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The Subtlety of Ortho-Bionomy 

Ortho-Bionomy – yes it’s a strange, fascinating name – is a natural therapy that comes from osteopathic principles and the energy of Judo.  It was developed in the 1970’s by Canadian osteopath, Arthur Lincoln Pauls DO, and is based on the idea that our body can spontaneously release from pain and re-position itself toward comfort with very little effort.  The name itself is translated by Arthur as “The correct application of the natural laws of life.

Using the idea of placing the body in its preferred (most comfortable) position and applying gentle compression to obtain releases, proprioceptive messages are activated between muscles and tendons and the brain.  The body then begins to learn more about how it can better position itself in comfort, and how it can reorganise itself.  It’s a continuing and progressive learning process that one’s self internalises, often without even conscious awareness.

Ortho-Bionomy has many facets from the physical through to the energetic.  It works on many levels, physical, mental and emotional, and clients can obtain much deeper and profound understanding of themselves.

In an ortho-bionomy session the client is usually fully clothed, the session continues for approximately one hour, there are no forceful techniques and the client is always heard regarding his or her body, the preferences, and positions of comfort.  As an ortho-bionomy practitioner and instructor, I am a facilitator, meeting the client’s body and offering information for recognition, reorganisation and change.

I came to Ortho-Bionomy after many years of searching for a way of resolving the severe injury trauma I had sustained in a car accident when aged 18, then later again aged 26.  I firstly had surgery, then later worked on myself with reasonable self-healing success, believing my body had the capacity to heal itself.  I also studied psychology to better understand myself on levels other than a physical one.  But I knew there was more, and after experiencing my first Ortho-Bionomy session, I knew I had found my answer.

I sensed immediate changes within myself and even better, my close friends also noticed I had changed – and that it was ok.   I was aware of a difference within myself, which I now know was the immediate calming of my central and peripheral nervous systems, which is something Ortho-Bionomy naturally addresses.  The world had changed for me, and it had changed forever.  I was quickly hooked, becoming a practitioner within two years, then later an advanced practitioner and a teacher. I have now been practising for 20 years and teaching for 14.

As this exciting journey continues for me, I teach ortho-bionomy throughout Australia from my home base of Mt Eliza, Victoria.  Check out the Ortho-Bionomy website of for 2018 classes.  New classes are always being added.   Lois Logan - Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner and instructor.





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