1) How long does an Ortho-Bionomy session last in terms of effectiveness?
Ortho-Bionomy session can “last” different lengths of time, depending upon the resident health of the individual.
Usually after a first session I’m interested to see how well the work “held” – meaning, say if we
were working with a damaged shoulder, how long was the shoulder pain-free after a session. Some cases take longer than others
to actually “hold” – in the case of severe acute injury, it may take many months to heal, but all the while
we are strengthening the entire system with bodywork to aid in healing. You will see small improvements along the way –
better posture, sleeping better, etc. Receiving sessions helps the body learn how to re-balance and self-correct, so over
time, the individual does not need as many sessions, because the response becomes built in. The individual also learns how
to tell whether they need a session or not.
can I expect from a session? Ortho-Bionomy sessions are done completely clothed, only the shoes removed. In an introductory
session, the practitioner will check all body systems and pay particular attention to the area that the client is concerned
about. Even people who feel they don’t have anything “wrong” with them report that they feel a greater sense
of well-being and connection after a session. Those who come for specific issues may report that their back, shoulder, neck,
etc. is doing better. A session runs generally from 50 minutes to 1 hour.
there anything I can do to prepare? Not really.
my horse receive a session before a competitive event? It is often a good idea for a horse to receive a session about
a week before an event. Ideally, if a horse has not received work from me before, I might like to see him/her a couple of
times before an event, so that the work is nicely integrated into the body.
my horse receive a session after a competitive event? It is often a good idea for a horse to receive a session after an
event, just to give him/her additional resources.
often should I or my horse receive an Ortho session? This really depends upon the condition being addressed. I have clients
that I see once weekly initially, while they are in an acute phase of injury or recovery, and that will taper off to once
every two-three weeks as they become more resourced and healthy. Some with ongoing conditions, I continue to see every other
week. And others that are on more of a maintenance schedule and are relatively healthy, I see once every month to six months.
does it mean when you say “release?” A release is the release of energy from tension patterns and knots in
the structure. The body will spontaneously self-correct, and a release is one way in which it exhibits its move toward self-correction.
I or my horse receive other forms of bodywork while receiving an Ortho session? Yes. It is best to not schedule them too
close together, otherwise the body is working too hard to integrate too much information.
types of exercise are appropriate for injury recovery? Exercise will depend upon the ability of the individual and the
type of condition being addressed.
10) Is Ortho-Bionomy energetic
or structural?Recently someone asked me, “is the work you do energetic or structural?”
was an important question to me because many times people think that a form of bodywork has to be one or the other. If you
are doing a massage, then the work primarily involves musculature and fascia. If you are doing chiropractic, then you are
working on the spine. If you do acupuncture, then you are working with “chi,” or life force and work on organs
and specific conditions.
each of these modalities and in Ortho-Bionomy structure is at the heart of the work. Personally, I feel it is easier to trust
a system that is based on structure, it is a road map from which one can go in many different directions.
understand the body, not just one aspect of it, but to have an understanding of all its systems, grounds the practitioner
in his or her work. There are many energetic things going on in bodies, as a result of accidents, trauma, emotional upsets,
just life in general – and what is so perfect about the work I do is that it isn’t necessary to know exactly what
happened to the person. I don’t need to be told, this is not a psychotherapist’s office, and a lot may need to
remain in the subconscious or unconscious mind. One of my teachers said that the body holds the story, and bad memories or
trauma may never be erased, but we can get it to where the trauma is not firing randomly or when certain things happen. There
is a certain grace in this.
client of mine just recently said, “I know I need a session because I can feel one leg is longer than the other and
my shoulder is up near my ears.”
person started two or three years ago not knowing that Ortho-Bionomy was any different than massage or chiropractic. He just
knew he needed some help. Now his body knows what it is feeling and where, so it has become educated in a very basic way to
this case structure is the key. Most people would not come to me to receive an energetic session solely, they come because
some part of their body or psyche is painful to them. For some people the word “energy” is off-putting; it suggests
they are going to be subjected to something they may or may not want. There are forms of energetic bodywork that push energy
at you. Some people may be afraid of that, others may like it. Some may say they won’t work with anyone doing energy
me, energy is a very personal thing and it is very real. It must be respected. I don’t pry, or force. I simply hold
a space for energy and see if it wants to move or change. I don’t need to figure it out or do anything to it. I trust
the body will do what it needs to with the new information.
energy gets stuck where it isn’t wanted. Rather than thinking of good energy or “bad” energy, I prefer to
think energy without labeling it, for example, it might get stuck where it is no longer useful, such as it is no longer useful
to suck your thumb as you did when you were six months old. So in that case bodywork can give it an avenue to leave.