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Myofascial Cupping

Course Syllabus

  • History of Cupping
  • Understanding Myofascial Release
  • Hygiene and safe keeping of your cups
  • Application and safe use of cups;learning how to use the cups statically and sliding as well as introducing soft tissue release and active movements.
  • Incorporating cupping into your massage routine


Course Overview

This course is ideal for therapists wishing to understand more about how our body’s fascia system works.

On this very practical, day workshop you will learn how to release the body’s  Myofascial tissue using vacuum cupping.

What are the main benefits?

  • Reduces tight knots adhesion
  • Increases blood flow and tissue repair
  • Increases your clients range of movement of joints
  • Good to work with Neck and Back pain
  • Ideal tool for Sports Therapists
  • Reduces overuse of your hands and wrists

What is Myofascial Cupping?

Myofascial Cupping is a modified version of the ancient Eastern style Cupping. It differs by specifically targeting the Musculo-Skeletal system rather than the meridian systems used by traditional Chinese practitioners. It also uses plastic cups and vacuum suction rather than glass cups and a naked flame to create suction. A hand operated vacuum pump is used to induce a vacuum inside a cylinder sealed to the skin by the use of oil or cream. The vacuum “draws” the soft tissue perpendicular to the skin thus providing a tensile force to the soft tissue system, which can be left in one site for a prolonged period or moved along the tissue.

Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed throughout the day to ensure you are providing safe treatments. You will receive your FHT Accredited Certificate at the end of the day to take away with you.

Certification and CPD Points: 

FHT Accredited Certificate of Attendance- 5 CPD points per day

Entry Requirements

In order to take part in this course, you must already have acquired a Level 3 Diploma in Massage / Sports Massage or equivalent such as Physiotherapy, Osteopathy, Chiropractic or Accupuncture. We will ask you to provide a copy of your qualification. Please enquire if you are uncertain about your qualification.

Why Train with Us

Here at the Academy, we are passionate about delivering quality training in Complementary Therapies to ensure each student gains a professional qualification of the highest level. We believe the combination of expertly trained, passionate tutors,  quality assured certification, and our on-going support for students, helps grow our students into highly successful therapists.

What set's us apart from the rest...?

  • FHT Accredited
  • Guaranteed small group tuition (max 10 per 1 tutor) for maximum individual support
  • Passionate, experienced tutors committed to the highest standards in the industry
  • Free Thursday evening support - available throughout your training and when you are qualified
  • A fun, friendly environment to study and meet like minded people
  • All our courses are eligible to apply for an NUS Extra card, giving you savings on lots of retailers.
  • We continue to support you as you make your way into the industry as a qualified therapist, with free talks on setting up a business, Facebook groups with job opportunities and continued contact with your Tutor

About Your Tutor(s)

Chris Phillips


The Academy has a proud history as a private training provider in the complementary health sector for the last twenty five years.

One of my core beliefs at The Academy concerns training standards. I believe there is a real need to further raise and develop credibility in our industry, so that more clients can benefit from high professional standards. We can contribute to this by sharing our knowledge and working experiences with each other. This is the main drive behind my weekly evening groups; Thursday Evenings.

I trained as a Massage and Sports Therapist in 2000 and have been developing my private practice from my home just outside Northleach in the Cotswolds ever since. In 2006 I completed my Certificate in Further Education Teaching (CFET1) and I have been teaching Sports and Remedial Massage ITEC Level 3 & 4 here at the Academy since. I have a background of working with young troubled people and their families in a therapeutic setting, both as key worker and as a manager and supervising and training staff.


I completed the Myofascial Dry Cupping course yesterday and absolutely loved it. Chris has a great teaching method and the day flew by. I'd highly recommend the Cotswold Academy to anyone looking for a course in the massage industry. 

- Lee - Myofascial Cupping | February 2022

Firstly , what an honour and privilege to have trained with you. I can say without doubt I have attended NO course like it before.

From the welcome through the door to the end of the day; both instructors showed a love , enthusiasm and real willingness to discuss , share , debate and educate.

Being in a room with so many other practioners and the willingness to share thoughts and ideas cannot be emphasised enough. So often the instructor is the boss; what they say goes; you follow THE TECHNIQUE and ONLY this. Instead I found myself watching specific applications for relevant therapists clients ; not just as a Q&A session but as real practical application , demonstration and discussion.

I really could go on and on about how incredible the day was! I find myself already trying to find an excuse to travel the near 200 miles from Leeds to spend more time within the walls of the academy.

So here’s to YOU!

Thank you for being incredible hosts , teachers , students , information providers and biscuit providers
Thank you for giving me a skills I will be using massively in my practice

Thanks for BEING YOU!


— Sandeep Sian - Myofascial Cupping | September 2018

Chris’s method of teaching is relaxed yet informative, he has some innovative ways of helping you to learn anatomy which stay with you long after the course. Since graduating from the Academy I have worked with Rugby at Championship level, elite runners and triathletes and elite mountain bikers, and also used my skills learned on the course to benefit many members of the general public.

— Mark Mears, Plymouth

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