipment you'll use (see above link to equipment), contact EarthSpa R&D and they will help make sure you are prepared to take this training.
Prerequisites for taking the Facial Rejuvenation Advanced Module
The prerequisites for the Facial Rejuvenation training is either the completed training in formal Facial Aesthetics by an approved Esthetics School, Institute or program affiliated with a larger Healtcare Curriculum or you meet the minimums described in the above CCM prerequisites.
- What do I need to bring to the workshop with me?
- What you will need to bring will differ depending on the location
- see below...
- This, being a Bodywork class, includes that you be able to bring a massage table and bolster.
Since you will be working in pairs, not everyone needs to bring one. Your instructor will assist with these details.
- Notepad & Pen
- 3 LARGE Beach Towels, or 4 regular sized bath towels
- 3 flat sheets and 2 face cradle covers
- 6 hand towels (2 per day)
- 1 Pillow
- Water Bottle
* - For the Advanced Classes you will need to bring your Cupping Equipment - please email us for more information!!
- What will be provided for me?
- Print materials, oils, Cupping equipment (CCM and FR class) and sundry supplies (to be used
in lab) - will all be provided.
PLEASE NOTE - For the Facial Cupping Rejuvenation 1 day intensive training - there is no special pricing (or refund on the tuition) for those not wanting the Master Facial Cupping Set - - the Master Facial Cupping Set is part of the Facial Cupping Rejuvenation class.
If you already own facial cupping equipment - - you will also have the Master Facial Cupping Set that comes with the Thermotherapy Stones.
Most therapists quickly find that they need at least 2 sets at their place of business AND a set for home use, which is why it is included in the tuition for the training.
- Do I need to pre-purchase the Cupping Equipment?
- In the CCM class - you do not need to bring any equipment at all.
Upon completion, you will have the option of purchasing the
equipment at the workshop location. The educators will have enough on hand for the students to acquire what they need to do the treatments they've learned ~ buying equipment is completely optional to you.
The cost of equipment starts at $28.00 for the Baguanfa Cups and goes up from there. All equipment prices are listed on this link
A - In the FR class - you do not need to bring any equipment at all. The cost of this class includes the Master Facial Cupping Set (Bells and Belletazze), the facial stones and manual to do the treatments and make the skin food recipes.
A - In the ACT class - you will need to bring your Cupping equipment...as part of the prerequisite for the Advanced training - it is assumed you are fluent in using the 4 types of Cupping equipment used throughout the training - so be prepared for that.
- What can I expect as far as physical effects from
the suction cup therapy that I will give and receive in Lab?
- We have witnessed a myriad of results and various reports
by the student bodies post lab.
• the need for sleep
• extreme hunger
• feelings of being "hung over"
• increased bowel elimination
• no appetite
• "best nights' sleep in a long time"
• inability to sleep
days you will be in the workshop are very full – mentally
and physically, and there are some preparatory guidelines
we have noticed make a big difference for people.
potential in class is, for each practitioner to personally experience
the subtle yet powerful effects of Cupping - even to a reasonable
amount of overtreatment, firsthand. We will discuss in class
how best to address and avoid the potentials derived from cupping,
and how to educate our clients at the same time.
several days before the workshop – minimize your consumption
of red and processed meats, dairy, caffeine, sugar, alcohol
and white foods (bread, flour, pasta).
a lot of natural juices and water.
easy on strenuous exercise and stress – try to get
plenty of sleep.
some stretching in the mornings and evenings to prepare
3 days of treatment.
- What must be demonstrated to achieve sucess in the
- All participants in our trainings must provide and receive each treatment as demonstrated by the instructor with another student in class to successfully complete our training. The demonstration of competency will be the
hands-on exchanges between student practitioners during labs.
If there is a medical reason why you cannot fulfill the requirements for the training, address this BEFORE registering.
Example - waiting until a week before the workshop to let your instructor know you are pregnant will not fly... you will be asked to choose another date until those issues can be considered and accomodated for in a timely manner - not just before the dates. If you are aware of a condition that may prevent you from full participation or, an issue presents after you've registered - get ahold of Aaron ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org to address this.
The other gauge in place may be the open book / group involved self
assessment - it will allow you to discuss and demonstrate your
understanding of the basics, applications & benefits, safety
& contraindications, marketing & integration for suction
cover these topics during lecture and you will be supplied with
reading material to futher seat the information.
- What's the explanation of the marks or discolorations
that sometimes occur as a result from Suction Therapy?
of the common and unfortunate misconceptions concerning cupping
is the misinterpretation of the discoloration. “Bruising”
is caused by impact trauma with breakage of capillaries and
reactionary rush of fluids to the damaged area from the tissue
compression/injury. There is no compression in properly employed
suction cup therapy. Although it is quite common during Stationary
Cupping (left static for 5 - 20 minutes) to achieve dramatic
'marks' or 'discolourations', the less aggressive action of
moving the cups, minimizes the intensity and duration of the
Cupping involves the scarification (puncturing)
or scoring of the tissue surface, for the purpose of draining
out dredged up stagnation acheived during cupping treatments.
