Full Course Description

Myofascial Cupping Practitioner Certification

The Myofascial Cupping Practitioner Certification introduces the concept of skin/fascial decompression to help improve tissue mobility, enhance movement and modulate pain with the use of myofascial cups. This course will cover the anatomical, physiological and neurological effects of myofascial cupping on connective tissue gliding, tissue traction and tissue decompression. This certification course will introduce and discuss skin and fascial decompression concepts and present evaluation techniques for the dermal and fascial systems. 

Interventions using myofascial cupping will be reviewed and informed by current research, the interventions will be integrated into current rehabilitation and performance concepts.

This course is intended for performance professionals and therapists with a basic understanding of soft tissue techniques.

Program Information


  1. Integrate the myofascial sequencing model.
  2. Inspect neuroanatomy of the dermal & fascial subsystem.
  3. Demonstrate a novel skin/fascial/movement screening process.
  4. Evaluate research as it relates to connective tissue gliding, pain modulation, and movement therapies.
  5. Practice and integrate myofascial cupping techniques related to soft tissue pathology.
  6. Practice cupping techniques for tension/decompression effects, directionality, external cueing of movement and graded levels of pressure.
  7. Perform various methods of performance and rehabilitative treatment techniques with RockPods.


Myofascial Cupping Framework
Review framework of the RockTape Movement Pyramid
Understand neuroanatomy, skin and fascial systems and how they relate to the course
Review the current literature related to myofascial cupping techniques.
Define Time Under Pressure (TUP) as it relates to decompression (curative vs. destructive dosages)
Review safety of applications
Cupping indications/contraindications

Skin/fascial/movement screening process
Introduce and practice use of cupping as it relates to direction and pressure
Types of Treatments:

  • Tissue decompression:
    • External Glide – multiple vectors
    • Internal Glide 
    • Cupping plus Functional Movement 
  • Treatment Variables: 
    • Body Positions 
    • Graded exposure techniques 
    • Distraction Methods

External Cueing Concept
Use of cupping for movement disorders (post stroke, different types of dystonias, parkinson's, etc)
Introduce and practice use of cupping as it relates to movement dysfunction
Types of Cueing:

  • Tactile
  • Visual & Tactile    


Nerve Entrapments
Learn, practice and perform specific applications of cupping for nerve entrapments:
Upper Extremity Entrapments – Median, Radial, Ulnar, others 
Treatment considerations for neural entrapment cupping: external glide, internal glide, meaningful movement 

Cupping with Movement
Learn, practice and perform specific applications of cupping with movement:
External Cueing for Movement Dysfunction:

  • Isolated Movements — Flexion, Extension, Rotation, Ab/Adduction, Deviation
  • Functional Movements — Sagittal, Frontal, Transverse Plane Patterns

Treatment considerations for cupping with movement, all movement is a screen/treatment opportunity, work and sport-related movement examples

Condition Specific Applications
Introduction of progression and regression concepts for specific conditions with cupping and taping applications (combo of therapeutic interventions)
Case studies — Lower Extremity, Trunk, Upper Extremity

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Chiropractors
  • Massage Therapists
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists
  • Exercise Physiologists

Copyright : 07/22/2019

When Rehab & Fitness Collide: Proven Pre- & Post-Rehab Techniques & Interventions

Explore an evidence-based lecture and lab where we will play with concepts related to the use of foam rollers, mobility tools and vibration in your rehab practice!  Foam rolling has come a long way, with numerous studies supporting the use of tissue mobilization as a pre- and post-rehab intervention that can enhance your existing practice. Interventional techniques for sports medicine and neuromuscular patients will be discussed.  Join us for this blend of lecture and lab to expand your understanding of how these techniques can benefit your patient population whether you work with athletes or older adults!

Program Information


  1. Employ new uses of foam rollers, elastic therapeutic bands and agility equipment
  2. Analyze pre and post rehab use of therapeutic fitness equipment
  3. Evaluate techniques for exercise progression and regression programing


Interventional Tools to Enhance Your Existing Practice

  • New uses of: foam rollers, elastic therapeutic bands and agility equipment
  • Research review
  • New vs. old techniques
Pre and Post rehab Use of Therapeutic Fitness Equipment
  • Techs
  • Research
  • Lab
Exercise Progression and Regression
  • Evaluate techniques
  • Labs

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Exercise Physiologist

Copyright : 07/31/2020