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.
I use the ScarWork of Sharon Wheeler to address the scar itself, her BoneWork, and traditional Asian bodywork techniques to help rehabilitate the area from the trauma which caused the scar, and the work of Tom Bowen, via Romney Smeeton and Graham Pennington to reintegrate the whole body. I will sometimes also use Anatomy in Motion as part of the reintegration process.
Kinetic Integration is Scar Integration without the scars, primarily using the assessed and targeted, Smeeton-Pennington version of Tom Bowen’s work, and Sharon Wheeler's BoneWork.
How Is It Different from Other People?
The combination of ScarWork, BoneWork, tissue-joint-fluid rehabilitation using Asian bodywork, and full structural reintegration using manual and movement therapy is unique. It works with all layers of the body from joint issues to skin quality.
For Kinetic Integration, the difference is that I radically prioritise the identification and treatment of the underlying issue in your body mechanics, wherever and whatever it may be, rather than focussing on the symptoms that you’re experiencing.
Does it Hurt?
ScarWork and BoneWork should be painless, or very nearly so.
Some of the work with Bowen may be somewhat uncomfortable when there is a problem in the soft tissue. The great advantage is that this discomfort will be targeted to the exact point where it is needed and is over quickly. I avoid discomfort whenever that is an option.
I don’t deliberately “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 muscles. 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.
Kinetic Integration normally takes from 2 weeks up to about 9 months (though in that case, 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).