FMT RockPods

by Dr Steve Capobioanco

Online Course

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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 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.

Note: Tools are not provided with this course.

Available Course Credits

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Learning Objectives

  • 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 and rehabilitative treatment techniques with silicone myofascial cups

Course Procedure

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.

Course Content

FMT RockPods
25% fee for cancellations on courses that have been marked as “in progress” - or partially viewed. Execution of refund is contingent upon the review of RockTape/Implus Footcare LLC to determine course status. Full refunds will be issued to those who have not reviewed any portion of the course and will be processed within 3-5 business days. Refunds expected to be returned to the original payment method used unless stated otherwise by RockTape/Implus Footcare LLC. Due to the method of delivery for these courses (i.e., on-demand), registration is ongoing and therefore does not have a registration deadline associated with it.
  • Do you offer discounts?

Yes, we offer military, student, and group discounts. For a student discount, please email a copy of your student ID or current course schedule with the year on it to Be sure to note the exact course you are enrolling in to receive a specific code (i.e. August 15th, 2023 Basic Webcast).

  • What are your hours of operation?

Monday-Thursday: 7a-4p EST

Friday: 7a-4p EST

Holidays may impact these hours.

  • Will I receive supplies with my course purchase?

This depends on the course type. The materials for a live course will be shipped to the course location and will be presented to you upon arrival. Webcast supplies will be sent directly to you and should be received on the week of. Our on-demand courses do not include supplies but can be purchased separately through our medical distribution partners. Please visit the "Get Medical Pricing" tab to purchase discounted materials for use in an on-demand course

  • When does course registration close?

For a webcast course:

Webcast registrations close the Friday of the week before the scheduled class date/time (8/9 days -unless otherwise stated).

For a live course:

Live course registrations close 24 hours before the scheduled course date/time.

  • I am enrolled in a webcast, but I have not received my supplies yet. Now what?

Supplies are sent manually on a course-by-course basis. This means your supplies and informational email will be sent to you on the week of. If you do not receive your supplies by the Thursday before the course, please reach out to for assistance.

  • Do I need to have someone with me to practice on during a webcast or an on-demand course?

No, it is not necessary for you to have a model with you while you complete the course. However, we do find it helpful to practice the principles as they are presented, so you are more than welcome to have someone present with you during the course. Note: Any model/person(s) who have not registered for the course will not receive a certificate or CEU credits.

  • Do I need to do anything to prepare myself before taking the post-course quiz?

Yes, please ensure you download the study guides located in the “Downloads” tab and complete your participant waiver (if you haven’t already).

  • When will I receive my certificate?

For a live/webcast course:

If you have completed all the course paperwork and quizzes, you will receive your certificate in approximately three weeks from the course completion date.

For an on-demand course:

You will receive your certificate immediately after completing your course.

  • How do I know if a course is approved for CEUs?

Please check the “CEU Details” tab on the course listing page. Each course, profession, and state have different approvals. If you do not see your profession and/or state on the CEU Details page, then we do not have approvals. You are more than welcome to check with your licensing board to see if the course meets their requirements.

  • I am enrolled in a webcast. How do I log in to access the webcast?

Once you register and complete your waiver you will receive login instructions that includes your password to the webcast. Please read this document carefully and in full.

  • Do you have any other questions or concerns?

Please reach out to

Steve Capobianco, DC


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

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:
  • Mechanical
  • 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


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: AK, CO, CT, DE, DC, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, OR, RI, SC, SD, UT, VT, VA, WA, WY (Considered distance learning, please check with your board how many hours you are allowed) 

CEU approval for this course has been submitted and is pending: TX 

*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  



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

AK, AZ, DE, GA, HI, ID, IN, MI, MS, MO, MT, NC, ND, PA, RI, 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. 

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). Approval number: 281-APTAKY-2024

NY - FMT Rockpods is approved by NYPTA, Course # NY 23-08-18 for 7.2 contact hours.  

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

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. 



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. 


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