What is Hellerwork?

Hellerwork Structural Integration releases unnecessary tension from your body, allowing new possibilities in your sense of freedom, flexibility, movement and well-being. This advanced and specialized kind of bodywork is designed to release accumulated rigidity that exists in your deep connective tissue – this tissue is an organ called fascia. Fascia is highly adaptable, which is how in one session clients can experience a tremendous amount of change.  Fascia is highly adaptable!  It can become shortened and hard in response to the ongoing physical stresses, lack of daily movement, as well as our attitudes and emotions.  Trauma, physical and emotional, can affect how fascia holds tension.  These compensations lead to what can be called a repetitive strain injury.  The good news is that: fascia is highly adaptable!  The work of Structural Integration can release this unnecessary tension and soften the rigidity that has accumulated.  Using three main components, Hellerwork Structural Integration will return your body to more normal state with optimal alignment.  This not only improves posture, it creates an increased sense of youthfulness and vitality in your daily life.

Aging is a major contributor that modifies optimal alignment in our fascial network.  Behavioral patterns, how we move, and too much stress without enough rest can accumulate to the point that the fascia shortens or lengthens too much, stiffens, or overstretches.  This is a key component of what causes tight muscles and repetitive strain injuries.  As we age, more and more tension can accumulate, so we are more and more likely to experience shortening and stiffening of our tissues.  Structural Integration can reverse and reduce the impacts of aging.  The process actually reconditions the tissues because the manual pressure and movement the practitioner applies softens the connective tissue enough to realign the body.  As a result, the fascia lengthens and becomes more malleable.  When fascia can stretch and contract with ease, the path of accumulation that your body had previously is changed.  Now, the body can become more and more fluid instead of more and more rigid.  Take a look at this video to learn more.

Ongoing stress over the course of many years could cause repetitive strain injury.  Repetitive strain injuries are not fully addressed by conventional physical therapy and strength training because the properties of the tissue at the site of injury have adapted to be being longer and weaker, and the rest of the fascial network has adapted to the strain.  This could be from something seemingly small, like carrying a handbag on one side or sitting in a car seat that's not suited to your body.  In order to heal and prevent the repetitive strain from showing up again, whether at that location or somewhere else in the body, the fascial system needs to be worked.  Hellerwork Structural Integration works the fascia in a systematic sequence in order to fully unravel and unwind certain parts of the body as other parts become stronger and more resilient.

The Three Main Components of Hellerwork Structural Integration

The three components of Hellerwork – deep connective tissue bodywork, movement education and self awareness dialogue – are designed to bring you and your body to a more optimal state after having experienced normal or extreme exposure to normal influences like aging, injury, strain, and repetitive and poor movement habits.

Deep Connective Tissue Bodywork
Release the tension that currently exists in your connective tissue, and return your body systematically to an aligned position. This aspect of Hellerwork is a “hands on” process, in which Practitioners work with their hands to release tension in the fascia to stretch it back into its normal and more functionally optimal position. Releasing chronic tension allows the body to feel free and rested, producing what might be an uncommon – yet normal – state of well-being.

Movement Education
Become profoundly aware of your body and your movement patterns, and as a result discover easier and fuller ways of moving. The use of your body in common daily life activities – sitting, standing, walking, and reaching – will be addressed along with movement patterns in your favorite sports, hobbies and other activities.

Self Awareness Dialogue
Become aware and more responsible for how your thoughts, feelings and beliefs relate to the posture and overall health of your body. Learn how a shift in your mind can expand your body’s health and your self-expression.


Hellerwork Series

Hellerwork is given in a series of sessions that include the above described three main components: deep tissue bodywork, movement education and therapeutic dialogue. There are 11 sessions, organized in a deliberate and layering sequence that will increase your overall comfort and ease of being you and being in your body. There are three intended divisions within the series:

The Superficial Sessions
Sessions #1-3 focus on the surface, or “superficial” layers and connective tissues in your body, the ones associated with those muscles that are near the surface of your body – also called the “sleeve” muscles.

The Core Sessions
Sessions #4-7 focus on the deeper musculature and connective tissues in your body. These core muscles, also called “intrinsic”, assist you in fine motor movement producing graceful and fluid movement. Prior to Hellerwork, these muscles are often underutilized, tight and immobile.

The Integrative Sessions
Sessions #8-11 will integrate your core and sleeve tissues and layers. Rotational pattern reversal and overall healthy joint functionality are goals of these integrative sessions. Most sessions will include movement education to support your own exploration and understanding of how you use your body in daily life – and where changes, shifts, and new habits can prolong the benefits of the bodywork and sustain your new sense of rejuvenation – session 11 will include a review of all of the movement education work.