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The History & Foundation Of ORTHO-BIONOMY®
Dr. Arthur Lincoln Pauls was a Canadian born Judo Instructor who became a doctor of Osteopathy in the early 1970s in England.
While he was still training to be an Osteopath, Dr. Pauls was intrigued by a paper written by American Osteopath Dr. Lawrence Jones (developed “Strain-Counterstrain“). This paper was about how the body was able to spontaneously release by holding certain positions, much like the results one would get from a chiropractor but without manipulation, discomfort, or force. This led to the development of a dramatically different system of healing based on the stimulation of the body’s own self-corrective reflexes.
Dr. Pauls used this information with his Osteopathic training, concepts he learned from his Martial Arts practice, and principles of Homeopathy. He pursued this new way of working with the body until he had developed a corpus of techniques that he could teach to others. He then travelled to many different countries training practitioners in the work he called Ortho-Bionomy®.
Translation of ORTHO-BIONOMY
Ortho >> Correct / Bio >> Life / Nomy >> Study
Ortho-Bionomy loosely translated (Greek) means ‘The correct application of the natural laws of life.’ Natural laws of life being, for example, laws of Physics; how gravity works, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, and following the path of least resistance.
Appropriate Techniques for Each Client
In a Session, the practitioner may employ a wide range of approaches, from the physical to the energetic, that are appropriate for each client and each condition. Some of these techniques include:
Dr. Lincoln Pauls on Ortho-Bionomy
“Injury or disease result from what I call ‘misunderstanding’. Ortho-Bionomy brings understanding to the person, so that he or she may respond appropriately, rather than by habit or fear. Of course I am not speaking about conscious or verbal understanding. It is usually unconscious, an inner awareness which is naturally present in the person as a result of removing fear and any other block in the energy of the person.
For example, when we take the plug out of the bathtub, we don’t have to tell the water “you can go down the drain now”, it will go because there is nothing preventing it…”
- Positional Release
- Range of Motion Exploration
- Isometric and Isotonic contractions
- Gentle rocking
- Static holding
- Subtle or minute movements
- Postural re-education
- Work in the energy field of the body
- Cranial and Visceral Balancing
- Neurolymphatic Balancing
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A Brief Overview of Ortho-Bionomy
Ortho-Bionomy is an Osteopathic-based, hands-on, therapeutic bodywork that is an effective treatment for both acute and chronic conditions. It is gentle and non-invasive and activates the body’s innate self-correcting reflexes.