Nicolle Helders-Vaessen

Nicolle Helders



My name is Nicolle Helders-Vaessen. I graduated in 1992 and I have been working as an exercise therapist Mensendieck ever since. After having worked for a few years I became an independent exercise therapist in 1999. In recent years I have deepened my knowledge by doing various courses regarding pelvic instability, scoliosis, back and pelvis problems, workplace surveys and balance and stability training. In addition to this, I am highly experienced in treating patients with posture-, work- and stress-related symptoms, postural abnormalities in children (scoliosis) and neurological disorders such as disc herniation. Apart from treating patients individually, I also enjoy giving group lessons to elderly/50+. Since 2012, I have been participating in the RSI multidisciplinary network (symptoms related to arm, neck and shoulders) of Maastricht University. I joined the Netwerk Chronische Pijn in 2014.

Making people aware of the relation between the way they move and their symptoms is still the biggest challenge in my work. This means finding the underlying cause of pain, stress or problems when moving and going beyond just treatment of symptoms. It is about tackling ingrained daily movements and habits that sustain pain. To be able to be the patient’s coach and to make them their own body’s therapist gives me a great deal of satisfaction.

Registered with the quality register for paramedics
Registered with the Chamber of Commerce number 14117030
Member of the professional association VvOCM

Irene Jansen

Irene Jansen



My name is Irene Jansen. I graduated in 1999 as exercise therapist Mensendieck from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and have been working as a therapist ever since. During the past 16 years, I have been doing many subject-related courses and I have deepened my knowledge regarding the treatment of scoliosis, back pain, neck and shoulder symptoms, work and stress-related symptoms and RSI.
In addition to the qualification exercise therapist Mensendieck I also graduated from the Maastricht Academy of Music as a teaching- and practicing oboe musician. Considering my musical background, I am also dedicated to treating physical symptoms in musicians. I have been part of the multidisciplinary collaboration and clinic for the arts of the Maastricht University Medical Centre (Maastricht UMC+, previously knowns as AZM) and of the Maastricht University RSI-centre since 2012.

For me it is an everlasting challenge to be able to work with people and to teach them how to eliminate or prevent their symptoms themselves. To see how people are able to function well in their daily lives by moving well gives me a great deal of satisfaction and joy in my work.

I see myself as a specialist and coach in body posture and movement.

Registered with the quality register for paramedics
Registered with the Chamber of Commerce number 14115243
Member of the professional association VvOCM

Medipoint Parkstad




Medipoint Parkstad is a health boulevard which accommodates a variety of care providers. An eye clinic, physiotherapist, speech therapist, podiatry clinic, paediatric clinic, orthopaedics clinic, occupational therapy clinic, home care, a specialist for medical compression stockings and exercise therapy Mensendieck are present. When a problem or unknown situation occurs, a colleague can be consulted quickly in order to deliver the most optimal and expert care.