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Company Name : Hellerwork Structural Integration®
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Location : 300 Carlsbad Village Dr Carlsbad CA 92008 United States
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Year Established : 1978
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Hellerwork Structural Integration, created by Joseph Heller, expands on Dr. Rolf's method. In Hellerwork, we address the psycho-emotional aspect of the person and integrate the body, mind and movement connection patterns in order to create complete and lasting change. What really distinguishes Hellerwork from the other forms of Structural Integration are the added components of Somatic Psychology, Active Therapeutic Dialogue and Movement Education.

Movement Education in Hellerwork is integrated at every level and is the true context of this work. Our goal is to give our clients a retraining in the way that they move through their lives. This is presented on the physical, emotional and psychological levels.

By addressing the entire person and not just the body, pain and stiffness on all levels is reduced or eliminated, and fluidity, freedom and ease takes its place. Even though all Structural Integration methods address the structure and function of the body, Hellerwork provides a deeper exploration into the psycho-emotive aspect of the person.

Somatic Psychology is the therapeutic dialogue process that occurs during sessions, which assists clients in releasing old patterns stored in the body, therefore allowing them to evolve to a level of increased personal awareness and authenticity in their lives.

From our perspective, the individual's ability to move through life with ease makes all the difference in the way one lives, speaks and acts in the world.

There is a complex relationship between movement and self-expression, and simply put, the greater the ease of movement, the easier it is for people to express themselves verbally and emotionally. Movement is encouraged in Hellerwork Structural Integration, and achieved on every level.

The first level is the freedom that is created in the physical body, as alignment is improved along with the release of chronic pain and holding patterns. The deeper levels of work are related to the inter-relatedness between the mind, the emotions, and the body.

Hellerwork addresses these levels by exploring their relationships and offers facilitation to clients. This process assists in clearing out old and dysfunctional patterns and creates new optimal perspectives and tools that inspire awareness, joy, and freedom. This is all facilitated from a heart-centered educational approach, which is an important component offered in our practitioner training.

Our heart-based approach is healing and transformative by nature because people grow more easily when they experience love and support.

Click here to find out about training in Structural Integration with us.

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The Role of Hellerwork in a Holistic Health Perspective

by Don St. John, Ph.D.There is a growing momentum toward a holistic health perspective. Values of the holistic framework emphasize prevention, client participation, life-style choices involving nutrition, exercise, and relaxation, and a multi-discipline approach to health maintenance. The old model of “treat the symptom, ignore the person” is fading with the emergence of the viewpoint that recognizes the wholeness of the individual.Within this holistic model is a field known as Somatic Education. Somatic Education addresses the whole person in relationship to movement, physical and psychological awareness, learning, and their environment. The focus is on the body “as experienced from within the body.” Hellerwork is a Somatic Education discipline that is making an enormous contribution to this emerging model of health and well-being.In Hellerwork the entire musculo-skeletal structure of the body is considered and related to the individual’s sense of well-being. Structure is viewed as relationship: relationship of the whole to the gravitational field in which it exists; relationship among parts within the whole; and relationship of structure to function. Isolated changes or symptom alleviation are not the concern of Hellerwork. Changes are perceived in relation to the whole body and whole person, and are aimed at improving the total energetic economy of the individual.Holistic theory states that how we live is central to the health we experience–that is, how and what we eat, exercise, relax, breathe, love, and think. Perhaps most important is how we negotiate those personal psychological issues that weave through the tapestry of our lives. Even at the very best, there are periodic rough spots, occasional frustration, and stress. At the other end of the continuum, there is intense frustration, chronic conflict, and debilitating disease.From the beginning of our lives, we are engaged with issues that set the foundation for our psycho-physical well-being. For example, we begin to develop a deep sense of basic trust in life as we successfully handle the terrain of infancy. If the conditions of our infancy are such that we do not develop that sense of trust, the psychophysical effects can cast dark and negative shadows over many ensuing years.There are issues to be mastered in every stage of life, and typically new stages resurrect old unresolved issues. These issues center around such themes as autonomy, competence, lovability, identity, intimacy, creativity, and spirituality. Our successes or failures in these are most critical to our psychophysical well-being.From the very beginning of our lives, we accumulate tension. Chronic tension is far more prevalent, extensive, and pervasive than most people imagine. Acute tension, is readily felt–such as stiffness in the neck or back. Chronic tension, however is typically outside of conscious awareness. Large areas of the body are simply unavailable to kinesthetic awareness.The strains of life’s frustrations, the wear and tear of navigating our personal ships in rapidly changing sociological waters, the cumulative effect of poor health habits and physical accidents, are all embodied. All can be seen by the trained eye, felt by the experienced hand. All affect the structural integrity of our bodies. All affect the responsiveness and aliveness of our human tissues. All affect the quality of our participation in life.Relieving wear and tear, improving the structural integrity of the human body, and educating the client in developing awareness are central objectives of Hellerwork. The value of improving structural integrity is inestimable and powerfully lessens the effects of aging.Hellerwork is a multi-level educational experience. Much is communicated in the quality of touch. Learning to let go, to accept pressure, to surrender in the sense of yielding and flowing, to create higher levels of aliveness, to learn to “feel” one’s body from the inside, are among the lessons taught in Hellerwork. Physical awareness improves as clients learn to use their bodies in ways that minimize effort and tension.This heightened awareness is paralleled psychologically as clients explore how their thoughts, attitudes, and feelings have an impact in and through their body. Hellerwork works with and educates a whole person. While not interested in symptom relief, it perhaps offers one of the best adjunctive approaches to chronic muscular pain syndromes. It emphasizes prevention and educates clients in self care. It teaches the powerful relationship of the body and the mind. With its potent range of application, Hellerwork is assuming a prominent place in our current holistic health paradigm.

