What is Ortho-BionomyŽ...
is a method which emerged from the mind of the Canadian osteopath Arthur
L. Pauls in 1978.
Ortho-Bionomy's main aim is to help clients to relax
the tensions that cause muscular pains and joint stiffness. Practically
the relaxation maneuvers are based on antalgic positions and
light compressions applied by the practitoner in order to stimulate the
self-regulating and self-corrective ability in the client's body.
Thus Ortho-BionomyŽ is not a manipulative method but an act of
information and stimulation that allows the physiological mechanisms of
the body to regain their natural functions, altered by different causes,
like accidents, incorrect postures, unnatural habits.
The body can recover its efficiency depending on the seriousness of
the accident that caused the pain or the function's alteration. For
example, a serious joint fracture could greatly reduce its functional
movements; in such cases the recovery ability could be lost permanently,
while in a less serious case it could be totally restored.
Ortho-BionomyŽ has its roots in Taoist's philosophy and in martial arts. One of
the foundations of Taoist thought is the development of naturality allowing
events to flow without an outside intervention (a manipulation).
In Chinese it is called WEI WU WEI or "Action without action".
The final aim of a warrior is to fight without fighting, and for an
Orthobionomist the aim is to refine to such an extent his activity on a client
so that it will happen without a visible action.
Flowing water always follows the path of minor resistance: it doesn't
collide thus it can flow. Such a possibility is refined by the
practitioner through his own personal evolution, together with a
progression of classes or phases that prepare the students to measure
themselves against these concepts:
development of contact and touch's ability on a physical level
develops a deeper awareness of the energetical movements' patterns,
intrinsic to the body
-Phase 6: the refinement of the sensibility
towards the auric level of the people, in order to enter in contact with
the effects emotion and thought have on the physical and energetical
-Phase 7: brings us closer to the dimension of symbols as
archetypes that form the universal laws that constitute the reality in
which we live
In its purest form Ortho-BionomyŽ is also an attempt to unify western
pragmatism of action with the extreme introspection developed by the
oriental cultures; the beneficial effects are experienced by the
practitioner and the client, both united by the universal principle "by
reflex, your wellbeing becomes my wellbeing".
Teachers and operators in Italy (partial list)
Arthur Lincoln Pauls...
||Dr. Arthur L.
Pauls (1929-1997) was the inventor and founder of Ortho-BionomyŽ.
was born in Canada and in the 60's he moved to London where he comes in
contact with osteopathy and becomes an osteopath.
studies he met with Dr. Lawrence Jones, inventor of a method capable of
loosening muscular tensions and joint pains through antalgic
positions. This experience inspired Arthur to develop a method
called "Phased Reflex Technique" which later became
He passed the last ten years of his life in France
allowing many students to benefit from the results of his researches and
Arthur Pauls and Alex Lattanzi
Arthur Pauls, Alex Lattanzi and Gianfranco
Arthur Pauls and childs
The founder of Ortho-Bionomy
The Sand Dollar...
The Sand Dollar is a spiny, hard-skinned animal that is
shaped like a coin (a flattened disk). There are many different
species of sand dollars and they live on the sandy sea floor.
sand dollars are found at depths of 30 to 40 feet (9-12 m). Sand
dollars partly bury themselves under the sand, with an edge poking
up out of the sand.
|If you break
open a test, there are many hard, loose, white pieces; these were the
teeth of the Sand Dollar. You can often find the dead "shell" of a sand
dollar (called a "test") washed up on sandy beaches.
This is what
happened to Arthur as he was walking along the beach in Hawaii in 1978.
As he saw the sand dollar he decided that it was going to be the symbol