Ortho-bionomy is used to alleviate chronic pain associated with injuries, muscle and joint problems, and arthritis. It helps reduce stress, increase circulation, enhance relaxation, and improve problems of posture or structural alignment. Its gentle technique is recommended for acute pain and rehabilitative injuries. Ortho-bionomy is incorporated into other healing treatments. For example, massage therapists may use this technique to relieve knotted muscles. Some of the techniques may be used to relieve cramps, back pain, sore muscles, and headaches.
What you'll experience
A session with an Ortho-bionomy therapist is similar to other therapeutic massage sessions. Emphasis is placed on comfort, and on a trusting and open relationship between patient and therapist. Open communication from the patient provides feedback and assists in the discovery and release of emotional issues. The therapist may use a range of hands-on techniques, including light touch, smooth movements, gentle pressure on reflex points, finding and working with points of tension and pain, gentle prolonged body-positioning for release, and re-education exercises.
Ortho-Bionomy, recognizes the body's self-healing and self-regulating capacity. The process began in 1964 when American Osteopath Lawrence Jones developed "positional release," a technique using exaggerated body positioning to release pain and tension.
Inspired by this work, by 1976 British Osteopath Arthur Lincoln Pauls had developed the Phased Reflex Techniques of Ortho-Bionomy, an integration of positional release and energetic methods that enable clients to consciously experience and participate in their body's ability to self-correct. Ortho-Bionomy is now taught and practiced world-wide.. Ortho-Bionomy creates an atmosphere for clients to connect with their inner wisdom by awakening self-corrective reflexes that open the door to healing, awareness and structural balance.
During a typical Ortho-Bionomy session, the practitioner tracks the flow of the client’s experience and responds with a variety of techniques. These techniques include: gentle, conscious contact with the hands, locating and addressing points of tension and sensitivity, comfortable body-positioning for release, with compression into the joints, isometrics, and integrative re-education exercises. The practitioner embodies the principles of Ortho-Bionomy that engages the client’s natural responsiveness and healing awareness.