Ortho-Bionomy is another osteopathic based bodywork that I employ. It teaches us to feel our own body and be aware of its preferences. Its basic premise is to follow the body and always move it towards comfort and ease, doing so will allow the body to find its own balance. Rather than reaching into the muscles and pushing them where they belong, I take the body where it wants to go and let it determine how to release the hip or shoulder itself. The body becomes relieved to feel heard and if I let my hands find the exact position it wants to be in or the exact muscle that wants to let go it releases easily.Here’s a simple example: The right shoulder is lower than the left shoulder. Many bodyworkers would try to raise the right shoulder. I listen to the right shoulder and say with my hands, “you want to move lower, let me help.” In many cases, that is all that is necessary. I take the shoulder lower in a supported and comfortable way feeling for the signs the body gives me as to the exact location. This is where the interface with craniosacral therapy can come in. Because I can palpate the rhythm of the central nervous system, I can use it to monitor the body to know exactly what position is the sweet spot. The body finally gets what it needs and moves to a place in balance with the other shoulder, healthier and happier. Besides using light touch, Ortho-Bionomy incorporates isometrics and isotonics to help the muscles, ligaments and tendons determine their proper tension and balance in use. They hold onto to the changes that took place during a session.There are also ways you can retrain your own body into a more viable access of its abilities, and help you understand the habits that led to the discomfort or pain.
Get to know yourself better and let your own body learn how to take care of itself.