WHAT IS ORTHO-BIONOMY® AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
ORTHO = straight, correct; BIO = life, nature; NOMY = study of, laws of
Loosely translated from the Greek, Ortho-Bionomy is the correct application of the laws of life.
Ortho-Bionomy was developed by British Osteopath, Arthur Lincoln Pauls, D.O., in the early 1970's. Dr. Pauls, a black belt judo instructor, decided to pursue a degree in Osteopathy so that he could treat his judo students. However, because he was used to working with the flow of energy patterns he discovered that he did not like the use of force for adjustments, or even the idea that a doctor could "cure" or "fix" a patient. He believed that the only person who could ever effect a cure was the person him/herself. Dr. Pauls combined his Judo experience and his Osteopathic training with a technique he encountered known as Spontaneous Release by Positioning (Dr. Lawrence Jones) and began to evolve a system that eventually became Ortho-Bionomy.
Ortho-Bionomy is a gentle, non-forced way of releasing tension from throughout the body. Ortho-Bionomy is non-intrusive as it recognizes comfort and completely honors where the body is at the moment. Simply described, imagine a piece of wire that has become kinked. If you pull on the wire, the knot tightens. If you offer slack in the tension, you can more easily unknot the wire and bring it back to its natural straightness. Ortho-Bionomy takes this approach in working with tightened muscles in the body. By gentle positioning of the body into its preferred posture (offering slack leading to a place of relaxation), Ortho-Bionomy creates a comfort zone within the body and once recognized by the person the body is allowed to return to a state of balance and ease of movement away from pain.
Ortho-Bionomy is in many ways a way of life. Ortho-Bionomy allows people to experience and understand themselves and their body in a different perspective than most are accustomed to. It allows one the opportunity to be in touch with certain patterns of stress or tension in the body (whether physical or emotional) and gently enhances the body's own natural healing process. By stimulation of the body's self-corrective reflexes it allows the person to recognize and release those patterns which conflict with comfort in the body thereby naturally bringing the body back into balance.
Ortho-Bionomy is an educational system reminding the body of proper alignment for comfort. Better posture, increased vitality, and a greater sense of harmonious connection with the environment, result.
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