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Why treat scars?

Why do we treat scars?

Before a treatment, Marma Therapists ask clients if they have any scars. But why treat scars – what has this to do with my bad back/neck/shoulder? In fact, it’s very important because an energy blockage in one location on the body can create problems in another. So many times when I have been treating a foot or a hand or shoulder, people tell me they have sensations of release in another part of the body.

In Marma Therapy we treat points on the body (these points/areas are the ‘Marmas’)  where energy channels – called Nadis in Ayurveda, although we may be more familiar with the term ‘meridians’ as used in Traditional Chinese Medicine – converge. According to Ayurveda there are 72,000 of these channels in the energy body. When the energy can flow freely, then balance and good health are maintained in the physical body.

But then life happens! We may have an accident with a physical injury. We may need surgery, which can cut across one or more Nadis and prevent the energy from flowing freely. The result can be a physical problem in the area where the cut and resulting scar is located. Or the problem can occur in another location along the same energy channel. Often the physical issue is also connected to stuck emotions relating to events round the time the injury or surgery took place.

If the client does have scars, then we do a scar treatment at the start of the therapy. This helps to unblock stuck energy, which then makes the rest of the treatment more effective. The scar treatment is simple – everything is simple and natural in Marma Therapy! It involves a specific massage procedure over the scar using a special blend of essential oils known for healing the skin.

Scar treatment results

The results can be quite dramatic. Surprisingly, even the appearance of the scar can change, becoming less prominent and, often, less livid. Once when I was in Italy a mother brought her young son who had been savaged and bitten on the face and head by the family dog. The boy’s head was covered in scars and he was also emotionally traumatised by the event itself and then by the subsequent stay in hospital.

When I started doing the scar treatment, the boy wouldn’t even let me touch his head. Initially, I had to do the treatment above the skin. After a few days – we were doing daily treatments for a while – he relaxed and I could do the treatment directly on the scars. Then, when I had to return to the UK, I gave the mother some of the special scar oil and showed her how to do the treatment. A couple of months later she told me that the boy’s physical and also the emotional scars had disappeared.

One client spoke of a feeling ‘of knitting together’ during the scar treatment. Afterwards she wrote: ‘The stomach – where the scars were [two C-sections, hysterectomy, appendectomy and keyhole investigation through navel] – feels completely different; feels softer – before, the scarring felt very protruded. Now feels soft and gentle and not protruding.’

Another reported that during the treatment of an abdominal scar she felt a ‘sensation of relaxation going right through to the back and to the legs’. A client with an appendix scar said she felt as if the scar had been removed. So this is why we treat scars.

I’m very glad I wrote about scars today. It has reminded me to treat a scar on my own leg. Doctor, heal thyself!