WHAT IS ORTHO-BIONOMY®?
Ortho-Bionomy® is a gentle approach to body work. The term comes from the Greek roots: ortho meaning ‘straight or correct’, bio referring to the ‘natural laws of life’ and nomy is implying ‘the study of’. You might say it is the study of the correct positioning of the body according to the natural laws of life. It draws on the body’s innate wisdom to self-correct or self heal on all levels physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
PRINCIPLES OF ORTHO-BIONOMY
- moves away from pain towards ease of movement
- bringing awareness to the body by exaggerating what it is already doing (as in homeopathy where ‘like treats like’)
- less is more (as in homeopathy)
- for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction
- respects the individual by not forcing change
- all levels of the work embody the principles of the work
In the early 1970s, Ortho-Bionomy was founded and developed by Arthur Lincoln Pauls DO, a British osteopath and Judo instructor with Canadian roots. From his osteopathic background, he possessed a firm grasp of the body’s physical structure and how it relates to the body’s function.
Judo emphasized an Eastern approach to balance, movement concepts and energetic considerations. Homeopathy principles such as ‘like heals like’ and ‘less is more’ can also be seen as influencing his work. He firmly believed in the innate ability of the body to heal itself. Furthermore, he read an article by an American Osteopath, Dr. Lawrence Jones entitled “Spontaneous Release Through Positioning. 1 It demonstrated the self-balancing ability of muscle reflexes. His personal inspiration and curiosity led to the evolution of Ortho-Bionomy which he taught until his death in 1997.
1 Jones, L. “Spontaneous Release Through Positioning”, The D.O. January, 1964
THE ORTHO-BIONOMY ASSOCIATION OF CANADA (OBAC) TM
SOCIETY OF ORTHO-BIONOMY INTERNATIONAL TM
Marita Concil is one of two recognized practitioners in Ontario. I look forward to introducing you to this wonderful work.