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Ortho-Bionomy Conference

Combining Learning and Community

The Ortho-Bionomy conferences are held every two years. They are a fabulous opportunity to connect and build relationships with the larger Ortho-Bionomy community from around the World!

20th Ortho-Bionomy Conference, April 29-May 5, 2019 French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana


Registration will open end of June, 2018.

The Conference Presenter Application is now available for the 2019 Conference - see link below.

Have something you would like to share with the Ortho-Bionomy community? SOBI Members are invited to present - you do not need to be an Instructor to present.

We are excited to have a stable and horses at the resort, and are able to reserve horse and stable time for equine presentations. Have some research or a topic, you may want to consider a Poster presentation. Have something more in depth to demonstrate, a classroom environment may be the place.

Presentation options available are:

  • Classroom - 90 minutes lecture or hands on presentation by single presenter
  • Panel - 90 minute panel lecture of multiple presenters discussing one topic
  • Movement - 60 minute experiential class
  • Poster - Poster/Visual Display of a topic, case studies, research, etc., including a short presentation (approx. 10 minutes) and question and answer sessions.
  • Equine presentation - will want use of a Horse and the Stables facility.

Click the link below for more details, and to open the 2019 conference presenter application to complete. Please use the Save As function and rename the application document - Your name 2019 SOBI Conference. Applications are due by May 10th, 2018

2019 Conference Presenter Application

Here is our great lineup of presentations you missed if you didn't make it to the 2017 Denver conference! See you in 2019??

Ortho-Bionomy for the Digital Generation
Gary Lee Williams                                                      

With the ubiquitous use of digital devices in our client’s lives, many negative postural habits have arrived with the technology.  This presentation will explore several powerful, fast and impactful techniques for winning the battle of posture versus technology.

Gary Lee Williams is a New York based Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner and Instructor.  He maintains a successful private Ortho-Bionomy and Medical Massage practice in midtown Manhattan.

Ortho-Bionomy and Post Mastectomy Pain/Radiation
Liz Olivas - Hear from Liz more about her presentation and why she is excited to share! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1PiKVTfYws&feature=youtu.be

This presentation offers an understanding when working with people who have had cancer.  You will learn techniques that reduce pain and discomfort associated with post mastectomy/radiation pain.

Liz Olivas has worked with a large number of clients who suffer from the side effects of treated cancer.
She is an Ortho-Bionomy/Instructor and Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist

Trauma Resourcing on the Table
Morel Stackhouse - Listen to Morel's description and more details of her presentation! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpiGsdX4xKg&feature=youtu.be

Learn indicators for tracking the sympathetic/parasympathetic response in the traumatized client. Learn and practice a simple & effective bodywork approach to help clients release sympathetic nervous system arousal and restore parasympathetic ease, all without devolving into conversation or “stories”. 

Morel Stackhouse became an Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner in 1987 and Instructor in 1989. She studied with Arthur Lincoln Pauls, DO.  She is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a Continuing Education Approved Provider

Evening Movement
Strengthening the Core with Emphasis on the Spine and Pelvis
Joanne Dufton and Joanie Barrett

This is a movement class designed to teach specific body weight exercises to strengthen the spine and pelvis with emphasis on movement patterns.

Joanie Barrett, LMT, Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner, Bones for Life Teacher in Training, Cert. Personal Trainer, Yoga & Pilates Inst.
Joanne Dufton, Physical Therapist and Associate Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner

Ethics Study Group (registration and pre-work required)
Rhonda Gerych
Topics to be covered include SOBI Trademark Guidelines and Code of Ethics, Professionalism, Roles and Boundaries, Power Differentials, Communication, and Dual Relationships. 
Rhonda’s Ortho-Bionomy journey began in 1985, studying extensively with the Founder.  She embodies and teaches the principles of Ortho-Bionomy in and outside the classroom.  She is immediate past President of SOBI.

