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Restore Therapy Training offers short courses for professional therapists from a range of backgrounds. Introductory courses are designed to meet the needs of busy therapists, who may struggle to attend longer courses, or those on a limited budget. Therapists already qualified to work within post-operative care (such as physiotherapists) will find the introductory one day workshop delivers simple skills, quick and easy to integrate into their rehabilitation and therapy sessions. For massage and other bodywork therapists, the introductory course will enable them to discover what impact scar tissue could be having on their clients, learning some simple ScarWork. After which, more in-depth training in working with scars is recommended.

The full 24 hour ScarWork Therapist training course covers 20 of Sharon Wheeler’s ScarWork techniques to treat a wide range of scar tissue presentations. Suitable for all therapists, the course is a comprehensive discovery of the impact of scars and their treatment. The 24 hour training is a certification in ScarWork and participants will be listed on the UK register of ScarWork therapists. The introductory course is not a pre-requirement.

If you take time to feel confident when picking up new skills, attending an introductory course, followed by a non-consecutive certification training would be ideal, so you have time to learn the new skills and practice between training sessions. The classroom feedback and guidance will then reassure you that you have understood the information given.

Restore Therapy aims to meet the needs of different learners with the courses offered. The ScarWork certification course covers a new approach to scar therapy, 20 original techniques and their application on scars of all kinds - from road traffic accidents to keyhole procedures. Some therapists may find it easy to quickly pick up new skills and absorb the ideas covered on the course. Others may prefer the information to be delivered over a longer time to allow practice between classroom time, or questions to arise once they have had time to consider how they will be applying the skills in their practice.

Intensive courses over consecutive days will meet the needs of those who may need to travel further to attend training, or who find it easier to organise a block of time away from their clinic or home commitments. For therapists who take time to feel confident when learning new techniques, and need time to practice before feeling confident, non-consecutive days will be more suitable.

For those working in post-operative settings the reason for learning techniques for scar tissue is obvious. For other physical therapists, scars have often been a very small, or even non-existent part of their physical therapy training. I like to use this example to engage therapists in why they should consider a scar as an important consideration when offering physical therapy to a patient:

Medical research estimates around 95% of abdominal surgery will cause internal adhesions (the sticking of two normally separate internal structures). Consider every client you have who may have had a routine surgery such as c-section, hysterectomy, appendectomy, gall bladder removal, endometriosis or other keyhole procedure just to mention a few. Each of these clients with a 95% chance that internally structures which should slide and glide as we move are restricted by an adhesion.

This could be causing referred pain, inflammation leading to IBS, fertility issues, menstrual problems and certainly likely to have an impact on their movement and mobility either locally to the scar or globally (elsewhere in their body). Problems from scar tissue can take years to become apparent as our bodies work hard to adapt. Scar tissue may continue to form if inflammation persists. Clients will often be unaware of an ongoing issue, as they have learned to switch off or ignore the pain or discomfort messages. Abdominal surgeries are just one small sector of types of scars, from keyhole to joint replacement surgeries all have different considerations for the physical therapist. I hope to engage and share the passion for scars and the benefits of offering scar treatment now I have discovered what a difference it can make.

Sharon Wheeler’s original ScarWork approach and techniques differ from other techniques you may have learnt. Hands are relaxed and movement is often fluid, sweeping and manipulating the tissue. Sometimes reminiscent of kneading bread, other techniques work to send vibrations through the tissues. Conscientious therapists will have learnt a variety of skills and techniques through their career. They approach each client as an individual and apply the skills to best meet the needs of the client. Combining treatment types and approach is fundamental to Sharon Wheeler’s ScarWork. ScarWork is taught as an approach and techniques for therapists to include in their holistic treatment of each client. This may mean for a cranial osteopath it is part of a cranial session, for a lymphoedema therapist this may be part of a MLD session or part of a sports massage treatment.

To become a ‘ScarWork Therapist’ requires attendance on the 24 hour ScarWork Therapist training course. Usually this course runs over 4 days. Introductory courses are designed as a way to see how ScarWork therapy works, learn some basic skills and how it may benefit your therapy practice.

Massage and other bodywork therapists are usually able to add ScarWork as a CPD/post-graduate training. Many massage practitioners are covered through the major therapy insurance providers Balens, Babtec, Holistic Insurance and SMA provider Greybrook insurance. If you are unsure, contact your insurance provider.

To enrol on any course offered at Restore Therapy, you need to be professionally qualified in a physical therapy (such as massage, physiotherapy, osteopathy, MLD or similar). If you are unsure if your qualification is suitable, contact us.

Courses are booked via the page 'courses' selecting the course you wish to enrol on. A non-refundable deposit secures your booking.

Your £75 deposit payment is non-refundable part of each course booking payment, but this may be transferable to an alternative course with an administration fee.

Unfortunately, because we only offer small group classes, last minute cancellations - even if they are for legitimate reasons - can not be refunded. If you find you are unable to attend within 21 days of the training, you are welcome to find a replacement attendee to send on your behalf. There is a £20 administration fee to process the substitution.

If you wish to amend your booking more than 21 days in advance of the training date, a transfer to an alternative course can be submitted. There is an administration cost of £20 per booking. Your deposit will be held and must be used within 12 months. The final balance you pay will be the difference between the deposit and the selected new course cost, plus the £20 transfer fee.

If a student fails to complete the full duration of a course, no refund will be made and they will not be eligible for qualification certification (if applicable).

Courses can be purchased as gifts for professional therapists to attend.

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