I first had the honor of stumbling upon Melissa Rousseau of M•PARKE STUDIO ages ago and have been an utter fan ever since. This is one of the most magical women I know that takes purity and healing as seriously and deeply as I do. So it only felt natural to ask her to share her infinite wisdom on F+N. And without fail, she introduces us to the process, importance, and benefits of using self-massage of scars for energy flow. If this leaves you inspired, make sure to pop on over to her Instagram. The photos and information are next level.
SELF MASSAGE of SCARS FOR ENERGY FLOW
M | As I child, I would spend hours in the forest behind our house cleaning out the streams of leaves, sticks, and debris to ensure that it could flow properly. To me it felt like the most important job on the planet and I always felt epically satisfied at the end of the day knowing that the water would now be able to reach its intended destination. I have been on an intensive journey with Late Stage Lyme Disease which, at this phase in my healing, is needing very much the same level of tender care. It always has, but now more than ever as I am letting go of the aggressive approach I have taken to get to a fully healed body and tuning into a gentler approach. What I have learned over these challenging years is that healing—deep, long lasting healing—happens in stages and layers. It’s not a “take your powerful Chinese herbs for 10 months and you will be healed” deal. There is a time and place for each layer in the process. Energy and detox pathways need to be cleared and fully functioning before embarking on deeper treatments. Had I known this years ago, I would have approached things very differently. But in a mindset of desperation, pain and fear, I gravitated towards what I had researched, and was told, could heal me the fastest.
“Not so”, says the body. Our body really knows everything it needs in order to heal. It is the tapping into that intuition that can be tough when clouded with illness. But this is a journey, with all the twists and turns and ups and downs that intensive, life altering healing journeys are packed with. And the knowledge that I have now is the gift I get to share.
After all the mind blowing treatments I have pursued and embraced—especially over the last few years—to rid my body of this horrific disease, I have been taking a bit of a step back lately to survey what my entire being is needing. There have been some chronic blockages in my system due to some genetic issues that have gone untreated and therefore, when I was embracing other kinds of invasive treatments too soon, it caused them to backfire a bit. If your detox pathways (i.e.: liver, kidneys, lymph, skin, digestion) are chronically shut down and you are taking on all sorts of treatments, no matter how holistic, and you are not able to detox properly, those toxins are getting re-absorbed into your body, essentially fueling the fire of illness.
When I think of optimum health, I think of flow, just like my cleared stream in the forest. Energy flows freely through all meridians. Digestion is moving smoothly. The liver is processing strongly. The kidneys are flushing well. Blood and lymph are circulating freely, cleaning out debris + toxins, and bringing beautiful oxygen to all our cells, organs, muscles, and of course to the brain. Moving and sweating is a daily occurrence. Only once that flow is stabilized should the next phase of treatment begin.
I wouldn’t say that I am starting over so much as getting clearer and much more focused on my path. Over the past few months I have been working hard to get my lymph system moving again. This is a huge puzzle piece. 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. What has come next in my new approach is Scar Therapy. This was never even on my radar a few years ago, but I have learned how absolutely crucial it truly is in attaining vibrant health.
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.
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