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READER FORUM C h e c k o u t A B M P 's l a t e s t n e w s a n d b l o g p o s t s . Av a i l a b l e a t w w w. a b m p . c o m . 13 EMAIL YOUR LETTERS TO EDITOR@ABMP.COM. INCLUDE YOUR FULL NAME AND THE CITY AND STATE IN WHICH YOU RESIDE. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO EDIT LETTERS FOR LENGTH AND CLARITY. READER FORUM Q&As ON CUPPING I read Dr. Wong's article in Massage & Bodywork magazine about cupping [ July/ August, page 54] and I would like to get certifi ed in it. Right now, I only do mobile massage, so is there a specifi c kind of cupping technique you would recommend getting certifi ed in? Also, how many types of cupping techniques are there? Is there a difference between vacuum cupping versus soma cupping or any other cupping techniques there might be? I've been getting acupuncture treatments for over 15 years so I'm familiar with the cupping process as a patient but not as a therapist. ELONY BEJARANO LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA Author response: I received my cupping training as a part of my tui na training in China. I have not sought certifi cation in this modality, as it is a very simple technique applied over one's overall learning in anatomy and physiology and, in my case, in traditional Chinese medicine as well. In reality, it is an extension of one's manual work. There are many forms of cupping, but the only form of cupping I do is dry suction cupping. In order to get continuing education in cupping, check out the groups that advertise in Massage & Bodywork. When you are comfortable with what you know of cupping practices and precautions, and if you have a client willing to use cupping for treatment, you might employ it as a complement to your manual work. Start off gently. Use no more than six cups for a session. SAMUEL WONG THE ENERGY OF MONEY I just started reading the July/August 2016 issue and I wanted to say thank you for your article "Show Your Money You Care" [Mindful Money, by Jennie Hastings, page 36]. It's great! Money is a form of energy, and we should be treating it as such. I would love to see more articles like this—about energy, spirituality, and beyond—because massage is all about the mind-body-spirit connection. BRENDA WEINBERG LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA REWARDS OF ALL KINDS I'm writing to share my thoughts about the article in the July/August edition titled "My Career Has Meaning" [Mind of an MT, by Laura Collins, page 14]. I absolutely, 100 percent, agree with all my heart that as massage therapists we are "lucky" that people trust us to share their stories and ask for help. We get to connect with people in a physical and emotional way, a way that they may not receive in another dynamic. We have an opportunity to make an impact (and hopefully always compassionately and positively) in the lives of those with whom we work. May all of our interactions with clients be for the greater good of their healing potential. The part of this article that for me invalidates Laura's care and compassion is where she states "monetary compensation is not my biggest reward." Maybe she was meaning that clients' gratitude is why she's in the profession. I personally know and believe that as massage therapists we also get to make a stable and reliable income. We deserve to have fi nancial comfort to be just as rewarding as clients' gratitude and feedback. I'm writing because I want to be a voice that encourages and lifts up other therapists—we are fi nancially worth our time! We are skilled and have spent many years devoted to learning and implementing techniques and tools to help clients. Massage therapists are worth every cent! VANESSA ESCOVAR OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA SCOPE HOPE I read Leslie Young's editor's note in the May/June 2016 issue and couldn't agree more about scope of practice [page 8]. As a 20-year practitioner, I encounter many clients who've gone to therapists and have been diagnosed when they should have been referred out. Given the chance, I think many people seek alternatives over seeing their doctor, but if experience has taught me anything, it's to not diagnose and defi nitely to not practice beyond my scope of ability or education. Thank you for saying something from personal experience. DON MACKEY LANSDALE, PENNSYLVANIA

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