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What IS Ortho-Bionomy?


The word "Ortho-Bionomy" is often broken down like this:
Ortho = correct
the "-" = allows space
Bio = life
nomy = study or laws
Ortho-Bionomy was developed by Arthur Pauls' teachings of the "correct study of life" based in the principles he derived from:
Osteopathy: “the rule of the artery is supreme;” structure governs function;
Homeopathy: the effective dose is the smallest dose; “less is more,”

Martial arts: following the path of least resistance rather than opposing.


In Ortho-Bionomy a treatment is about relationship including:

 awareness of self and other,

initiation and a follow-on response,

developing understanding.

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.
Typically, 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 the body. 
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.

Marilyn A. Casey, L.M.T., CO #11526, HI #10769 (inactive), NM #1935
Board Certified with NCBTMB
Practitioner of Ida Rolf's Structural Integration
Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner
245 Nona Avenue, Trinidad, CO 81082; 719-680-9301

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