In life we contract and guard ourself as a protective mechanism, particularly in response to stress, which has an emotional as well as a physical dimension to it ... this contraction leads to stiffness ... to postural patterns of 'holding on tight'... and over time our body forgets how to return to being in a relaxed state.
Nowadays there is substantial research validating the connections between prolonged stress and ill health leading to a range of health problems, impaired immune function and high blood pressure to name a couple.
There are many Bodywork Modalities which are helpful in in supporting and assisting us/our bodies to experience relaxation, to release patterns of holding and contraction to enable our bodies to self-correct and to heal.
The following is a list of few modalities that I practice and that I have found to be beneficial for myself and for my clients. I have included one or two links to relevant books for each modality...to access a wider range of books go to Reference Books

The following bodywork and energetic modalities assist in both relaxing the
body as well as awakening
the body's inherent capacity
to come back into balance
and to heal

ortho=to straighten, bio=life, onomy=laws pertaining to

Ortho-Bionomy is a form of bodywork, a complete system of natural self-corrective healing developed by Dr Arthur Pauls. The techniques are very safe since movements are made slowly, following the spontaneous preferencesof the body.

There are no painful contortions or forced adjustments. Using these techniques the body is led back through the movements which created the problem to undo the damage under safe and gentle circumstances.

Another way of explaining these techniques is that the body is moved into what is it's preferred or more comfortable position and then this position is exaggerated by adding gentle compression into the joint.

This compression triggers the proprioceptive nervous system, which when activated sends information relating to the position in space and the particular holding pattern of that part of the body to the brain.

When the part of the brain involved in this process recognises this holding pattern it instigates self corrective changes in the muscles and other tissues to occur, allowing for a return to a more normal alignment of that part of the body.

Perhaps Kain (1992) says it more clearly:

In Ortho-Bionomy, we use this proprioceptive communication system as a way of 
communicating with the body through direct neurological information.  Moving the 
affected joint stimulates the proprioceptors, effectively sending the signal:  
"hey, pay attention here".  Once a release position is found, compression (pushing 
gently into the joint) is usually applied.  Compression is another way the 
proprioceptors are stimulated, so and even clearer message is set:  
"hey, notice THIS".  
Now we have combined muscular and neurological information available to the body 
about how the body is experiencing itself at this moment.  In Ortho-Bionomy, the focus
is on finding a release position that creates comfort, so that the body notices how to be
comfortable. Once the body is comfortable, it relaxes.  When it relaxes, as with the 
wires in the tent pole example, the natural, inherent harmony of the physical structure 
can reassert itself. (p.7) Ortho-Bionomy is a form of bodywork, a complete system of 
natural self-corrective healing developed by Dr Arthur Pauls.  

Yet, for all the gentleness of Ortho-Bionomy, sometimes only two or three sessions are needed to release pain and unblock energies, allowing the body to function normally again.

Ortho-Bionomy has been found to be useful for arthritis, muscular pain, whiplash, sports injury, scoliosis, emotional stress and occupational tension,

For further information log on to the official Ortho-Bionomy Website

Ortho-Bionomy: A Practical Manual


Kathy L. Kain with Jim Berns

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Therapeutic Touch
Therapeutic Touch is an energy based modality developed by Dolores Krieger and Dora Kunz. It involves the Practitioner to use their hands to assess the person's energy field and the re-balancing of this energy field where there is weakess or congestion.
If you live in Melbourne and are interested in more details about TT, check out the books from Amazon.com and if you are interested in T.T. training and live in Melbourne Australia, contact Jane Hall of Healing Dimensions at www.healingdimensions.net

Accepting Your Power to Heal: The Personal Practice of Therapeutic Touch


Dolores Krieger

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Reiki is an energy based healing modality. Practitioners use light hand placments to channel healing energy to the recipient. It is commonly used to treat emotional and mental distress as well as chronic and acute physical problems.



Ideokinesis is the term used to describe the process by which imagery acts as a stimulus for developing kinesthetic awareness and producing bodily change. It is based on the work of Mabel Todd, a pioneer in the field of postural education.
Ideokinesis is having an intellectual understanding of the design principles of our body, the mechanics of alignment, of the effects of gravity, of force and counterforce and how this relates to posture and movement and then being able to utililize imagery or visualization to bring forth improved balance, posture and movement.
A wonderful book on this subject is called 'Inside Motion' ... an ideokinetic Basis for Movement Education by John Rolland, published by Rolland String Research Associates, Urbana, IL 61801, ISBN perfect bound 0-9651665-0-3 or spiral bound 0-651665-1-1.

Other authors worth exploring are Lulu Sweigard (Human Movement Potential: Its Ideokinetic Facilitation), Eric Franklin's Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery or books by Mabel Elsworth Todd, Irene Dowd, Pamela Matt or Barbara Clark.

The following link will take you to an excellent article that gives detailed information about ideokinesis www.gse.harvard.edu/~t656_web/Spring_2002_students/grinfeld_julie_ideokinesis.htm

Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery

Eric Franklin

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Bio-energetics espouse that repressed emotions and desires affect the body and psyche by creating chronic muscle tension with diminished vitality and energy. Physical exercises, breathing techniques and verbal psychotherapy are utilized to attempt to free up this 'character armoring'.   



Alexander Lowen

Character Analysis


Wilhelm Reich

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