About Tina Hessel

About Me

I am Swedish but have lived in Norway since 1976.
At the University of Stockholm I studied Film Science, Social Anthropology and Pedagogy. Thereafter I studied physiotherapy in Oslo.

Starting in 1980, I worked with dancers for 13 years at The Norwegian Opera and Ballet. The same year I started to teach in Functional Dance Anatomy at the National Ballet Academy where I still lectured on the same subject as an assistant professor until 2018. Over the years I have written books on this subject.

In 1990 I went to USA to study Pilates training technique.  Over a period of 16 years I developed a special instruction methodology which is called the Universal Hessel Method = UHM® Pilates.

This method is about how one, as the receiver of the taught movement, can master the movements in a quick and correct manner due to how the brain receives information through the ears, eyes and movements.

In 1999 I started my training in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming).

The Potensia Method is built upon my knowledge on the interaction between the physical body and our senses in relation to internal communication with ourselves. It is this that characterizes our communication with the surrounding world.

When we can communicate with ourselves so that we achieve what we want and think in the form of goal-oriented actions, we no longer need to use much unnecessary energy on things we actually do not want.

The Potensia Method evolved up through the years as I saw my clients find their path to move forward through the tools I provided them with. It is a lifelong exiting game for those who have started on this journey.

During my time at the Opera I opened my own clinic in Oslo. We worked with, specializing in dance medicine, physiotherapy, acupuncture and massage therapy treatment. 

We gave classes for those who came to train Pilates and educated instructors in the UHM Pilates technique.

We also offered Potensia coaching, both one to one and for groups.

These days I only focus on teaching UHM Pilates and Potensia.

Pilates with my pupils in person in a studio and Potensia online.


I used to have some painful relationships, both at my job and private.


Today if these situations arise I deal with them as soon as possible.  I was afraid to say what I needed to say, afraid to communicate in those unpleasant but important situations. Today I am not afraid to say it because I know how to do it and when. 


I was afraid the other person would reject me in the future. But deep down I knew I had to speak up to be able to resolve the situation, to feel well, to let go and go on. Today I am not afraid of rejection because I know what I am worth.


As a physiotherapist and assisting professor in anatomy I did start to understand that my pain in my whole body was due to that I feared the consequences of what I needed to communicate – but I did not know how to communicate and if I should and could. I did not have the courage nor the tools to do so.


Today I do know that unresolved matter will grow and it can explode in an uncontrolled way. At the same time it will always release negative chemical substances which in the long run gives us pain, disease, bad sleep due to that you have not communicated that which you know you should have.


My mindset from my upbringing was: «be kind, honest, helpful and firm, and you will get back what you give» it did not always work out like that, unfortunately. There was one part missing: listen to what you feel, not what others tell you.


I finally had to ask myself, why and how had I ended up in a few painful situations where people were throwing hurtful allegations at me, that were not true?


In other words, what was I missing about how I was perceived by others and why did I fear the consequences of saying what I really felt and thought?


The whole clue of the behaviour of mine was: I was so afraid of being rejected by family, friends and at work that it made me into a «kindnessmachine» always saying yes to all and everybody and never wanting conflicts, always wanting to be perfect.


I decided that I needed to get help to try to understand who I was and to move on. 


I went to an education in N=neuro L=linguistisk  P=programming, NLP.


I learned how to become a good leader through personal developement and communication techniques..


I took an examen as a Master Practitioner in NLP in 2001.


The fact that I was a Physiotherapist and an Assisting Professor of anatomy combined with the NLP enabled me to develop an extraordinary combination. 


From the knowledge all this gave me I developed my own technique, the  Potensia Method. 


The essence of it is the impact the brain has on the bodily reactions in relation to thoughts and emotions. As well as how we develop and use our emotional intelligence in such a way that we have the courage to say what we feel and think, without fear.


I was the best example of how powerful this combination was. 


In the end I decided to coach others about: being a leader in ones own life and to be able to communicate without fear of the consequences. 


A fantastic side effect was that once the fear of the consequences and rejection was gone, it released unused resources within me.  I could finally use my potential both at work and in my private life.


The Pain in my body was also released because the stress vanished as soon as the unresolved situations were dealt with.


Hence the method was born and named, the Potensia Method.


I remember what a relief it was to wake up in the morning, just feeling happy.

Going to bed and really sleeping, without churning thoughts that kept me awake, was a new experience. Feeling content, just thinking about that now I knew how to say things without fear, was a new sensation.

Most important I had learned how to communicate with myself through ALWAYS being faithful towards myself.

Through learning how the brain and the body cooperates it was not difficult to be faithful towards myself.

That lead to that the old fear to say what I wished in different situations actually disappeared.

At the same time my pains and aches in head/neck/shoulder and sometimes the stomach, disappeared due to my muscle tensions and churning thoughts day and night.

This emotional release lead to that I could open many new doors I did not even know existed before I started to use the Method.

I learned that being able to always be faithful to my self, I had to listen both to my heart and my thoughts and when they were in agreement, it was time for me to say what I wished.

Through this I learned to use my emotional intelligence which is one of the most important tools in communication.

I saw that the work I did with myself released unused resources, my potential on different levels. The same thing happened with my clients.

One very important knowledge was not to allow my mind to get blocked, due to upbringing, culture or what others say.

I changed my mindset and could therefore turn negative situations into positive learning.

Developing the Method and always having success with it made me in the end write a book about it: «Potensia Living according to Your Heart»

At the moment I am writing the second book about the Potensia Method. It is about how to start using your Emotional Intelligence, which will enable you to become a LEADER for yourSELF and others, in your life.