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Ortho-Bionomy Training and Careers

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Learn How to Become an Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner

Based on principles of osteopathy, Ortho-Bionomy is a gentle, non-invasive body therapy that can help alleviate chronic muscle tension and stress, soothe the joints, increase flexibility and relax the entire body.

No forceful manipulation or deep muscle probing is utilized. Ortho-Bionomy can be incredibly effective in the release of acute and chronic pain associated with structural tension or imbalance. These techniques increase circulation and provide a greater sense of well-being.

Students of Ortho-Bionomy training learn how to move and position the body to help facilitate changes in stress and pain patterns, emphasizing the comfort of the patient.

Career Overview

In session, the Ortho-Bionomy practitioner stimulates the body’s natural abilities to self-correct and self-balance using movements and gentle compression. Treatment is usually delivered on a massage table, in a chair or even while standing up. Without force, the practitioner will position the body in the direction of comfort so as to encourage its natural reflexes, which, in addition to reducing pain, calms the mind.

Sessions typically last an hour, and the number of sessions needed depend on the severity of a patient’s condition and how the patient reacts to treatment. Along with bodywork, Ortho-Bionomy practitioners teach students home exercises and practices that can further induce the body’s self-healing processes, creating greater balance and alignment.

Training and Education

What You’ll Study in Ortho-Bionomy School

Ortho-Bionomy is often referred to as the homeopathy of bodywork. Just as homeopathy is done with the gentlest, smallest dose of a remedy to effect cures, Ortho-Bionomy uses the least amount of movement possible to re-stimulate the body’s natural reflexes and relieve pain.

You will find training classes available through massage schools and homeopathy schools as well as Ortho-Bionomy seminar programs. Typical Ortho-Bionomy training course work will cover the following:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Postural Re-education
  • Isometrics
  • Basic spine and extremities
  • Exploration of movement patterns
  • Clinical practice

Average Length of Study

Typically, Ortho-Bionomy training requires 500 hours or around 18 months of combined classroom and hands-on practice time. Depending on the massage or homeopathy school program, you can enroll as a full-time student or take week long or weekend Ortho-Bionomy training seminars to fulfill continuing education requirements in your natural health profession.

Average Tuition

Tuition for massage and homeopathy school programs in Ortho-Bionomy ranges from $250 to $500 per class. Some schools will offer financial aid to help students cover tuition costs.

Ortho-Bionomy Certification

At the end of your Ortho-Bionomy training, you qualify as a registered Ortho-Bionomy practitioner. Because the practice is considered a sub-field of massage therapy, many Ortho-Bionomy students earn their state or national licensure through massage school or are currently licensed massage practitioners seeking continuing education credits.

Career Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that employment of massage therapists will grow at a faster than average rate. In a large part, the public’s ongoing interest in using natural healing alternatives, particularly bodywork, to relieve pain, injuries and stress will attribute to the high rate of job growth for massage therapists.

Ortho-Bionomy Salary

You can research massage therapist salaries by state along with job growth figures from the BLS here:

Massage Therapists

National data

Median Salary: $43,620

Bottom 10%: $22,580

Top 10%: $79,150

Projected job growth: 32.2%

State data

State Median Salary Bottom 10% Top 10%
Alabama $36,300 $18,550 $52,970
Alaska $82,600 $22,140 $132,950
Arizona $43,240 $26,740 $66,690
Arkansas $47,200 $25,210 $63,410
California $34,400 $27,230 $80,940
Colorado $46,020 $25,170 $65,170
Connecticut $42,460 $24,340 $81,100
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Florida $36,360 $19,770 $66,090
Georgia $23,490 $16,770 $69,490
Hawaii $55,700 $25,330 $89,120
Idaho $44,860 $23,520 $78,050
Illinois $49,940 $20,450 $76,900
Indiana $44,780 $27,060 $72,470
Iowa $36,120 $20,290 $68,740
Kansas $29,210 $17,770 $80,830
Kentucky $49,930 $18,710 $75,440
Louisiana $23,890 $17,000 $57,630
Maine $53,430 $27,910 $87,240
Maryland $41,440 $23,140 $83,190
Massachusetts $61,790 $41,880 $112,470
Michigan $49,840 $23,570 $75,540
Minnesota $54,400 $22,680 $83,810
Mississippi $34,870 $17,570 $50,860
Missouri $37,080 $20,050 $67,500
Montana $40,070 $19,230 $68,250
Nebraska $57,390 $31,290 $79,390
Nevada $28,260 $18,000 $85,180
New Hampshire $49,590 $32,070 $83,930
New Jersey $45,490 $23,420 $68,620
New Mexico $46,050 $24,320 $83,750
New York $52,560 $27,200 $89,200
North Carolina $41,220 $19,150 $67,460
North Dakota $45,790 $18,300 $65,590
Ohio $48,000 $20,150 $79,750
Oklahoma $38,030 $20,950 $52,940
Oregon $61,220 $26,010 $96,720
Pennsylvania $41,620 $21,460 $85,640
Rhode Island $28,110 $23,370 $55,690
South Carolina $36,170 $18,110 $60,240
South Dakota $30,550 $22,430 $48,450
Tennessee $42,560 $18,940 $83,240
Texas $41,820 $21,560 $63,430
Utah $44,250 $18,550 $73,450
Vermont $38,730 $24,650 $77,510
Virginia $43,690 $18,780 $63,630
Washington $65,140 $40,480 $86,640
West Virginia $39,660 $20,620 $75,740
Wisconsin $48,190 $19,300 $68,730
Wyoming $49,760 $28,510 $76,090

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2020 median salary; projected job growth through 2030. Actual salaries vary depending on location, level of education, years of experience, work environment, and other factors. Salaries may differ even more for those who are self-employed or work part time.

Specialized massage therapists, like Ortho-Bionomy practitioners, who find the right market for their skills can increase their earning potential.

Is an Ortho-Bionomy Career Right for You?

A career in Ortho-Bionomy requires advanced training in anatomy, physiology and bodywork as well as a keen understanding of the philosophy that less movement can effect greater healing. As in any massage therapy practice, you also need to have the business and marketing expertise to build a successful practice with a solid client base.

If you want to learn Ortho-Bionomy, take a closer look at massage therapy schools and homeopathy schools. Then choose the training program that meets your personal and professional needs.

Sources: Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, LocalHealers.com, Ortho-Bionomy.org, Overmyer, Luann. “Journal of Ecologically Sustainable Medicine”