Scars are interesting; they tell stories. Even when they are barely visible on the skin they can exist under the surface as physical and palpable proof of a significant life experience.

Different types of scars benefit from different types of manual touch. A cesarean scar on the abdomen that appears as a thin faded incision line can indicate the presence of deeper thicker scars underneath the skin that can inhibit movement and breath. This type of scar can benefit from light work with a broad hand.

As I worked on many different types of scars over the course of this workshop I gained an appreciation and cultivation of PATIENCE.  Scars may have been with a person for many years, even a lifetime. Working them slowly and lightly reminds me that we are where we are and there is value in finding peace in the now.

Scars from surgeries such as heart, abdominal, and cosmetic vary in depth, shape, feel and appearance. Scars that are jagged and tight can be rubbed with the thumb back and forth, much like an eraser. The feeling afterwards is one of lightness, openess and ease.

I left this workshop in awe of the body’s ability to heal, to move, to get on with the process of living. I felt deep gratitude for the courageous models who shared their scars and their histories in order to help our class learn from them.