A scar is more than just a mark on the surface of the skin ...

ScarWork helps reconnect and promote healing on the scar surface and reduce adhesions in the underlying tissues

Online and in-person in South-East London (SE3)

During Covid-19 I follow stringent health and safety guidelines when working face-to-face, including:

  • Enhanced cleaning protocols and ventilation
  • COVID questionnaire and temperature check on booking and on meeting
  • Face masks to be worn by all
  • What is ScarWork?

    ScarWork uses a casual, light touch and is done without oils or creams. It helps with new and old scars from injuries, burns or surgery (incl. mastectomy, cesarean, hip or knee replacements, etc).

    It is a new and specially developed form of scar therapy that integrates different scars back into the fascial web. You may not have heard of it as currently there are less than 100 qualified therapists in Britain offering these specialised scar treatments, developed over a 40 year period by American therapist Sharon Wheeler. Sharon trained with Dr Ida Rolf, the founder of Structural Integration also known as Rolfing.


    All kinds of scars from very old to newly healed (once you have been discharged by your doctor) can be treated using ScarWork. They could be the result of an accident, operation or cosmetic surgery, such as:

    • Knee replacement
    • Hip replacement
    • Skin grafts
    • Facial scarring
    • Shoulder surgery
    • Wrist surgery
    • Foot surgery
    • Abdominal surgery
    • Appendix removal
    • Gall bladder removal
    • Cesaerean section
    • Hysterectomy
    • Breast surgery
    • Open heart surgery
    • Spinal surgery
    • Achilles tendon surgery
    • Childhood injury
    • Portacath & tube/drain sites
    • Tummy tuck surgeries
    • Burns
    • and many more...

    ScarWork is not a replacement for conventional treatment. Keloid scars and acne scars can not be treated with ScarWork. If you are in doubt, ask your doctor or consultant if you can safely have treatments on your scar.

    Scar formation is a natural process of wound healing and and it occurs both externally and internally. Scar tissue is very dense fascia that contains more fibrous tissue and collagen deposits than normal tissues making it structurally and functionally different. There may have been nerve damage from the injury or surgery causing numbness or sensitivity in the area.

    Scar tissue has the potential to spread in any direction throughout the body. It can restrict movement or function anywhere in the body. This is due to the fact that the body is one large, three dimensional piece of fascia that envelops us and connects everything like an intricate spider's web. Any kink, pull or tug in one area can affect the whole matrix.

    ScarWork uses gentle techniques to integrate all kind of different scars back into the fascial web and enables scars to heal better even after a long time.

    ScarWork is done primarily to improve feeling and functionality in the scar and surrounding tissues and to create better movement between the layers of the skin, fascia (connective tissue) and muscles. Treatments stimulate the circulation, lymphatic and nervous system to encourage renewed healing and promote tissue health.

    Visually, cosmetic changes can occur: scars often appear smaller, lighter and less prominent but the emphasis is on the underlying tissue changes. The work starts with the surface layers and moves deeper into the far reaches of the scar. ScarWork can help improve nerve impairment or symptoms such as numbness, pain or sensitivity.

    Changes that occur to the scar and nerve function should be permanent. Tightness in surrounding tissues is reduced and muscle function in the area can be improved. Knots, bumps and tight stringy scars are softened and loosened. Lumps, gaps, ridges and holes can be minimised and smoothed out into the three dimensional fascial web. Multiple treatments may be needed to gain the most benefit and response to treatment will vary for each individual.

    ScarWork is not like traditional scar massage. It is rarely painful, even for new scars. A variety of specifically developed techniques and movements will be used on and around the scar. Although seemingly effortless, the treatments can instigate whole body shifts where patterns of dysfunction caused by old or new scars can be released.
    It is never too late. Scars can be very old and still improve with ScarWork treatments.

    Before and After ScarWork

    Pacemaker removal scar, 4 months post surgery

    This 78-year old client had his pacemaker removed from below his right collar bone in November 2016. He received two 60-minute treatments 2 days apart. The surgery left a hard, rope like adhesion of about 1-inch in length and a crater-like hole next to the adhesion. The whole area smoothed out and tightness across the chest, the front of the arm and shoulder reduced.

    He commented “The scar feels so much softer and smoother and the hole next to it has disappeared. I am amazed of the effects after such light and gentle touch.” March 2017

    Gallbladder removal scar, 30 years post surgery

    This 75-year old client had her gallbladder removed in 1987. She received two 60-minute treatments 2 days apart. The scar was a little ropy and tethered centrally and towards the ribs. The whole abdomen relaxed, her lower ribs freed up and her breathing eased.

    She observed “My whole abdomen feels much softer and relaxed. I can sit and stand a little more upright and turning my torso feels easier too.” March 2017

    Appointment locations, times and prices

    Blackheath Complementary Health Centre, SE3 7DH

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    35 Banchory Road, SE3 8SL

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    60 minutes


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    Cancellation Policy

    Please note I operate a 24 hour cancellation / rescheduling policy. If you miss your appointment, cancel or change your appointment with less than 24 hours notice, I reserve the right to charge you the full amount for the session.