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David Murphy

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Training and Experience

After graduating from the Institute of Structural Medicine in Twisp, Washington. I opened my Structural Integration practice in New York City. Since my initial training I have expanded the scope of my work into the deeper structures of the body through continued training in the osteopathic techniques of Visceral Manipulation and Cranial Sacral Therapy. I am also a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, a body centered therapy for working with Post Traumatic Stress and shock trauma. I am grateful to have trained with some of the most brilliant rolfers, body-centered psychotherapists and movement educators in New York and around the world.

I continue to be fascinated by the human body and I am always looking for ways to deepen my understanding of the human experience. I have been in private practice in New York since 2002.


I am certified through both Hellerwork International and the International Association of Structural Integrators to practice Structural Integration. I am also a Certified Hellerwork Practitioner and member of Hellerwork International, and Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. I am registered nationally with The National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. I am also certified through the Foundation for Human Enrichment as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner.

How I Found Structural Integration

I found this work when I injured my back in a skateboarding accident. After living with debilitating back pain, barely able to work or even walk for over a year, I found a Hellerwork practitioner. When I walked out of my first session I made it half a block before I realized that my pelvis was no longer pulling me to the right in the limp I had grown used to, and the pain in my back was significantly reduced. I had tried many other modalities to improve my back, but nothing had made any significant change in my body. Before I made it to the end of the block I had already decided that I would change my career and become a Hellerwork practitioner. The rest, as they say, is history.

My life before Hellerwork

Before practicing Structural Integration, I worked as a carpenter and lighting electrician for theater and film. I also had a long and storied career as an activist, amateur radio engineer, and adventurer. You might say I’m still doing most of those things: remodeling bodies instead of houses, advocating for my clients health, working with waves of energy in the body, and its still all a big adventure.