Joseph Heller, founder of Hellerwork.
Structural Medicine is based on the lifework of Donna Bajelis (Physical therapist, Hellerworker) biochemist Dr. Ida P. Rolf (founder of Rolfing) and Joseph Heller (creator of Hellerwork.)
During the 1940's biochemist Dr. Rolf found she could achieve positive change in people’s posture and function through manipulation of connective tissue. She created the field of Structural integration, which became popularly known as Rolfing.
One of Dr. Rolf's most prominent students, Joseph Heller, added in an emotional component to Dr. Rolf's work. This work of postural and emotional transformation became known as Hellerwork.
Donna Bajelis began as a Physical Therapist and became a Hellerwork practitioner and teacher after studying directly with Joseph Heller. Using the principles discovered by Dr. Ida Rolf and Joseph Heller, Donna Bajelis contributed her extensive study of physical therapy and orthopedic medicine to develop a system of testing (MFLT™ ) so that each client’s unique fascia structure can be evaluated and treated. This work became known as Structural Medicine.