ScarWork is the unique work of Sharon Wheeler who discovered it and has continued to develop the techniques whilst working on the scar tissue of her Structural Integration clients since 1973. Roxanne has trained with Sharon Wheeler directly.
The treatment aims to improve the health and feel of scars that have been caused by accidents or surgery including Caesarean sections. Pressure used is very light and it is rare for any of the techniques to be painful, which seems counter-intuitive to the old approach of breaking down the scar tissue, but it produces effective results. All scars are three dimensional and the techniques aim to reduce the lumps and unevenness, reconfiguring the soft tissues, normally reducing adhesions left by the scarring and improving the scars appearance.
Adhesions connect structures that should not be connected and this can restrict mobility and organ function as well as cause pain. The techniques used aim to unstick and integrate different qualities of scar tissue into the fascial web of connective tissue. The work starts with the surface layers and goes into the far reaches of the scar including work with any involved viscera.
Scar work often results in a large whole body integration shift along with trauma resolution, and it aims to resolve nerve-impaired numbness. Improvement after treatment seems to be permanent. Generally a series of sessions is recommended, delivered as part of a physical therapy and rehabilitation programme, however even single sessions can be helpful.