FMT RockPods – Myofascial Cupping

This is a Non CE Course
with a duration of 6 Hour(s)

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Lesson Plan

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 gliding, tissue 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 

This course is 6 hours in length and a 30 Question multiple choice quiz will be required after completing the course to receive your CEU certificate. A 70% test score is required to pass and receive CEUs. The quiz can be open book and unlimited attempts on the quiz are allowed.

Refund Policy:

Rocktape offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee for all FMT Education courses. If you are not completely satisfied with your educational product purchase and experience, please call 408-912-ROCK for a full refund.

CEU CREDITS: 6 hours

CEUs may be offered for DC, ATC, PT, LMT, OT, LAc, and personal trainers – depending on location and class type.

Prerequisite: None

Course supplies are not included with this course. It is recommended that you have a set of silicone myofascial cups and a multi-loop exercise band to participate in this course.


This course is valid for continuing education credit in the following states, so long as it falls within the scope of practice as outlined by the corresponding state board: AL, AK, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, OR, RI, SC, SD, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WY (Considered distance learning, please check with your board how many hours you are allowed)

*NUHS makes no representation either directly or indirectly that the substantive matter being presented is approved or within respective scope of licensing. It remains the attendees’ responsibility to contact the state board(s) from which they seek continuing education credits for purposes of ensuring said board(s) approves both the delivery method and content as they relate to this event.

Please note that online continuing education is not recognized in the following states: FL, LA, MS, OK, WI

AZ, NM, TN CEU approval for this course has been submitted and is pending.



AL, CO, CT, IA, MA, ME, MN, NE, NH, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY – FMT RockPods meets continuing education requirements for these State Physical Therapy Boards

AR- FMT RockPods has been approved by the AR State Physical Therapy Board for 6.0 contact hours.

FL, MD, NE, NV, NM, OH, OK, TX, CEU applications for this state have been submitted and are pending.

CA – (FMT RockPods 0.6 CEUs) approved by the California Physical Therapy Association

KS- FMT Rockpods is approved by the Kansas Physical Therapy Association  for 6.0 CEUS

KY- FMT RockPods has been approved by the APTA Kentucky, A Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, for 6 Category 1 contact hour(s).

LA – FMT RockPods has been approved by the LA Physical Therapy Board for 6 contact hours.

NJ- FMT Rockpods is approved by NJ Board of PT Examiners  for 6 contact hours.

OK – FMT Rockpods has been approved by the Oklahoma State board of Medical Licensure & Supervision for 6 category B hours PT CE course #2021112774

TX – FMT Rockpods is approved by TPTA FMT Blades 6 CCUs approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

AK, AZ, DE, GA, HI, ID, IN, MI, MS, MO, MT, NC, ND, PA, SC, TN, VA  – FMT RockPods meets continuing education requirements for these State Physical Therapy Boards by virtue of APTA Kentucky, A Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, for 6 Category 1 contact hours.

DC, IL – FMT RockPods (6 contact hours) meets continuing education requirements for these State Physical Therapy Boards by virtue of a National University of Health Sciences approval. NUHS is recognized by the Secretary of States Department of Education.

VT- FMT RockPods is approved by the APTA Vermont for 6 CEUs.

WV- FMT Rockpods is approved by the West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy  for 6 CEUs




FMT RockPods (BOC Approved provider # P8570) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Certified Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of (6 hours/CEUs FMT RockPods Category A) ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.



FMT RockPods is approved (#179) by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider



FMT RockPods meets continuing education requirements for AR, HI, ID, MA, ME, MI, NE, ND, SC, TX, VA, WI OT Boards.



FMT RockPods (0.6 CEUs) is approved by NASM Provider #922

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


Steven Capobianco, DC, DACRBSteven Capobianco, DC, DACRB

Dr. Capobianco holds a B.A. and M.A. in Kinesiology and Exercise Science in addition to a doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine. Steve is a practicing sports chiropractor, currently holding a Diplomate in Rehab from the ACA, in addition he is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner, and a Performance Enhancement Specialists from the NASM. He is a certified in Active Release and Graston Technique provider that allows him to treat a myriad of musculoskeletal injuries using a combination of hand and tool release therapy. Steve recently launched a sports specific rehab and performance institute called ProjectMOVE in Denver Colorado that focuses on identifying motor control dysfunction in an attempt to enhance human performance from the professional athlete to weekend warrior. Steve is an avid athlete with a passion for sports. He has spent 25 years competing in ice hockey, lacrosse, triathlons, adventure racing, and natural bodybuilding. Steve is the Medical Director for Rocktape, pioneering evidence-informed education development that challenges the status quo in movement learning. He authored the Fascial Movement Taping manual and lectures world wide on the movement based taping technique.