Ortho-bionomy massage: technique, benefits and contraindications

Ortho-bionomy massage: technique, benefits and contraindications

The Ortho-Bionomy ® massage exploits the body’s self-healing capacity by practicing light compressions . Let’s find out better.


>   The Ortho-Bionomy ® massage technique

>   How it works

>   What ailments it treats

>   For whom  Ortho-Bionomy ® massage is meant

>   The law in Italy and abroad

>   Associations and reference bodies

Ortho-Bionomy massage

The Ortho-Bionomy ® massage technique

The term Ortho-Bionomy ®  literally means “Correct application of the laws of life” (Ortho: right, just, correct; Bio: life; Nomy: law). It is an alternative and innovative method of treatment which is part of the manual therapies of massage therapy , but not only , founded in the 70s by the Canadian osteopath Arthur Lincoln Pauls (1929 – 1997).

Pauls argued that “Our bodies are able to correct themselves but they need to be motivated and helped to try to find out how to make the change.”

East and West meet, the roots of this practice are found in the thought of Taoist philosophy and in martial arts; one of the foundations of Taoist thought is in fact that of the development of naturalness which allows phenomena to flow without external intervention, ie WEI WU WEI, “Action without action”.

These are accompanied by another method capable of relieving muscle tension and eliminating joint pain, developed through analgesic positions.


How does it work?

The technique from which Pauls took inspiration was called “Spontaneous release by positioning”, “Spontaneous relaxation through positioning”, a new osteopathic technique that exploits the natural positions that the body assumes to spontaneously cause the release of muscle tension and favor the disappearance of the ache.

Through the Ortho-Bionomy ® massage , the body is made to assume the most comfortable positions which are maintained for a few minutes. Once the corrective and antalgic position has been identified, ie one that does not produce pain, a slight compression is applied to the joint ; the compression determines an equal and opposite action that allows the joint to return to equilibrium.

This also allows to decrease the response time of the corrective action itself, as it is no longer necessary to hold the position for a few minutes, but a few seconds may be enough. The compression, carried out by expert hands, is practiced with a very light and delicate touch, no force is used, and determines a self-correcting stimulation in the person being treated. The method cannot be considered exclusively a manual manipulation technique; in fact, the process of self-correction is triggered when the body consciously realizes the state in which it is, therefore it is very important to work on self-awareness as well.

No special supports are required, you can receive a treatment on a wooden bed or on the ground or sitting on a chair, depending on the type of work you decide to undertake. The treatments are generally single but it is also possible to practice in a group.


What ailments the  Ortho-Bionomy ® massage treats

The Ortho-Bionomy® massage is a body technique that is mainly used to relax the tensions that cause muscle pain , contractions and joint blocks with the related psychological consequences; practically, the relaxation maneuvers are based on the analgesic positions and on the light compressions that the expert operator exercises with his hands to stimulate a self-correction in the patient to be treated.

Even if there is contact, the method is not properly considered a manipulative gesture, but a stimulation of the body’s natural physiological mechanisms, so as to allow it to rediscover its natural functions, altered by various causes, such as unnatural postures, incorrect habits, accidents. or other.

The orbionomist directs his energies in order to create an optimal condition of bodily sensitivity (of an experiential type). Sensitivity itself, endowed with innate intelligence (and reactivity), becomes the organism’s means of self-regulation (self-correcting reflex).


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Who is the Ortho-Bionomy® massage for?

It is a practice and philosophy of life that combines the pragmatic action of the Western world with the introspection developed by Eastern cultures, so it can be said that both the operators and the patients treated benefit from it.

The practice is pleasant and relaxing for those who receive it because it starts from the assumption that the operator must enter a state of complete listening relationship with the other .

The structured therapy is designed for all those people who wish to restore their balance, starting from a joint dysfunction or physical block which is at the origin of the discomfort. Generally these are people who feel their body as rigid and blocked, also useful for those who feel weighed down by tensions and conflicts that have made them lose spontaneity and self-awareness.

With the Ortho-Bionomy® massage, lightness and fluidity are recovered and it is a re-educational practice that can be practiced and received at any age.


The law in Italy and abroad

Ortho-Bionomy® has been present in Italy since 1988. The Italian and European teachers belong to the OBEAT (European association of Ortho-Bionomy teachers) which authorizes its use and practice to teachers and operators present in France, Austria , Germany, Italy, Switzerland.

It is also present in the USA and Australia. According to the law, it can be said that Ortho-Bionomy is a “homeopathic” practice for the recovery of one’s being, one’s body and one’s inner resources, therefore, at the regulatory level, it is subject to the rules that are still being discussed in Parliament on homeopathy.


Associations and reference bodies

The European association is called Obeat and is the central association that brings together all the local associations of Ortho-Bionomy®. It deals with the promotion and development of the method and coordinates all aspects of training at all levels. In Italy, there is the  Acobi association , recognized in Italy by the  Csen , and the Aimob .

Ortho-Bionomy ® Method – An innovative discipline of body rebalancing

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