What is Ortho-Bionomy?

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 movements 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.

Source: www.ortho-bionomy.org

Chrystele Welter practices ortho-bionomy in Luxembourg and is here sharing her expertise and knowledge about the therapy.


ORTHO-BIONOMY – A gentle and effective method

Dr. Arthur Lincoln Pauls, a British osteopath and Judo instructor, created the method in California in 1976. Through his own personal development, he improved on the Phase Reflex Techniques of Ortho-bionomy: these techniques include positional release and energetic techniques that enable the patient to understand, consciously experience and even participate in their own capacity to self-correct.

An accumulation of stress and fatigue, associated with memories of physical or emotional traumas which have taken root in our cells can cause a breakdown of the energy in our body.

These blockages are the cause of muscle tension, visceral pain and unexplained imbalances of our major functions (sleep disorders, headaches, migraines, dizziness, etc.…), causing discomfort and difficulty in adapting to the environment. Health problems occur when the body can no longer regulate these functions.

Like the homeopathic principle saying “applying the true values of life”, Ortho-Bionomy covers a wide spectrum of techniques ranging from hands-on contact to non-physical contact. With reassuring care the practitioner stimulates and supports the body’s natural self-corrective reflexes. Ortho-Bionomy can help to liberate the body of its energetic obstructions and restore its natural ability to find harmony and balance. A lovely therapy for living your maternity and motherhood in serenity.

How Ortho-bionomy treatments can help newborns, pregnant women and new mothers?

Ortho-Bionomy is a gentle approach to support the body and spirit from pregnancy to the motherhood when the mother’s body changes and some pain or tiredness appears physically. This method promotes the relaxation of the nervous system, the emotions and the physical body.

Ortho-bionomy is different but complementary to Osteopathy

Osteopathy treats the body’s structures with a physical manipulation of the muscle tissue and bones. Ortho-Bionomy is a little bit different with a gentle approach, without any cracking, and more focused on the emotional body. Thanks to this energetic work we focus more on emotions which can explain any tensions or symptoms.

Following the circumstances of childbirth, a mother can be in need of some emotional healing after the delivery – even if it was a normal vaginal birth or caesarean. The therapist can help her to release this with a soft and gentle physical approach including soft compression and listening to the signs of body. The therapist strengthens the ability of the body to self-regulate itself while focusing on the mother’s body.

Motherhood is emotionally a very delicate period for the mother: Post pregnancy is a new experience for mother and requires some physical and emotional readjustments. This therapy helps to re-calm the nervous system after a caesarean operation or any trauma, even by a normal vaginal delivery, and is soothing for the tissues.

Ortho-Bionomy also helps the father to relax his anxiety to confront the birth journey with the mother and afterwards, post-birth, the new life with the newborn.

This method is extremely gentle and provides healing for babies and children. Children are very receptive to the contact and energy transmitted to their body and this treatment calms their nervous system and helps them to release any tensions following the delivery (emotional trauma, cranial sacral, sleep issues, infant colic, digestive problems, etc..). Ortho-Bionomy is gentler than osteopathy, including also energetic work and is part of the cranial-sacral technique.

What is the cost and how many sessions are required?

A minimum of 3 sessions are required and the cost is €65 per session

In a typical session, the patient lies fully clothed on a table and identifies with the practitioner any areas of discomfort, this gentle approach uses comfortable positioning and relaxing movements to unlock tension, relieve pain, promote structural balance, reduce stress and increase personal awareness and well-being.

Ortho-Bionomy’s primary benefit lies in helping to break the cycle of pain, to correct structural and physical dysfunctions and to release stress.


• Imbalances, tension and pain of the musculoskeletal structure (back pain, thoracic/lumbar pain, sciatica, neck pain, sport injuries, etc.)
• Dysfunction and pain of the viscera (post-operative pain, digestive discomfort, uterine fibroids, etc.)
• Imbalances of major functions (sleep discomfort, migraines, anxiety, etc.)
• Pre and post-natal support
• Support of some chronic diseases and discomfort resulting from surgery


• Better energy flow and relief of acute or chronic pain
• A release of physical and muscular imbalances
• Emotional tension or traumas, and Post-traumatic stress discomfort
• Relief of discomfort due to surgery
• Better body awareness and enhancing of healing capacity
• A deep feeling of relaxation and well being

Ortho-Bionomy can work in support of a medical check-up but cannot substitute itself for one in any case.


More about the author:

Chrystele has practiced Reiki Energy Therapy for 15
years and also organize initiations for people interested
in self-healing and healing of others.

Passionate about a holistic approach, she became an
Ortho-bionomy practitioner in 2007 in France and
subsequently in Luxembourg. She then decided to compliment her current knowledge with a training in Thai traditional massage and Thai oil massage with essential oils at the Thai Medical School in Bangkok. She has been working in her own centre called “Zen Attitude” in Strassen since 2011.

Currently, she practices her therapies in a joint practice, as an independent therapist and can be contacted at A-B Kinésithérapie, 27 Rue Principale, L-5240 Sandweiler. Tél : (+352) 621 25 21 22.

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