With the HeilÜben-exercises, I share my experiences on how to unmask and eliminate harmful stress and tension. For me, this meant the healing of my RA.
Affected by rheumatoid arthritis, I dearly wished I could get well again. I went down a long and painful path through life with the inflammatory joint disease until I realized that I had to help myself if my desire for health was to be fulfilled. It was then that the HeilÜben [german for healing practice] came into being.
Today the HeilÜben-exercises are for everyone feeling the same need for health I experienced back then and is looking for a way out of the disease.
Often, we regard a relatively good overall condition as one of the most natural things in the world.
Like a right, we rely on it without a second thought.
Should, sooner or later, this wonderful state come to an end, we tend to feel seriously threatened by the new state of our condition.
Because often we know much better what to do as long as we are healthy based on our health than what to do to maintain or regain it.
We search for a solution, nourish hope, and sometimes feel helpless, sad, shocked, insecure, or even attacked by our body, let down, damaged.
It is only then we truly realize that a good physical condition doesn’t come all by itself.
It is no coincidence and no right that we can hold against and enforce upon our body.
Some diseases can arise from strains having accumulated until they’ve become a burden our body can no longer bear.
That was how it was for me: my chronic inflammatory disease resembled the visible tip of an iceberg made of strain. It poked its way into my consciousness, and I realized: “I have to change something. Things can no longer go on like this.”
And my experience shows me that such an iceberg tip can come in the form of stress-related rheumatoid arthritis.
So I created my HeilÜben-exercises as a form of self-help to tackle this iceberg of strain lingering beneath my daily life. I wanted to gain back my health which I by now have enjoyed for over 20 years.
And with my HeilÜben, I experienced that and how I could take an active part in shaping my health every day.
Up until this day, people are bringing life to the HeiÜben-exercises by constantly acquiring new knowledge about themselves.
Additionally, there are many other beneficial and strengthening training options available that can be connected directly to the HeilÜben-exercises.
They can accompany us on our future way through life.
With them, we strengthen ourselves, find more meaning and joy, and can protect ourselves better.
And that’s worthwhile.
To look at the origins of HeilÜben-exercises let me give you a first overview of my time with rheumatoid arthritis and healing. A timeline and a summary:
1994: Diagnosis of incipient aggressive rheumatoid arthritis with a severe disease progression at the age of 22
06/1996: Discontinuation of medical treatment (not recommended for imitation, the consequences are incalculable!)
06/1996 to 12/1996: Gradual exit of inflammation, pain, and chronic course due to my HeilÜben-exercises
01/1997 to 3/2001: Some isolated and decreasingly occurring early stimuli without inflammation
3/2021: For 20 years, my rheumatoid arthritis has been healed up without medication, surgery, or any change in diet.
In 1994 I fell ill with rheumatoid arthritis due to the overburdening amount of tension accumulated within my body whenever I was facing a challenge, used to tense my body instead of relaxing it. And as long as I wasn’t able to detect this harmful habit, I found myself wondering about where my RA might have come from. Just like people who suffer from stress-related head-, back- or stomachaches may do – but without being able to help myself – without being able to lower my tension until the chronic disease deceased.
Using gentle, relaxing HeilÜben-exercises, I would change the harmful tensing-habit and eventually end inflammation and pain once and for all. This way, I healed my rheumatoid arthritis more than 20 years ago.
For two years, I, Laureen, had no real solution for getting out of my stress-related rheumatoid arthritis. Every day I held up my resistance against the disease with great effort and willpower. Still, overall ended up losing precious lifetime and -quality. Also, the disease itself and the medication that I took during this time compromised my immune system. Looking at a nasty future ahead made me suffer even more because the only thing that changed about the inflammatory joint disease itself was that it increased steadily. I didn’t know what to do and suffered from pain and inflammation. Until one day, I found the crucial hint: With my HeilÜben-exercises, I discovered that I tensed my body over extensively in reaction to pain or inflammation.
So the most pressing question I had to find an answer to was how I could lower this over extensive tension when inflammation, swellings, and pain made it impossible to fight tension with stretching or massages.
My HeilÜben-exercises taught me – for whatever reason or in whatever situation it occurred – to sense tension in my body again, for over excessive and therefore harmful tension isn’t always obvious: it can go underrated, overlooked, or unnoticed. But whatever it may be: harmful tension will still cause unnecessary stress. The height of my stress level and the quality of my posture and movement induce each other.
Over time, however, I found more ways to positively influence this induction by my behaviour.
That was what I call my HeilÜben-exercises.
Not until then, I could gradually reduce stress and strain with relaxation. Not until then I was back at my full strength and agility and had eliminated pain, inflammation, and movement restrictions. This new perspective on my disease made me see that overloading my body was an action I could control and stop.
My autoimmune disease did not mean that my body hated itself.
My body was just mistreated and reacted accordingly. So it wasn’t my body that attacked me – I unknowingly attacked my body by overloading it, and the inflammation in the affected regions was the most likely response from my immune system to this overloading tension.
During the years I had to spend with the disease, I was often unable to work on my HeilÜben-exercises. I simply lacked power in such situations. And I learned: We cannot reinvent every wheel we need in life. It’s too short for that. If we can’t help ourselves out of skill, coincidence often plays too great a role in whether something benefits or harms us. No one can do everything needed in life on their own. Still, each of us can benefit from the knowledge and experience provided by those who have already gone down the path before.
Today the HeilÜben-exercises are a holistic, interdisciplinary self-help-programme, supporting self-awareness against harmful stress and tension, improving biopsychosocial self-regulation.
There are two ways to move and to give our body a posture. Learn to tell the difference. It’s our choice to protect our immune system.
Good triggers – good reactions:
Say “hello” to your body.
In its own language.
HeilÜben-exercises are easily adaptable to individual situations to the circumstances and possibilities under which we practice, and our online offers allow you to add meaningful, freeing learning to your life.
Easy learning – with our HeilÜben-exercises. A programme in different online classes.
Self-paced, our exercises are structured to help you evolve at your own pace. You can learn and apply the HeilÜben-exercises in technique and application to take matters into your own hands and create long-lasting development for your life.
We, Laureen, Mary, and Cordula, pass on HeilÜben-exercises to you in coaching sessions and training directly and personally – off- and online.
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