Class Descriptions

Introduction to Ortho-Bionomy

Ortho-Bionomy Session

A great introduction to the work, this class covers the history, principles, and methods of Ortho-Bionomy. Learn various methods to engage the self-corrective reflexes of the body through structural, fluid, and energetic techniques. Cultivate ways to allow the body to respond and increase communication with the whole. This class is part lecture and part hands on practice.

3 Continuing Education Credits available through NCBTMB . 3 SOBI credits. No pre-requisites required.


Structural Releases for the Extremities - Phase 4

Extremities Orthobionomy

Continuing education for bodyworkers, movement educators, and those interested in gentle pain relief therapy. No pre-requisites or bodywork experience necessary.

This class covers the history, philosophy, principles, and methods of Ortho-Bionomy. Participants will learn to feel the body's self-corrective reflexes through hands-on practical skills. This class will focus on fundamental techniques for working with the joints of the extremities. Learn specific hands-on techniques to provide gentle pain relief with clear results.

Massage Therapists--learn how to work with less effort to achieve pain relief for your clients, extending your bodywork career for decades to come.

Yoga and Pilates Instructors--learn how to increase range of movement and to create more balanced movement patterns for you and for your students.

Laypeople--learn tangible techniques to create further ease and more balance in your own body, as well as for your friends and family.

14 Credit Hours of NCBTMB offered

16 Credit Hours of SOBI offered

Foundational Class


Isometrics and Isotonics

Isometrics Orthobionomy

Learn isometric and isotonic techniques for working with inefficient muscular tension patterns as well as underdeveloped muscle tone. Through the use of restraining movement while the muscle is engaged, self-correcting reflexes are stimulated and habitual holding patterns can be released. Muscle tone and joint function can balance to create efficiency and ease of movement. 

14 Credit Hours of NCBTMB offered

16 Credit Hours of SOBI offered

Foundational Class


Structural Releases for the Spine -Phase 4

spine orthobionomy

Continuing education for bodyworkers, movement educators, and those interested in gentle pain relief therapy. No pre-requisites or bodywork experience necessary.


This class covers the history, philosophy, principles, and methods of Ortho-Bionomy and provides an overview of the fundamental techniques for working with the spine, pelvis, and ribcage. Learn to feel the body's self-corrective reflexes through hands-on practical skills. Phase Four techniques utilize movement and positions of comfort to facilitate the release of muscular tension and overall stress by stimulating the self-corrective reflexes of the body which help the body create structural alignment and balance from within.

Massage Therapists - Learn how to work with less effort to achieve pain relief for your clients, extending your bodywork career for decades to come.

Yoga and Pilates Instructors - Learn how to increase range of movement and to create more balanced movement patterns for you and for your students.

Laypeople - Learn tangible techniques to create further ease and more balance in your own body as well as for your friends and family.

14 Credit Hours of NCBTMB offered

16 Credit Hours of SOBI offered

Foundational Class


Exploration of Movement Patterns

Movement patterns orthobinoomy

This class develops the technique of exploring patterns of movement passively within a body in order to achieve self-recognition and illicit a client’s self-corrective reflexes. The tangible tools taught in this class can be used to assess movement, provide release, re-educate, or provide integration to the body in relationship to the whole.

14 Credit Hours of NCBTMB offered

16 Credit Hours of SOBI offered


Postural Re-Education & Post Techniques

Sand+Dollar Orthobionomy

Learn to evaluate and balance postural habits through hands-on techniques and assessment tools. Learn integrative post techniques to encourage release, deepen awareness, and support stabilization and mobility within the system.

14 Credit Hours of NCBTMB offered

16 Credit Hours of SOBI offered

(Pre-requisite: 14 hours of Phase 4 training or permission from the instructor)


Demonstration Skills: Aka--How to Talk About Ortho-Bionomy

Orthobionomy Skills

Learn how to describe, demonstrate, and converse about Ortho-Bionomy to family, friends, and the general public. Practice presenting Ortho-Bionomy in a comprehensible and accurate way to gain confidence and skills for the Lecture Demonstration requirement. Also included are various techniques for managing split focus, speaking to a group, calming anxiety, and constructing the demonstration content and flow.

16 hours of class credit - 8 contact hours, 7 hours independent study, and a 1-hour consultation session with Jessica.  16 SOBI credits.

 

Study Groups

Formal study group are tailored specifically to participants’ needs, meeting the student exactly where they are and supporting them in their process. This time is used to review techniques, clarify principles, discuss specific client cases or issues, and have space to dive deeper into areas of interest, concern, or curiosity.

Study Group--Advanced Pelvis - Take a deeper and more layered look at the pelvis and its relationship to the low back and hips from a structural perspective. Learn practical releases for the ilium, pubic bone, coccyx, tensor fascia latae, spiral of the femur, piriformis, and ischial tuberosities. Discover supportive and strengthening exercises for you and your clients. Bring questions and curiosities from your own experiences to receive personal clarity and understanding.

