Scarwork ™ aims to improve the look and function of your scar. Whether the scar is from surgery or a burn, Scarwork ™ settles the disturbed tissue back into its surroundings, changing the visual appearance of your scar.
Scars are different in texture, pigmentation and pliability from the tissue around them. Scarwork ™ seeks to release the stuck tissue back into the web of connective tissue that extends throughout your body. It is this reintegration of the lumps, holes and ropey tissue that inproves the scarring.
Scarwork ™ is gentle and relaxed, with a listening touch and a connecting quality from the practioner. No oils or cremes are used.
As the scarred area begins to move more easily, clients have said their relationship to the scar has changed for the better; for example being able to touch a scar that was previously unbearably sensitive. This aspect of the Scarwork ™ treatment can feel of immense value as it may be part of a bigger recovery process.
Scarwork ™ is a specialised treatment developed by the American therapist Sharon Wheeler. It evolved from Structural Integration work in response to her discovery that unresolved scar tissue can impede client movement patterns.
I specialise in female pelvic scars eg cesarean and in Scarwork after breast cancer.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- How soon can a scar be treated?
A scar can be treated as soon as a surgeon has done his post-operative check up and has signed you off. The scar should not be weeping, open, infected or red and inflamed.
- Why not before?
The wound is still healing and undergoing a repair process and intervention too soon would disturb this vital stage.
- My scar is painful to touch. Can you still help?
If a scar is painful I will start working where there is no pain, which may be as far as 10cm away. Then I will work towards the scar from all directions and once the surrounding area has softened I can come closer to the scar if you feel ready. I will ask for feedback regularly to be sure there is no pain.
- My scar doesn’t bother me so why treat it?
Pain felt elsewhere in the body can be linked to scar tissue. Therefore resolving the scar tissue can give benefits to the whole body. This is explained in more detail on the Structural Integration page of this website.
- What happens in a Scarwork ™ treatment session?
As in all my bodywork therapy sessions, when we meet for the first time we will discuss your medical history with reference to your scarring story. Together we will observe tissue movement and palpate the scarred area before treatment. If you are happy to take photos it’s good to take before and after shots so that you can verify the changes. Then I proceed to work on the surrounding area moving towards the scar using a variety of techniques depending on scar texture. The first session is 75 minutes and subsequent sessions are usually an hour.
- How many sessions will I need?
This will depend on the several factors. The age, sensitivity and the complexity of the surgery you had all influence how long it will take to reintegrate the scar tissue. When I know your medical history I can give you a more specific answer. Most people will experience significant improvement after 3 or 4 sessions. However, reconstructive surgery scars may need periodic treatment to maintain the benefits.
Reducing the risk of virus transmission
It is important to make treatments safe for both of us. To that end I have taken an FHT Accredited course in the Control of Cross-Infection in a Post-COVID-19 World. You can be reassured that I am doing all that is currently advised.
Measures will include:
- COVID-19 health questionnaire
- quantified risk assessments
- extra cleaning and sanitising
- frequent hand washing
- wearing a visor
- wearing gloves when needed
- temperature checks
- providing hand sanitiser
- providing clients with masks
If you have an underlying condition that puts you at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 please ensure you discuss this with me.
Treatment Fees are £50 per hour, payable online at the time of booking. Or pay by cash at your appointment. If you are on a low income please contact me to work out an alternative payment plan or to discuss the possibility of being a case study in my research.
I have a 24 hour cancellation policy. If you miss your appointment, or cancel with less than 24 hours notice, you will be charged for your appointment. Cancellations prior to 24hrs will not incur a fee.
Holistic Massage to boost circulation, tone muscles and enable deep relaxation.
The techniques of effleurage, tapotement and petrissage knead your muscles and release restrictions. This reduces mental and physical tension. The holistic massage will pamper you back to a relaxed state.
I generally use almond oil or a massage creme on your skin so you will need to undress to your underwear. For your privacy you will be draped in a towel apart from the area I am massaging. (If you are feeling extra shy about being semi naked yet you would like to receive massage I am very happy to treat you through clothing.)
Sports massage is used in different ways. Have your massage tailored to your need:
Event Preparation and Injury Prevention
Use massage as part of your event preparation. It doesn’t matter if you're a golfer, marathon runner or cyclist build treatments into your training programme to support your body’s readiness for your big day. This means small niggles can be eased out before they become a training stoppage problem.Your sports massage will concentrate on muscle groups relevant to your activity. This helps you maintain or improve muscle elasticity and strength. For good range of motion and better performance you need balance between these two elements of muscle function. This helps to prevent injury.
Injury Rehabilitation Therapy
You may have hurt yourself playing a sport, daily activity or something more drastic like a car crash.
Although the cause is very relevant information, sports massage can be used to speed up healing and reduce discomfort.
You will receive treatment that is supportive, individual and relevant to you.
Rehabilitation therapy starts with an assessment of your injury. Pain, tissue restrictions, movement function, your emotions and aims will all be considered as together we re-educate your injured body.
This will include hands on massage therapy, using a variety of techniques.
You will not just be sent home with a list of exercises. We will do movement patterns together, so that you can feel and understand the goals and how to move correctly. Sometimes after injury the brain needs re-educating, the sensory movement link has broken down. You will see, feel and understand this re-educative need.Then you will need to commit to doing exercises or movement patterns at home. Just like taking tablets, you will get a movement prescription!
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
This benefits people coping with general fluid retention, lowered immunity, swelling through injury, sinusitis, migraine, cellulite, arthritis, acne rosacea and chronic fatigue.
Since the massage movements use light, repetitive pressures it is also a soothing stress reduction treatment.
Hot Stone Therapy Massage
Do you remember the relaxation of a lying on sunny beach? How your worries seemed to ebb away as the warmth seeped into your muscles?.
Re-experience that feeling, book a Hot Stone Massage.
Great for relaxing tight painful muscles, lifting mental stress and calming the mind. The basalt stones are kept warm in a thermostatically controlled heater. Then used with oil to massage your body; to find and tease out knots and muscle tension. During the treatment covered stones are placed near your spine, on your sacrum and backs of your legs so the heat sinks into your body. Many clients love this treatment and keep coming back for more.
You can choose the addition of face massage with cool marble stones, great for detoxifying blocked sinuses.(Sorry, I'm not doing this face massage at the moment because of Covid19.)