S.C.A.R. Therapy Workshop


Event ID: SCAR0618 Category:


This workshop will focus on providing clear explanations concerning the aetiology and pathophysiology of pathological or non-pathological scars, fibrosis, adhesions, densification and healing. The workshop is most suited to qualified experienced manual therapists.The therapeutic efficacy of bodywork therapy, specific to scars and adhesions, and its effect on human tissue has been, to date, poorly understood. Medically qualified professionals wish to work with manual therapists that provide soft tissue interventions that are safe, appropriate, effective, and science based.

The workshop is supported by short keynote presentations concerning current research and evidence based therapeutic interventions. Most of the time is spent developing manual palpatory tactile skills and soft tissue interventions for therapeutic success. With three therapists to a table there will be ample time for comparison, support, feedback and learning.


The structure of this workshop will comprise a mixture of tactile, visual and auditory learning. Unique cadaver images will support the hands-on practicums. Both presenters have in-depth anatomical and manual therapy experience. Workshop content includes introducing the participants to advanced myofascial anatomy (informed by biotensegrity), evaluation and treatment of the connective tissue systems.

The overarching goal will be to share with you how normal day-to-day function is changed by interference with the fascial and connective tissue anatomy. By understanding how various systems interlink to determine function, we can explore new globally focused integrated treatment strategies as a tool in relieving the distress of chronic pain.

After this two-day workshop, participants should have advanced their understanding concerning:

  •  Functional anatomy and biomechanics of the body
  •  Structure of connective tissue
  •  Connective tissues role in musculoskeletal function
  •  How the myofascial system is damaged by trauma, surgery, overuse or misuse and the body’s postural responses with functional adjustments leading to later complaints – even in non-related areas of the body.
  •  Evaluation of connective tissues (including fascial tissues)
  •  How all the above guides the therapist, through the most appropriate personalised treatment strategy for every individual patient


The workshop is delivered by two Internationally respected authorities in bodywork therapy, Willem Fourie, South Africa and John Sharkey, Ireland.

JOHN SHARKEY is a Clinical Anatomist (BACA), accredited exercise physiologist (BASES) and founder of European Neuromuscular Therapy. John is a founding member of the Biotensegrity Interest Group (B.I.G.) and provides unique Biotensegrity focused dissection courses to manual and movement therapists and other allied professionals in Dundee University, Scotland. John is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (JBMT), International Journal of Osteopathy and is a medical team member  for the Olympic Council of Ireland.

WILLEM FOURIE is a registered physiotherapist with more than thirty years of clinical experience in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.

This includes sports physiotherapy on provincial and international level, trauma rehabilitation in the mining industry, and general private practice.

His private practice is situated in Roodepoort (Western Greater Johannesburg Council), South Africa

The fields of professional practice include:

  • The identification and treatment of playing- and work-related injuries in musicians and office workers
  • The treatment and rehabilitation of the full range of musculoskeletal problems experienced after the surgical and radiotherapeutic treatment of breast- and other cancers as well as lymphoedema.
  • Treatment and rehabilitation of general musculoskeletal problems after joint replacements, injury, or general overuse and ageing. This includes back, neck, and headaches of acute and chronic nature.


Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th June 2018 from 9am to 4:40pm each day.
Arrive between 8.30am and 9am each day.


Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue
16 St Mary’s Street