Reflections on Ortho-Bionomy
I was cleaning out computer files this morning and found a page I wrote several years ago. At the time I was a Practitioner, working toward my Instructor level. I've been an Instructor for eight or nine years, so this has been sitting in my computer quite awhile waiting to be shared!
Summer 2004 I was coordinating the massage therapy group at the Summer National Fencing Tournament in Austin, Texas. I was excited to see how well my new found modality of Ortho-Bionomy® was helping the competitors resolve their complaints. Most of the athletes came for work on low back, shoulder or knee issues and this modality was especially helpful with the athletes I saw. Using the Ortho-Bionomy® principle of finding the area of most comfort, I worked with the fencers to reduce or relieve tight or stressed areas. They were very appreciative of the work and I was feeling happy to have been of some help to former, current and possible future Olympic athletes. The last day of the tournament, less than two miles from home, I was given an opportunity to see how well the modality worked in self care.
I was stopped on the frontage road during five o’clock traffic, watching for oncoming cars, when I was hit from behind and pushed into the traffic lane. Fortunately, I did not hit anyone traveling past me, but felt a sharp pain travel up my neck and behind my right eye, giving me a blinding headache. Managing to move into the nearest parking lot, I hoped the person who hit me would follow. After parking, I opened my door and immediately felt dizzy and nauseous. The lady who hit me asked if I was OK and started telling me her reason for propelling me into traffic. Nothing she said made sense to me. Everything was spinning and I was unable to bring my head to center, much less move it to the right. All I wanted to do was unscrew my head and get rid of the nausea and pain. I had just spent seven days showing athletes how to reduce their personal pain, so I went to work on myself. I closed my eyes and paid attention to where I felt the most comfort in my neck.
To me, scanning my body internally, it felt as though my head was twisted as far as possible to the left. In fact, mentally, it felt as though my head were sitting on my body, looking behind me. In Ortho-Bionomy® they taught me to exaggerate the movement of the body. Since it felt as though I were looking behind, I continued mentally twisting my head counterclockwise, until I had twirled it three or four times. Physically, I moved my head as far as comfortable, to my left. When I found myself in a position of most comfort, I held the position and took a deep breath. When my body relaxed, my head started to unwind on its own. I tested my neck and could now move my head to the right with little pain. The headache was still there, but it was no longer blinding and I was no longer feeling dizzy or nauseous. Moving my head in every direction, I found only one painful position. I focused on moving my head 180 degrees opposite the pain and held the position for a few moments. When I rechecked, the discomfort and headache were gone!
At home an hour later, I looked for swelling, redness and discomfort in my neck, shoulders and upper back. I discovered a twinge in my lower back, and the right hip and shoulder were higher than the left. Exaggerating the high hip and elevated shoulder, I waited for the release. Less than two minutes later, my shoulders and hips were even and I was pain free! I was so grateful for my knowledge of Ortho-Bionomy® and more determined than ever to continue training to be an instructor. I want as many people as possible to know how easy self correction techniques for pain, tension and trauma can be with the gentle art of Ortho-Bionomy®.