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ScarWork: Manual Therapy for Integrating Scar Tissue into the Fascial Web

A 3- or 4-Day In-person Course for Hands-on Healthcare Providers


Course Description:

This is an inspiring continuing education experience that not only delivers new insights and tools, but opens new doors to the future of your practice.

ScarWork approaches scars and adhesions through the lens of biotensegrity. Working with scars is like speaking a different language in the world of connective tissue. Although scar tissue is dense, it responds best to light touch. This method results in lasting functional changes as well as cosmetic and tactile improvements. Photos of cosmetic changes possible with this gentle work (shared with client permission). Most natural and surgical scars of any age respond well.


Attendees will learn a variety of techniques through demonstration and practical experience working on student scars as well as three supervised clinics working with scar model volunteers from the community. The techniques use light touch, are simple to learn, easy to perform, and can be incorporated into your practice immediately to benefit clients with various scars including mastectomy, hip/knee replacement, C-section, hysterectomy, etc.


ScarWork was created by Sharon Wheeler in the early 1970s. Today, she travels the world sharing her discoveries and has approved a handful of practitioners to teach ScarWork. You can learn more about Sharon and her work at

Course Objectives:

  • Understand the lineage/history of ScarWork 

  • Understand the purpose and application of ScarWork

  • Understand how scars can create effects both locally and elsewhere in the body

  • Observe and identify ScarWork techniques during teacher demonstrations

  • Demonstrate proficiency performing ScarWork techniques on outside models/volunteers during 3 supervised clinics

  • Learn 19+ ScarWork techniques

  • Understand cautions, considerations, and contraindications

  • Understand resources available to support your ScarWork practice 

Continuing Education Credits

  • 24 CEUs with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)

  • 2.4 CEUs with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Alaska

  • 2.4 CEUs with Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

    *Please inquire as to whether CEUs can be approved by the physical therapy board in your state*

Course Dates:

See the class dates page.


Students must attend the entire class to receive a certificate of completion for the full amount of continuing education credits.



A full refund will be issued (minus a $100 admin fee) if the student cancels 30 or more days prior to the course start date. After, full tuition is forfeited.


In the case of illness or a true emergency, arrangements may be made to transfer the registration to a future class or refund a portion of the registration fee if the spot can be filled. This determination will be made on a case-by-case basis and is not guaranteed.

Student Testimonial:

See what students have said about attending the ScarWork course.

Model/Volunteer Testimonial:

See what a model/volunteer had to say about receiving ScarWork from students during a supervised clinic in the July 2022 class.

2024 ScarWork Class Flyer:

A flyer listing all class dates is available here.

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