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

February 17th - February 5th
Phase 4 Extremeties
Instructor: Barry Krost

This foundation class covers the history, philosophy and concepts of Ortho-Bionomy® and provides an overview of the basic release techniques and anatomy for each major joint in the body. Movements and positions of comfort are demonstrated to facilitate the release of muscular tension and overall stress by stimulating the inherent, self-corrective reflexes of the body which help the body create structural alignment and balance from within.

Prerequisites: none   Cost: $295, $285 Early Bird/Check Discount


March 10th - March 11th
Phase 5
Instructor: Denise Deig & Melinda Doden

The focus of Phase Five is to move to a more subtle level of awareness of the practice and principle of Ortho-Bionomy®. Specific techniques develop and increase the student's understanding and proprioceptive sensitivity to the self-corrective movements initiated by the client. Through the practice of observing, following and supporting subtle movement patterns, muscular tension is released, range of motion is increased and pain is reduced. In Phase Five, students are encouraged to do less and let the client be the guide for his/her exploration of change.

Prerequisites: Phase 4   Cost: $295, $285 Early Bird/Check Discount


May 5th - May 6th
Phase 6
Instructor: Denise Deig & Melinda Doden

This class is designed to help participants access and track sensation and energetic perception in themselves and in their clients, and to learn how to make contact without necessarily engaging physically. Techniques will be presented that monitor and acknowledge the inter-relationship between energetic, emotional and physical levels and that demonstrate how energetic shifts can affect changes in physical patterns.

Prerequisites: Phase 4 & 5 Cost: $295, $285 Early Bird/Check Discount


July 14th - July 15th
Trauma / Scar
Instructor: Morel Stackhouse

This class looks at the Biological Model of Trauma, how trauma affects people, and how practitioners of therapeutic bodywork can most effectively work with individuals who are affected by trauma in ways that support their healing process.  Participants will learn about the neurological basis of trauma in the autonomic nervous system and how to recognize signs of trauma in their clients.  We will explore Trauma Resourcing in depth: specific verbal and energetic approaches as well as bodywork techniques for working with trauma-based dysfunction in the body.  We will learn to work with various types of scar tissue, adhesions, broken bones, implanted hardware and prosthesis.  Ways to support clients before, during and after surgery will be discussed.


Prerequisites: Exploration of Movement, or Phase 5  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