SELF MASSAGE of SCARS :: INCREASED ENERGY FLOW
When I think of optimum health, I think of flow, just like a cleared stream in the forest. Free of leaves + debris. And like the cleared stream, in a clear body energy flows freely through all meridians. And all detox pathways are moving as well. Digestion is moving smoothly. The liver is processing strongly. The kidneys are flushing well. Moving and sweating is a daily occurrence so that blood and lymph are circulating freely, clearing out toxins, and bringing beautiful oxygen to all our cells, organs, muscles, and of course to the brain. The Lymph System is in charge of transporting waste out of the body, however as we know, it does not move on its own. Which is why exercise, breath, and movement are so vital. I adore my rebounder for this purpose especially. Only once all flow + pathways are clear + stabilized can full healing occur. This freely flowing energy formula also includes Scar Therapy.
SCARS :: A REVIEW
Scar tissue is the body’s automatic + natural repair system in response to a cut or wound in which dense, fibrous connective tissue composed primarily of collagen is laid down. It is meant to be dense to hold the injured area together, however scar tissue’s density makes it very vulnerable to dysfunction. During its formation adhesions can also attach to deeper structures, such as muscles, tendons, fascia, and organs, which naturally causes a restriction in the area, which then leads to restrictions in other areas, like a domino effect. Because of this, scars can interfere with meridian energy flow, nerve communication, blood circulation, lymphatic drainage, and range of motion. What is even more interesting is that scars can become “storage units” for bacteria, fungus, and virus, which can greatly inhibit the body’s overall ability to heal, not just in the area of the scar, but as a whole.
Think of it as a communication and energy shutdown. If vibrant health looks like flowing energy, then scars and adhesions, no matter how large or deep, can be the dam to that energy. Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, Founder and Medical Director of the Sophia Health Institute, refers to them as “Interference Fields”.
I have actually always been pretty proud of the scars that I’ve accumulated from my myriad of surgeries and wipe outs over the years. But interestingly, I have multiple scars on my feet and ankles from unsuccessful surgeries right where lymph must flow. I have a few scars that start on my forehead and go back to the center of my head from an angry cat attack when I was only two that run exactly along the Governing Vessel meridian interrupting flow there. I have a very deep scar on my wrist from a scary fall that has actually been housing a bacterial infection. Tattoos and ear piercings, even wisdom teeth removal, are also all considered scarred areas.
So along with visiting my healer for special laser treatments, as well as applying a 2% Iodine solution on my scars a few times a week to help kill any bacteria or virus living there, I am doing essential daily at home self massage to boost circulation, increase pliability of the scar, assist with lymphatic drainage, increase range of motion, and to ultimately help get my full body’s energy flow going again.
MY DAILY SELF MASSAGE PRACTICE
HEAT :: I like to heat the entire area to prepare for massage. So I usually do this treatment post bath when my whole body is warmed and my circulation is pumping.
LUBRICATE :: I love to use Jiva-Apoha’s Parutka Oil, with Turmeric and Marjoram to help fight inflammation. It is also warming and increases circulation. I use this mixed with a little bit of Neem Oil, which along with being anti-inflammatory, is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and can be helpful to get rid of any microbials that have taken up residence in the congestion of the scar.
• Placing the fingers on the scar, make circular motions on the scar and the surrounding skin, going one way and then the other to help drain congested lymph fluid. If it is a new scar, it may be quite tender, but daily massage will help to diminish that.
• Next, deepen the pressure a bit, massaging back and forth in the direction of the scar for a few strokes and then transversely across the fibers of the scar for a few strokes. Repeat 5 times. And continue as a daily practice.
MOVE :: Moving + stretching the surrounding area while you are massaging the scar is always ideal to help increase range of motion.