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 2019


February 23rd - February 24th
Isometrics & Isotonics
Instructor: Barry Krost

Ortho-Bionomy Isometric techniques are a powerful way to support the clients self-correcting reflexes by providing resistance to engaged movement.  Through these techniques inefficient muscular tension patterns, underdeveloped muscle tone and habitual holding patterns can be released and/or restored to optimum function. Isometrics are done passively while Isotonics are done with the client’s active movement.  Isometrics and Isotonics can be done harmoniously with Phase Four positioning or done as a stand along method.

Isometrics and Isotonics allow us to explore two key reflexes in Ortho-Bionomy, rebound and recoil.  By providing passive or active resistance to rebound, a moving out movement or recoil, a moving in movement, we can help the client to self-correct these crucial reflexes for optimum mobility, health and evolvement.

We will look at Isometrics and Isotonics from with an anatomy and physiologic perspective, in context of a standard Phase Four session and as an exploration of the reflexive quality of our human nature.


Prerequisites: None

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


June 8th - June 10th
Cranial 1
Instructor: Denise Deig

More information to come.


August 17th - August 18th
Phase 4 Extremities
Instructor: Carole Poffinbarger

More information to come.


December 5th - December 7th
Visceral Training
Instructor: Sheri Covey

More information to come.


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