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 Cathy's jam, so there will be science …. and a healthy dose of heart, humour and hands on!

This course is designed for massage therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and any healthcare provider who uses manual therapy in their practice.

Course Dates

Saturday, September 21  - Sunday,  September 22, 2024   

8:30am - 4pm each day


Schar Cancer Institute

8081 Innovation Park Dr.

Fairfax, VA 22031 

2nd Floor, LWC Living Room

Cancellation Policy

Please read CAREFULLY.

Included in the course tuition is a non-refundable $100 registration fee.  If you cancel or withdraw from a course 30 days prior to the course start date you will be refunded your full tuition less the $100 registration fee.  If you cancel or withdraw from a course fewer than 30 days (but more than one week) prior to the course start date you will be refunded 50% of your tuition less the $100 registration fee.  If you cancel or withdraw from a course fewer than 7 days prior to the course start date your tuition will be non-refundable.

In the event of proper documentation of medical emergency, death in the immediate family, or weather prohibiting travel your entire tuition (including the registration fee) may be allowed to be rolled over to a workshop at a later date.  This special consideration will be allowed one time only at the discretion of the instructor.

If a course is cancelled due to low enrollment your tuition (including the registration fee) will be refunded in full.

Course tuition

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

Approved for Continuing Education

*Please note: In order to be eligible for CE credit, you must register with your full name (as it appears on your professional license) and your license state and number.

This course is approved by NCBTMB for 14 CEs for massage therapists. 

Approved for 14 contact/clock hours of continuing education credit by the Continuing Education Institute of Illinois for the following professions:

  • Acupuncturist
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Counselor-Professional/Clinical
  • Dentist/Dental Hygienist
  • Dietitian/Nutritionist
  • Marriage and Family Counselor
  • Nurse (APN, RN, LPN)
  • Nursing Home Administrator
  • Occupational Therapist/COTA
  • Physical Therapist/PTA
  • Psychologist
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Social Worker

Please refer to  for eligibility of CE credit for your profession in your state or contact your licensing board/credential provider for continuing education requirements.  Questions, please contact

A payment plan for this class may be available. Please contact [email protected] for details.


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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