Foreword by Robert Schleip
Foreword by Carol M Davis
About the editors / About the authors / Acknowledgments / Preface
Introduction Joanne Avison
What lies beneath? Jan Trewartha
The adaptive body Jan Trewartha Contributions from Niall Galloway and Tracey Kiernan
Modeling the effect of scars and adhesions on the body Graham Scarr
The unreasonable effectiveness of light touch Leonid Blyum
A clinical anatomist’s experience of scars and adhesions in the cadaver John Sharkey
Scar tissue in movement Joanne Avison
Emotional aspects of scars Jan Trewartha Contribution from Katerina Steventon
A different approach to working with scars Sharon Wheeler Contribution from Wojciech Cacowsky
Assessing and treating your client Jan Trewartha
Case studies Jan Trewartha
This highly illustrated book explains the effects of scars and adhesions on the body through the lens of biotensegrity, a concept that recognizes the role of physical forces on their formation, structure and treatment. It includes contributions from specialists in the fields of fascial anatomy, biotensegrity, movement, surgery and other manual therapies. It takes a comprehensive approach to providing a better understanding of these complex issues and will be valuable to every hands-on practitioner. The text is supported with online videos demonstrating five ScarWork therapeutic techniques.
Jan is the founder and director of the British Fascia Symposium. She has been in healthcare since 1979, originally training as a State Registered Nurse in the Queen Alexandra Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC), working with patients on the wards and in the operating theatre; a superb if non-deliberate foundation for her future career.
In 1988 Jan took time out to go travelling for three years, where her life was to dramatically change direction. Being trained by a blind massage therapist to really ‘feel’ the body led to a lifetime passion for body work. Jan was a massage volunteer at the Auckland Commonwealth Games where she learned from professionals from all modalities. Her work now is the culmination of many years of training and experience in different disciplines. She has been in practice since 1992.
Through her school, Body in Harmony Training, Jan runs a variety of light touch therapy courses including Sharon Wheeler’s ScarWork for which she was the first accredited tutor in the UK. Having had surgery in Great Ormond St. Hospital as a young child, resulting in major scarring, Jan was treated by Sharon Wheeler; this has given her an awareness of the effect of adhesions and empathy with her clients.
Apart from a missionary zeal for spreading the word about the effects of scarring on the body, Jan’s passions are for travelling and for anything that gets her outdoors and moving.