I was led to the path of scar therapy by my wife who has had multiple surgeries from a very early age to correct her hip dysplasia resulting in many scars of different shapes and sizes. An unexpected emergency bowel resection due to bowel cancer in 2018 resulted in a pretty significant scar which was causing her quite a lot of discomfort and she had a few ScarWork sessions and was impressed with the results. As a massage therapist already, it inspired me to train in this type of work too so can use my skills to use to help her and others like her. I attended Burrell Education’s C-section and Hysterectomy Scar training and followed that a couple of months later with Sharon Wheeler’s ScarWork course both of which gave me a huge insight into the benefits of having scar therapy to improve the scars.
Sharon Wheeler’s ScarWork is a very gentle therapy which doesn’t use oils, lotions or tools just the hands of a skilled therapist and can help to improve your scar very quickly from joint replacements, c-sections to hysterectomies to burns and breaks. Scars of any age, whether they are very recent or as old as you are, can be improved with this treatment. ScarWork is done primarily to improve feeling and functionality of the scar and surrounding tissues, creating better movement between the layers of the skin, fascia and muscles. ScarWork can have an immediate impact on your scar by releasing tension on the scar site and in the surrounding area. It works by softening and loosening the fascia beneath the skin and allows the scar to heal by promoting better blood flow to the area. Releasing the tension in the localised area has many benefits including helping the scar to close and heal more effectively and reducing the pull of the adhesions.
Burrell Education’s C-section, Hysterectomy and Abdominal Scar Immersion course is aimed specifically at the postnatal and hysterectomy client. Did you know up to 95% of c-sections have some form of adhesion or feeling of stuckness? With this style of massage we focus on the c-section or hysterectomy scar itself, the ribs and the tummy. It works by releasing the adhesions in the area surrounding the scar and reduces the tension in the ribs to improve breathing, reduces the swelling of the tummy and reconnects the area around the scar and improves the sensation in this area too.
Both of these courses taught me very different styles of massage but together it gives me a fantastic toolkit to give you the very best results and the best chance of healing. Two for the price of one! What could be better?
Initial Assessment 1 x 60 minute at Zing Wellness Studio.
Book 1 x 30 minute ScarWork follow on session at Zing Wellness Studio. Valid for a year.
Book 1 x 60 minute ScarWork follow on session at Zing Wellness Studio. Valid for a year.
Address: 80 Luton Road, Harpenden, AL5 2UT
Telephone: 07865 645 708
What is a scar?
Scars result when the body repairs skin wounds caused by surgery, accident or disease. They are the natural result of the healing process. The longer it takes a wound to heal and the more damaged the skin, the greater the chance of a noticeable scar. The location on the body or face as well as the client’s age and skin type will affect the way a scar forms. Older skin tends to scar less visibly whereas younger skin tends to over-heal resulting in larger and thicker scars.
Do I need to get my consultants permission before I start my treatment?
Please get your consultants consent before we start your treatment. Please contact me if there are any concerns.
Can anyone benefit from ScarWork?
Most scars will benefit from having ScarWork whether the scars are very recent or more mature. It does not matter how old the scar is as the body continually lays down new cells and by working on the scar it stimulates recovery.
How many sessions will be I need?
The number of treatments will depend on the individual. I will assess you on your first visit and discuss the treatment plan with you. You will likely see an improvement in your scar each time you visit.
When is the best time to have a scar treated?
The scar must be fully closed and no scabbing present to begin scar massage. However, it is best to contact me to discuss your specific needs.
What should I wear to the session? You should wear something comfortable and light. I will need access to the scar and surrounding area but clothing isn’t necessarily removed for the treatment. If we are working on a C-section or hysterectomy scar I will need to work about 1-2cm below the scar but your modesty will be covered at all times.
I am proud to say I have qualified as a ScarWork therapist, the world’s leading scar therapy. I also have a level 4 diploma in sports massage and deep tissue therapy, specialist training in pre and post natal massage and C-section, hysterectomy and scar therapy from Burrell Education the leading women’s wellness, fitness and therapy educator. However, it is my wife’s scars that have lead me down this path. From an early age she has had lots of surgery and I have seen firsthand the impact that a scar can have on someone both physically and emotionally. The real eye opener was when she had major abdominal surgery in 2018. This was an unexpected surgery and has had a massive and long lasting impact on both her and our whole family. Although she has dealt really well with the physical scar and has had lots of treatments, it is the emotional side of this surgery which will take longer to heal. This is also something that scar massage can help with. This has provided me with invaluable and unique expertise and experience.
Releases tightness in the scar and surrounding area
Improves range of movement and flexibility of the scar and surrounding tissue
Promotes healing of the scar by increasing blood flow to the area
Reduces visible surface scarring
Helps you to reconnect with your whole body
Helps with emotional release
Revitalises nerve tissue
Places an emphasis on improving underlying tissue including fascia
Improves sensation of the scar
Can help reduce swelling after a c-section
I had a course of 3 scar therapy sessions with James after abdominal surgery. We started 6 weeks after when I was still very conscious of the incision site. I feel his work really helped to desensitise the area and help reduce swelling and work on the hard tissue underneath to make it more mobile and allow me to return to sports faster. He was very professional in his approach and I felt very comfortable and found it very relaxing. I would definitely recommend him.