What is a session like? Clients remain fully clothed, removing only their shoes. If lying on a massage table is uncomfortable, Ortho-Bionomy® work can be done while seated. A typical session consists of conversation and hands-on work, looking for places with soreness or discomfort. I take into consideration any information provided by the client regarding pain, stiffness, lack of flexibility, etc. and add to that what I can feel in the client's body. Using Ortho-Bionomy® techniques of gentle movements, comfortable positioning, brief compression or traction we find and release painful points. Since Ortho-B is all about comfort I am constantly aware of how my client is handling the work-and always remain well within the comfort zone. The focus is entirely on the client's comfort and we proceed with the hands-on work in a speed and manner that maintains that comfort. Ortho-Bionomy® works with the client not on the client. I rely on the client's feedback to find the best techniques for the individual's needs. Each session, like each client, is unique.
How will I feel after the bodywork session?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during bodywork, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your session.
How soon will I see results? You should experience some improvement of symptoms immediately. Long-term patterns of pain may resurface after the first wave of relief, and it may require several sessions for your body to let go of the pain pattern, and to let the body adjust to new postures. Since the client is involved in the process, how long the work "holds" is different for each client. By using self-care and actively seeking to change pain-causing patterns, a motivated client can stretch out the time between sessions indefinitely. If the client prefers less involvement, progress may be slower.
How often should I have a session? This is up to each individual. When starting this work it might help to schedule sessions more frequently, maybe every week or two. Once your body is more comfortable you can choose whatever maintenance schedule works best for you,weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly. Each client's needs and comfort are different. The average maintenance schedule is about once a month.
What is TEC? TEC stands for The Emotion Code, a method of releasing trapped negative emotions with magnets. Getting rid of "emotional baggage" can help break old patterns of behaviour and pain. TEC can sometimeshelp the Ortho-Bionomy work.
Where is your office space? Can you come to my home? My home office space is at 214 Davidson Rd, in Mars, PA. I also work regularly at Hands On Therapeutic Bodywork at 520 E Main St, Evans City, PA and Divine Health Naturally on Main St in Harmony, PA and at The Yoma Room, 170 W Main St, Saxonburg, PA 16056. Home visits are available if travel is difficult.
Are there any medical conditions that would make Ortho-Bionomy or The Emotion Code inadvisable?
Both Ortho-Bionomy and TEC are very gentle, non-invasive modalities and can be adapted to any client's needs. Please share any worries or limitations before or during the session.
What does it cost? Prices range from $50-65 per full session, depending on location, travel, and whether an introductory rate applies. Half-sessions of 30 mins are also available. I will try to accomodate cost or time restrictions, if asked. Comfort is important in all aspects, even the financial part.
Where can I find more information? A good source of information is SOBI's webpage, http://www.ortho-bionomy.org/. Here is another article on OB http://www.massagetherapy.com/articles/index.php/article_id/318/Ortho-Bionomy I will be happy to answer any further questions--just give me a call at 724-544-1951.
I also work on horses!
How does a session benefit my horse? The horse client enjoys the same benefits as the human client. Animals may even respond better than we do, since they immediately recognize a position of greater comfort and release old patterns. Riding is all about communication and partnership. If one partner is in pain or has postural (or conformational) imbalances, communication becomes more difficult. This begins a downward spiral into stronger aids, less response and even less communication. Working towards greater comfort in both the horse and rider helps break the downward spiral. Aids become lighter, response is greater and horse and rider can work together in harmony.
Do you travel to my horse? Yes. I prefer to work on the horse in his familiar environment, to encourage relaxation. Reasonable travel is included in the session fee.