Is Ortho-Bionomy® a healing art or science? Currently, science is mostly viewed from a medical perspective. Although great strides have been made in medical research in the last hundred years, most well-funded medical research is about treatments that can be done to a person, rather than what we can do to heal ourselves. That doesn’t mean that our self-healing capacity is not science-based or evidence-based.… Read the rest
Parkinson’s Symptoms–Not Only A Movement Disorder
Parkinson’s is known for the shuffling gait, the masked face, the stooped posture, the soft, almost inaudible voice, the slowness of movement, the trembling and rigidity. These motor or movement symptoms are what most people seek treatment for, and they form the basis of the diagnosis.
Non-motor symptoms such as loss of the sense of smell, constipation, depression, anxiety, fatigue, restlessness, irritability, and sleep difficulties may appear 20 years or more ahead of the motor symptoms.… Read the rest
Have you ever found yourself stuck in emotions like anger, fear grief or shame? You don’t need to stay stuck. You can learn to change emotions by body-centered awareness.
Some people choose greater detachment, when they want to get free of emotional chaos. They find a meditation practice to be a wise choice. And equanimity can certainly be a relief.… Read the rest
I once heard a minister say, “Whatever happens, praise God and thank Him. If things are going well, they will continue. If things are not going well, they will improve.” I practiced this attitude.
One time, I was hauling a heavily loaded cart at an elder facility where I worked as the Organic Gardening Coordinator. I was approaching the elevator of the newest house, pulling hundreds of pounds of organic produce, to deliver to the chef.… Read the rest
I first heard of Post Traumatic Growth through researching issues for people in the Returning Veterans Project, where I am a volunteer massage therapy provider for vets and their families. At first, I thought, “Is this just another excuse to deny the trauma of PTSD?” No it isn’t. It is more than surviving trauma and making the best of a bad situation.… Read the rest
Louise Hay is a popular metaphysical teacher and author. I bought her first book, Heal Your Body in the late 1970’s. That little blue booklet had a chart of the beliefs people use to create bodily and mental distress or dis-ease, along with affirmations of new beliefs to create health. In You Can Heal Your Life, the chart was expanded and some items amended.… Read the rest
Ortho-Bionomy®, Release into Ease
Pain relief, relaxation, self-awareness, and release into ease are the hallmarks of Ortho-Bionomy®. It integrates osteopathic principles of the body’s physical function with awareness of the nervous system’s self-corrective reflexes.
It may involve comfortable positioning of the body around a tender point, with compression into the joint, as the practitioner senses when the body recognizes it is safe to release.… Read the rest
A Story of Rosi
Rosi’s good start. Then, “a vegetable the rest of her life”?
I grew up in a family of physicians, researchers and academics. My career detoured in college with massive brain damage: amnesia, going blind, numb hands and feet, no memory of childhood, no math skills and meager language abilities. Mine was caused by exceptionally severe mercury poisoning (275 times what was then considered toxic, 1375 times the current toxic level), from prescription medicine for my skin.… Read the rest
I learned this from a book loaned to me by my qigong instructor (Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body by Qigong and Tao Tai Chi Master Bruce Frantzis). I teach an adapted version to my clients who have acute localized pain. You don’t need to be a Qigong Master to use this. But you do need to focus your attention on the area with intense pain, and it is helpful if you can reach the area comfortably, or have a friend touch it.… Read the rest
Myths of aging such as belief in inevitable stiffness, inevitable loss of bodily functions, or inevitable cognitive decline activate a feed forward system. Our bodies manifest what we fear the most. We can instead recognize how aging brings wisdom and grace, and awaken postural ease. We can become more resilient.
When we live in a state of chronic stress, we hold chronic contractions.… Read the rest