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Hellerwork, or Hellerwork Structural Integration, is a direct descendant of Rolfing, developed by Ida Rolf in the 1930s. Its founder, the first president of the Rolf Institute, NASA engineer Joseph Heller (1940– ), added his own take on body movement education and verbal dialogue, fostering awareness of emotional challenges to Rolf’s deep fascia connective tissue–oriented massage techniques. Hellerwork is intended to realign the body and counteract the ravages of gravity and physical and emotional stress. As a side effect of that realignment, changes occur in balance and overall health, including pain reduction, emotional changes, and improvement of biomechanical problems, such as back pain, gait dysfunction, and repetitive stress microtrauma injuries (e.g., carpal tunnel syndrome, etc.). Some research indicates improvement in childhood behavioral problems and autism. ...

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