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What is an Ortho-Bionomy® Session like?


An Ortho-Bionomy session is a respectful and comfortable “hands-on” experience. The client is fully clothed and the practitioner usually works with the client on a bodywork table. Depending on the needs of the client, the session may be in sitting or standing as well. After the initial intake interview both the practitioner and client work together to recognize and support the self-correcting patterns related specifically to the issues or conditions that the client is experiencing. The practitioner acknowledges the person’s areas of discomfort, and has the client give feedback during a session to ensure that the work is comfortable.

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:

Working with the Body’s Own Healing Mechanism

At no time does the practitioner use any forced movements or manipulations that cause discomfort for the client. At the end of the session the practitioner may identify self-care exercises for the client to do after and between the sessions to continue the releases and to help integrate the body in its new patterns. Clients are encouraged to receive 2-4 sessions initially, after which an on-going program of self-care and/or additional sessions can be developed.

Because Ortho-Bionomy works with the body’s own healing mechanism the changes can happen very quickly. However, more chronic issues may require a longer series of sessions to release the body’s adaptive reactions and re-educate it to more natural and healthier responses.


  • 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


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.


Benefits of an Ortho-Bionomy session include reduced stress & pain to feeling more relaxed & mobile in the body to restored vitality. Many conditions can be addressed through the understanding of our bodies’ integrated systems.


Ortho-Bionomy is ‘process-oriented’ rather than ‘goal-oriented’ and practitioners work ‘with’ rather than ‘on’ the client – a collaboration that allows the client a greater sense of autonomy over their own healing process.

The History and Lineage of Ortho-Bionomy

In the 1970’s, Dr. Arthur Lincoln Pauls developed a dramatically different system of healing based on the stimulation of the body’s own self-corrective reflexes and utilizing concepts found in Osteopathy, Martial Arts and Homeopathy.

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{My first experience with Ortho-Bionomy was amazing! It doesn’t seem like much but I had a sharp pain at the base of my thumb (the saddle joint). I had it for ages; chiropractors massage therapists, no one could “fix” it. During my first Ortho-Bionomy visit, I pointed it out to the Practitioner. She checked it by carefully moving it and asking questions, like “does it feel better this way or that way?” It felt like the muscle in my forearm was “wrapped” around the bone and with gentle touch in about 30 seconds, the pain was gone! And now, if I feel the pain again, I know how to release the muscle by myself. Self-care is an important part of Ortho-Bionomy. Ortho-Bionomy is so gentle – it is wonderful for the elderly or those in acute pain. It helped alleviate my son’s concussion symptoms in one session. And, because it is helps the body to “do the work”, changes last longer than some other therapies. The body seems to relearn a “new normal”.
P. H.
{The quality of my daily life has been vastly improved by my Ortho-Bionomy treatments. As the name suggests, they have helped my body return to (and retain!) easeful, 'right' alignment. The therapy has been incredibly effective both for a recent, acute knee injury and for some chronic pains that many other modalities had been unable to address meaningfully. Without actually experiencing it, I never would have believed that the principle of "always working within comfort" could increase my range of motion so profoundly.
{After 20 years of persistent sciatic pain from an athletic injury I went for an Ortho-Bionomy session. (I had already tried every other modality). I was so amazed to experience complete relief after 5 gentle sessions. I was so inspired, I studied to become a practitioner. 'Life-changing' is an understatement!
{Due to the physicality of my work, I often have to deal with pain due to repetitive work injury.  Ortho-Bionomy has been more effective than chiropractic, physio, or any other form of pain management and treatment. Since 1992 OB has been my go-to treatment. It has been life changing for me. A bad headache, neck pain and general discomfort can be relieved so efficiently by Ortho-Bionomy in one treatment. The efficacy of the process lasts long after the initial session.
{It’s like dance you have with your own body while you’re just watching on. Just blissful, painless and opens up your world to an understanding about yourself that’s so simple. Highly, highly recommend Ortho-Bionomy.