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MediCupping Therapy on Animals
Cupping Therapy Question and Answer Series
Thank you for joining us for another installment of our Cupping Therapy Q&A Series. Here, we feature clinical questions submitted to us by ACE Massage Cupping Therapy practitioners. Our educators offer some brief insight on the topic so that you can expand your working knowledge on this revolutionary bodywork therapy and its benefits.
I’m currently doing some research into the possibility of cupping on short-haired dogs. I came across the MC-600 MediCupping Machine that you use in your videos and wondered if you think a vacuum therapy machine could keep contact on a short-haired dog due to the continuous suction that the machine produces?
It would be very difficult, but it’s not impossible. I did some massage cupping on one of my parent’s toy poodles a few weeks after its surgery in an attempt to work out some scar tissue. I ended up clipping a small area of fur to work on and it was still quite difficult. For the machine to work on even short hair, you’d have to use a pretty strong suction to grab hold of the tissue, at which point you would run the risk of hurting the dog. There was, however, a woman on our Facebook page that used the silicone cup on a horse by just applying horse shampoo to the animal before treatment.
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About the Author
Randy Heaps has been practicing massage and bodywork for a decade. Introduced to the massage therapy world when a spine injury and subsequent surgery forced him out of the electrical trade, Randy chose to be re-trained in massage therapy. Before even completing his entire program at the Southern California School of Massage, Randy was asked by the owners to become an instructor. Randy taught at SCSM for 3 years, teaching a variety of classes including Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Back & Shoulder Soft Tissue Release, Office and Chair Massage and Swedish/American Massage. The Southern California School of Massage closed its doors after a successful 30 year run, and Randy went to become an instructor and eventual director at the School of Holistic Touch. At SOHT, he taught a variety of classes that included: Structural Kinesiology, Deep Tissue, Foot Reflexology, Office & Chair Massage, Magnet Therapy, Hot Stone Massage, Swedish/American, Hospital Massage and Powder Massage.
In 2006, Randy attended Anita Shannon’s Massage Cupping workshop. Impressed by the technique and its amazing results, when Anita approached Randy about training him to teach, he jumped at the chance. For the next year, Randy accompanied Anita all over the country on an intense training course at trade shows and workshops, further enriching his knowledge in the field of Massage Cupping Bodywork. In 2008, Mrs. Shannon created the Massage Cupping Therapy Association and appointed Randy its first President.