Ortho-Bionomy® is a gentle form of body therapy that stimulates your body to balance itself.
(from Greek, Ortho means the correct use of; Bio is life; and Onomy means the principles or laws governing. Put it all together and you have Ortho-Bionomy, the correct use of the principles of life.)
Benefits of Ortho-Bionomy
It is effective in relieving pain and dysfuntion such as:
- back, neck and joint pain
- sports injuries – fresh and long term/unresolved
- overuse injuries
- breathing disorders
- carpal tunnel
- chronic stress
- pains or problems associated with postural and structural imbalances.
- back, neck and joint pain
Pleasant to recieve -your comfort guides the work
Effective -your body is stimulated to balance itself, so fewer sessions are required
Safe -there are no forceful “corrections” required
What is a session like?
The clinical experience is non-intrusive and gentle, the techniques are safe and very effective. Clients remain fully clothed.
You can expect to be:
- supported in comfort, in standing, sitting or lying
- gently moved to explore and find release postions
- educated and have a meaningful experience of how the body instictively balances itself
- given homework to support the return of normal function
Where Ortho-Bionomy comes from
Ortho-Bionomy was founded by Canadian-born, British osteopath, Dr. Arthur Lincoln Pauls, who possessed a black belt in Judo, and a curiosity about everything. Arthur wondered why it was that he could throw someone’s body across a room by a simple twist of the wrist, yet to move a small bone in the back, he had to throw his own body with considerable force against the spine. It was in his exploration of an idea published in a then recent article by an American osteopath, Dr. Lawrence Jones, that he found resolution to his paradox. Force was not necessary to change the alignment of the spine!
How Ortho-Bionomy works
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.
Adapted from an article by Registered Advanced Practioner Robin Wilson. For more information visit www.ortho-bionomy.co.nz , and the Wellington School of Massage selection of Ortho-Bionomy classes can be seen directly here.