One of the techniques which is central to the work is positional release, in which parts of the body are gently eased by the practitioner into comfortable positions, then held for a time with subtle compression. The positions activate special feedback reflexes in the nervous system that control muscle tension and posture.
Once activated, these reflexes allow the body to spontaneously release muscle spasm and restore natural posture in balanced and integrated ways. The overall effect is like receiving a very supporting and comfortable “hug” in exactly the right place, in exactly the right way.
Because release is achieved internally via the nervous system, pain and tension seem to melt away as if by magic. And because the body produces these changes by its own means, rather than by externally applied “correction,” it learns more quickly and easily to maintain its new stress-free pattern.
Other techniques employed by Ortho-Bionomists include: a unique and painless application of Chapman’s Reflexes (neurolymphatic release); gentle isometrics and isotonics; rhythmic movements which mirror and release restricted movement patterns; a complete set of home exercises for postural re-education, many of which can be utilized for self-correction of spinal curves; and a subtle, energetic form of cranial-sacral release.
From an article by Registered Advanced Practioner Robin Wilson. The entire article can be read here. For more information also visit www.ortho-bionomy.co.nz and the Wellington School of Massage selection of Ortho-Bionomy classes can be seen directly here.