Ortho-Bionomy®, Releasing into Ease
Pain relief, relaxation, self-awareness, and releasing 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. It could involve isometrics and exercises for self-care at home. Deeper and more subtle aspects of Ortho-Bionomy are part of more advanced sessions, where the client may gain insights into how to change beliefs and release old patterns to restore balance.
The founder of Ortho-Bionomy®, Dr. Arthur Lincoln Pauls was a judo master. He became an Osteopathic Physician to heal judo injuries, and learned Positional Release (PR), aka Strain CounterStrain, as practiced by Osteopaths and Physical Therapists. He combined PR with the awareness from judo of following the direction a body is already going, in order for the body to release. Following the body’s tension pattern may mean exaggerating a rotated foot, or a vibration along the spine or movement of the wrist to stimulate reflexes to self-correct and unwind. Attention is on finding ease. Dr. Pauls taught students to follow principles in all phases such as less is more; awaken the self-healing impulses from within the client; be fully present.
To find a position of ease or comfort is not often validated for people living in a culture of denial, and yet allows the greatest healing. Ortho-Bionomy® can thus help create new habits of ease to maintain healing in daily life, and lasting benefits of relaxation and pain relief.
Ortho-Bionomy® is a registered trademark of the Society of Ortho-Bionomy, International, and is used with permission. Rosi Goldsmith, LMT is an Associate Member of SOBI.