Ortho-Bionomy® is a method of positional release reflecting the work of British osteopathic physician Arthur Lincoln Pauls, who drew on and further developed the work of American osteopath Lawrence Jones. Together, the practitioner and the client find a position that relieves the discomfort at issue. Typically this is an exaggeration of the habitual position that is causing the person’s problem. This exaggerated position is held briefly while the person relaxes and the body corrects itself. A first principle of ortho-bionomy is to work with and not against the body: nothing is forced and the treatment is completely comfortable. Sessions can be received fully clothed or combined with massage.
For further reading:
- Kathy L. Kain, Ortho-Bionomy, A Practical Manual, 1997.
- Lawrence Jones, D.C., Strain-Counterstrain, 1981
- Luann Overmyer, Ortho-Bionomy: A Path to Self-Care, 2009
Therapists with training in Ortho-Bionomy: Sheri Bergen, Dina Clevenson, Darla Goddard, and Sandy Levy.