Hellerwork Bodywork Therapy Uses and Process

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Hellerwork is a form of bodywork developed in the 1970s by aerospace engineer Joseph Heller. The soft tissue manipulation and body movement re-education are similar to Rolfing Structural Integration (Dr. Heller was trained in Rolfing Structural Integration), but acknowledges the relationship between body and mind using verbal dialogue.

Types of Conditions Treated

According to proponents, Hellerwork is used for the following conditions:

  • Poor posture
  • Muscle pain, especially neck, shoulder, and back
  • Stress and stress-related conditions
  • Sports injuries
  • Conditions related to poor posture

What Treatment Is Like

A typical course of Hellerwork treatment is 11 sessions of 90 minutes each. The first session usually begins with a health and lifestyle history. Photographs may be taken to compare posture before and after treatment.

Each session focuses on a certain area of the body and the emotions related to that area. For example, the feet and arms are related to childhood, and the core muscles of the pelvis, abdomen, and spine are linked to repressed emotions. The practitioner uses soft tissue manipulation techniques and educates about how to sit, stand, and walk without causing strain to the body.

Hellerwork practitioners use "guided verbal dialogue" to address emotions that lock muscles and affect breathing.

If you're considering trying it, be sure to talk with your primary care provider first.

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