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What is Hellerwork?

Hellerwork Structural Integration, created by Joseph Heller, expands on Dr. Rolf’s method. In Hellerwork, we address the psycho-emotional aspect of the person and integrate the body, mind and movement connection patterns in order to create complete and lasting change.What really distinguishes Hellerwork from the other forms of Structural Integration are the added components of Somatic Psychology, Active Therapeutic Dialogue and Movement Education.Movement Education in Hellerwork is integrated at every level and is the true context of this work. Our goal is to give our clients a “retraining” in the way that they move through their lives. This is presented on the physical, emotional and psychological levels.By addressing the entire person and not just the body, pain and stiffness on all levels is reduced or eliminated, and fluidity, freedom and ease takes its place. Even though all Structural Integration methods address the structure and function of the body, Hellerwork provides a deeper exploration into the psycho-emotive aspect of the person.Somatic Psychology is the therapeutic dialogue process that occurs during sessions, which assists clients in releasing old patterns stored in the body, therefore allowing them to evolve to a level of increased personal awareness and authenticity in their lives.From our perspective, the individual’s ability to move through life with ease makes all the difference in the way one lives, speaks and acts in the world.There is a complex relationship between movement and self-expression, and simply put, the greater the ease of movement, the easier it is for people to express themselves verbally and emotionally. Movement is encouraged in Hellerwork Structural Integration, and achieved on every level.The first level is the freedom that is created in the physical body, as alignment is improved along with the release of chronic pain and holding patterns.The deeper levels of work are related to the inter-relatedness between the mind, the emotions, and the body.Hellerwork addresses these levels by exploring their relationships and offers facilitation to clients. This process assists in clearing out old and dysfunctional patterns and creates new optimal perspectives and tools that inspire awareness, joy, and freedom. This is all facilitated from a state of unconditional love, which is an important component offered in our practitioner training.Our heart-based approach is healing and transformative by nature because people grow more easily when they experience love and support.A shift in the body is a shift in consciousness.Experience this the Hellerwork way.

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The Best Kept Secret in Bodywork: Hellerwork

By Joseph Hunton for Awareness Magazine. This is the time of year when people traditionally reflect on the past and think about what they can do to be happier and healthier in the future. Along with losing weight and getting more exercise, one of themost common New Year’s resolutions is reducing stress. Unfortunately, like the other two, it’s also one of the hardest resolutions to keep. Stress, and its harmful effects on the body, can be greatly reduced through a form of bodywork that has often been overlooked.Hellerwork is a dynamic, three-part system of deep tissue bodywork, movement education, and dialogue designed to relieve stress and pain, improve posture and alignment, enhance movement and flexibility and increase energy.During the eleven 90-minute session series, tension and stress are released and the natural structural balance of the body is restored to a more aligned and relaxed state through a variety of gentle, “handson” deep tissue bodywork techniques. Movement education is used to help the client develop a better awareness of their body andmovement patterns. Dialogue is used to assist the client in becoming aware of emotional stress that may be related to physical tension.Hellerwork reflects the holistic approach to health, viewing the body as a complete and balanced entity, rather than merely a sum of disparate parts.This unique combination is designed to produce permanent change for lasting good health and personal growth.The Fascia ConnectionTo fully understand the process, it helps to learn about fascia, the connective tissue that Hellerwork directly affects. Fascia is a plasticlike tissue that wraps the muscles and all the fibers that become muscle. It is like a multi-layer body stocking, wrapping muscles and weaving in layers throughout the body. In its optimal condition, fascia is loose and moist, and facilitates movement and flexibility.However, due to chronic physical or emotional stress, lack of movement, or physical trauma, the fascia can become rigid and lose its flexibility. This results in the layers sticking to one another, often causing “knots”, pain, adhesions or restriction of movement. Our own movement patterns often determine how our fascia gets stuck. Also,because it is literally “connective” tissue, tension in one part of the body can affect many other areas of the body, as well.A body that is already out of balance may react to the simple force of gravity as a stressor, and become even more imbalanced and rigid. This is often what causes people to stiffen and shorten as they age.Hellerwork is designed to realign the body by releasing the rigidity from the connective tissue, facilitating change of the patterns that caused that rigidity and imbalance in the first place, and initiating dialogue to raise awareness of the impact of emotions and attitudes on the body.The Three Components of HellerworkThe deep, connective tissue bodywork releases tension in the fascia to systematically return the body to an aligned position. The practitioner achieves this through a “hands-on” process, by manually stretching the fascia back to its normal position. The client often feels a great release of tension, which produces an uncommon, but normal, state of well-being.The movement education teaches the client to become more aware of their body and movements. During sessions, clients will spend part of the time standing, sitting and walking, and are coached on their movement patterns. Simple but effective, easy-to-remember suggestions and visualizations are used to help the client rebalance their movements for optimal alignment and fluidity. Video feedback may be used to enhance this process.The verbal dialogue component helps the client become aware of emotions and attitudes and how they affect the body. The focus of the dialogue begins with, but is not limited to, the theme of each session. These themes highlight common attitudes and emotions associated with different parts of the body.For example, during the first session, the practitioner works primarily on the chest and the theme is “Inspiration”. During the bodywork, the practitioner may ask, “Do you feel inspired? What inspires you?What affects your ability to feel inspired?” This dialogue helps the client become aware of how emotions can impact the body. By becoming aware of these emotional patterns, the process of change in the mind and body can begin.The SessionsEach of the eleven Hellerwork sessions has a theme and each one is designed to focus on a specific area of the body to facilitate better alignment, flexibility and balance. Themes of the sessions are: Inspiration; Standing on Your Own Two Feet; Reaching Out; Control and Surrender; The Guts; Holding Back; Losing Your Head; The Feminine; The Masculine; Integration and Coming Out.There isn’t one standard reaction to Hellerwork, but typical responses to sessions often include a feeling of increased height due to better alignment, ease of breathing, increased range of motion, a more graceful walk, more energy, increased relaxation, enhanced awareness and openness, and often a connection to buried emotionsand intuition.The Hellerwork practitioners are a unique group of extensively trained health educators and professionals who are committed to actualizing the principles of Hellerwork, not only in their sessions, but in their daily lives.

