Class Descriptions

Introduction to Ortho-Bionomy

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.


Foundational Class: Phase 4 - Extremities

This class covers the history, philosophy, principles, and methods of Ortho-Bionomy and provides an overview of the fundamental skills for working with the joints of the extremities through a structural lens. Learn to feel and understand the body’s self-corrective reflexes through hands-on practical techniques. Discover gentle releases to achieve balance, increase range of motion, and support pain relief. This is an excellent class for beginners to this work.


Foundational Class: Phase 4 - Spine

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 rib cage through a structural lens. Learn to feel and understand the body's self-corrective reflexes through hands-on practical techniques. Discover gentle releases to achieve balance, increase range of motion, and support pain relief. This is an excellent class for beginners to this work.


Exploration of Movement Patterns

This class develops the technique of exploring patterns of movement passively within a body in order to achieve self-recognition and elicit 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.


Postural Re-Education & Post Techniques

Learn to evaluate and address inefficient postural habits through accurate observation and simple exercises. Learn techniques to work with spinal curvatures and scoliosis and exercises to facilitate the client's ability to maintain balance. Learn post techniques to assess and release areas of tension and to integrate the work done in a session.


Demonstration 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. The class includes eight hours of in class time, seven hours of homework, and one private consultation in order to prepare for your Lecture Demonstration.

 

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.


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.

 

Phase 5

Phase 5 arises as the physical and energetic qualities of the body begin to merge in order for the system to release and reorganize. By incorporating a clear sense of right timing and presence, the practitioner learns functional skills to follow a client’s self-corrective movements as the stimulus for change and balance. Expand the layers and of perception by honing listening and sensing skills through hands-on techniques and embodying the art of doing nothing.  Students will be able to increase proprioceptive awareness, understand the difference between guiding and following movement, and develop keen listening and observing skills.


Self-Care

Using safe, comfortable positioning and gentle movement exercises, learn to recognize and engage the resources within your own body that allow you to heal and feel better rapidly. Excellent for anyone wishing to relieve pain, create balance, and increase ease of movement in the body. Begin to understand the principles of Ortho-Bionomy to facilitate self-correction and self-healing for a strong, pain-free, and resilient body.


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.

 

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.  


Isometrics and Isotonics

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. Participants learn how the conscious use of obstacles can help promote change from rigid physical patterns to greater mobility through active participation from the client.


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 for five to seven days of uninterrupted study. Residentials allow time for learning, personal growth, and relaxation to facilitate the integration and embodiment of Ortho-bionomy principles and philosophy. The focus is deepened through the lens of "Be-ing" rather than "doing"