Since we do not break the skin in Negative Pressure
Massage, the dissipation of these fluid deposits must
be dispelled and flushed out via the body's own circulatory
when a condition exists within deeper structures where sufficient
pathologic factors and stagnant fluids (toxins, blood and lymph)
are dredged up during treatment, discoloration will appear on
the skin. This is the therapeutically desired effect
– the more this is visible, the greater the level of stagnation
and toxicity. The discoloration will fade over a few days. As
treatments cummulate and the release of stagnation and buildup
has been thixolated, dispursed and drained – (usually
by the 3rd or 4th treatment) no discoloration is likely to occur
at all. Even though each time the cupping may have been focused
on the same area for the same duration and with the same amount
of negative pressure. This is clearly the result of
having internal unwanted toxins systematically purged.
regardless of the therapeutic value in drawing these agents
out of the body, it is vitally important
to educate your clients to the nature of the discoloration and
self care. Provide them the understanding of the marks to assist
them in relaying accurate information to others who might see
it. If there is concern about leaving discolorations on clients,
and/or the process of educating these clients is unwanted (including
a release form) – then suction
cup therapy is not for you.
are simply people who will not want such marks - no matter how
potent the health benefits. And, being uneducated about the
marks (like the "significant other" upon seeing it
on their back) will perceive this as bruising and can become
very concerned. It is the responsibility
of the Practitioner to carefully screen, educate and support
their clients in this matter.
click on this link for more info about Cup marks)
- Are you available to come and provide the workshops
to my location?
We can provide private, onsite training of our workshops. The minimum number to set up a private event is 8 people, maximum is 18.
Here's your opportunity to bring our workshops to your facility without requiring the travel and logistics necessary to attend one of our regularly schedule workshops. The pricing model is based on up to 8 students for a fixed, base rate; which declines for 9-12 students and again for 13-18 students.
Please have a few options for specific dates as this will assist in coordinating schedules to see when one of our instructors is available.
Contact email@example.com to arrange for a private onsite training consultation!
Q - What is the Workshop Cancellation Policy?
The ICTA Cupping workshops are focused on expanding the practice of all Healthcare Professionals including Massage Therapists, Registered Nurses, Physical Therapists, Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, Naturopaths, Medical Doctors, etc.
Effective November 1, 2019 - Paypal no longer refunds the fees incurred when issuing refunds - the fee is 3.5% of the total charged.
> All ICTA classes are taught in the English language <
The first prerequisite for approval to attend any ICTA Cupping program is the strong understanding, both verbal and written knowledge of the English language.
> We have a 24 hour Buyer's Remorse clause that allows for a 100% full refund, minus Paypal Fees of 3.5%.
> Up to 25 days before the workshop, we refund tuition 100% - less $50.00 administration fee and Paypal Fees of 3.5%.
> Between 15 and 25 days before the workshop starts, 50% refunded - less $50.00 administration fee and Paypal Fees of 3.5%.
> Less than 15 days - no refunds.
Special group rates are NONREFUNDABLE; the normal refund policy does not apply.
ICTA reserves the right to cancel a workshop up to 2.5 weeks prior to the date. Do not purchase airline tickets until you have confirmation from us that your dates are being held. ICTA will not be responsible for airline ticket penalties, interruptions of travel, hotel expenses, lost or damaged property.
ICTA will not be held responsible for untended or cancelled email addresses or non-functioning phone numbers to make proper contact with those registered. Registrants must contact ICTA in the even they change their contact information.
You will receive emails from us:
1) Within 48 business hrs after registering, you must respond to this registration email with all information within 3 days. You MUST respond with all required information within 3 days or your tuition may be refunded and an administrative fee of $50.00 will be charged!
2) Once the instructor chooses the venue location and
3) About 1 week before your dates from your instructor directly.
IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THESE EMAILS - then contact the office IMMEDIATELY and make sure we have the correct email address for you!
No solicitations will be allowed in or during the workshops.
No recordings, digital media, texting or phone calls allowed in workshops.
One warning will be given to anyone who violates these policies.
> Cancellation and rebooking must be made in writing via Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Q - What is the Student Transfer Policy?
A - All students will be allowed 1 (ONE) workshop transfer with no penalty as long as the workshop date is greater than 30 days away. If a student wishes to transfer to another workshop at less than 30 days to the workshop date, but greater than 25 days from the workshop date, there will be a $50.00 transfer fee.
Transfers are not allowed when the workshop date is less than 25 days away and the student will be subject to the refund policy.
We understand emergencies can happen and waivers can be made on a case by case basis with documentation provided by the student to be reviewed by our Director of Education.
Documentation required may include receipts, physician note, airfare receipts, etc.
>>>Transfer requests must be made in writing via Email to email@example.com