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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.

MFR UK can only accept those who have qualified as a manual therapist. A qualified manual therapist will have attended a recognised training course, sat and passed exams, provided case studies and/or worked in a student clinic and have insurance to practice.

Eligible qualifications must meet the minimum national occupation standard (NOS) in a (full body) manual hands-on therapy at level 3 ITEC, VTCT, BTEC or similar plus the same level of training in anatomy and physiology. Additionally, those wishing to attend must have been working in a clinical environment (including home clinic) at least part-time for a minimum of 12 months.

While we appreciate that many people posess skills and qualifications in the healthcare industry, not all are suited to the kinaesthetic awareness 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 a manual therapy to NOS. Additionally, we cannot accept Beauty Therapists unless they have an independent manual therapy qualification.

Students currently attending a manual therapy course (at the minimum standard) may also apply. 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

We welcome those trained in the following disciplines to attend:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Chiropractic and Osteopathy
  • Neuromuscular Therapy
  • Sports and/or Remedial Massage Therapy, minimum of level 3 ITEC, VTCT, BTEC or similar
  • Sport and Soft Tissue Therapy
  • Therapeutic/Holistic/Swedish Massage Therapy, minimum of level 3 ITEC, VTCT, BTEC or similar
  • 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.


All students who are affiliated to 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)

MFR UK is an approved training provider for the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT), who accredit our workshops.

By offering an accreditation scheme, the FHT aims to improve and maintain the highest standards as a professional association and rationalise the current system of course approval.

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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