The Society of Ortho-Bionomy
International explains as follows:
Ortho-Bionomy is a form of bodywork that helps people experience comfort, balance and an enhanced sense of well-being.
It is highly effective in working with symptoms from chronic stress, and pains or problems associated with postural and structural
imbalances. The practitioner acts as a facilitator to educate the person being worked with. Positions of comfort, gentle movements,
compressions, and subtle techniques are used to stimulate reflexes that initiate a relaxation response through the body. Self
care is taught to support the changes that occurred during a session.
Ortho-Bionomy relieves pain, tension and discomfort
and brings about a feeling of wellbeing through a process that is interactive, educational and supportive.
Ortho-Bionomy sessions last approximately an hour. Wearing comfortable, loose fitting clothing is suggested
to allow a full range of motion. The practitioner works with you to identify areas of discomfort, tension and pain as well
as areas of comfort and ease of movement. The use of gentle movements, comfortable positioning and compression are incorporated.
No forceful movements are used. Every Ortho-Bionomy session is specifically designed around your individual needs. Verbal
feedback will guide the practitioner to find the movements and positions that facilitate your body’s release of stress
and tension. Home self care is often suggested to further aid in relieving pain, restoring balance and function throughout
Ortho-Bionomy helps people to break the cycle of pain. It works by stimulating appropriate reflexes that
monitor the lengthening and contracting of our muscle system. This then allows the body to change the stress and pain patterns,
which are causing the discomfort. Educational movements may be taught to help perpetuate the release of tension and muscle
contractions. The release of tension and stress in the body brings about the relief from pain and discomfort.