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Ortho-Bionomy Conference

Combining Learning and Community

The Ortho-Bionomy conferences are held every two years. They are a fabulous opportunity to connect and build relationships with the larger Ortho-Bionomy community from around the World!

Ortho-Bionomy International Conference registration is Open.

Register for the 19th Ortho-Bionomy conference, sponsored by SOBI
June 15-18, 2017
DoubleTree by Hilton Denver, 3203 Quebec Street, Denver, CO 80207 USA

Continuing Education Credits: 16 CEU’s for full conference
Up to 22 CEUs’ available during conference, including 2 study groups

Conference Pricing for Members:
$595 Late Registration rate April 16-June 16, 2017, note there will be additional fees for On-Site Registration
$199 – bring 5 tables, attend the conference for $199

Massage Tables Needed:
Discount codes for bringing tables – 1-TABLE25, 2 - TABLE50, 3 - TABLE75, 4- TABLE100
Bring 5 tables, attend full conference for $199

Nonmember conference pricing – additional $100, or you can join SOBI as a student for $45 to receive the member discount.

Instructor Meeting: June 18-19, 2017
Annual Meeting & Practitioner Meeting: June 15, 2017 - 3 CEU's. All members welcome.
Ethics Study Group: Must register when register for conference to attend

Accommodations: Double Tree by Hilton Denver, 3203 Quebec Street

Hotel Reservations: Online Room Booking

By Phone: 303-321-3333

Group: Society of Ortho-Bionomy

Block Room Rates: $139/night single, $149/night double, $154/night triple. Includes breakfast.

Group may call in and ask for a mountain view room.  If requested, the rate will be $159 for single occupancy, $169 for double occupancy and will be offered based on availability.

Click for Conference Registration & Information Letter - details on transportation, location, schedule, events, and more

We have another fabulous lineup of presentations for Denver 2017- See you there!

19th Ortho-Bionomy Conference Schedule at a Glance

Class Details and interviews with some of the presenters!

Thursday, June 15, 2017
2:00 pm – 3:45 pm    Registration & Meet ups
3:45 pm                     Welcome
4:00 pm                     Annual General Meeting
5:00 pm                     Practitioner Meeting
7:00 pm-10:00 pm    Get Acquainted Reception – light dinner

Friday, June 16, 2017
8:00 am                     Registration and SOBI Store
8:45 am                     Welcome
9:00 am                     Ortho-Bionomy for the Digital Generation, Gary Williams
10:30 am                    Break
10:45 am                    Ortho-Bionomy & Post Mastectomy Pain/Radiation, Liz Olivas
12:15 pm                    Lunch on your own or Coordinators Meeting
2:00 pm                     Group Picture
2:15 pm                     Trauma Resourcing on the Table, Morel Stackhouse
3:45 pm- 5:30 pm     Session Share Space Open – Sessions, Consultations, Feedback, etc.
5:00 pm- 7:00 pm     Ethics Study Group (registration and pre-work required)
6:00 pm- 7:00 pm     Strengthening the Core with Emphasis on the Spine and Pelvis, Joanne Dufton & Joanie Barrett
7:00 pm- 9:00 pm     Session Share Space Open

Saturday, June 17, 2017
7:00 am                     Embodying the Principles through Gentle Movement, Sara Schuetz
8:00 am                     Registration/SOBI Store
9:00 am                     Embodying the Endocrine System, Jessica Mark
10:30 am                   Break
10:45 am                   Pain & Neurologic Dysfunction: How Ortho-Bionomists are Ideally Positioned to Help, Bruce Stark
12:15 pm                   Lunch on your own
2:00 pm                     The Plasticity of the Brain & Ortho-Bionomy, Tiffany Beese
3:00 pm                     Break
3:15 pm                     The Application of the Reflexes in Phase 4 & 5, Sheri Covey
5:15 pm                     Break
5:30 pm                     Diaphragm Depth & Its Relationship to the Spine & Psoas, Carole Poffinbarger
6:30 pm                     Break
7:00 pm                     Honors Dinner & Silent Auction
Session Share Space Open in Other Ballroom

Sunday, June 18, 2017
8:00 am                     Registration and SOBI Store Open
8:30 am                     The Role of Flexible Viewpoints in Applying Ortho-Bionomy Techniques, Anthony Swan
10:00 am                    Break
10:15 am                    In Awe of the Self-Corrective Reflexes, Luann Overmyer
11:45 am                    Break
12:00 pm- 1:00pm     Closing Circle
3:00 pm                     Instructor Meeting

Monday, June 19, 2017
9:00 am – 3:00 pm    Instructor Meeting

Ortho-Bionomy for the Digital Generation
Gary Lee Williams                                                      

With the ubiquitous use of digital devices in our client’s lives, many negative postural habits have arrived with the technology.  This presentation will explore several powerful, fast and impactful techniques for winning the battle of posture versus technology.

Gary Lee Williams is a New York based Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner and Instructor.  He maintains a successful private Ortho-Bionomy and Medical Massage practice in midtown Manhattan.

Ortho-Bionomy and Post Mastectomy Pain/Radiation
Liz Olivas - Hear from Liz more about her presentation and why she is excited to share! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1PiKVTfYws&feature=youtu.be

This presentation offers an understanding when working with people who have had cancer.  You will learn techniques that reduce pain and discomfort associated with post mastectomy/radiation pain.

