This article is from the Alternative Medicine Therapies guide.
Hellerwork usually consists of 11 sessions, lasting an average of about 90 minutes each. Sessions one through three, known as the "superficial" sessions, typically focus on the surface layers of the fascia. These layers are associated with the muscles that are near the surface of the body. Sessions four through seven involve the deeper fascia and muscles and are called the "core" sessions. Sessions eight through 11 are the "integrative" sessions, which aim to synthesize the work of the earlier sessions.
At the first session, the practitioner will ask you about your medical history, so you can discuss your specific needs and how Hellerwork might address them. For this and subsequent sessions, you will be advised not to eat for a couple of hours prior to the session, and you will be asked to undress to your underwear.
Each session will have a theme related to the part of the body that is being worked on. An example of such a theme is "Inspiration." During this session, the practitioner--through bodywork, dialogue about what inspires you, and exercises--will focus on aligning your rib cage vertically over your pelvis and opening up your breathing.
Some of the deeper work during the 11 sessions may hurt, but it should never be unbearable. You should feel relaxed and energized at the end of each session. The verbal dialogue portion of the therapy will not require you to discuss subjects you may find too difficult or painful.
The practitioner might take photographs or videos of you throughout the 11 sessions to help you follow your progress. The final appointment will be a review session. Your practitioner may recommend postponing further sessions for several months until your body can process the changes and adjustments you have made so far.