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

We deliver MSTR® courses in two formats:

The normal One-day in-person on location courses


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.

Workshop Details

Qualifications needed

This workshop is available only to health care professionals, and practitioners holding a qualification in any form of bodywork.

Prerequisites to certification

  • 8 Hour classroom tuition
  • Answering a 20-question on-line test paper.
  • Submitting 5 case studies to demonstrate competency

Included in your course fee

  • Assessment of written paper and case studies.
  • "Approved Practitioner" logo for your literature, website, etc...
  • Free promotional videos for your website and social media platforms.
  • Certificate of Proficiency
  • Free Worldwide Practitioner listing on the MSTR website
  • Back up if you need help/advice with a client/patient


  • Approved modality by the International Institute for Complementary Therapies.
  • Approved CPD (CE) hours by National Certification Board for Therapetic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)

Workshop Content

The 8 hour classroom day will include:

  • Functions of the skin
  • Scar formations and its effect on the body
  • Emotional/psychological aspects of a scar
  • Indications and contraindications
  • Client handling and intake forms
  • Practical applications including underlying scar tissue work
  • Practice work - lots of time to get it right!
  • Additional ways to use MSTR - practical demonstartions

Workshop Fee

8 Hours One-day Workshop: £165

Upcoming Courses

(All courses run 9:00am - 5:00pm)

Please visit the MSTR® website to book

on any of these workshops.

February 20th      Virtual                                        Gus de la Querra

March 27th           Virtual                                        Gus de la Querra

April 11th               Virtual                                        Gus de la Querra

April 18th              Virtual                                        Paula Esson

May 16th               South Wales                             Gus de la Querra

                              Venue TBA


May 30th              Virtual                                        Paula Esson

June 19th              Battle, Hastings                        Gus de la Querra
                              Venue TBA

June 27th             Virtual                                        Paula Esson

July 18th               Colchester                                 Gus de la Querra

                              Venue TBA

July 25th              Virtual                                         Paula Esson

September 19th   York                                           Gus de la Querra
                              Venue TBA

September 26th  Virtual                                        Paula Esson

October 24th       Virtual                                        Paula Esson

November 7th     Johannesburg, SA                    Gus de la Querra

                             Venue TBA

November 14th   Cape Town, SA                         Gus de la Querra

                             Venue TBA

November 28th   Virtual                                        Paula Esson

Visit the official McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release website.