Ortho-Bionomy was developed by Dr. Arthur Lincoln Pauls in Britain. Based on his Judo experience and his studies of osteopathy, he researched ways to enable the body to heal itself without applying corrective force. After teaching his principles extensively in Europe, he introduced it to the US in 1976.
Ortho-Bionomy involves utilizing gentle touch and positioning of the body to help clients become aware of their posture and their body’s natural balance. The practitioner's main focus is on putting the client in a position of comfort in order to illicit a reflex response leading to softening of the tissues and rebalancing of the structure. The client is fully clothed. Through the exaggeration of any problems, the client grows more aware and learns to adjust. By helping them realign their bodies through posture and self-awareness, it can help improve balance, reduce chronic pain, increase circulation, and promote relaxation.
In order to become a professional practitioner, providers must complete a course developed by the Society of Ortho-Bionomy in either the Registered Basic Practitioner program or the Registered Advanced Practitioner Program. Programs consist of 500 credit hours, though many practitioners will accumulate additional learning hours.
Credentials and Regulation Bodies
The Society of Ortho-Bionomy International is the regulatory body that sets the standards to be followed for professional training and the registration of practitioners and instructors. There is no formal license for practitioners.
The official professional association for this field is the Society of Ortho-Bionomy International. The association regulates, registers, and promotes the practice of Ortho-Bionomy.
Ortho-Bionomy sessions range from $60 to $80 per hour session. Ortho-Bionomy may be offered in combination with other bodywork modalities. Pricing may vary in those cases.
For more information about Ortho-Bionomy, visit the Society of Ortho-Bionomy International.