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Heart surgery

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SG had a heart operation when she was 5 and then 7 weeks old; she is now 27 years old.

The adhesions were causing a feeling of pulls and tugs and limited flexion of the Left Glenohumeral Joint at end of range. Lateral flexion of the spine to the right was uncomfortable and looked a little awkward before the session. The after image shows improvements to the scar’s appearance and to SG’s lateral flexion.

Session 1 before and after (002) session 1 ROM before and after (002)
Therapist: Donna Mazzotta, Chichester –



Bikini line scar for removal of ovarian cyst

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Nancy W was worked on by supervised students on a ScarWork course.  Photographs do not really show the improvement which was mostly internal, affecting Nancy’s posture and how she felt in herself.  This is what she said after the treatment:

“Softer, relaxed, significant weight shift in standing posture.  More into the heels.  Weight feels more even left and right as well as front and back.  I feel like fluid in the pelvic bowl is more homeostatic.  Change in the pressure of the fluid in the pelvic bowl.  All very subtle.”

Scar on foot, limiting movement

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Liz Davies was treated on a ScarWork course by the supervised students.  The outside of her right foot has a scar between the arch and ankle bone.  The problem was manifesting under the arch in the plantar fascia where a cyst had been removed 10 years previously.  The surgeon had made the incision then slid under to the sole of the foot to remove the cyst.  The area was extremely sensitive and she had not been pain free or able to use the foot properly for most of her life, the issue starting at the age of 14, the cyst being detected in her 20’s, removed at 27 and now, ten years later, Liz was still having problems.

Below is a video of the range of movement before treatment, then after, then of Liz walking and her comments on her increased mobility.  She also wrote down how she felt for us:

“Now when I’m walking I don’t feel the tension under the arch of the foot.  There is much more flexion and ease of movement.  My toes have relaxed and straightened from a tense, ‘clawed’ position.  I can now balance on my right foot which I could not before.  The sensitivity is completely reduced and I’m not feeling any pain on movement.  The way I walk has changed as the range of movement has increased.  I’m using my ankle and the ball of my foot.  It feels less flat-footed and my toes are working much more normally. The whole foot feels more balanced and loose and comfortable”.

Fascial Facial treatment

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The Fascia is a connective tissue of the body.  Fascial restrictions in the face (wrinkles, distortions) are promoted by habitual facial expressions, reflecting our attitudes, feelings and life’s problems.  Just as these are reflected in our bodies.

This client had had five of the suggested six treatments when these photographs were taken.  As you can see, they show a distortion in the face, where the left side is pulled and contracted (this was caused by jaw tension).  Over the sessions, the nose has changed shape, evening out, the mouth looks more even and the general symmetry of the face has been restored.


Lower half of face before      Lower half of face after




Small scar on chin

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Tina was treated by supervised students on a ScarWork course.  She said she just had a small scar, nothing that caused her any problem.  As you can see below, we often do not realise a small scar is affecting us, until it is worked on.   This is her feedback:

History of scar

Injury occurred during a swimming lesson over 40 years ago, jumping into the pool near the edge turning and landing chin and head on the pool side. Wound was left open for approximately four hours before being stitched together and lower jaw bone exposed. The scar required 10 stitches.

During ScarWork

Sensations of emotional release when working in the middle section of the scar. Feelings of short ‘zaps’ throughout the treatment. Lower lip released, although there were no visible signs of restriction on the lip, the release felt like the lip smiling widely.

After treatment

Freer movement of the area below the lower lip, less ‘attached’.  Neck rotation much easier with less crunching. Scar feels smoother and wire like line almost negligible. Distance between neck and shoulders feels extended and relaxed.


Tina's chin