Modern Cupping Therapy Workshop

Modern Cupping Therapy

Modern Cupping Therapy Workshop – Shannon Gilmartin

This cupping therapy workshop is a course that provides a unique approach to therapeutic cupping for today’s bodywork professional. While cupping therapies have existed worldwide throughout time, Modern Cupping Therapy offers education in the theory, safety, and practical application of vacuum therapies for the non-invasive (no bleeding or ‘wet’ cupping), therapeutic usage of cups. Shannon Gilmartin, CMT has been teaching therapeutic cupping internationally since 2004, and with the release of Shannon’s book ‘The Guide to Modern Cupping Therapy. Your Step-by-Step Source for Vacuum Therapy’ the education company was created to provide practitioners who are interested in cups with science-based, clinically-proven results.

This cupping therapy workshop is our full certification program, and provides lots of hands-on practice in each day of class. From massage therapists, physical therapists and athletic trainers to acupuncturists, chiropractors, and medical professionals, MCT invites students to discover the truly dynamic potentially surrounding therapeutic cupping.

Prerequisites: Must be a licensed bodywork professional to attend this course.

28 NCBTMB, NCCAOM, and BOC approved hours of continuing education

  • Modern Cupping Therapy Education Company NCBTMB Approved Provider Number: 1618
Shannon Gilmartin

Shannon Gilmartin

Shannon Gilmartin, CMT, will teach the cupping therapy workshop in Samara, Costa Rica. She is a licensed and nationally certified massage therapist (2002), certified vacuum therapies practitioner and educator (2008). In addition to her focus in massage cupping, she has over 15 years of experience in therapeutic bodywork, including: medical massage, myofascial release, neuromuscular, craniosacral, soft tissue injury rehabilitation, Thai massage and visceral manipulation. She has taught all over the United States and abroad, and she currently practices in Virginia Beach.

She has authored ‘The Guide to Modern Cupping Therapy: A Step-by-Step Source for Vacuum Therapies,” and has been published in Massage Today, Massage Magazine, and online interviews with ‘Bodywork Buddy.’

She is also very passionate about her work with charitable organizations, including Global Healthworks Foundation, Homes of Hope Orphanage system, and Surfers Healing.

Shannon Gilmartin on A Touch of Costa Rica Podcast

Do you know how to enhance lymph drainage with cups? Shannon Gilmartin confides how a life-changing experience as a young adult catapulted her on a path to becoming a bodyworker and teaching others about the power of modern cupping.

Shannon will also share a common misconception about the modality and why returning to CRSMT each year brings her joy.

Playa Samara Location



Playa Samara is a perfect paradise for cupping therapy continuing education workshops in Costa Rica. The town is nestled in the beautiful green hills of the famous Nicoya Blue Zone on the Pacific Coast of the peaceful Central American nation.


Enjoy strolling the streets of the small downtown area and visiting the many local and international restaurants, bars and discos, and cute gift shops. The beautiful and tranquil Samara Bay is surrounded by miles of palm tree lined white sand beaches and provides a perfect and safe location for kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, SUP, and swimming as well.

Samara Costa Rica


$1,300 -Tuition  and  Shared Room

$1,500 – Tuition and Single Room

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Please be sure your state board of massage therapy will accept NCBTMB approved continuing education units for license renewal prior to enrolling in this course.


January 2024 – Exact Dates to be Announced!


Enjoy simple and comfortable accommodations in our Costa Rican style bungalows tucked away in the heart of Playa Samara just seconds from the beach. Each 2 or 3 bedroom bungalow is fully furnished with a fully equipped kitchen, bathrooms and living room. Single or double bedrooms are available as well as studio apartments. Enjoy the swimming pool, lush gardens, WiFi access, hot water showers, and fans. A/C is available at an additional charge. Learn More

What’s Included

  • 28 NCBTMB, NCCAOM, and BOC Approved CEU credits
  • Airport Pickup and Dropoff at Daniel Oduber International Airport, Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR)
  • 6 nights lodging in our Oasis Bungalows – fully appointed bungalows with complete kitchens in the heart of Playa Samara
  • One set of manual pump cups
  • Course papers
  • User Manuals
  • Silicone cups, books and glass face cups will be available for sale as well

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Meals – all accommodations come with fully equipped kitchens, and there are several local grocers including an organic market all within 5 minutes


Modern Cupping Therapy Workshop students will learn:

– Theory, science and physiological responses to cupping
– Safe cupping practices (contraindications, safety considerations, Endangerment Sites, etc.)
– Practical applications of therapeutic cupping for the full body
– How to evaluate individual clients for proper cupping
– How to use cups for a wide variety of conditions, like musculoskeletal issues, inflammation, scar tissue, central nervous system conditions- and more!

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