The Structure of an Ortho-Bionomy Session
With you fully clothed, I will usually work using a bodywork table although at times you may be seated or standing as well.
Initially I will identify and assess the structural patterns that are contributing to your presenting issues or conditions. This may include tension or other compensatory patterns; scar tissue and adhesions; or distortion across the joints or between different structures. Together we will identify the self-correcting patterns that your body is already undertaking to overcome your injury, pain or health condition. We do this by recognising the directions of ease and the positions that relieve the pain or provide a sense of comfort which allows me to apply the techniques of Ortho-Bionomy in a way that will be most effective for you.
Some of these techniques include:
- Positional release
- Gentle compression to stimulate a response
- Subtle or slight movements to bring more awareness and engage the proprioception
- Range of motion exploration
- Isometric and isotonic techniques
- Gentle rocking
- Static holding
- Postural re-education
- Working with the cranium, viscera and fascia
Generally I will not employ a movement or touch that causes pain or discomfort and where it does I will work well within your tolerance – whatever that may be.
At the end of the session I will provide you with self-care exercises so that you can continue the work we have done in the session. These re-inforce and help to integrate the changes we have made.
It is usually recommended that you initially receive 3-4 sessions after which an ongoing programme of self-care and/or further individual sessions can be developed. This may differ depending on your individual presentation.