Here are some frequently asked questions about enrolling in our courses:
1 – Do I need to be a qualified masseur, health practitioner, cupping specialist, etc., to enrol in one of your courses?
No, every course is suitable for a beginner. Of course, prior knowledge about anatomy and physiology, illness and injury, natural medicine concepts and principles, such as meridians, acupuncture points, etc., do help, but it is not required to attend a course. The courses are structured in such a way that you learn the essentials about using cups or Gua Sha tools from day one and then put that knowledge and learning into practice under Bruce’s supervision.
2 – Do I have to pay upfront or can I pay in installments?
Payment is due and made upon booking. For any other type of payment arrangement please contact Bruce before booking on 0435 410 799.
3 – Do I need to order cups or Gua Sha tools before attending a course?
No. All courses include use of cups, Gua Sha tools, etc., so that you understand how to use them, where and how they are applied, and of course which tool you’d prefer to use before buying. Once you know all this, then visit our shop to see what’s on offer 🙂 Please be wary of cheap tools offered on eBay or overseas.
4 – Can I ask Bruce for advice when buying cups or Gua Sha tools?
Yes, even better, bring the tool to the course and ask him there. Easier for him to tell what kind of tool you have when he can see and hold it.
5 – What kind of Gua Sha tool should I buy?
Gua Sha tools made of horn or bone are best, with a smooth thin edge.
6 – What do I need to bring to the Traditional East West Cupping course?
Please bring a massage table, towels, sheets, unscented massage oils (grapeseed is good), 2 glass jars with screw lids, loose fitting, lightweight clothing, pen and paper for note taking. Covid requirements are personal hand sanitisers, and a bucket or dish and a tea towel to clean tools. Bring your own mug, plate and eating utensils if bringing your own lunch and snacks.
7 – What do I need to bring to the Modern Cupping course?
Please bring a massage table, towels, sheets, unscented massage oils (grapeseed is good), loose fitting lightweight clothing, pen and paper for note taking. Covid requirements are personal hand sanitisers, and a bucket or dish and a tea towel to clean tools. Bring your own mug, plate and eating utensils if bringing your own lunch and snacks.
8 – What if I don’t have a massage table?
Please ask a friend or someone who does, if you could borrow a table. This will help greatly. For courses held interstate it is impossible and unfeasible for Bruce to supply massage tables himself. If for logistical reasons it’s not possible to bring your own massage table, e.g. you’re taking the train, etc., then please let us know in advance.
9 – Can I video record the course?
You can record segments of it, but for attentional and intellectual property reasons it’s not possible to video record the entire course. By attentional reasons this means while recording you won’t be focused on the instruction given by Bruce.
10 – Can I take photos during the course?
Yes, you can take photos to help you remember certain moves and techniques. Make sure if anyone is in the photo that they don’t mind being photographed. If you upload any photos of people onto social media, make sure you have their express consent.
11 – Can Bruce please bring (insert here) to the course and I’ll pay him back?
When Bruce is travelling interstate, he is very limited in what he can take. If you need Bruce to bring an item or product, then please arrange this beforehand with him. He’s unable to bring products for sale, due to weight constraints and he travels alone 🙂 If the course is to be held in Melbourne, then please ask Bruce well in advance for any special request on 0435 410 799.
12 – Do your courses offer CPE points?
Yes, they do. It depends on your association of membership but generally speaking it’s 10 CPE per day.
13 – Can I be a test bunny at a course? I have a bad back and need some treatment.
Yes sure – If you have any particular injury or ailment that you are bringing to the course, please volunteer as a test bunny when Bruce gives his demonstration. It’s one of the best ways to get a short treatment and also experience the effect of the Gua Sha and/or Cupping therapy.
14 – Is there a kitchen at the venue?
There will be access to a microwave, a sink and a fridge at each venue, unless otherwise stated.
15 – What about parking?
Parking options will be sent out to those who book and pay for a course.
16 – Which essays do I need to read for the Gua Sha day?
17 – Which essays do I need to read for the Cupping courses?