It was at the end of my first hour of Hellerwork that I began to realise its remarkable power.
At the beginning of the session, stripped to my underwear, I had had to sit side-on to a mirror and observe in horrified recognition my 21st-century posture. Slumping back, sloping shoulders, head jutting forward, belly drooping. The posture of the desk- and computer-bound. The e-posture, if you will. Depressing.
After 60 minutes of slow but intense bodywork, during which Roger Golten used his forearms, elbows and knuckles to work deeply on my chest and upper body, I sat alongside that unforgiving mirror again. I sat in exactly the same way, or at least my brain said I did, but I looked entirely different. My posture was transformed. Stranger still, I found I could breathe far more deeply than before, my ribs broadening out more, my lungs filling up more deeply.
‘We all spend far too much time in the static position of sitting, where gravity can take over. Hellerwork is a way of harmonising the body in that field of gravity,’ says Golten, 58. ‘I wake people up to the notion that aches and pains are a positive message from your body that you should do things differently.’