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Until now, choices were limited if you wanted to learn how to treat with medical cups.

You had to read a book or attend an expensive class that locked you into treating patients with specific, complex protocols.

Not anymore.

FMT RockPods introduces the concept of skin/fascial decompression to help improve tissue mobility, enhance movement and modulate discomfort* with the use of myofascial cups. This course will cover the anatomical, physiological and neurological effects of myofascial cupping on connective tissue glidingtissue traction and tissue decompression. FMT RockPods will introduce and discuss skin and fascial decompression concepts and present evaluation techniques for the dermal and fascial systems.  Additionally, the course explores using cupping techniques for rehabilitation and performance applications such as postural cueing, biomechanical pattern assists and to enhance visualization of movement. 

Interventions using myofascial cupping will be reviewed and informed by current research, the interventions will be integrated into current rehabilitation and performance applications. Myofascial Cupping is an ancient therapy, first documented over 5,000 years ago, clearly Olympic and professional athletes have gotten the message that what’s old is still new!  Though cups and techniques have changed over time, today’s cups still create a suction and vacuum that allows for a decompression effect to take place under the skin. 

Functional Movement Training (FMT) courses are taught by industry leading experts in movement assessment, performance and rehabilitation. CEUs may be offered for DC, ATC, PT, LMTs, LAc, OTs and personal trainers. If your profession & state is unavailable, we do not currently offer CEUs – however, we are continually adding additional licenses.

At the conclusion of the course, attendees will be able to:

  • Define, understand and integrate the myofascial sequencing model 
  • Discover and explore neuroanatomy of the dermal and fascial subsystems 
  • Recognize and demonstrate a novel skin/fascial/movement screening process   
  • Describe and interpret research as it relates to connective tissue gliding, pain modulation, and movement therapies 
  • Define, practice, and combine myofascial cupping techniques related to a variety of soft tissue pathologies 
  • Practice cupping techniques for tension/decompression effects, directional influence of dermal and fascial subsystems, external cueing of movement and graded levels of pressure 
  • Compare, contrast and perform various methods of performance andrehabilitative treatment techniques with silicone myofascial cups 

Hour One

Welcome & introduction of instructor and course participants

Overview of outline of the course; introduction of topics that will be covered as well as description of practical lab experience and presentation of case studies.

Review framework of the RockTape Movement Pyramid

What is FMT? Functional Movement Training

Cupping Therapy History (Ch 1)

Historical review of cupping in body work

Suction and Vacuum Mechanism

Varieties of cup materials

Review of types of cupping techniques

Cupping Therapy Mechanisms (Ch 2)

Neural, Chemical and Mechanical responses to cupping

Understand neuroanatomy, skin and fascial systems and how they relate to the course

Discuss use of ultrasound to demonstrate objective changes beneath the skin during cupping procedures

Neural responses to cupping

Chemical responses to cupping

Review current literature related to myofascial cupping techniques (Ch 3)

Systematic Reviews

Cupping for Pain

Cupping for chronic vs acute conditions

Cupping’s Thermogenic Effects


Hour Two

Characteristics of cups (Ch 4)

Sizes, Cleaning technique, Graded Exposure system

Variety in plunge methodology, pre plunge, plunge onto skin, inverted plunge

Review of Treatment Considerations (Ch 5)

Indications and contraindications

Three levels of vacuum, pre-plunge, plunge to skin, inverted plunge

Types of glide: internal and external

Variations in patient/client positions

Mobilization levels

Cupping Treatment Strategies (Ch 6)

Introducing skin/fascial/movement screening process

Introduce and practice use of cupping as it relates to direction and pressure

Types of Treatments


Hour Three

Flash Cupping (Ch 7)

External Glide – multiple vectors

Internal Glide – movement with cupping

Learn, practice and perform specific applications of cupping

Instructor Feedback

Dry Cupping plus Functional Movement (Ch 8)

Treatment considerations
Trunk cupping locations

Upper Extremity cupping locations

Lower Extremity cupping locations

Bio-Psych-Social considerations for treatment

Learn, practice and perform specific applications of cupping

Instructor Feedback

Hour Four

Sensori-Motor Retraining with Cups (Ch 9)

Introducing external cueing concept in respect the use of cupping for movement disorders (posture, sensori-motor retraining)

Internal glide techniques

Stages of learning, stages of movement dysfunction

Introduce and practice use of cupping as it relates to movement dysfunction

Types of Cueing:


Visual & Tactile

Hour Five

Assisted/Resisted Cupping (Ch 10)

Learn, practice and perform specific applications of cupping with movement and integrate use of elastic resistance band

External Cueing for Movement Dysfunction

Isolated Movements – Flexion, Extension, Rotation, Ab/Adduction, Deviation

Functional Movements – Sagittal, Frontal, Transverse Plane Patterns

Movement Examples: Stretching, Mobility and Corrective Exercise patterns with elastic resistance band

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

Instructor Feedback


Hour Six

Upper Extremity Entrapments (Ch 11)

Condition Specific Applications

Tibial nerve, Sciatic nerve, Femoral nerve, Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve

ACNES Case Study

Learn, practice and perform specific applications of cupping for nerve entrapments

Treatment considerations for neural entrapment cupping: external glide, internal glide, meaningful movement

Instructor Feedback

Scar Manipulation Cupping (Ch 12)

Introduction of screening and treatment concepts for specific conditions with cupping for scars

Case studies directional scar cupping – Trunk

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