What it is
Hellerwork was developed in 1978 by a former American aerospace engineer Joseph Heller. Many physical therapies are similar in their approach for example Rolfing and the Alexander Technique. Trained physiotherapists learn similar techniques as part of their massage training.
How does it work?
It is made up of a series of 90-minute sessions of movement, manipulation and discussion that are designed to restore the body's balance and return it to a more relaxed and youthful state. These sessions also help release built-up stress and tension. The aim of Hellerwork is to release tension and rigidity, and to prevent it from occurring in the first place. It concentrates on a form of connective body tissue, known as fascia. Fascia wraps the individual fibres and bundles of fibres that become muscle. It comes together at the end of the muscle and forms the tendon, which attaches the muscle to the bone.
Who can benefit?
Hellerwork helps prevent an illness rather than cure it by freeing people from their set patterns of thinking and moving. Once these patterns are freed the person is able to adapt more easily to life's changes.
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