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The Hellerwork Practitioner Training Program

Hellerwork Practitioner Training Program begins July 2022. Curious to learn more?The Hellerwork Structural Integration Practitioner Training Program at UCHA is formatted as an 18-month training. It is made up of a 1025 clock hour curriculum covering the seven components which make up Hellerwork Structural Integration. Your 1025 training is a ‘blended’ program with on-site intensive weeks interspersed with distance learning phases using an interactive online format. Of the 1025 clock hours, 700 of these clock hours will take place onsite with classroom lectures and classroom labs over five 16 days intensives. There will be one full day off in the middle of a 16-day intensive. Each intensive is interspersed with five learning phases where you will complete specified assignments with supervision and on-line learning.Create A Career That Becomes A LifestyleAre you ready to change your life?Imagine a career that allows you to profoundly help people experience less pain, tension, and stress in their body and in their life.A career offering you freedom to choose when and where you want to work.A career built around your values that allow you the time and income to pursue your passions.A career where the people you work with become your biggest supporters and champions.A career where you are continually learning and growing as a person and a practitioner.Become a PractitionerBecome a part of a community of Healthcare Practitioners on the cutting edge of structural medicine and personal growth.Become a leader in your community know for effectively creating lasting change in your clients. The Hellerwork Structural Integration Practitioner Training Curriculum comprises 1025 Clock Hours offering a blended learning environment and experience deeply grounded in the theory, principles, science and hands-on skills which make up Hellerwork Structural Integration. The curriculum consists of seven sections with each section containing 3 courses. Each course is designed to progressively educate and deepen your knowledge and expertise as you advance through your training.Training FormatOur training program is presented in Five 15-day onsite classroom intensive.In between classroom intensives are Four 3-month online classroom distance learning segments.Curriculum Course Objectives and Course DescriptionsThe curriculum of the Hellerwork Practitioner Training Program is divided into the following seven  fields of study:• Structural Integration Bodywork and Functional Assessment• Anatomy and Physiology• Movement Education• Somatic Psychology• Pathology• Business and Marketing• Professional EthicsCoursesThe following courses are given during the Hellerwork Practitioner Training Program. All courses must be completed successfully to obtain certification as a Hellerwork Practitioner.Bodywork: • Principles of Structural Bodywork• Techniques of Structural Bodywork• Hellerwork PracticumAnatomy:• Introduction to Body Systems• Structural and Functional Assessment• Myofascial Anatomy• Applied Human Anatomy/Physiology• Gross Anatomy Lab (if available)Movement:                             • Human Evolution and Gravity• Introduction to Hellerwork Movement• Body Awareness and Movement Lab• Movement Practicum• Communicating Movement Lessons• ErgonomicsSomatic Psychology: • Introduction to Psychological Inquiry• Movement and Psychology• Fundamentals of Dialogue• Intra/Interpersonal CommunicationsBusiness: • Introduction to Marketing• Practice Development I• Practice Development II• Business Standards and Practices

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