is an internationally renowned somatic educator who has been
doing structural body work for twenty-eight years.
Born in Europe
in 1940, he got his early education in Paris. At sixteen, he
and his parents came to the United States and settled in Los
Angeles. As he matured, Joseph Heller was drawn to the hard
sciences and graduated from Cal Tech. He worked as an aerospace
engineer in the NASA space program during its heyday of the
1960's and early 70's.
In 1972 Joseph
Heller became intensely involved in humanistic psychology, gave
up his science career and was trained by the legendary Dr. Ida
Rolf. After establishing his practice in Los Angeles he was
appointed by her to become the first president of the Rolf Institute.
Through the early and mid-70's, Joseph Heller was engaged in
extensive training and advanced study with some of the leading
figures in the humanistic/health movement such as Judith Aston,
creator of the discipline known as Aston-Patterning, Dr. Brugh
Joy, physician, author and an innovator in the fields of preventive
medicine and healing use of energy and Hal & Sidra Stone,
the creators of Voice Dialogue.
As a result of
his unique combination of training in structural integration,
movement education and body energy awareness and his extensive
work with a broad range of clients, Joseph Heller synthesized
a new form of bodywork. In the late 1970's, he left the Rolf
Institute, moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and founded Hellerwork.
As founder of
a profound and unique system of body work and movement, he has
trained hundreds of practitioners worldwide. Through his writings,
trainings and personal practice, Joseph Heller has helped tens
of thousands of individuals find more health and ease in their
Since the late
1980's, he has lived in the stunning and peaceful Mt. Shasta
area, sixty miles south of Oregon. There, he continues to work
with other leading figures in the health and consciousness fields
and to develop effective new ways for people to learn about