Hellerwork has three components:
Structural Bodywork, Somatic Dialogue, and Movement Education
The Structural Integration (SI) series was designed by Dr. Ida Rolf to systematically organize and align the body in relation to gravity for lasting structural change. Joseph Heller expanded Dr. Rolf's model of working with the body to incorporate the mind-body connection and movement education.
I work with the fascia, which takes many forms throughout the body to create one single continuous structure. Fascia develops according to its use, always adapting to loads placed upon it and the shapes it takes in daily life. The aim of SI is to organize and orient an individual's fascia towards a balanced, aligned structure so gravity can act as a strengthening force.
Tension, twists, strains, and pains are released through hands-on myofascial manipulation. You and I will work together to align your fascial network and dissolve restrictions to help facilitate your body's ability to heal itself naturally.
Our bodies and minds are linked. The stories we believe and persistent emotional states can effect our overall health and perception of pain. Awareness of the mind-body connection as tool for self-understanding leads to a fuller sense of yourself that honors the messages of the soma, the body.
We unconsciously carry much of our physical tension; when we bring our bodies into conscious awareness, we can step out of the self-perpetuating feedback loop and alter the course of the myofascial-neurological-endocrinal mechanism. Coupled with structural bodywork, somatic awareness allows an individual to consciously shift toward a greater sense of well-being.
Our bodies are amazing adapters, taking shape according to how we use them in everyday life. Through movement education we explore ways to move through life with ease, leading to less pain and more energy. The connection between mind and our movements is brought forth to learn how the two influence each other, increasing the capacity for ease and presence in daily life.
The 11-session Structural Integration series is a systematic release and reorganization of fascia to re-establish the structural balance of your body. Chronic tension and pain dissolve. Movement becomes more fluid in both your physical and emotional life. A comfortable sense of being lifted and supported replaces the stress and strain of carrying your body through life.
I received a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from the University of Missouri in 2015, a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) training from the Institute for Spirituality and Health at the Texas Medical Center in 2017, and graduated from the Hellerwork Practitioners Training from UCHA in Omaha in 2021. I am also a Licensed Massage Therapist. I like to help people feel good in their bodies and realize their mind-body connection.
I also enjoy gardening, doing tai chi, reading, and playing music.
How I Work
I believe people are most available to healing when they are open and ready to invest in their own process. I aim to hold space for the body's wisdom to process and release, and encourage the whole being toward a sense of harmony and vitality. Through therapeutic bodywork, movement, and dialogue, Hellerwork honors the uniqueness of each individual and supports them toward their innate sense of wellness.