History of Ortho-Bionomy

The work of Arthur Lincoln Pauls (1929 – 1997), continues to inspire people today with its simplicity and effectiveness. Ortho-Bionomy is ‘the corrective application of the natural laws of life’, and Arthur devoted many years to developing this gentle, safe and unique system of bodywork.


Rooted in osteopathy, Ortho-Bionomy was developed in the 1970s by Arthur Lincoln Pauls, D.O. Dr. Pauls sought a natural, consistent, and lasting way to ease his patients’ pain. Inspired by the body’s ability for self-correction, he combined the concepts of holding slack and comfort on a joint with elements of compression. Through continued research, Dr. Pauls expanded the work to include release and balance in the body through movement and energy; he also incorporated work with the organs, fluids, and other systems of the body. Dr. Pauls eventually named the work Ortho-Bionomy, meaning “correct life study.”

“Change can only come about when the self corrective instincts of the body are summoned in such a way that the body does not resist change. Anything beyond this is force, which when applied too much, leads only to the rebellion of the self instead of a re-unification of the harmonic whole.”
— Dr. Arthur Lincoln Pauls, D.O.