What is a typical session like?
Usually, a session is an hour long. The length of a session may be modified to match the needs of the client, occassionly 30 minutes is more appropriate. All sessions are clothes-on and held in a private office space. Your concerns and pertinent medical history are discussed in regards to what issues you would like the work to address. After a brief assessment of movement, the majority of the session is held with the client on a cozy, heated table. As Ortho-bionomy is a cooperative work of the client and practitioner, your feedback during the work is valued and you may be asked to integrate the work through movement. Each session is uniquely designed to each clients needs and self-care techniques may be taught to the client so they may continue self-care outside of the sessions. Time on the table is mixed with integration exercises off the table and postural awareness tips.
Orthobionomy is a non-force bodywork modality. Our guiding principles ensure that we move away from discomfort and into to comfort in order to facilitate the body's' need to self-correct.
Where will my session take place?
Your Ortho-bionomy session will take place in a warm, private office space. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed and heated for your comfort.
What do I wear?
Ortho-bionomy sessions are non-invasive and always clothes-on. It is recommended that you wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing.
What will the bodywork feel like?
Ortho-bionomy is gentle in nature and involves engaging your body's self-corrective mechanisms through compression, movement, light touch and re-education movements. It can bring on a deep sense of relaxation and calm, as pain is avoided in order to support self-correction.
How will I feel after the session?
Most people feel very relaxed and calm. Often you will feel a decrease in pain levels and greater flexibility. Some comments from clients on the 24 hours following a session, include: “Floaty. Calm. The burning golfball of pain in my back is gone! Loose. Relaxed. My shoulders are more open. My jaw no longer clicks! Very present.” It is possible that you might feel sore as the work continues to integrate over the next 72 hours.
It is recommended you drink plenty of water following your session, and attempt to schedule your appointment to allow for non-stressful activities immediately following the session. The work usually settles into a new 'norm' at about 72 hours, but can take up to 5 days. During this period it is advised to avoid habits that may have perpetuated the discomfort the session was used to address.
Is one session enough?
Typically, relief and change is felt from the first session. The number, and timing of sessions is dependent upon the complexity and chronic history of the injury and how the clients' body responds to the work. When addressing a specific injury, the time may be as close as once a week and open up to once a month as the body integrates the changes. In my experience, and life of playing & working hard, I find timely 'maintenance' is beneficial to stall the 'tweaks' from becoming larger issues!
How does OB work?
Ever have a feeling that ‘something was not quite right’ that disappeared after a good nights sleep? Ortho-Bionomy® engages similar neural reflexes to support self-correction for the ‘not quite right’ that doesn’t find its own way to resolve. Through stimulating the proprioceptive sense in the musculoskeletal tissues with non-force movements, positioning, exploration of movement and compression/tension; OB allows and supports the body in its integration of the new alignment. Being a Non-Force Principle-based work, instead of technique-based, encourages your Nervous System to move towards its optimum Rest & Digest (Parasympathetic) State during the entire session creating a deep sense of well-being and calm.