About Philip

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Certified Hellerwork Structural Integration Practitioner
Hellerwork International
Advanced Structural Integration Practitioner
Mana Integrative Therapies U.K.
Fascial Fitness Trainer
Dr Robert Schleip & Fascial Fitness Association GmbH
International Association of Structural Integrators member.
Fascia Research Society member.


Since starting my practice in 2001 it has been my great pleasure to share the life changing results of Hellerwork with many many people wanting to expand the quality and depth of their lives. 

I experienced major surgery in my late teens which left me at a very low ebb. Somehow I found the energy and deep motivation to study and learn how to regain my own health and fitness. With virtually no help from "the health system" I spent a decade researching and trying many mainstream and complimentary treatments to restore my full health and wellbeing. Out of all the approaches and methodologies I tried, only Hellerwork Structural Integration enabled me to feel and achieve profound and true long-lasting improvement.

A few years after my own Hellerwork experience I headed off to start my Hellerwork Structural Integration Training - in Spain, New Zealand, England, and France. It was an incredible, challenging and rewarding experience that still enriches my practice and what i can provide for my clients every day.

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My first practice was in the City of Bath UK, then in London at The Life Centre in Notting Hill, The Ability Centre in Marylebone, Holistic Health in Hackney, and the Kailash Centre in St Johns Wood.

I travelled extensively for further training with gifted teachers of Structural Integration - including Sol Petersen, Mark Gray, Hubert Godard, and Stuart Bell. I also completed an Advanced Structural Integration training in the UK.

I have attended classes with Leon Chaitow, Tom Myers and Anatomy Trains, Dr Robert Schleip and others who are key in further developing our understanding of the body's Fascial network.

I have a creative background in media production and music performance, and I have served extensively on the Hellerwork International board of directors. I regularly network with dedicated health and medical practitioners in a variety of modalities. 

Certified Hellerwork Practitioners are required to be members in good standing with their Regional Practitioner Association (USA, Canada, Europe, or New Zealand and Australia) and to complete their Annual Continuing Education Quota, in order to be annually re-certified.

International Association of Structural Integrators Members adhere to the IASI's Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. 

 

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Evolution Of Hellerwork Structural Integration 

       

Joseph Heller founder of Hellerwork Structural Integration


"The body stores the trauma of our lives in muscular rigidity, thereby keeping us stuck in the past. When we release the tension in the body and align ourselves with gravity, we take a new stand in life. This allows us to be at ease with ourselves and in harmony in our relationship to others and to our planet."

- Joseph Heller founder of Hellerwork

 As more and more people around the world are seeking out effective and empowering solutions for their ongoing health and well-being, Hellerwork and Structural Integration are undergoing a surge of growth and popularity. This is concurrent with emerging science and research and understanding of the dynamic role of the fascial network of the body. The three main certifying schools of Structural Integration - Hellerwork International, the Rolf Institute, and the Guild for Structural Integration, plus a number of smaller schools, have more recently been joined by Tom Myers Anatomy Trains. Professional and certified Structural Integrators now form the International Association of Structural Integrators.

 

Dr Ida P. RolfStructural Integration originally began with Dr Ida P. Rolf (1896-1979) a New Yorker armed with a Ph.D in biological chemistry. At a young age she became an Associate at the Rockefeller Institute, studied mathematics and atomic physics in Zurich, and homeopathic medicine in Geneva.

 In 1930’s USA Dr Rolf was seeking answers to family health problems. Treatments available seemed inadequate to her. As a result she explored osteopathy, chiropractic, yoga, the Alexander technique and Korzybski’s work on consciousness. With her now substantial knowledge Dr Rolf created a new system of soft tissue bodywork, known originally as Rolfing, but now more widely known as Structural Integration.

With this potent work, she was able to make significant changes to deep structures of the body, offering many breakthroughs for people previously unable to find help. In the 60's she was invited to teach at the Esalen Institute. The more she taught, the more students sought admission to her training ...

 

Joseph Heller founder of Hellerwork Structural IntegrationJoseph Heller was one of those students. Born in Poland in 1940 he received his early education in Europe, and immigrated to the USA at the age of 16. He graduated from CalTech and began working as an aerospace engineer in the NASA space programme, developing extensive knowledge of structural stress. In 1972, in the midst of an intense involvement with humanistic psychology, Joseph experienced Rolfing. He was so impressed that he gave up aerospace engineering and trained as a Rolfing practitioner with the founder Dr Rolf.

Joseph Heller went on to become a Structural Patterner with Judith Aston and while maintaining a very successful practice, he received advanced training from Dr Rolf, and from Dr Brugh Joy, a noted physician, author, and innovator in the fields of preventative medicine and energy healing.

He became the first president of the Rolf Institute in 1976. With his unique combination of expertise and training in Structural Integration, movement, body energy awareness, and the conceptualization of the human body as an integrated system, Joseph Heller moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 1978 and founded Hellerwork.

Joseph Heller has trained practitioners from around the world, and a selected group of trainers, allowing more people to experience the benefits of Hellerwork. He lives and practices in Mt Shasta, California, and continues to teach and communicate about Hellerwork.



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