Modern Cupping Therapy Workshop


What You'll 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!

Workshop Overview

This cupping therapy workshop is a course that provides a unique approach to therapeutic cupping for today’s bodywork professionals. 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 potential surrounding therapeutic cupping.


  • 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, CMT, co-founding owner of Modern Cupping Therapy Education Company, is a Licensed and Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, Certified Modern Cupping Therapy Practitioner and Educator, and Certified Manual Lymph Drainage Practitioner. In addition to her focus in therapeutic cupping, she has over twenty years of experience in bodywork, including: manual lymph drainage, medical massage, myofascial release, neuromuscular, craniosacral, soft tissue injury rehabilitation, Thai massage, and visceral manipulation. She has taught all over the United States (including Puerto Rico) and abroad, including Canada, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Ireland, and Italy.  Shannon owns a private practice in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA.

Shannon has authored ‘The Guide to Modern Cupping Therapy: A Step-by-Step Source for Vacuum Therapies,’ has been published in MASSAGE Magazine, Massage Today, online interviews with 'Bodywork Buddy,' ‘The Juice Guru,’ and ‘The Donna Seebo Show,’ lectured at CKHD Sports Medicine conference, AMTA conventions, AIM live education events, and hosted live webinars with Lhasa Oms and Kamwo herbs.

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

Modern Cupping Therapy Education Company is nationally recognized as a continuing education provider in the United States and Canada by the NCBTMB for massage therapists, the NCCAOM and California Board of Acupuncture for acupuncturists, the BOC for athletic trainers, and some state-specified physical therapy and occupational boards. 

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Instructor: Shannon Gilmartin
Dates: TBD
Location: Playa Samara, Costa Rica
Cost: $1,300 - $1,620

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2025 Dates for this course are to be announced soon.


$1,300 – Tuition and Shared Room


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 included for all on-campus housing options for this course.

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

Exterior view of on-campus living, including a swimming pool

Interior view of a dining and living space
Interior view of a kitchen space, fully equipped with appliances and cookware/flatware
Interior view of a studio bedroom
Interior view of a shared bedroom

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Shannon Gilmartin On A Touch of Costa Rica Podcast

Do you know how to enhance lymph drainage with cups? CRSMT instructor 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 is a perfect paradise for continuing education in orthopedic massage 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.