Rolfing® practitioner at Natural Health Center
Born in Colorado and raised in Alaska, Rolfing® practitioner Heidi Helling has continually been shaped by vast spaces and a personal connection to nature. She graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2007. Upon exiting academia, Heidi spent ample time outdoors and gained life experience working as a barista, cook, baker and server throughout Alaska. It was during this time, through her own challenges of caring for her body amidst a work hard/play hard lifestyle, that she sought connection and embodiment.
Spurred by the quest to feel more at ease in her body, Heidi discovered yoga as a modality to build physical strength and connection, while acknowledging and cultivating emotional and spiritual balance. She received her yoga teacher certification from Ana Forrest in 2010. Practicing yoga and instructing others sparked an excitement and awareness of the possibilities that we all possess for change and vitality.
Seeking a deeper understanding of anatomy and potential for health led her to Rolfing® structural integration. In 2014, Heidi became a Certified Rolfer™ through The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration® in Boulder, Colorado.
Rolfing® structural integration specializes in working with the connective tissue of the body, specifically the fascia. Fascia is found throughout the body, weaving in and around bones, muscles and organs to create a broad network of connections spanning the entire system. With injury, repetitive use, and the influence of gravity, fascia can become restricted in areas of the body. Because it is a web of continuous connection, localized restrictions can affect the entire system. This is why an alignment issue in the foot can cause pain the neck. Rolfing® works with the entire body in a range of positions to free these restrictions and guide the body toward its natural sense of balance and ease.
Heidi’s experience as a Rolfing® practitioner, yoga practitioner and instructor, artist and outdoor enthusiast spurs and feeds her understanding of the way movement, creativity and physical vitality intersect. Sessions with Heidi create an environment for your body to undergo and maintain deep and sustainable shifts toward greater freedom and ease, throughout your life. Whether seeking relief from chronic pain or injury, increased performance in athletic activities, or a deeper sense of embodiment, Rolfing® is uniquely effective treatment.
As a Rolfing® practitioner, Heidi creates a safe space to experience and explore your body in new ways. Working from the ground up, you can expect to gain a greater sense of awareness, ease and effortless alignment. Heidi has continued to expand and refine her skills through continuing education courses at the Rolf Institute®, as well as completing an in-depth training in Biodynamic CranioSacral Therapy.
Heidi lives in Palmer, Alaska with her husky malamute, Sparrow. She enjoys hiking, skiing, gardening, and learning about and foraging wild plants. Heidi continues to feed her creativity by making jewelry and art through her brand, FLY.
Contact us today to learn more or schedule your appointment with Heidi Helling.