ScarWork was developed by Sharon Wheeler. I was fortunate enough to lean this work earlier this year and to date have helped over 50 people with scars ranging from surgical scars, cesareans, friction and heat burns, dog bites, cuts, laparoscopies, etc.
Sharon was taught by Dr. Ida Rolf, the founder of Structural Integration, as an “Artistic Experiment” by vision and touch without reference to anatomy. Working by feel and the ability to recognize small increments change applied to scars led to the discovery of Scarwork.
In 2005, she published an article, "On Scar Tissue" in the Journal for Structural Integration. After the first Fascial Research Congress she started on a multi- year quest for ultrasound documentation and presented an abstract with these ultrasound images at the Fascia Research Congress of 2015 in Washington DC.
Working with scar tissue is like speaking a different language in the world of fascia. It should come as no surprise that the guiding concepts and the working principles and goals are often similar to those of Dr. Rolf's Structural Integration. .
Scar tissue quality changes quickly and easily. Lumps, gaps, ridges, holes, bumps, knots, and strings in the tissue become smoother. The amount of change in one intervention is rapid and extensive.
ScarWork is rarely painful - even for very new scars.
Small changes in the scar tissue accumulate. Work on a scar can contribute significantly to whole body release and integration. Historic memories and emotions are often recalled. Improvements appear to be permanent.
Work on new scars seems to speed the healing for a little while right after the work and even with older scars it seems to promote a period of rapid healing and further improvement right after the work.