03 Apr 2018

Scar tissue affects the natural flow of blood, nutrients, fluid and life force through the body

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Scar tissue affects the natural flow of blood, nutrients, fluid and life force through the body

Almost all of us have scars. Scars imply both a physical trauma (caused by surgery, accident etc.) and an underlying emotional component. This is usually body or cellular memory of emotional trauma. It may also be a fear of touching a scar. Why a fear? Because it can remind us of when and why we got it and how the wound was created.

Scar tissue can seriously affect the flow of blood, nutrient, lymph and life force through the body. A surgeon’s scalpel cutting through a meridian … .Or  an accident causing bones to break and rupture through the body’s physiological and energetic systems … . The resulting scars can cause pain, affect body mechanics and restrain range of movement through fascial interruption. Scar tissue can affect areas of the body that may look to be completely unrelated to the scar location. Muscle testing shows this.


Fascia is a transparent flexible sheath that surrounds individual muscle fibres, muscle fibre bundles and the muscle as a whole, allowing the individual components to slide against each other. If the fascia “dries out” or gets “gunked up” (through the body compensating for pain, stress, tension or injury and subsequently interrupted brain/body signal communication, for example), the individual components get physically stuck, and physiological and energetic signal flow is impaired. As food for thought there is speculation that it is this fascia that enables signal communication along the acupuncture meridians.


  • Someone had an inguinal hernia as a child and is dealing with digestive issues or problems with lymphatics or lower back later on in life. While the symptoms may have had a range of causes, the surgeon’s knife would have cut through the vital yin meridians of Kidney (lower back), Liver (digestion and hormones) and Spleen (digestion, fluid transport, blood storage, endocrine system), affecting, changing and potentially completely disrupting meridian function. This has consequences for the body’s physiology. Since everything is connected to everything else, I would not be surprised if these consequences extended to our emotional and mental aspects of being.
  • Women who have abdominal scars from hysterectomies, C-sections (especially emergencies) or laparotomies (surgical incision of the abdominal wall) often report feeling “disconnected” from their lower bodies. This has the potential to affect their lives in a myriad of ways.

Reconnecting the body

UK Bowen therapist Alastair McLoughlin’s (http://www.theartofbowen.co.uk) method to release scar tissue aims at “reconnecting” the body. The approach does this by collapsing the collagen fibres the body secretes to heal an original wound. The body deposits these fibres in no particular order. The method changes body tissue at a fundamental level. Alastair’s long-term experience shows that there is no regression to previous levels. There will be no return to sensation in the scar however if the nerve damage is too extensive. Nor may the scar itself disappear. But the tissue will have a very different look and feel to it as it benefits from improved blood and nutrient supply as well as fluid and lymph distribution and life force flow throughout the body.

I have recently trained with him to acquire this skill and am looking forward to taking my service to you to the next level.


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