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All Ortho-Bionomy registered instructors are listed in the Find an Instructor search. If an instructor is not listed, please contact office@ortho-bionomy.org prior to taking a class.

SOBI sponsored Classes & Study Groups.  SOBI is sponsoring and scheduling some of the required classes in the training programs.  The classes are primarily in conference call format and are taught by various Registered Ortho-Bionomy Instructors. Study groups include Ethics Study Group/Tutorial as well as a variety of other topics. Classes include Elements of a Successful Practice (Business), Practitioner Training. For more detail click here Study Group/Class descriptions

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SOBI Sponsored Video/Telephone Based Study Groups

SOBI sponsors Ortho-Bionomy Instructors to provide live, video study groups. Students have requested more ways to complete their training. Having some courses that can be done from home can help.

The live video classes are 2-3 hours in length. Most also have pre-work to complete to prepare for the class. The two hour classes do include 1 hour of pre-work. Completion of the 3 hour video call/pre-work provides 3 units Ortho-Bionomy (1 OB study group) SOBI Study Group credit for Practitioner & Advanced Practitioner Training programs. Many of our instructors also provide NCBTMB Credit.

A few times a year, SOBI provides a 3 hour Ethics class as a live video conference call. This class meets the Ethics tutorial requirement for the Associate member portion of Practitioner training. SOBI also provides an Ethics study group at the SOBI conferences.

This study group will be a video call using a video conference call technology called Zoom. For the video call, attendees may use a computer, tablet or smart phone. To attend as an audio only participate, a phone number will also be provided.

  • A Zoom video conference tutorial
  • Pre-work and handouts for the class
  • A link and directions to enter the video class via computer, tablet, smart phone
    • A phone number if you choose to call in for an audio only for the class

Attendees will complete this download and ensure they can access the files. Also, please confirm the date, time and time zone. Thank you.

"Cancellation Policy"

Cancelling 10 days or more before the Study Group - Full refund minus $10
Cancelling 9-5 days before the Study Group - $38 refund
Cancelling 5-0 days before Study Group -No refund
Emergencies will be taken into account on a case by case basis.

Prerequisite: None

Public Speaking: Getting Comfortable Speaking in Front of a Group

Do you avoid speaking in front of groups?

Do you pass up opportunities to promote and build your business because it involves public speaking? Are you anxious about speaking in front of one, two, or more people?

Some people are born with the innate ability to be calm, cool and collected in many situations, including speaking in front of people. The rest of us need to work to get good at it.

This study group will help you discover your fears and vulnerabilities about public speaking and give you some strategies for overcoming them.

But, let’s be realistic: being a good speaker requires many things. One of the most important is practice. We are rarely very good at anything without practice. So, be prepared to:

  1. Discover your fears and vulnerabilities.
  2. Learn some strategies for overcoming them.
  3. Practice, practice, practice

About your Instructor: Jeanne Douglas, Associate Advanced Instructor, Senior Practitioner, President of the Board of Directors, Society of Ortho-Bionomy International

I began studying Ortho-Bionomy in 1988 and maintain a private practice in Shakopee, Minnesota. Having not yet made the decision to leave the corporate world, by day I am a Senior Research and Development Engineer for a medical products manufacturer. My specialties are Coronary and Neurological Angioplasty Guidewires. I love blending the structure of engineering with the structure of the body and the subtleties of Ortho-Bionomy.

Date: Thursday April 16th, 2020
Times: 7:00 EST, 6:00 CST, 5:00 MST, 4:00 PST

Space is Limited.

SOBI Member Registration $75Add to Cart

Self Care Study Group – Independent Study Format

Now you can do a study group at a time that is convenient for you.

Here is SOBI’s first downloadable video and ebook companion Ortho-Bionomy study group, with Rosa Rodriguez, Registered Ortho-Bionomy Advanced Instructor.

Purchase the study group and download/save the program files to your computer. Purchases will receive an email from E-Junkie, with a link to the video, companion ebook, directions and test for to download. Simple follow the directions to return the test to office@ortho-bionomy.org for grading. Once passed, the purchaser received Ortho-Bionomy Study Group credit equal to 3 Units of Ortho-Bionomy credit or 1 study group.

This study group includes the Videos and eBook of Body Ease Self Care for the Computer User, a $28 value.

Members-pricing $75 - DOWNLOAD ONLY Body Ease Self Care: Add to Cart
Non-Member Pricing $85 - DOWNLOAD ONLY Body Ease Self Care: Add to Cart

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What is an Ortho-Bionomy class like?
Why add Ortho-Bionomy training to your bodywork Education?
Incorporating Ortho-Bionomy into an Existing Bodywork Practice
Interested in Classes, but not a Bodyworker?
Why do Classes begin with Phase Four?
Ortho-Bionomy Conference April 30 - May 3, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana
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What is an Ortho-Bionomy class like?

Classes range from 3 units, 8 units, 16 units, 32-40 units. Many courses are full day or weekend, some are broken into 3-4 hour blocks and taught over a period of time, while others are residential workshops. Class cost varies from location to location, so look at a specific class for cost. Many of our instructors are NCBTMB approved providers, and the course will be so noted. The instructors and class coordinators schedule the classes, so if you are interested in a class in your area and do not see one available on the schedule, you may get in contact with the class coordinator in your area and let them know your interest. If there are no classes offered in your area, there is additional information on becoming a class coordinator to bring a registered instructor to your area.

Why add Ortho-Bionomy training to your bodywork Education?

