I had the privilege of presenting a demonstration of Ortho-Bionomy yesterday and I completely fell in love again with this modality of body work. I was so stoke by the turn out and these attendees asked challenging questions. I was amazed by the fact that I had answers AND could give real life case histories I have come across in my practice.
Thats tooting my own horn, right???
I opened up with thank you's and went on to explain my theory of having a secretary living in our heads. This secretary has a huge filing cabinet containing all of our past issues and how we have failed on a number of levels. Example that I gave was how I didn't think anyone would show up and how that secretary could open a few files of How This Will Not Work And Why Nobody Will Show Up BECAUSE...... All of those wonderful justification that we pull on ourselves all the time.
I referred to her a few times throughout the demos and asked folks if their secretary showed up after my did or said something. That created a lot of smiles from the crowd at different times.
I gave a brief description of Ortho-Bionomy and my history and journey.
The first demo was with an older ( I would guess late 60's )woman on her knee. I explained how I treat a knee cap like a door knob and I can reposition the knee side to side, rotation, tilt, and superior/inferior movements. While performing this demo, I also rambled on about soft tissue and what nots. I kept the demo very short and light and may have even added in some humor.
As this gal stands up, huge smile on her face, walks back to her seat. A gentleman raises his hand and asked me," How did you know to work on that knee?" I responded with how it was a demo and didn't pick a particular knee, why??? Come to find out, that right knee has been " killing " her. She even followed up with the statement about that knee was not bothering her while walking back to her seat. Looking back, I wish I would have wiped my hands clean, raised my arms, and while pretending to walk out say " Thats It Folks" or " My Work Is Done Here"
But instead I explained how I often tell my client about how I really don't need to hear their story of how they and I how I stay more with the facts at hand. I also went on to explain how that the pain really doesn't began at THAT spot in most cases. The example I gave is how Carpal Tunnel most likely starts more near the shoulder/neck. And how if I just start working with that wrist or issue then the client will just focus on that area and stay guarded. If I begin with their neck or feet then that allows time for that client to fall into a parasympathetic state and we can work from there on that wrist.
I asked if anyone had an ankle or foot that would like to feel or be a demo person and almost everyone raised their hand. Funny how that works!! I asked for a knee and one person raised their hand. Now, the whole room wants more. Thank You Ortho!!
I did an assessment on both of the ankles by simply wobbling them from the upper quad/leg. I pointed out how both feet worked like a windshield wiper and how the big toes were in perfect alinement with their femur bone. I then practiced the ankle release on one leg that took about a whole 2-4 minutes, maybe. Its a very simple release and I use it on damn near every client during a session and it feels wonderful. After the lease, I re-performed that same assessment. The foot that I didn't work on hadn't changed at all and still looked stiff and the crowd could see this. I then, with two fingers, lightly rocked her leg and that ankle reacted like a bull whip. Their ankle was super loose and wobbled even further side to side than the non worked on ankle. So I had to lightly rock both ankles again and everyone started firing all their questions.
" does ortho work on...." That was awesome to witness the room light up. I immediately told the room that I CAN NOT CURE/HEAL M.S. or DIABETES or other pathologies. No way do I want them to feel as if I am selling a magic pill or misleading anyone in anyway. From there I went on to explain some of my cases and results that I have had working with...... Questions came up about how long a session last ....... how do I work with.....
I also explained that it took me a long time to wrap my mind around the relationship of organs and muscle pain. How our nervous system relays information. How golfers are some of my favorite clientele because they load up one side of their bodies and repeatedly unbalance muscle memory. I explained that I never give a diagnosis of any kind and gave the answer to another gentlemen's question about what if nothing is wrong. I answered that by stating how in my massage practice I could simply poke around and find a sore spot. But with Ortho, I have learned to honor what arises. I might lose myself in judgment about how I think I should work on that shoulder for that Carpal Tunnel case but its better for me to honor what arises. If I am judging, than I am not soft focusing on the body as a whole.
With all of the neck question that were being asked I painted this picture. Imagine if you will, the pelvis, spine, & head can be compared to a shovel. The spade relates to the sacrum, the spine is the handle, and think about what happens to your head when the shovel has too much of a load on it and slips out of your hands. Crack That Whip as a Devo reference. So I then asked about scenarios of falling while skiing, car accidents, and how does ones head move during those actions. You could see the crowd's wheels turning in their sponge like minds. That is so awesome to witness. Its incredible watching the room come to live as the thrust of knowledge begins to flow.
Before I knew it, the manager at the gym told me I have about 4 minutes left as the evening yoga class members are beginning to show up. Thats when the questions totally started flying in. I answered a few and followed it up with I need to pack up my table and move out all these chairs so please feel free to stick around in the gym and we can have more dialog regarding Ortho. We ended up talking and exploring Ortho-Bionomy for about another 20 minutes or so.
Absolutely one of my better seminars and I left the gym totally rebooted!! My mind was firing, my energy was in full motion, & I wanted to share more. Unloaded the car at the house and the Boy Dog & I were off on our walk.
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