Sharon Wheeler’s ScarWork
Light touch work to assist with problem scars and adhesions
ScarWork in action
ScarWork is the brainchild of Sharon Wheeler from Seattle, US. Originally trained by Ida Rolf, Sharon has been training and teaching for over 40 years, during which time she has developed an approach which has only been available in the UK since 2014 when Jan first brought her to the UK to teach her ground-breaking work. ScarWork is a gentle, painless approach designed to assist with scar and adhesion problems after surgery/injury. Jan Trewartha was the first UK ScarWork tutor to be accredited by Sharon and has been teaching ScarWork since 2015.
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How it works
ScarWork is a series of techniques to assist with reconfiguring the soft tissue, normally reducing the adhesions left by scarring and improving the scar’s appearance. Adhesions connect structures that should not be connected; this can restrict mobility and organ function and create pain. We do not yet understand fully how ScarWork works. Research is ongoing into the power of the light touch approach, but empirical evidence demonstrates its effectiveness.
It is not possible to restore correct balance and alignment to the body if there is a restriction in the tissues caused by severe injury and/or scarring. For this reason, at the Body in Harmony clinic, we focus on the scars first; this allows for a more permanent result when we address your other physical problems. Further, the traumatic memory of injury/surgery often surfaces after ScarWork and this normally helps reduce your internal stress level and improve your emotional balance.
How ScarWork can help you
ScarWork is a gentle, painless therapy which assists the softening of scar tissue and reduces the tension the scar and adhesions have created within the network of fascia. The therapist works completely within the pain guidelines of the body; the client feeds back if there is any discomfort and the therapist adapts their touch, angle, and/or technique accordingly.
Everyone feels the result of ScarWork differently, because everyone’s history is different. If your scar has been causing problems with your walking, you may find that your gait improves. If you have been having problems internally, with organ function, you may notice a reduction in those issues. See what our clients have said about ScarWork to understand the broad range of possible benefits:
“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”.
“I had sensations of emotional release when the middle section of the scar was worked on. 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. Results were: 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.”
“I certainly felt something during the procedure, pressure that felt as if it was going quite deep (even though I was told the pressure being applied was extremely light), there was no pain, but I was quite astonished by a sensation on two of the scars which felt like a pinging as if something was releasing. I was further surprised at the end of the treatment that my range of arm movement had improved. Thank you again.”
“The treatment that I have received has been life-changing. The scars have improved visually and physically. I had become used to my body’s new normal, but now feel freer, less constrained and constricted and far more old normal! Thank you so much.”
I could not recommend this practice more and especially Jan herself. If you have any internal or external scars that cause you pain, misalignment or emotional upset this work is truly amazing. Having had 5/6 epidurals and two Caesareans, after just one session I woke up without back pain for the first time in two years. My body feels so much stronger.. I can actually stand up straight again. I feel Lucky to have experienced it.. It Iis amazing!!
Jan Trewartha: I have a very broad skillset, as well as 30 years of experience and a foundation as a State Registered Nurse. I was also the first tutor in Sharon Wheeler’s ScarWork in the UK (there are still only three tutors in the country). I never just treat a scar or an injury as a localised trauma, but look at the full body and bring in specialist work as needed; I have had specific training in rebalancing the body (Body Realignment), working with the TMJ (jaw), BoneWork (bone deformities, badly healed fractures etc.), pelvic girdle and cranium. I also use Energy Field Therapy to clear energy blocks and emotional issues. As those of you who are therapists and have read my book Scars, Adhesions and the Biotensegral Body will know, I take a biotensegral approach. Biotensegrity is the 'new biomechanics’, understanding the complete continuity of all physical structures, all moving in accommodation with each other; any emotional or physical restriction therefore affects the whole body and this informs my approach to my clients’ recovery. I work with a variety of postural issues, trauma, scars and adhesions, and body imbalances.
Therapies offered: ScarWork, Fascia and Energy work.
Fees: £100 for an hour; £150 for 1.5 hours.
If you would like instead to be a 'scar model' for free work with my supervised students on my ScarWork courses, please contact me.
Please email Jan direct on email@example.com.