Study Group--Advanced Neck and Shoulders -Because of its versatility and wide range of motion, there are many moving parts to the shoulder girdle that must work in harmony for optimal efficiency. Using a structural and fluid lens, we will learn to layer release techniques of the humerus, clavicle, scapula, and ribs 1-3 for increased communication and ease. In addition, we will explore the relationship of the lungs to the shoulders and neck, learn releases for the sternocleidomastoid and scalenes, and discover new techniques for working with the neck and cranium. Bring your questions and curiosities for added personal understanding.

Study Group-- Embodying the Endocrine System - Our greatest asset as bodyworkers lies in the embodiment of the work we aim to support in others. Learning location and functions of the endocrine glands are a great beginning, but in this study group we will explore how to embody the qualities and characteristics of 15 glands and organs that assists in endocrine balancing through body awareness, touch, and gentle movement. Learn how organization of the endocrine system can create clarity, shift structure, and increase flow and communication in the system as a whole.

Study Group-- Upper Extremities - Join us for this interactive study group as we address all your upper extremity questions, review techniques from past classes, learn the shoulder point dance (so fun!), and discover innovative new approaches to work with shoulder issues. We will create space to dive deeper into individual areas of curiosity or challenge. This class is tailored to meet your unique needs. 


Practitioner Training

This class is structured to help weave together the pieces of Ortho-Bionomy and synthesize the training experience for each student. Some material that may be covered includes the following: how to structure a session, clarity around starting a practice, discussion around challenging client cases, and clear understanding about communication and boundaries between client and practitioner. Strong support and guidance through the transition of becoming an Ortho-Bionomy practitioner is paramount in these seminars.

 

Fluid Releases and Techniques-Phase 5

Phase 5 Orthobionomy

Phase 5 Ortho-Bionomy is about having a conversation with the tissue on a more subtle level of awareness. Through the practice of observing, following and supporting subtle movement patterns, muscular tension is released, range of motion is increased and pain is reduced. 

  • Refine your subtle palpatory listening skills

  • Clarify your capacity to more clearly track mental, emotional and physical aspects

  • Observe and work with tissue preferences in relationship to structural alignment

  • Reinforce the body’s wisdom instead of the client's storylines

  • Notice and find relationship with mood in the tissue

14 Credit Hours of NCBTMB offered

16 Credit Hours of SOBI offered


Self-Care for Resilience and Ease 

As bodyworkers, our self care can easily drop to the bottom of the priority list. We can often feel burn out and resentment creep in when we least expect it. Sustainability in our lives and career is possible when we learn to strengthen our relationship to the autonomic nervous system. Learn how to restore and balance the body's nervous system every day, not just on vacation, and increase your capacity for vitality and strength.

What you will learn in this course:

· Restorative postures and breathing techniques to tone and strengthen the parasympathetic nervous system

· The anatomy of stress, anxiety, and the vagus nerve

· To identify how stress manifests in the body and how ease is sensed physiologically

· Techniques to tonify the fluid system, give structural integrity through the skeletal system, and find space through awareness of energetic boundaries

· The physiology of how our body’s systems work together to store and release energy

A little about the modality:

This class teaches an embodied approach to how stress, anxiety, and imbalance manifest in the body and provides tools to understand how to shift these sensations into strength and resilience. The course will include restorative yoga, breath exercise, meditation, and vagus nerve strengthening exercises. Discussion and lecture will be used to understand the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system. Participants will leave with an individually crafted plan to implement these techniques into every day life.

7 Credit Hours of NCBTMB offered
8 Credit Hours of SOBI offered


Elements of a Successful Practice (Business Practices)

Learn and understand the elements of a successful and sustainable business using Ortho-Bionomy principles with an experienced business owner. With over 15 years of experience as a business owner, Jessica currently manages 12-18 staff members, operates two locations of a fitness and wellness studio, and attracts loyal clients to her Ortho-Bionomy practice. This class gives you accessible steps to market, advertise, and create a thriving business. The class includes eight hours of in class time, seven hours of homework, and a private consultation around your individual business practice needs.

16 hours of class credit - 8 contact hours, 7 hours independent study, and a 1 hour consultation session with Jessica. 16 SOBI credits.

 

Phase 6

Phase Six work relates to the energetic communication in and with the body. Participants learn how to recognize and track sensation through the energetic field within themselves and in relationship to their clients. Clear techniques to deepen the Ortho-Bionomy principle of ‘right relationship’ will be developed through work in the energetic realm. In addition, students will learn how the changes at the energetic level affect the emotional and physical space of the body and can add another dimension of unity to the whole.  


Residential

Residential training programs provide participants with the opportunity to broaden and deepen their understanding of Ortho-Bionomy techniques and principles through an in-depth immersion of five or more days of uninterrupted study. Residentials allow time for learning and personal growth as well as relaxation to facilitate the integration of technique, philosophy, and the embodiment of "Be-ing" rather than "doing." Please consider joining us here in Asheville, NC for an unforgettable time.