When discussing or describing Ortho-Bionomy I often talk about the importance of presence. Rather than
imposing something on the client, the practitioner gently shows the body what it is doing to hold tension.
Then the practitioner just hangs out, providing their presence, allowing the clients body to change if it is
ready to let go of its tension. The practitioner shares the client's process, being a silent witness.

Doesn't sound like much does it? Actually it's not. That's why it works so well. Typically the body resists
change that is imposed on it. The approach described above instantly creates a safe environment for the
client's body to gain the awareness needed to release the tension on its own.

A story I often use explain the role of presence comes from my days in my old corporate job. I built and
tested computer systems. The testing involved running the program and checking the results. It almost
never worked the first time. Or the second or third. I would go through the many lines of program code
and try to see where things were going wrong. If I found something I would make a change and run it
again. If, after repeated tries, it still didn't work, the next step was to resort to what we called a 'code
walk-through'. Sitting down with another programmer that was not familiar with the program, I would walk
through the code with them, following its paths. The idea being that another set of eyes might help me
find where the problem was.

Nine times out ten what happened was I would show the other person how the code flows and then at
some point I would say something like "oh hey, there's the problem, I forgot to set this counter to zero at
the end of this loop. That's where it went wrong". Up to this point the other person has said nothing and I
was just doing what I had already done on my own.

Why did it work this time? I had the presence of the other person, not doing anything. Just applying their
focus, sharing  my process, 'letting' me change.
I'm not the only person this happened to. This was the usual outcome for everyone.

We don't always have to be 'doing' something. Presence can often accomplish more than 'doing'.

"Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life."  
-  Buddha

Ric Chamberlin
Registered Practitioner of Ortho-Bionomy®
402 850 0752

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Ric Chamberlin
Registered Practitioner - Society of Ortho-Bionomy International ®
Licensed Massage Therapist - State of Nebraska
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The Power of Presence
By Ric Chamberlin, LMT