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Hellerwork is recognized as one of the most gentle and effective forms of structural bodywork and movement re-education for correcting posture and releasing chronic tension, stress and pain. It consists of a series of 1 to 1-1/2 hour sessions of structural bodywork and movement re-education. The number of sessions may vary from person to person due to their varying needs. Discussion is used to help the client become aware of how our movement habits, emotions and attitudes can affect our levels of tension and stress and actually shape our bodies. Clients learn how to move through their daily activities in more comfortable and efficient ways. Hellerwork can help you Look better, Feel better and Perform your Best!
Fascia is a moist, elastic, cotton-like tissue that supports and connects all of the structures of the body. It can be seen as a multi-layer body stocking, with fascial sheaths wrapping the muscles and weaving throughout the body. Fascia in its ideal state is very fluid and allows us to feel flexible and resilient in our daily activities. Our posture and movement patterns often indicate how injuries, chronic pain, tension and stress can cause our fascia to become stiff and rigid. This can lead to tension, pain, stress and a loss of energy, flexibility and posture. We often refer to these symptoms as signs of aging.
The Hellerwork Practitioner assesses the client's symptoms as they relate to their posture and movement patterns. These patterns are the way we have adapted to gravity in all our daily activities from work to play. The practitioner works with the fascia to restore posture and flexibility while releasing tension, stress and pain.
One of the unique aspects of Hellerwork is in the way we work with the client to breathe, relax and let go as we restore the fascia to its normal, fluid and flexible state. The manipulation of the soft tissue (fascia) is a “hands on” process and is always within the comfort level of the client. Clients are often surprised at how much tension they are holding without being aware of it. They are equally surprised that they are capable of learning how to release the tension, breathe and relax on a very deep level from head to toe. The goal of Hellerwork is to create lasting change. Many clients say Hellerwork is like getting an owners manual for your body. Many clients return for tune-ups because it feels good and they like the long lasting results.
Emotions, attitudes, beliefs and psychological symptoms get literally stuck in our bodies. Hellerwork can be an important adjunct to therapy. As we release tension in our bodies caused by stress, anxiety, depression or grief... we learn how to change the way we react to these emotions. Therapists find it much easier to make rapid and profound progress when their clients are receiving Hellerwork.
Hellerwork clients report relief from aches, pains, tension and stress and improvement in posture, more energy, greater strength and flexibility. Many clients report a more youthful appearance, improved athletic performance (golf, tennis…), and enhanced body awareness. It is also common for friends and family to think you have lost weight (even when you have not lost a pound.) Nearly all clients feel that a Hellerwork series results in increased vitality and energy, and in greater fitness of body and mind.
Written by Tom Marshall