Morning Movement
Embodying the Principles through Gentle Movement
Sara Schuetz

Enjoy a gentle movement session in which our elegant principles inform and guide us. Integrate from the inside out.

Sarah Schuetz is a life-long learner and an avid communicator. Whether it’s academia, Pilates, or Ortho- Bionomy, she revels in sharing what she encounters.

Embodying the Endocrine System
Jessica Mark - Listen for details on Jessica's conference presentation! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8wFdoVm2mI&feature=youtu.be

Discover the clarity and balance the Endocrine System can create as we locate and bring awareness to each of our glands through touch and movement

Ortho-Bionomy found Jessica in 2005 and she hasn’t looked back since. She draws on her experience as a Professional dancer, Pilates and Gyrokinesis instructor, and study of Body-mind Centering to enhance her understanding of Ortho-Bionomy

Pain and Neurologic Dysfunction: How Ortho-Bionomists are Ideally Positioned to Help
Bruce Stark

Most pain patterns that our clients experience are readily resolved with Ortho-Bionomy. But there are some pain dynamics that are more complex. In this presentation we will look at the current understanding and revelations about the mechanisms for pain, the implications for our work with clients experiencing all types of pain, and to identify some specific adaptations of Ortho-Bionomy techniques to use in your practice
Bruce Stark is an Advanced Instructor living in Sydney, Australia. He teaches extensively throughout Australia and New Zealand and specializes in working with trauma and complex pain conditions.

The Plasticity of the brain and Ortho-Bionomy
Tiffany Beese (McLuskie)

Brain plasticity and Ortho-Bionomy combined makes changes to bring the brain back to optimum efficiency

Practicing 13 years Ortho-Bionomy, 20 years as a naturopath and Psychology degree specializing in neuroscience.
Currently have a busy Wellington, New Zealand practice helping with mental & physical dysfunction.

The Application of the Reflexes in Phase 4 and 5.
Sheri Covey

Exploring the application of the Follow-On and On-going Action reflexes in Phase 4 & 5 help us add choice and depth to our skills.  Discover the breathtaking bridge of the Reflexes within our technique and how they create calm, organization, and allow the work to hold at a deeper level.    

Sheri Covey discovered Ortho-Bionomy reluctantly and then amazed at the simplicity of the work - she dove in head first. It has become the guiding light for all aspects of her life.  She is grateful for all the people who have supported and influenced her journey

Diaphragm Depth and its relationship to the Spine and Psoas
Carole Poffinbarger - listen to interview with Carole on details of presentation! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZp9klG1H64&feature=youtu.be

Working with the diaphragm and its ligaments to the spine and psoas muscle. By addressing these areas we are able to more deeply relax the spine, psoas, and other areas that might be involved.

An LMT and Instructor of Ortho-Bionomy, Carole is currently enrolled in the Advanced Instructor Training Program. She has studied Process Acupressure and Neuromuscular Therapy, but Ortho-Bionomy is her true love. Past President of the Society, she has served on the Board of Directors and other committees. Carole maintains an Ortho-Bionomy and massage practice in Fairfield, Ohio.

The Role of Flexible Viewpoints in Applying Ortho-Bionomy Techniques
Anthony Swan

How to use Ortho-Bionomy techniques successfully? This hands-on presentation explores how flexible viewpoints help us reframe the problem to more accurately apply the techniques

Anthony is an Ortho-Bionomy instructor.  He has been involved in the development of Ortho-Bionomy in Australia for 20 years, in private practice, as a founding board member and in establishing the practitioner training programs.  Anthony trained extensively in Australia and the USA, including study with the Founder, and is a regular at international society conferences.  He is based in Canberra

In Awe of the Self Corrective Reflexes
Luann Overmyer

Stories to Inspire and Exercises to Increase our Sensitivity and Respondability to the Self Corrective Impulse Within
Luann Overmyer, Practitioner, instructor, author of Ortho-Bionomy, A Path to Self-Care, has over 35 years of private practice and teaching experience


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