with Peter Larsen
Hellerwork Structural Integration is a body therapy system of hands on manipulation and education designed to improve whole body alignment, balance, flexibility, and use. Anatomically, Hellerwork addresses the connective tissues of the musculo-skeletal system. The connective tissue - muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments, joints, and bones seamlessly attach to each other seeking to return these myofascial relationships to their natural order and integrity. Hellerwork is the direct manipulation of the myofascial system, seeking to return these myofascial relationships to their natural order and integrity.
The three major components of the approach in Hellerwork are
Structural Bodywork, Movement/Education, and Self Awareness Dialogue.
The step by step release and structural balancing of the body is typically performed in an eleven session series. Each session focuses on a different project, resulting in the systematic realignment and the release of chronic tension patterns held in that functional sector of the body. When tissues are balanced around joints, and tensions are released from within, and an individual can feel the flow and grace of life. To achieve this rebalancing, a practitioner will skillfully use fingers, knuckles, and elbows to work on your connective tissue at very specific depths, pressures, angles and speeds.
The Movement Integration work is educational in nature, and takes place both on and off the table. The way we move has a profound effect on our bodies. Awareness in movement helps Hellerwork clients take the work off of the table and into their lives. Movement work is essential to the longevity of Hellerwork results. The seemingly mundane or habitual activities are the places in everyday life where a little movement education can help minimize or eliminate ongoing tension.
Empowering clients to understand how they are doing what they are doing and teaching them to listen to their bodies are crucial steps in helping people to improve their own health. By discerning underlying structure and postural preferences one can create, compliment, or modify an exercise, yoga, or weight training program to specifically stretch, strengthen, and train in the direction of anatomical balance
By following the basic alignment and movement methods of Hellerwork, you can increase ease and fluidity, learn to release pain and tension in the moment. As these processes are learned, the body becomes self-adjusting and self-organizing. In other words, the Hellerwork is designed to move the body towards self-organization. As events and circumstances take us out of alignment, the movement work brings us back into alignment.
Self Awareness Dialogue
Self-awareness dialogue involves release and integration of old emotions, beliefs, body image issues and energy patterns. This work also involves an inquiry into your general self-awareness. The SI process is aimed toward personal evolution—being an evolving being in an evolving body. Joseph Heller found that without this type of personal work, results of the series are not as long lasting, and that with the inclusion of self-awareness dialog,
SI can become personally revolutionary. Using a computer analogy, we could say that SI work changes the hardware—the body—while the movement and personal process work change the software—the mind—from which our bodies receive instructions. Hellerwork works with the client to help discover and release barriers to change and evolution.
Your body is the vehicle in which you move through every moment of your life—and you only have one body—so how you treat it and how you maintain it deserve your attention.
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Saturday 9am to 6pm
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