Ortho-Bionomy® is an osteopathically based form of body therapy meaning "the correct application of the laws of life." The practitioner facilitates possible changes in the body by engaging the body’s self-corrective reflexes using gentle movements and comfortable positioning.
Arthur Pauls, a British Osteopath and martial arts teacher, developed Ortho-Bionomy®. Pauls was fascinated by the gentle positional techniques used by American Osteopath Lawrence Jones, where the practitioner puts a body structure into an exaggerated position, which in turn causes a reflexive relaxing of certain muscle patterns. Pauls refined and advanced Jones' techniques and founded Ortho-Bionomy® in 1976.
The client is fully clothed during an Ortho-Bionomy® session. The practitioner acknowledges the person's areas of discomfort and ensures they remain comfortable during treatment. The gentle movements and subtle pressure used results in deep relaxation and loosening of the tight muscles around restricted areas.
Once these areas are activated, the body's self-correcting reflexes naturally bring the structure back into alignment. Rhythmic motions and integrative exercises are often used to help re-educate the body and reinforce the work.
Ortho-Bionomy® can help improve balance, ease, and wholeness for clients by focusing on improving musculoskeletal health and function. It can also release unhealthy tension patterns to improve circulation, range of motion, and flexibility.
A level of training that includes every competency component needed to safely and appropriately apply the treatment.
An additional treatment that first requires the practitioners to be trained in an appropriate related discipline.