Jul 28, 2020
Julia Fast
Ortho Bionomy

My name is Julia Fast. In 2000 I qualified as a registered nurse in Germany and after I moved to New Zealand in 2014, I decided it was time for a change. Being familiar with human anatomy and having enjoyed working with and caring for people as a nurse, the gentle and self-correcting methods of Ortho-Bionomy proved the perfect way forward for my career.

Ortho-Bionomy was developed in the seventies by Dr. Arthur Lincoln Pauls after he read a paper called “Spontaneous Release of Positioning” by Lawrence Jones, an American Osteopath, published in 1964. Arthur L. Pauls started studying Osteopathy and developed gentle, non-painful techniques to self-correction and self-healing – very different to the practices of the day. From there it went around the world and there are now practitioners registered in many countries, including Russia, Japan, Germany, the Balkans, Bali, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria Canada, USA, Australia, South America and New Zealand.

“Ortho-Bionomy is really about understanding your whole life cycle. Naturally, we focus on the structure because that is the literal skeleton upon which our life is built. When your structure works right, your circulation works better, you feel better, you think better.”

Dr. Arthur Lincoln Pauls
In 2017 and 2018 I registered as a member of Ortho-Bionomy New Zealand Inc.

(OBNZ) and the Society Ortho-Bionomy International (SOBI) respectively.
I qualified as a practitioner with SOBI in August 2019 and followed that in October

2019 with my qualification as a practitioner with OBNZ.

Ortho-Bionomy includes a variety of techniques such as; gentle touch, slight movements, and light pressure or traction on reflex points, locating and treating tension and pain by consciously creating a comfortable, gentle and prolonged non- painful body positioning. Slight changes in muscular structure, the nervous system, fluids (blood and lymph) and in the facia lead to a realignment of the body during and after the session. Repetition of these experiences allows the body and the nervous system to acknowledge a change until this is memorised and can be taken as a new pattern in the future.

As a Practitioner, I focus on open communication and continuous feedback between myself and my client; this encourages and enables the client to become more aware of what they are experiencing during their session. This, in turn, promotes the release of muscular and emotional tension.

By initially ensuring the client is in a comfortable position; following their preferences for the direction of any movement, and then constantly tracking, and paying attention to the sensations of their physical body I am able to guide the client and support their ability to observe any change, no matter how slight, in their physical body.

Following a session many clients comment on how experiencing the safety and security of the treatment has enabled them to relax and to remember what that feels like for them.