Sharon Butler: My Story
My name is Sharon Butler and I am a Certified
Practitioner with over 22 years experience working with people suffering from all kinds of soft tissue injuries.
I have always been fascinated by the structure of the human body and the injuries that develop as a result of poor posture or stressful movement habits.
Hellerwork emphasizes the body’s natural ability to heal itself when good posture and alignment is restored. During a Hellerwork session, the practitioner manually stretches adhered, tight and restricted connective tissue to restore it to a more normal state. Then, the client is taught how to maintain good posture through how they use their body, a form of ergonomics. Clients are also encouraged to discover how their attitudes, beliefs, and stress patterns affect their posture. Hellerwork is a terrific program of self discovery and healing.
In 1991, I became injured with bilateral Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Because of my understanding of how the body works when it's injured, I was able to fully heal myself within a matter of weeks.
Based on my Hellerwork background, I was determined to develop a system of effective stretches and other body awareness techniques so that anyone, anywhere could experience relief from their symptoms. My ultimate goal was to create comprehensive and easy to follow programs that help RSI sufferers feel better fast, and make those programs accessible to anyone in the world.
I did a lot of experimentation with my own body in addition to working with numerous volunteer subjects. I was able to develop stretches, ergonomics and common-sense body mechanics techniques that really work to relieve the symptoms of all of the Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI's), including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, deQuervains Syndrome, Ulnar Nerve adhesions, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Tendonitis, Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis, forearm pain and neck and shoulder pain and imbalance.
In 1996 my book, Conquering Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Other Repetitive Strain Injuries: A Self Care Program was published. The book details information about all of the upper body repetitive strain injuries, appropriate stretches and exercises, self awareness techniques and ergonomics information. Since its publication, it has remained one of the most popular books on the market for those suffering from repetitive strain injuries.
In 2004, I brought my recovery system to the next level through the introduction of my seven Self Care Programs, one specially designed for each of the seven upper body RSI's. I wanted to be able to address the unique needs of each injury type. These programs have helped me deliver customized information that fits the special needs of the sufferer. It was a quantum leap forward.
Now, in 2008, I have introduced my latest recovery system, the seven different Self Care Toolkits. This is again, a big leap forward. In addition to the existing Self Care Programs, the Self Care Toolkits now include nearly four hours of audio coaching where I share all the insider secrets about fast and effective recovery that I discovered along the way in my private practice.
I continue to search for new and better ways to help anyone suffering with a repetitive strain injury. I am constantly discovering new techniques, developing new stretches, and expanding my understanding about this particular kind of injury process. I find Repetitive Strain Injuries to be a very exciting and interesting part of my career that I plan to continue with for years to come. I look forward to the discoveries that are yet to be made.
I currently consult with and coach clients online from my office in Southeastern Pennsylvania.