Thai Cupping and Scraping with Nephyr Jacobsen

Date: Dec 14, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019
Time: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Early Bird Price (Before Nov. 14th): $375
Regular Price (After Nov. 14th): $408

In this two-day workshop we will learn to use two incredibly effective tools of northern Thai bodywork: cupping and scraping. These therapies are found in the Lanna tradition of Thailand and enrich a Thai bodywork practice with tools for alleviating a variety of issues.

Cupping* is an ancient therapy found in traditional medicine systems all over the world, in every continent. Used for a myriad of problems, from illness to acute and chronic injury, cupping is an effective and versatile tool that can be both therapeutic and diagnostic. In this class we will learn to use both fire cups and silicone cups through the lens of traditional Thai medicine, gaining an understanding of their application as a stand-alone therapy as well as how to incorporate them into a Thai bodywork session.

Scraping is a lesser known technique that uses a tool to gently rub the skin, drawing out heat and toxins, alleviating pain, releasing tension, and softening adhesions. Known as Gua Sha in China, Cao Dió or “coining” in Vietnam, and Koodt in Thai, this technique is incredibly effective, safe, and easy, with an ancient history in many cultures.

*Please note that two fire cupping instruction hours are removed from total CEs for NCBTMB CE requirements.

Nephyr Jacobsen is a student, practitioner, teacher, researcher, and writer on the subject of traditional Thai medicine and is the director and founder (and floor sweeper and sheet washer) of The Naga Center, School of Traditional Thai Massage and Medicine in Portland Oregon. Nephyr has been a massage therapist since she was 21 years old (she was born in ’69, so you can do the maths), and has been traveling to Thailand regularly since 1998 to study Thai bodywork, and the larger umbrella of traditional Thai medicine. She is a research maven, dedicated to understanding how Thai medicine has been historically practiced in Thailand prior to modern adaptations and shares her findings in an effort to assist in the preservation of traditional knowledge. Areas of research are inclusive of but not limited to: Thai medical theory, bodywork, herbal medicine, and prenatal/postpartum practices. Nephyr calls the upper left edge of Oregon home, but she and her family lived in the far north of Thailand for two years while she researched and wrote two books: Seven Peppercorns: Traditional Thai Medical Theory for Bodyworkers and (with co-author Pierce Salguero) Thai Herbal Medicine: Traditional Recipes for Health and Harmony.

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