McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release Technique – not just for scars!
2nd June 2019, Letchworth
You know I am not one to raise false expectations in my clients. Everyone is an individual & may react differently to treatment. That’s why for me to call MSTR ‘amazing’ perhaps gives an indication as to how very impressed I have been as a therapist with this new technique. I would go so far as to say – in my own words to my client today, ‘it has blown my little massage mind’. I am honestly convinced is going to transform my practice, both for myself & my clients, & I can’t wait to share it with you. Best of all, although it was primarily developed for scar tissue, it’s a fascial technique & is highly effective for releasing tight musculature in general.
Back at the beginning of this month it was a real privilege to join eight other bodyworkers to learn MSTR – the Mcloughlin Scar Tissue Release technique. My thanks for this opportunity must go to Jen Tiller, the Breathing Coach & founder of Healerzone & tutor Claire Grant for teaching us. It was an enjoyable & fascinating day, full of discussion, learning, practice, personal experiences & some highly impressive results which I must confess, surprised even me with the speed & effectiveness of the technique to release scar tissue.
Each year in the developed world 100 million patients acquire scars, some of which cause considerable problems, as a result of 55 million elective operations and 25 million operations after trauma. There are an estimated 11 million keloid scars and four million burn scars, 70% of which occur in children.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1125033/
So many of us are affected by scars & scar tissue, yet it is, in the words of creator of the technique, Alastair McLoughlin, “The most neglected of all bodywork skills”. Even so, having only a small inoculation scar & a slight cosmetic mark on my leg after catching it on a beach walk, I hadn’t realised how much scar tissue restricts movement, our posture and our everyday movements. As such, I can have little idea of the deep emotional trauma that can be held within the collagen fibres – after all, for many, the formation of a scar is usually bound up with the event surrounding it. This can be due to an injury, accident, illness, event or operation and may have been life-threatening or filled with fear. Even if the person coped with it at the time, they may still suffer from post-traumatic stress many years afterwards and this is before we get physical & psychological effects such as numbness, pain, self-consciousness & issues with self-image, self-confidence, how they hold themselves & move, to restrictions as to what they might wear or activities they may no longer wish to do. This kind of work can therefore have a profound effect on the client, helping them to release deeply-held emotions as well as affecting physical appearance, abilities and their day-to-day lives & interactions.