Time to Realign - Hellerwork Structural Integration with Janelle

Frequently Asked Questions

Generally I feel OK. Do I need to feel bad or have something wrong to get a treatment?

No. Preventative healthcare is actually more helpful than reactive healthcare. Often the best time to take care of your body is before things get really bad.

How soon before I see results?

One session can often deliver much-needed relief from pain, stress, tension and discomfort. However, depending on the condition, it can take more than one session to see lasting results.

How do I get the longest lasting results?

Longest lasting results generally come from doing the full Hellerwork Series. This is because the 11-session series is specifically designed to intensively release and unwind a lifetime's worth of restrictions and patterns related to alignment, posture, injuries and habits.

Will Hellerwork correct serious alignment issues?

It can. The focus of Hellerwork is correction of alignment and posture, and any symptoms that arise from misalignment. How much correction depends on the client's history and motivation to apply the movement lessons.

What can I expect afterwards?

After a Hellerwork session there are a range of experiences. Most often people feel very relaxed and at ease in their bodies. Sometimes people can feel very tired, alternately very energized. Because Hellerwork uses deep-tissue massage techniques, there may be some soreness the next day. This is all normal. Do drink plenty of water.

If I sign up for the Hellerwork Series, how often should I come?

The frequency of sessions depends on what works for the client. People have come once a week, twice a month, once a month, even once every 6 weeks.

Lasting results are achieved from all of these schedules, however, I recommend once a week, or twice a month.

Is it painful?

Deep-tissue massage is intense, but shouldn't be unbearable.

I don't believe pushing you past your limits is helpful so I work sensitively with you to determine what is an appropriate level of pressure, depth and speed.

What's appropriate dress for a Hellerwork session?

Because the sessions combine deep-tissue massage with movement and a visual assessment, we do the work with you in your underwear - women usually wear bra and panties, men usually wear briefs (with some stretch is best).

This attire is, of course, entirely dependent on your comfort level.

How much time do most clients spend on exercises or integration work outside of the session?

As much time as they like. But it's important to remember that the more you remember to practice the exercises, the bigger and longer lasting the change.

Because the movement exercises are based on sitting, standing and walking, it's easy to implement the movement exercises. All you have to do is remember to try it out while doing everyday routines.

Other kinds of integration work include body awareness and self-observation.

Does Hellerwork interfere with physiotherapy or other injuries?

Most often, Hellerwork is complementary to other therapies. However, it is important to tell your practitioner about any other therapies you are pursuing.

Is it suitable for children or pregnancy?

Children and teenagers respond very well to this kind of work, often quicker than adults. It's also possible to do this kind of work, with modification, while pregnant.

Hellerwork is also incredibly beneficial after childbirth in particular, as a woman's body readjusts to her pre-pregnancy state, and strains of breastfeeding and childcare.

Do I need a doctor's referral?

No. Doctors may suggest that you try holistic healing services such as Hellerwork. However, you do not need a referral to get a treatment.

Will my benefits insurance plan cover your services?

It depends on the plan. Please note: I am a Certified Hellerwork Practitioner. I am not an RMT (registered massage therapist). My training and approach (which uses myofascial release, also described as deep-tissue massage), is focused on alignment and posture.

Check with your benefits/health insurance provider. Some companies cover Hellerwork services, most do not.

Do you do housecalls?

Not usually. I'm open to discussion in some circumstances, with a fee for travel, depending on your location.

Do I need to tip?

No, you do not need to tip.

Why do you have so many different prices for the same service? And what does a sliding scale fee schedule mean?

A sliding scale fee schedule means that the same service is priced differently based on pre-tax pre-deductions family income because:

  • I'm interested in making my services accessible to people in as many demographics as possible (and I recognize that my lowest fee is still, unfortunately, too expensive for many).
  • This way of charging fees was first modeled to me by two PhD psychologists who devised their fee schedule in order to make a good living yet still keep their services accessible to people with lower incomes.
  • I'm paying it forward. As a young solo single mother I have been a recipient of the kindness of others' sliding scales. At that time they were services I dearly needed; even at the lowest scale they were difficult to afford yet the lower price made it possible.
  • If you don't want to participate in my sliding scale you don't have to. You can simply pay the $155 per 1.5 hours, which is what I'd normally charge anyways.

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