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Scar Tissue Release

The McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release Technique ® (MSTR®) is a fascinating advancement in the treatment of scar tissue and is changing people’s lives.


Recent research at the Newcastle Clinic under ultrasound showed and documented clear changes in scar depth, width, adhesion,vascularity, lymph movement. It was also possible to documents changes in mood states and other long term affects the scar has on health.

Multiple small scars can also change movement patterns, pain signalling and the experience of pain for the individual. Even though they may appear insignificant.

This workshop is provided for healthcare professionals who wish to add this unique, and effective evidence-based treatment technique to their therapeutic ‘toolbox’.


MSTR® is used for:

  • Caesarian section scars

  • Hysterectomy scars

  • Spinal surgery scars

  • Trauma scars such as those typically found on the knee

  • Head wound scars

  • Mastectomy scars etc…

  • Amputation scars

  • Underlying scar tissue from laparoscopic surgery​

Success has also been reported with burns scars in some instances!

It is a method that is easily learnt if you already have qualifications in any form of bodywork and is being used effectively worldwide by:

  • Physical therapists

  • Massage Practitioners

  • Midwives

  • MLD practitioners

  • Bowen Practitioners

  • Chiropractors

  • Yoga teachers

  • Osteopaths

  • Rehabilitation therapists

  • Pilates instructors


In fact ANYONE who is involved in health and well being!





Listen to Alistair McLoughlin talking about the technique

on a podcast with Dr Perry Nickelston from Stop Chasing Pain.

Extremely happy with Paula’s depth of knowledge conveyed in a fun andrelaxed atmosphere. I felt very confident of her professionalism ... love her ..she is amazing!
Anne Marie
Good venue, fascinating subject, an entertaining and enthusiastic tutor whose knowledge is immense and whose passion for her subject is contagious, and thoroughly pleasant fellow students.
 Sue Cook

The MSTR® courses are delivered in two formats:

One day on-location 


one day Virtual Classes

In order to meet the needs of students in these times of restricted travel and lockdown due to the Covid-19 virus we have a MSTR® Virtual Class. The course material is exactly the same as the MSTR® One Day Class however the class will be conducted via ‘Zoom’ – the video conference platform. 

We will deliver a mix of PowerPoint Presentations, pre-recorded video material and live interaction.

For the practical part of the course the student will need to have a person to practice upon for a few hours – someone within your support ‘bubble’ or persons with whom you are permitted close contact. This might be a family member for example.

  • MOVE 1
    Duration: 2 days Course Manual provided. All about expanding the box, not jumping out of it. Taking the skills you possess and helping you to observe, understandand apply them in a new way. In order to do this, we need to bring your shared knowledge into the room and explore the latest fascia news and it's relationship to therapy, introduce muscle physiology, neurology and start to play with how our bodies acquire movement patterns and what shapes them through adaptation, environment and behaviour and not to be guided by the presentation of pain. At the end of these first 2 days we will have helped you steer your ship and align your approach as a therapist to truly observe and comprehend what their physiology is and isn't doing and connect your client to experience this reality for themselves, setting the platform for future progress. be able to note what you are seeing in your client in relation to major movement patterns off the couch before and after demonstrating functionality in the muscles, neurology and fascia. As always the content will expand far beyond the confines of the description. Helping people moving up and down through levels of ability to ensure progress is at the centre of the course. Pre-Course Learning 45 minute video of muscle quality assessment and practice Introduction to neurology book Pre-Course Webinar
  • MOVE 2
    Duration: 2 days MOVE 2 will assist you to measure and demonstrate functional improvements in the whole body by making small adjustments and connections with the foot and lower limb. This is a workshop environment where the asessment from MOVE 1 will be built into MOVE 2 as we progress our understanding of Torque Force Vectors Events Emotion Adaptive behaviour Throughout the MOVE series a number of training tools will be used to enhance your experience. Games | Podcasts | Models | Group Work | Demos | Smart Phone Filming | Interactive Quizzes | Handouts | Reflecting | Testing the Theory | Repetition | Break Out | Challenges | Debates | Homework | Webinar Support | Journalling | Videos | Pen and Paper | Logging | Recording | Direct Instruction amongst many more.
  • MOVE 3
    Duration: 2 Days Pre - Course 45 min videoNeurological Receptors and their roles 45 min video. Your hands - an orchestra in the making. "No one ever discovered anything new by colouring inside the lines" ~ Thomas Vasquez Now to really start playing! We've spotted the individual muscle function, the pair, the chain and the affects of ligaments on behaviour. Pain is a construct in the brain created to primarily protect you. MOVE 3 delves into neurology on a receptor level and its full application. Each receptor responds to a stimulus. A nociceptor ( Don't worry, you will learn what they are and what they do!) for example will create a withdraw response that was created as a physiological pattern. A golgi receptor will affect range of movement, stretch and muscle bahaviour. A pacini will repsond to pressure and vibration. If you itch you scratch. If you have pain you will often apply direct pressure to relieve. We naturally rub...stroke...slap...and do many other conscious/subconscious actions to change the outcome in the body and what we experience. If a receptor is over-stimulated we will put an opposite in, most of the time without realising what we are doing, to reduce the signal. We also "steal" help from elsewhere to adapt our function to complete to a standard teh action that has been requested. It is often only when this adaptation reaches overload that clients turn up in clinic. We can adapt our hands on work to understand Which receptor is causing the problem. Where it is located. What impact it is having on the physiology. What it is connected to. What hands on approach to take using your skills to positively affect the receptor and alter the signal. Outcomes and Goals of MOVE 3 Confident moving around teh body assessing and checking function. Confident observing adaptations and behaviour and noticing what it is connected with. Confident to apply hands on work to afect change and regulation in the system. Confident you can demonstrate the change to the client. Confident to refer when it is a hardware or illness issue.
  • Qualification & Prerequisites
    A recognised hands on therapy qualification. A willingness to explore and learn.
  • Fee Structure
    MOVE 1: £300 MOVE 2: £300 MOVE 3: £300 BUNDLE DEAL: £750

Course Dates

June 25th  2022
Tutor: Paula Esson
July 2nd 2022
Tutor: Gus de la Querra
July 15th 2022
Tutor: Gus de la Querra
Sept 17th 2022
Tutor: Paula Esson
October 8th 2022
Tutor: Paula Esson

Visit the official McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release website.

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