Ortho-Bionomy can change the dynamic of your services, from trying to “fix” your clients to instead supporting and facilitating their healing. In Ortho-Bionomy, clients actively participate in their own recovery and healing. Practitioners perform a gentle, non-invasive form of body therapy that works with chronic stress, injuries and pains or problems associated with postural and structural imbalances. These gentle positions, combined with self care techniques, facilitate changes in the client’s stress and pain patterns. With Ortho-Bionomy, we recognize the client’s pattern, find the position of comfort, exaggerate the position of comfort, and in turn support the body’s self-correcting reflexes.

Using Ortho-Bionomy can increase the scope of your practice and draw a wider client base. Because there are no contraindications to Ortho-Bionomy, you can use this modality with clients for whom massage is contra-indicated. Additionally, as Ortho-Bionomy sessions can be done with clothing on, you can draw clients who have trauma and/or body issues and are more comfortable clothed.

By attending Ortho-Bionomy workshops you have the opportunity to learn new techniques through hands on experience. You leave our workshops with skills you can use for yourself, and with your clients. These skills are a great way to set yourself apart from the other therapists in your area.

For more information on Ortho-Bionomy, please click click here.

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Incorporating Ortho-Bionomy into an Existing Bodywork Practice

Many Ortho-Bionomy workshop attendees are massage therapists, bodyworkers and alternative medicine practitioners. Many are searching for additional ways they can support their client’s healing process. They are also looking for a way to increase the longevity of their current practice, which can be physically demanding on their own bodies. Ortho-Bionomy can complement your existing practice by providing balance, comfort and stress relief.

There is a toll that performing bodywork can take on your own body as a therapist. An aching back, wrists, hands and shoulders are common issues therapists face. Ortho-Bionomy can significantly decrease the pressure and force you apply in a client session, and can decrease the subsequent wear and tear on your body, while increasing your effectiveness. In Ortho-Bionomy workshops, you not only learn healing techniques, but body mechanics so you can provide supportive therapy to your clients, while reducing the stress placed on your own body.

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Interested in Classes, but not a Bodyworker?

Do the Ortho-Bionomy principles appeal to you? Are you interested in increasing your self care abilities or possibly starting a healing practice? Regardless of your experience, Ortho-Bionomy can support your wellness practice, and expand your ability to find physical and energetic comfort.

Ortho-Bionomy sessions are a wonderful way to increase your body awareness and learn to change your patterns of discomfort. In an Ortho-Bionomy workshop, you will learn specific techniques for individual areas of the body, while supporting comfort and balance within yourself. In a session, you learn skills to work with your own pattern. In a workshop you leave with significant skills and awareness, and begin to learn how to share these skills with others. At its core, Ortho-Bionomy is about education. First we learn about ourselves and our patterns, then we learn to educate others. In a workshop, you begin to see how patterns of imbalance and discomfort can be supported, allowing changes to occur.

We learn ways to increase our ability to walk in life in balance and comfort. We give ourselves and those around us permission to be in comfort. Ortho-Bionomy compliments your existing wellness practices by providing additional tools to support balance and relieve the patterns of stress. These core benefits can enrich our lives. They provide support and comfort to both the individual providing care and to those to which the care is provided. A variety of workshops are offered, from three hour self care to in depth weekend and residential workshops.

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Why do Classes begin with Phase 4? Where are Phases 1, 2 and 3?

Phases 1 - 3 are the foundational concepts and observations that brought Dr. Pauls to the development of the art, mood, and principles that are Ortho-Bionomy.

Phase 1 Unconscious movement while sleeping
Phase 2 Conscious movement while sitting in a chair, Tai Chi, Yoga
Phase 3 Periods during which Dr. Pauls observed the ability of people to self-correct, and his study of Dr. Jones work, Spontaneous Release by Positioning (Strain/Counter-Strain).
Phase 4 Where Ortho-Bionomy Begins. A complete system of bodywork that combines gentle contact of tension points and movement of the body, which initiate self-corrective reflexes. Specific movements and trigger points are taught for muscular tension at each joint in the body from the first cervical region of the neck to the toes. Included are techniques for the neck, back, shoulders, elbows, knees, hips, hands and feet. Postural analysis and reeducation are emphasized.
Phase 5 A refinement of Phase 4, an introduction of new methods which allow a greater amount of expression and participation of the person’s innate reflexes. The practitioner initiates the movements, but the person's own reflexes guide the movement, position, and pressure for relief.
Phase 6 Working with the body’s electromagnetic field. Aura Work which allows self-balancing processes to begin through an interaction of the practitioner’s and person's auras.
Phase 7 The projection of a mental pattern which if the person accepts it, catalyzes self-correcting-reflexes which promote either specific postural changes or generalized well-being and integration.

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“After successfully recovering from a car accident with Ortho-Bionomy, I knew I needed to know more about Ortho-Bionomy, both for my own self care, and to support my clients. I began taking classes and was hooked. The blend of demonstration, hands on practice and handouts made the learning process easier for me. I am now an Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner and have transitioned my practice from Massage Therapy to almost exclusively Ortho-Bionomy. By working with my clients instead of “fixing” them, they seem to recover faster and stay well, even from issues that had been chronic. And, in a challenging economy, my client book has remained full.”

  - D.W.

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Interested in Bringing Ortho-Bionomy Classes to your Area?

Many of our Instructors travel to teach, so if you are not finding the class you are looking for near you, bringing classes to you may be a good option. First you need to find an instructor willing to travel to your area. We suggest starting by looking at which instructors teach in your state or in neighboring states (Find a Class) and contacting them. If you are unable to locate an instructor in this manner, you may click to Find an Instructor.

Once you have found an instructor who is willing to consider teaching in your area, the agreement you reach is between you and the instructor. You will determine together the details of your role as the class coordinator. Coordinator duties usually include logistics and promotion. Generally the coordinator fee includes free attendance at the class and a percentage of profits. Coordinating classes can be rewarding on many levels.

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