What Is Hellerwork?
Hellerwork transforms your relationship with your body through increasing your embodied awareness and reconditioning the fascia of your whole body to an optimal state of well-being. Move more fluidly and feel taller, lighter, younger. The full Hellerwork Structural Integration series consists of eleven 90-minute sessions, Each session is individualized, begins and ends with assessment.
Each session includes:
Structural manual work with your superficial and deep connective tissue, called fascia
- To release chronic holding patterns of stress and imbalance in your body,
- To restore and realign your body for optimal ease in movement.
- To become aware of related attitudes, beliefs, and emotions associated with these stress patterns.
- (For example, in our culture, the belief "no pain no gain" often leads to over-training and overworking with resulting repetitive strain issues, or working under great tension that can lead to fatigue, burn-out, loss of vitality.)
Movement Awareness Education
- To enhance better awareness of your body and your patterns of posture and everyday movements,
- To learn new ways to move that offer more support, ease and fluidity, through changes in your perception that rewires your brain and nervous system (neuro-ception).
- Since our bodies change with how we use them, we are programming our body all the time through how we move and don't move. Our bodies constantly organize and re-organize.
- The greater our sense of safety and ease of movement, the easier it is for us to express ourselves.
Somatic Psychology Awareness Dialogue
We express our feelings, attitudes, and beliefs through our bodies and develop unique patterns of movement and expression.
I assist in your expanding your awareness and connections among body sensations, attitudes, emotions, beliefs and the relational contexts in which these developed and continue. Somatic Dialogue and Voice Dialogue, focused breathing, movement, and bodywork become resources for change in a relational context of safety.
Each Hellerwork session is associated with a theme related to the area of the body we work with. It's an opportunity to explore the theme in relationship to your own experience and patterns to facilitate better alignment, flexibility, release of holding patterns, and balance. The dialogue process is initiated by, but not limited to these themes. Sometimes, you may not want to engage in dialogue choosing instead to stay with your bodily sensations and experience. Themes of the sessions are: Inspiration; Standing on Your Own Two Feet; Reaching Out; Control and Surrender; The Guts; Holding Back; Losing Your Head; Versions of The Feminine; Versions of The Masculine; Integration and Coming Out.
Think of all the experiences that impacted your bodymind: falls, accidents, illnesses, surgeries, attitudes expressed toward you, adaptations from your early life experiences that you have carried forward, intense emotional states that you held onto without a context of safety to reset and re-regulate your body-mind system. Since emotions and beliefs are expressed through our bodies, we sometimes get stuck in a shape, perhaps a fear pattern, stuck holding our bodies in, or holding back from expression. This is an opportunity to get unstuck and update old patterns and their relational contexts to find more ease and vitality..
Fascial connective tissue surrounds, supports and intertwines all of our muscles, bones, organs, and nerves like a support stocking for all the structures in our body..
Fascia is designed to be elastic and move freely with muscles and bones. Injury, stress, work-related repetitive movements and the effects of aging can cause fascia to lose its elasticity and become shorter, tighter, and more dense. Tightened fascia pulls our muscles and skeleton out of proper alignment and posture, which can cause pain, discomfort, and fatigue.
To restore postural balance, ease of movement, and a feeling of being more at home in your own body, Hellerwork Structural Integration is practiced in an organized series of sessions within a framework that is designed to restore postural balance by aligning and integrating the body in gravity.
Structural Integration softens, lengthens, realigns, and balances the fascia of your entire body that is constantly shaping and re-shaping itself according to how you use your body. So when clients learn to use their bodies actively in more functional patterns of sitting, standing, walking, and more active movement, the changes in fascia, in connective tissue will remodel into more neurologically refined functional patterns. Thus, part of Hellerwork sessions is devoted to functional movement to help you maintain your new alignment and balance.
Through hands-on work with your fascia, along with your active participation and receptivity to change, the fascia begins to change, remodel to its more optimal position and state. Clients often feel a great release of tension, more fluidity, ease of movement, enhanced flexibility, increased energy, vitality, and confidence in opening to new possibilities in a state of well-being.
Our fascia, (that connective tissue that wraps around and through everything in our body) adapts to life's insults by shortening and tightening. Structural Integration releases the rigidity in your fascia that has adapted to habits, to physical and emotional insults, then aligns, organizes, rebalances and integrates your body, your body-mind. Movement maintains this reorganization. A truly anti aging approach!
SUMMARY Hellerwork Structural Integration is a heart-centered, holistic approach to health and wellness designed to help you release tension and old holding patterns, both physical and emotional, to open your fascia back to its natural fluid, balanced, and aligned state through a) assessment; b) integrative bodywork; c) movement awareness; and d) somatic dialogue. As Hellerworkers often say, "A shift in your body is a shift in your consciousness".
Hellerwork Structural Integration helps people of all ages from children to the elderly; Realigning and balancing your myo-fascia; Identifying your patterns of movement and related attitudes; Learning options to maintain your new alignment; Yields more ease of movement with less pain, increased bodymind awareness, energy, and vitality.