Don't feel tied up in knots. Try Ortho-Bionomy
A safe, effective way to increase your comfort level, reduce muscle tension and ease sore spots is here! Ortho-Bionomy is a gentle, non-invasive method to help you achieve a higher comfort level. We work together retraining the body to release the patterns that repeatedly cause discomfort or pain.
Ortho-Bionomy With Tracy provides private sessions and instruction so you can eliminate shoulder, back, neck, leg or arm pain on your own or with me in a session.
Can anyone do Ortho-Bionomy?
Yes, in fact you do some of the concepts without realizing it. Shifting your weight in a chair during a meeting, or shrugging your shoulders upward when they feel tight are ways of moving toward comfort.
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What can I expect from a session?
Typically, you will be asked to remove your shoes and lay on a massage table. No oil or lotion is used. Communication is important. Let me know when something is painful, or just uncomfortable. This will allow me to make adjustments in the treatment. Gentle movements with slight compression towards a joint will allow the changes to occur. At times you may be asked to resist a movement or to press lightly against the therapist or the table. Movements are always done to your comfort level. Self care exercises can be given to help you stay in comfort between sessions. They also help educate you on how to move/ use your body without pain.
Ortho-Bionomy will give you the ability to focus on areas of tension, pain patterns or where you may feel you are spiraling out of control. You will learn how to allow those same patterns to loosen, unwind and release. Techniques vary from subtle to very interactive, but are always applied within your level of comfort.
What if I can't tell you exactly where it hurts? There are several ways to find the source of the tension. We can use bony points on the body as reference places where tension may be located. Determining the ease and range of motion is another indicator of structural restrictions and tension. Feeling the tissue in a muscle is a common way to assess and treat tension. If the muscle feels hard in relation to the area around it, then we've found a place to work.
What is Ortho-Bionomy®?
I like to think of Ortho-Bionomy (pronounced Or-th-oh Bye-on-oh-me) as a way to educate the body to release pain patterns.
What does that mean?
Tension held in the body creates a shorter muscle. Trying to stretch a tight muscle is like pulling two ends of a shoelace with a knot in the center - the knot just gets tighter. With Ortho-Bionomy we bring the two ends of the "shoelace" (muscle) closer together, which allows the knot to loosen. By exaggerating the pattern (short muscle) we get the brain to realize something isn't where it could be and a message is sent through the nervous system to change position (let go.)
I have a sore spot not a tight muscle
The concept of "caving" works well here. Caving around a tight spot is similar to shortening the muscle. Think about a stomach ache - you bend over (cave) to protect the belly. Same thing happens if you stub your toe or hit your elbow - you grab what hurts and wrap your hand(s) around it - making a cave. An Ortho-Bionomy practitioner would find the sore point, help you cave around it, then wait for the tissue to soften.
Is special training required?
The Society of Ortho-Bionomy® International (SOBI) has a training program in place for anyone wishing to learn more. Only people completing 500 hours or more may use the Sand dollar image and say they are Practitioners of Ortho-Bionomy®. For more information on the training, please check the SOBI site.
I want to take a class but don't see Phase 1, 2 or 3.
Ortho-Bionomy, confusingly, does not start with Phase 1. Our foundation or basic classes start at Phase 4.