Hellerwork Structural Integration with Terry Petersen
Terry trained in the Hellerwork Structural Integration series work with Joseph Heller and team in the 1980’s. It was both a professional and personal life-changing experience that deepened her understanding of how we can heal our bodies. This inclusive therapy uses movement, postural re-education, dialogue, and deep tissue bodywork. It allows individuals to recognize and transform long standing physical/emotional pain and fascial restriction patterns developed through accidents, injuries and habitual holding patterns created over a life time. It initiates a self-discovery process that can be inspirational.
Hellerwork is completed in a series of sessions.
The 11 Hellerwork sessions are as follows:
Concentrates on the body parts – the rib-. cage, shoulders and hips – associated with expanding the chest to breathe deeply and freely and aligns the rib-cage over the pelvis
Centres on the feet and legs; aligning the joints and making sure that the body’s weight is distributed over the feet’s arches.
Aligns the sides of the upper body by releasing tension in the shoulders, arms and sides.
Concentrates on the muscles of the inside leg and pelvic floor (see BODY GUIDE – BLADDER; CASEBOOK – INCONTINENCE).
Brings the pelvis into a more horizontal position that supports the ‘guts’ more effectively.
Focuses on the spine area.
Works to release tension in the head, face and neck and align the head over the torso.
Facilitates movement and balances muscles in the lower part of the body – the legs, feet, hips and pelvis.
Facilitates movement and balances muscles in the upper part of the body – the arms, shoulders, rib-cage and neck.
Works on the major joints to produce over-all balance of the body.
This is different from the other 10 sessions, and no body-work is used. In this session, the treatment is completed by a process of acknowledgement and a review of the results obtained, with the client asking any questions they may have. Learning how to take the results out into everyday life is emphasised, together with continuing progress by more conscious use of the body.