For me one of the most amazing aspects of doing Ortho-Bionomy is the practice of “non-attachment”. It certainly doesn’t mean that outcomes in a session don’t matter or that I don’t care about what happens in the session. Instead I believe that it becomes the ultimate form of caring – caring enough to truly allow the self-corrective process to unfold, trusting that the self-organising mechanisms are working, and supporting the body’s ability to function with the maximal amount of ease.
Coming from a place of non-attachment I begin each session without a preconceived idea about what the specific outcome is going to be. I have in mind the general goal of increased comfort, functionality and ease. That may be defined in a few different ways – reduction in pain, increased range of motion, greater postural or structural alignment, or greater relaxation. But it’s the path to getting there that I find really exciting and ultimately the key to success.
I start with what is functional: “Given the injury, stress or imbalance, how has my client’s body identified ways of functioning within the limits of pain and restriction?” So, instead of focusing on the dysfunction or what isn’t working and then trying to “fix” it, I begin the session with the exploration of what IS working. The rest of the session involves expanding that functional capacity and facilitating the resolution of the patterns of imbalance.
What then unfolds is the possibility for greater connection, clarity, understanding and awareness between the client’s body structures and nervous system. But if I approach the session with a preconceived notion of what is supposed to happen in the body or if I try to impose an outcome I very likely can interrupt or divert that restorative process.
Healing and balance come from within the person – it’s not something that can be imposed from the outside. A session then becomes a “healing conversation” and my role as a practitioner is to stimulate and support the self corrective resources within my client. Being open and listening to what my client’s body is saying, observing its responsiveness without judgement or expectation, and gently exploring the territory of physical and energetic patterns allows the body to step up and do what it does best: heal and balance itself.