Myofascial Cupping Technique™ - Foundation Course

Myofascial Cupping Technique™ - Foundation Course

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Locations: Saskatoon & Red Deer

Instructor: David Sheehan (Australia)



The Myofascial Cupping Technique™ was developed in 2002 by David Sheehan and can provide profound benefits for your clients, particularly with assisting the body in maintaining Range Of Motion, eliminating Myofascial Trigger Points and reducing restrictive and sometimes-painful fascial adhesions commonly found from repetitive movement originating from sports and the workplace. By reducing fascial adhesions, while encouraging optimal hydration levels of soft tissue, Myofascial Cupping can assist in reducing the incidence of injury and maintaining functional soft tissue.

The Myofascial Cupping Technique™ is a fabulous addition to the toolbox for Massage Therapists. It is a modified version of the ancient Eastern-style cupping with major differences that include targeting the musculoskeletal system rather than meridian systems used by traditional Chinese practitioners and using the cups in a moving sequence, rather than stationery.

Dave’s special interest with burns patients has lead to the beginnings of a future Clinical Trial in Hobart Hospital Burns Clinic. We have a short documentary demonstrating Dave’s techniques showing positive effect on burns scar tissue reducing ‘contracture’ and associated neurogenic pain along with discussion regarding how these techniques translate perfectly into the clinic for other types of scar tissue work.

This Level 1 foundation course is part of a series of courses David has taught to Physiotherapists and Soft Tissue Therapists at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, which is the peak body for elite athletes in Australia.


DAVID SHEEHAN has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement), Diploma of Health Science (Remedial Massage) and Diploma of Education. His career highlights include working as a lead sports trainer with various football clubs, which included the use of vacuum cupping for both prevention of and treatment for injuries. Over time, David has developed these skills and now teaches his own energy efficient and effective cupping techniques to massage therapists and physiotherapists in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, London and the USA.

How does it work?

By creating a Negative Pressure (tensional) above the surface of the tissues, we decrease the atmospheric pressure allowing the tissue to be lifted and thus causing changes in pressure beneath the skin including the muscle and surrounding fascia. Importantly, our gliding technique creates a traditional MFR technique (push/compression effect) using the leading rim of the cup, which is then followed by a ‘lifting’ negative pressure over the same area (pull effect). As the cup leaves the area we once again create a push/compression effect.

Who uses the Myofascial Cupping Technique™?

  • Massage & Remedial therapists
  • Myotherapists
  • Podiatrists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Chiropractors
  • Osteopaths
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Sport medicine professionals

Why you should attend this workshop?

Learn to lift and separate soft tissue, rather than compression techniques which can be painful and ineffective.

Change from the "thumb busting" day in day out approach to your day in the clinic.

Treat conditions all more effectively incorporating Negative Pressure which you cannot achieve using traditional Myofascial Release techniques.

Create change both on a musculoskeletal and on a subtle level (dampens sympathetic division of autonomic nervous system).

Produce painless results similar to deep tissue work.

Offer your clients an alternative to standard massage treatments.

What’s covered?

Current evidence-based research supporting the benefits associated with the Myofascial Cupping Technique™.

Use of equipment, infection control and contra-indications.

Anatomy of the fascia and its inter-relationship with the musculo-skeletal system.

After thorough demonstrations and discussion, students will practice exact area

specific sequences including correct direction and amount of negative pressure to be applied.

Specific clinical applications including the treatment for Myofascial Trigger Points, Plantar Fasciitis and various shoulder conditions will be explored.


FOUNDATION COURSES (14 Credits for NHPC Members)


Date: Wednesday, March 13th & Thursday, March 14th 2024

Venue: Ramada Hotel

Times: 9:30am – 5:00pm each day


Date: Saturday, March 16th & Sunday, March 17th 2024

Venue: Red Deer Resort & Casino

Times: 9:30am – 5:00pm each day

ADVANCED COURSES (7 Credits for NHPC Members)

Please note that students must have completed the 2 day foundation course before applying for the Advanced course


Date: Tuesday, March 12th March 2024

Venue: Ramada Hotel

Times: 9:30am – 5:00pm each day


Date: Monday, March 18th 2024

Venue: Red Deer Resort & Casino

Times: 9:30am – 5:00pm each day


Head to for further information including an introductory video explaining the technique in more depth; listen to James Waslaski (USA) talk about how beneficial the techniques are for you to learn and watch video testimonials from past students.