Liz Olivas has worked with a large number of clients who suffer from the side effects of treated cancer.
She is an Ortho-Bionomy/Instructor and Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist

Trauma Resourcing on the Table
Morel Stackhouse - Listen to Morel's description and more details of her presentation! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpiGsdX4xKg&feature=youtu.be

Learn indicators for tracking the sympathetic/parasympathetic response in the traumatized client. Learn and practice a simple & effective bodywork approach to help clients release sympathetic nervous system arousal and restore parasympathetic ease, all without devolving into conversation or “stories”. 

Morel Stackhouse became an Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner in 1987 and Instructor in 1989. She studied with Arthur Lincoln Pauls, DO.  She is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a Continuing Education Approved Provider

Evening Movement
Strengthening the Core with Emphasis on the Spine and Pelvis
Joanne Dufton and Joanie Barrett

This is a movement class designed to teach specific body weight exercises to strengthen the spine and pelvis with emphasis on movement patterns.

Joanie Barrett, LMT, Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner, Bones for Life Teacher in Training, Cert. Personal Trainer, Yoga & Pilates Inst.
Joanne Dufton, Physical Therapist and Associate Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner

Ethics Study Group (registration and pre-work required)
Rhonda Gerych
Topics to be covered include SOBI Trademark Guidelines and Code of Ethics, Professionalism, Roles and Boundaries, Power Differentials, Communication, and Dual Relationships. 
Rhonda’s Ortho-Bionomy journey began in 1985, studying extensively with the Founder.  She embodies and teaches the principles of Ortho-Bionomy in and outside the classroom.  She is immediate past President of SOBI.

Morning Movement
Embodying the Principles through Gentle Movement
Sara Schuetz

Enjoy a gentle movement session in which our elegant principles inform and guide us. Integrate from the inside out.

Sarah Schuetz is a life-long learner and an avid communicator. Whether it’s academia, Pilates, or Ortho- Bionomy, she revels in sharing what she encounters.

Embodying the Endocrine System
Jessica Mark - Listen for details on Jessica's conference presentation! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8wFdoVm2mI&feature=youtu.be

Discover the clarity and balance the Endocrine System can create as we locate and bring awareness to each of our glands through touch and movement

Ortho-Bionomy found Jessica in 2005 and she hasn’t looked back since. She draws on her experience as a Professional dancer, Pilates and Gyrokinesis instructor, and study of Body-mind Centering to enhance her understanding of Ortho-Bionomy

Pain and Neurologic Dysfunction: How Ortho-Bionomists are Ideally Positioned to Help
Bruce Stark

Most pain patterns that our clients experience are readily resolved with Ortho-Bionomy. But there are some pain dynamics that are more complex. In this presentation we will look at the current understanding and revelations about the mechanisms for pain, the implications for our work with clients experiencing all types of pain, and to identify some specific adaptations of Ortho-Bionomy techniques to use in your practice
Bruce Stark is an Advanced Instructor living in Sydney, Australia. He teaches extensively throughout Australia and New Zealand and specializes in working with trauma and complex pain conditions.

The Plasticity of the brain and Ortho-Bionomy
Tiffany Beese (McLuskie)

Brain plasticity and Ortho-Bionomy combined makes changes to bring the brain back to optimum efficiency

Practicing 13 years Ortho-Bionomy, 20 years as a naturopath and Psychology degree specializing in neuroscience.
Currently have a busy Wellington, New Zealand practice helping with mental & physical dysfunction.

The Application of the Reflexes in Phase 4 and 5.
Sheri Covey

Exploring the application of the Follow-On and On-going Action reflexes in Phase 4 & 5 help us add choice and depth to our skills.  Discover the breathtaking bridge of the Reflexes within our technique and how they create calm, organization, and allow the work to hold at a deeper level.    

Sheri Covey discovered Ortho-Bionomy reluctantly and then amazed at the simplicity of the work - she dove in head first. It has become the guiding light for all aspects of her life.  She is grateful for all the people who have supported and influenced her journey

Diaphragm Depth and its relationship to the Spine and Psoas
Carole Poffinbarger - listen to interview with Carole on details of presentation! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZp9klG1H64&feature=youtu.be

Working with the diaphragm and its ligaments to the spine and psoas muscle. By addressing these areas we are able to more deeply relax the spine, psoas, and other areas that might be involved.

An LMT and Instructor of Ortho-Bionomy, Carole is currently enrolled in the Advanced Instructor Training Program. She has studied Process Acupressure and Neuromuscular Therapy, but Ortho-Bionomy is her true love. Past President of the Society, she has served on the Board of Directors and other committees. Carole maintains an Ortho-Bionomy and massage practice in Fairfield, Ohio.

The Role of Flexible Viewpoints in Applying Ortho-Bionomy Techniques
Anthony Swan

How to use Ortho-Bionomy techniques successfully? This hands-on presentation explores how flexible viewpoints help us reframe the problem to more accurately apply the techniques

Anthony is an Ortho-Bionomy instructor.  He has been involved in the development of Ortho-Bionomy in Australia for 20 years, in private practice, as a founding board member and in establishing the practitioner training programs.  Anthony trained extensively in Australia and the USA, including study with the Founder, and is a regular at international society conferences.  He is based in Canberra

In Awe of the Self Corrective Reflexes
Luann Overmyer

Stories to Inspire and Exercises to Increase our Sensitivity and Respondability to the Self Corrective Impulse Within
Luann Overmyer, Practitioner, instructor, author of Ortho-Bionomy, A Path to Self-Care, has over 35 years of private practice and teaching experience


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