Somatic Re-Education/Ortho-Bionomy

September 26, 2011 at 5:14 am (Uncategorized)

As part of my curriculum, I am required to take 13 units of electives. My fellow classmates and I were told that we did not have to start taking electives our first term but that some of the courses are offered only certain terms because they follow a sequence. I chose to take Somatic Re-Education I this term because a couple of healers that have guided me on my path utilize somatic re-education. The instructor of the course requires that I read The Philosophy and History of Ortho-Bionomy, Arthur Lincoln Pauls, DO. Apparently, the course is more of the philosophy and utilization of the method developed by Dr. Pauls though the school is not allowed to use trademarked names.

From the syllabus: “Somatic re-education is an interactive approach to human learning that uses touch and movement to bring about improved cognitive and physical abilities. This process addresses awareness, posture and action by verbally and physically guiding the client/patient in the discovery of existing and alternative postures and actions. The guidelines to this work are to offer support through re-education of the client/patient to overal balance, while we encourage their participation in their wellness and health care.”

Once I delve deeper into the understanding of the philosophy and practice of ortho-bionomy I’ll attempt to offer my interpretation. As of now, it’s all very new to my understanding.

“The work relies upon the individual’s system of self-balancing reflexes, and is effective in the release of discomfort associated with structural tension and imbalance…Tense muscles and ligaments may relax as the person is held in a position of comfort. Stress and emotional tension may be released, to be replaced by increased comfort and often a sense of peace.”

Emotion and trauma release/healing is an aspect of overall wellness that I have gained interest by experiencing it myself. I wish to learn more about the ways of emotional healing so that I may incorporate them into my practice.

This term I will be learning Phase IV General Release Techniques, which is the starting point of Ortho-Bionomy’s influence of rebalancing. Phase I includes unconscious postural releases; phase II, cognitive awareness releases attained through yoga, tai chi, etc; and phase III, Spontaneous Release by Positioning by L. Jones, D.O., where the practitioner chooses and guides the movement.

The class includes a hands-on portion that, this week, focused on the neck and shoulders. The instructor spent a brief time showing on a student how to perform each of the 10 release techniques and then we, the students, practiced on one another. Much of the technique is about feeling where the body is restricted in a certain movement pattern then holding the preferred position for a brief time so that the body registers that it has over-exaggerated a preferred position and then the initially-restricted motion registers it’s out of balance and releases. That simple! Or maybe not…


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Cadaver Lab

September 22, 2011 at 3:07 am (Uncategorized)

Yesterday was my first hands-on experience with a cadaver. There were no labs during the first week of the term; hence, this is why yesterday was my first day in lab. Six bodies were graciously donated at the beginning of this term to the small school of NCNM with an incoming class of ~120 students. At my undergrad university, I recall there only being one cadaver available to the student body of about 20,000 students and it was definitely not recently donated. The professor welcomed the students into the lab and introduced “the stars of the show” and bid us to respect the people who offered their bodies to science by offering a moment of silence.

We, the students, had gloved up, grabbed our checklist, probes, and then went towards the cadavers. The professor did not instruct us as to where we would find the listed muscles, bones, nerves, ligaments, etc, as we were to have studied from atlases of anatomy & our lecture notes prior to attending lab. Thankfully, I and my new friend, Courtney, had done so at the advice of our upperclass mentors. Atlases of anatomy are also present inside the lab so we do not have to bring our own copies in and risk contaminating them.

Between the professor and the two teaching assistants and our own recollection of some of the listed item, we made our way discovering a whole new world…at least for me. It is quite fascinating to see the human body prosected after so many years of learning about the body in books and in action as an active individual, personal trainer, physical therapist aide, and Pilates instructor. The human body is amazing in it’s organized entanglement.

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September 16, 2011 at 2:35 am (Uncategorized)

Welcome to PranaHealer!

I offer this site to those who wish to learn about the field of naturopathic medicine and to follow my journey of becoming a naturopathic doctor, a.k.a. a Prana Healer. Provided are pages that offer an overview of naturopathic medicine and overall health and well-being. Also, there are links to sites so that you may further your understanding of those aforementioned topics. As I have yet to become a licensed doctor, I can not offer any medical advice though I will gladly refer questions, comments, or concerns to established medical professionals, organizations, or other resources, such as texts, journals, etc.

In health & happiness,



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