The term "Ortho-Bionomy®" comes from "ortho" meaning correct or straight, "bio" meaning life, and "nomy" meaning the laws of or study of. Dr. Pauls defined the term then as "the correct application of the laws of life." He stated "[Ortho-Bionomy®] is really about understanding your whole life cycle. Naturally, we focus on the structure because that is the literal skeleton upon which our life is built. When your structure works right, your circulation works better, you feel better, you think better." (Kain and Berns, 1992)

Advanced Instructor, Terri Lee, describes the fundamental principles of Ortho-Bionomy and the history of its development. Terri Lee has been actively practicing and teaching Ortho-Bionomy since 1982. She is an artist of this extremely effective, subtle, gentle bodywork. Her nonjudgmental, affirming approach has helped thousands of students and clients facilitate their own self-healing, awareness, and integration of the body as a whole. 

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Ortho-Bionomy® is a gentle, non-invasive, osteopathically-based form of body therapy which is highly effective in working with chronic stress, injuries and pains or problems associated with postural and structural imbalances. The practitioner uses gentle movements and positions of the body to facilitate the change of stress and pain patterns. A strong focus is placed on the comfort of the individual, no forceful manipulations are used. The practitioner also suggests home exercises that individuals can do to further facilitate the neuromuscular re-education process begun in the session. Ortho-Bionomy® is very effective in helping alleviate both acute and chronic pain and stress patterns by reducing chronic muscle tension, soothing the joints, increasing flexibility, improving circulation, and relaxing the entire body.

The Ortho-Bionomy® program at the Carmel School of Massage & Healing Arts is available to anybody; from the person who wants to practice bodywork but doesn't have a license, to the existing licensed body worker who wishes to receive continuing education.


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Ortho-Bionomy® in 2018


July 14th - July 15th
Phase 4/5 Diaphragm and Psoas
Instructor: Carole Poffinbarger

In Ortho-Bionomy® sessions the body would lead me into this realm of finding the relationship between these two beautiful muscles and how they would support, pull, and involve other parts of the body. Sometimes a dysfunction to other systems such as digestion, urinary, or reproductive organs would show up, and we would include working with the Psoas and the Diaphragm to support the resolution of these issues. 

In this class we will look at the anatomic, and physiological effects of these muscles, as well as the surrounding areas that may be causing a dysfunction. We will also look at scoliosis, breathing and walking patterns. 


Prerequisites: None

Cost: $295, $285 Early Bird/Check Discount


September 6th - September 12th
Instructor: Denise Deig & Luann Overmyer

Opening the Door to Proficiency
Client Assessment
Deepening Tissue Dialogue
Integrating Sessions
Developing Insight

A residential is a 40-hour immersive training, usually held in a natural setting or retreat type facility. This allows an opportunity for the students to broaden and deepen their understanding of Ortho-Bionomy® while avoiding the distractions of day to day life. Residentials allow time for learning and personal growth as well as relaxation to facilitate the integration of technique, philosophy and the qualities of "Be-ing" rather than "doing". A residential experience is a requirement for the Ortho-Bionomy® Practitioner Training Program. In 2018 we will be at Oakwood Retreat Center near Muncie Indiana.  

Prerequisites: at least 16 hours each in Phase 4, 5, & 6. Cost: $1700, $1500 Early Bird/Check Discount Costs include: Classes, Meals, & Lodging


To register or for more information about Ortho-Bionomy classes contact Keri Brown:
Phone: 317-446-1559