Ortho-Bionomy is a gentle, non-invasive form of body therapy, rooted in osteopathic principles and the principles underlying Judo.  It is highly effective in working with chronic pain, stress, injuries, or problems associated with postural and structural imbalances. The practitioner uses gentle movements and positions of the body to facilitate the change of stress and pain patterns. A strong focus is placed on the comfort of the individual.  No forceful manipulations are used.


Ortho-Bionomy was developed by Dr. Arthur Lincoln Pauls, a British osteopath, who wanted to find a way to work with the body that honored the body’s inherent wisdom. From his experience as a Judo master, and through his training as an osteopath, he found ways of working with the body by exaggerating the body’s preferred postures.  This permits the body’s self-healing process to create greater balance and alignment.


How it works

Ortho-Bionomy stimulates the body’s self-correcting and self-balancing reflexes. The practitioner uses movement and gentle compression to find positions of comfort which allow the body to change the stress and pain patterns which are causing the discomfort.

Using gentle positioning and light touch, Ortho-Bionomy stimulates inner awareness to awaken within the individual a sense of natural balance and well-being, both physically and emotionally. The inner wisdom of the body is recognized and affirmed. Self healing occurs as the person remembers their natural ability to move away from pain and toward ease.


 An appointment is..

Typically, Ortho-Bionomy sessions last approximately an hour.  Wearing comfortable, loose fitting clothing is suggested to allow a full range of motion. The practitioner works with you to identify areas of discomfort, tension and pain as well as areas of comfort and ease of movement. The use of gentle movements, comfortable positioning and compression are incorporated. No forceful movements are used. Every Ortho-Bionomy session is specifically designed around your individual needs. Verbal feedback will guide the practitioner to find the movements and positions that facilitate your body’s release of stress and tension. Home self care is often suggested to further aid in relieving pain, restoring balance and function throughout the body.

How to select a practitioner

Practitioners, Advanced Practitioners, and Instructors have completed the 500 hour practitioner training program and beyond.

Associates in Practitioner Training are members that have completed 112 hours of the 500 hour Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner training program and have been evaluated by an Ortho-Bionomy Instructor.

For more information, visit www.ortho-bionomy.org.