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In-Person Seminar

Myofascial Cupping Practitioner Certification

Reid Nelles, DC
7 Hours 30 Minutes
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Become a Certified Myofascial Cupping Practitioner in this hands-on course powered by RockTape, and boost your credentials as you learn everything you need to know to offer cupping services the next day.

Myofascial Cupping Practitioner Certification teaches the fundamentals of modern cupping techniques through a full day of interactive labs. Learn how to combine cupping and functional movement to produce the kinds of active treatment strategies that are revolutionizing rehab. Discover effective cupping treatments you can use for pain, sprains/strains, swelling, tendinopathies, and more.



NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing the on-line post-test evaluation). 

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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

CE Information is based on 100% attendance.

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Massage Therapists

PESI, Inc. is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Provider #1808. This course is offered for 6.0 CE hours. 100% attendance is required for a Certificate of Completion to be issued, no variable credit is given.

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PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours or 0.6 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

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This activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. This certificate is proof of your attendance. Please retain it in your records or use for submission as proof of completion when required.

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Reid Nelles, DC's Profile

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Reid Nelles, DC, is a chiropractor who earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota – Duluth where he then followed his passion onto Northwestern Health Sciences University to pursue a Doctorate in Chiropractic. Reid was fortunate to be chosen for the medical staffing of the World Sport Games in Lignano, Italy, which kick started his infatuation with sports chiropractic. Over the years, he has honed his experience and gained even more knowledge of movement patterns, corrective exercises, hands-on techniques, and so much more within the athlete population.

He owns and operates Minnesota Movement, a clinic in Excelsior, Minnesota. It is here that Dr. Reid fulfills his role in the community of ensuring that no athlete or person has a reason to skip a workout, bike ride, game, round of golf, day with their kids, or any activity due to an injury or pain. Reid believes that; if you move – you’re an athlete. Reid is a self-proclaimed “jack of all trades, master of none” when it comes to athletic endeavors and loves golf, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, hockey, wakeboarding, waterskiing, fishing and hunting. His primary goal is to restore and improve qualities of movement with anyone he sees.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Reid Nelles is owner of Minnesota Movement. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Reid Nelles has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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Please note: There will be a 60-minute lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.


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  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/PTAs
  • Occupational Therapists/OTAs
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Massage Therapists
  • Personal Trainers
  • Chiropractors

What Should Attendees Bring

  • Myofascial cups
  • Please wear comfortable and loose clothing for labs – shorts are recommended



Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 5


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"This course gave a great deal of information in a very efficient manner. "


"Great course! Even online, I learned a LOT! THank you! "


"I was very happy with the course. It was very informative."


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