Ortho-Bionomy® and Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique (SMRT)
Clients with whom I've used these techniques have been surprised at how
quickly and simply I can release painful areas for them. I incorporate Ortho-Bionomy® and SMRT (a related technique) into my massage routine, utilizing it along with many other techniques. Basically the technique involves placing your body into a position of ease and holding that position for 15-30 seconds with a slight compression into the joint involved. As an example, while lying face down, I may lift your arm and shoulder and gently pull them in towards your midline slightly and hold that position until I feel a release of tension in your upper back/shoulders.
(Information below is from the Society of Ortho-Bionomy® International)
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. 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.
Ortho-Bionomy® works by stimulating appropriate reflexes that monitor the lengthening and contracting of our muscle system. This then allows the body to change the stress and pain patterns, which are causing the discomfort. The release of tension and stress in the body brings about the relief from pain and discomfort.
Ortho-Bionomy® was developed by Dr. Arthur Lincoln Pauls, a British osteopath, who wanted to find a way to work with the body which honored the body's inherent wisdom. From his experience as a Judo instructor and through his training as an osteopath, he found ways of working with the body by exaggerating the body's preferred postures, thereby permitting the body's self-healing process to create greater balance and alignment. He discovered that by working WITH the body and not against it, the body could find balance on its own without having to use force to correct it.