Ortho-Bionomy - Magic, Science, or Both.

I can't tell you how many people tell me that Ortho-Bionomy is like magic.

(Ortho-what?  Ortho-Bionomy, the healing modality that I use in my KRT (Kinetic Release Therapy) sessions..)

So I've had people call me a magician, wizard, and even guy who does "that voodoo magic stuff."

It's usually after they have one of their contractions disappear in seconds and they simply have no idea how I made that happen.

Well, I guess I could see that it feels like magic, especially since I don't have to "dig" into people's bodies to release the tension as they are used to in acupressure, trigger point and other deep tissue therapies. (yes, really....)

It also feels like magic because not only does it happen so fast and WITHOUT PAIN, but it also happens in a subtle way and people who are not tuned into their body don't even feel it happen as the tissue releases. They just know that when I pressed into their body at first on a certain spot it hurt, but then after about 5-15 seconds, I press on the same spot again and the person is simply amazed at the fact the there's not more pain but also the tissue has "juicified" and softened. 

The thing is, it's NOT magic. It's science. 

That's right, it's entirely based in science and it was developed by British-trained Osteopath by the name of Arthur Pauls. Arthur had a deep understanding of the body and it's functions and he discovered that we could work with the body's self-corrective mechanisms to provide it with release and re-organization. 

According to the British School of Osteopathy, "Osteopathy is a primary health care system, complementary to other medical practices. It is suitable for almost anyone and can contribute to the treatment and management of a wide range of conditions. Osteopaths primarily work through the neuro-musculo-skeletal system, mostly on muscles and joints, using holistic and patient-centred approaches.

A core principle behind osteopathy is the idea that the body is an integrated and indivisible whole, and contains self-healing mechanisms that can be utilised as part of the treatment. No part of the body works, or can be considered, in isolation."

So where does the magic come in? Hold on, I'll get to that in a second.

Dr. Pauls - the genius who discovered Ortho-Bionomy - defined the term then as "the correct appplication of the laws of life."  
Ortho = Correct, Bio = Life, Nomy = A system of laws about a body of a particular field.
And this method simply works "with" the human body and it's natural processes which include it's natural corrective reflexes. And in my opinion, our body IS MAGICAL! 

So it's not the method itself that's magic, it's that that this method taps us into the magic spontaneous healing powers of our body!  Yes, our body CAN heal ITSELF in many cases immediately.

The more we learn about anatomy and physiology, the more we become astonished at just how magical we are and how brilliant our creator must have been. Each and every time I study anatomy on a deep level, it's almost as though it's religious experience.

So before I end this blog post, I will leave you with this:

The next time someone asks you what I do, instead of telling them that I'm a magician, you can tell them what I really do - He's an osteopathic manual therapist who treats people with science-based body therapy.  :-)

Ortho-Bionomy and Yoga

I've been thinking a lot lately about how Ortho-Bionomy goes great with yoga. 

Several forms of yoga, a discipline with over 5000 years of history, include the physical practice of positioning the body to enhance function and release tension. These positions put certain parts of the body under stretch while other parts are placed in a position of relaxation. 

At first, you wouldn't think that this is similar to Ortho-Bionomy, but it is. 

Probably because Ortho-Bionomy releases are based on the principle of exaggerating a position of ease while yoga asanas (poses) aren't always positions that are easy. In fact, many asanas are quite challenging to us at first, especially because of the sedentary life that we're living these days.

Also, Ortho-Bionomy usually consists of shortening or "slackening" tissues which can be summed up to be like speaking to the body in a language of likes, while yoga poses often require us to lengthen or stretch our tissues, which is a language of opposites.

However, I bet you didn't realize that often during yoga, when you're stretching one region of your body, you're also slackening another. As is in the case of the Bow pose where we're stretching and opening up the front line of our body while simultaneously slackening our posterior chain. 

How about the Plough pose? Your neck is fully flexed and slackened in the front of the body while being stretched in the back. Same goes for your abdomen and all those tissues.

Bow Pose - Dhanurasana

Bow Pose - Dhanurasana

Plough Pose - Halasana

Plough Pose - Halasana

The thing is, what we must consider is that in order to get a complete release to a region such as we do in positional release therapy and Ortho-Bionomy, we must hold that position for a total of 3-30 seconds, depending on the persons nervous system. 

So think about what's possible if we hold certain yoga poses and use yoga as a way to release our contractions, rather than just taking a Vinyasa/Power yoga class and using it as a workout.

What other yoga poses do you consider to be positional releases?