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Eligibility and Accreditation

MFR UK workshops regularly attract therapists from a variety of hands-on manual therapy backgrounds who are either starting out on their MFR training or who are wishing to refresh and enhance their current skills.

MFR UK strives to raise the profile and standard of MFR training in the UK. Our therapists possess not only manual therapy skills but valuable assessment, client communication and rehabilitation skills making MFR UK a prominent UK post-graduate training provider.

Pre-requisite criteria for attendance

The therapist must –

  • have completed a manual therapy (full body) qualification with case studies and exams to minimum level 3 in England/Wales/NI and level 4/5 in Scotland
  • attended a recognised training course such as ITEC, VTCT, BTEC or similar plus the same level of training in anatomy and physiology
  • have been working in a clinical environment (including home clinic) at least part-time for a minimum of 12 months post foundation qualification
  • be physically able to both give and receive all techniques on the workshops to enhance their learning experience and the learning of their colleagues
  • bring suitable clothing to receive treatment for the workshop and have high standards of personal hygiene
  • have PI insurance to practice and an up-to-date first-aid certificate.

Any student concerned about their accessibility issues may contact us direct.

We welcome those trained in the following disciplines to attend:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Chiropractic and Osteopathy
  • Neuromuscular Therapy
  • Sports and/or Remedial Massage Therapy
  • Sport and Soft Tissue Therapy
  • Therapeutic/Holistic/Swedish Massage Therapy
  • Bowen, Shiatsu and Thai massage
  • Craniosacral therapy

All students must be competent and confident with body palpation, have a working knowledge of musculoskeletal identification, muscle and joint actions and pathology

Online manual therapy courses do not meet the minimum pre-requisite.

We reserve the right to reject applications due to student unsuitability for insurance reasons. If during any workshop, MFR UK is notified of or feels that any student is having difficulty learning and practicing techniques or that any student does not meet our training criteria, these instances will be dealt with privately and in an individual manner.

While we appreciate that many people possess skills and qualifications in the healthcare industry, not all are suited to the kinaesthetic awareness and body mechanics needed to become proficient in MFR. For this reason, we regretfully advise that we cannot accept any healthcare professional of any kind unless they have a qualification as previously mentioned in manual therapy at the minimum standard

Additionally, we cannot accept Beauty Therapists, Pilates, Yoga, Movement therapists or Fitness and Exercise professionals unless they have an independent manual therapy qualification as mentioned above.

We regularly have therapists who have attended MFR training through other schools wishing to enhance their skills by training with MFR UK. All schools teach very differently and for this reason, all students begin training with us at our Structural Series Part 1 which provides techniques for the hips and shoulders. Please see the workshop pathway here.


All students who are affiliated with professional bodies, Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, Association of Physical and Natural Therapists, Federation of Holistic Therapists, Institute of Sport and Remedial Massage, etc, may use our certificates of attendance to gain CPD. CPD points will be offered in accordance with each individual organisations guidelines and may involve completing a reflective assignment of the workshop. Please contact your own organisation for further details.

MFR UK is approved and accredited by the Association of Physical and Natural Therapists (APNT).

Advanced Clinical Diploma in Integrated Myofascial Therapy

In order to maintain high standards of training and to encourage therapists to increase their skill, MFR UK’s Advanced Diploma in Integrated Myofascial Therapy includes components from-:

  • Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) – Unit title, Soft Tissue Manipulations. Unit code – F1BF 35. SCQF level 8
  • EDEXCEL Unit 37: Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation. Unit code – T/601/1882. QCF level 5
  • VTCT. Planning, applying and evaluating complex massage and soft tissue methods. Unit – UV53089. Code – Y/601/4192. QCF level 5

MFR UK has its own trademark for integrated myofascial therapy through the Intellectual Properties Bureau and actively looks to improve standards of its therapy education.

For further details, please contact MFR UK direct.

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