Frequently Asked Questions
What Do You Actually Do?
Scar Integration works with scars and their ongoing effects, rehabilitating the local damage caused to the body when they were made, and reintegrating this area with the rest of the body.
Scar Integration is based on Sharon Wheeler’s Fascial Work: her ScarWork to address the scar itself, her BoneWork, and Structural Integration material that I’ve learned from her to help rehabilitate the area from the trauma which caused the scar and reintegrate the whole body structure.
The Bowen work I practice is a neurostructural approach inspired by the work of Tom Bowen which has come to us from Romney Smeeton, which I learned from Graham Pennington. It is an assessed and targeted approach to help pain and improve function.
Does it Hurt?
Scar Integration work should be painless. There may be some brief discomfort with the Bowen work.
I don’t “crack” your neck or back, or do any speed adjustments – the goal is to free up the natural movement of your bones by releasing the unnecessary tension in your fascial system (both deep and superficial). There can often be some immediate improvement, but the full effects take several days, or even weeks, to show up.
How Many Sessions Will I need?
It depends what we’re working with. An individual scar may need just one short session, or a series of long ones. A bigger, more complex scar, or a group will often take a little longer. Typically, ScarWork doesn’t need maintence, though may sometimes benefit from a follow up session some months later. It's also almost always fine to have stand alone sessions of ScarWork or BoneWork, though your issue is unlikely to be resolved in a single session.
Bowen normally takes from 2 weeks up to about 9 months depending on the severity and complexity of the issues (though after the first 5 or so sessions I’d only see you once every 4-6 weeks, so it’s not a weekly commitment for that long).
We should have a sense after 2-3 sessions whether you are likely to respond and if I think it unlikely I will do my best to refer you to someone who I think might be able to help you better. I have had people send their friends to me even though I couldn’t help them, because I was able to point them in the right direction to sort their problem out.
It can be a good idea to come for maintenance treatments if your lifestyle puts a strain on your body. These are typically every 1-3 months depending on what works for you (athletes who train heavily and people managing chronic pain conditions are more likely to need more frequent sessions than the average person).