Course Description

Scars are not obligated to be problematic. Scar tissue ‘constructs’ us back together when tissue integrity has been interrupted. If the regulatory mechanisms that guide this process go askew, problematic scars can form. 

This course will endeavour to answer burning questions like, what is going on in there and what can my hands do about it? We will explore the primary systems and factors that influence wound healing and scar formation and dive into how massage/manual therapy (during the process) can influence better healing outcomes and how to facilitate productive changes after scars have formed. 

Science/evidence is my jam, so there will be science …. and a healthy dose of heart, humour and hands on!

Course Dates

Saturday, May 20 - Sunday, May 21, 2023   

8:30am - 5:30pm each day


Schar Cancer Institute in Fairfax, VA

Course tuition

16 CEs from one of the most knowledgeable instructors around. This is a rare opportunity to learn with and from Catherine Ryan in the US.


Guest Instructor

Cathy Ryan

Catherine Ryan is a CMTBC Reg. Massage Therapist dedicated to patient-centered care, evidence informed practices and life-long learning. Over her 30+ year career, Cathy has engaged in the profession in a variety of clinical, educational and leadership capacities. An established continuing education instructor and writer, Cathy has presented at conferences internationally (including the International Fascia Research Congress), in the areas of scar tissue management and myofascial pain and dysfunction, which also constitute her clinical practice focus. As writer (and self-proclaimed science-nerd), Cathy is best known for her fascia enthusiasm – she has written numerous articles featured in various industry publications, co-authored Traumatic Scar Tissue Management – Massage Therapy Principles, Practice and Protocols (Handspring 2016) and contributed to: Fascia, Function and Medical Applications (Ch. 18), CRC Press/Taylor & Francis (2020) and Oncology Massage: An integrative approach to cancer care for manual therapists (Handspring 2020).

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