Scars want to be gently integrated again in the fascial network. Working with scars is like speaking a different language in the world of connective tissue. ScarWork is Sharon Wheeler’s original discovery that triggers the process of integrating the scar once again in the fascial web. Sharon is continually developing and expanding this method. There are 20+ separate techniques used to integrate different qualities of scar tissue into the fascial web. Most will be demonstrated in class. They are simple to learn and easy to do.
Scar tissue is very dense fascia with unique properties. ScarWork uses a casual, light touch – a little reminiscent of working with bread dough.
The work is rarely painful – even for very new scars, and the amount of change in one intervention is extensive. The cosmetic effect is delightful and the functional changes can be profound. Natural and surgical scars of any age respond immediately followed by a short period of rapid healing and continued improvement. The improvements are permanent.
Scar tissue quality changes quickly and easily. Lumps, gaps, ridges, holes, bumps, knots, and strings in the tissue rapidly smooth out into a three dimensional fascial web. 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 large whole body integration shifts along with trauma resolution, and nerve-impaired numbness usually resolves within a session.
Practitioners will learn these techniques well enough to take them home and use them the next day in their private practices. Scar work can fit seamlessly into an SI series or be used as a stand-alone intervention session.
In 1970, at the age of 23, Sharon Wheeler trained with Dr. Ida P. Rolf, the founder of Structural Integration. Her contributions to the field are a reflection of her lineage.
Sharon was one of the youngest students as well as one of the few women to be trained. Among the students in her class were two MDs, an aero-space engineer, and a PhD psychologist. Sharon was one of Dr. Rolf’s admitted “artistic experiments”.
Sharon was on staff at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California teaching Esalen Massage when she met Dr. Rolf. She took her audit and practition in the two Big Sur River House classes in 1970. She trained in the first Rolf Movement Integration class with Judith Aston in 1971. In 1973 Sharon did a second practitioner class with Dr. Rolf in the Adam’s House.
Over the last 46 years, Sharon developed her own methods to work with Scars, Bones, and the Cranium.
In 2007 at the first facial congress she found out that, no one was working with Scars, Bones, or the Cranium in the way she did. Since then she is travelling all over the world to teach her impressive work. Her gentle way of working with the tissues has an enormous effect that causes more and more the interest of the facial researchers.
On days one and two Sharon will present the techniques and work on a model then the students will work on each other’s scars. On days two and three we invite a variety of scar models for practice. A ‘roving teams’ approach gives each student the chance to learn at their own pace while being part of a larger inspired team.