Ortho-Bionomy® UK

Gentle Holistic Bodywork Therapy
helps people and horses!


Dr. Anna Hayes returned to North Shropshire in 2017 after spending over 20 years in Germany. She has brought back expert knowledge of a unique bodywork therapy which is taught worldwide and is popular in Germany. She is the only fully qualified Ortho-Bionomy practitioner in the UK.


Orthobionomy helps to ease pain in muscles, tendons and joints whilst also releasing stress and emotional tensions. Realigning the body in this gentle way allows the structure, the musculoskeletal system, to rebalance,  releasing restrictions within the nervous and circulatory systems and enabling the energy to flow freely. The body, the mind and the soul will respond. 


Anna discovered orthobionomy after suffering a serious head injury which left her unable to walk comfortably and confined to a darkened room for three months. A German orthobionomy practitioner put her back on her feet and leading a normal life in just a few weeks and Anna needed to know how she had done that! 


She started to study orthobionomy in 2007 and set up her own successful practice near Hanover in 2012. Since then Anna has helped many people suffering from back, shoulder, neck and joint pains; stiffness and restricted joint movement; accidents, injuries and falls; scars and trauma; digestive and metabolic problems; stress, nervousness and anxiety as well as other mental health issues such as depression, fatigue and exhaustion. 


She has helped quite a few horses with similar issues too, including the correct alignment of the pelvis so reducing pain in the SI joints; realignment of the thorax and neck vertebrae so often helping with girthing issues; and myofascial release of the back and legs. Anna teaches Equine Bodywork following the principles of orthobionomy.  


Both people and horses enjoy orthobionomy and relax quickly in the treatment. It's a very gentle therapy with no painful positions or manipulations. Gentle touches and carefully selected positions whilst fully clothed (for the people, not the horses!) encourage the body to find its own position of comfort and natural balance. And because the body continues to heal itself there is usually no need for a lot of continuous ongoing treatment. Nothing will be “corrected”, but the body will be animated to find its own solutions.


From experience, 2 or 3 treatments on a weekly basis are usually important in order to consolidate the initial work and this will often suffice for issues involving acute pain. However, problems that have been around for a longer period of time will need more regular treatment and a longer time to heal. After the full treatment session many clients will rebook every 6-8 weeks just to make sure that their, or their horses' body remains in balance. It is important to remember that healing, in a holistic sense, is a process, a life-long process. Orthobionomy can accompany the body to find its own position of ease in its own time, during this process.


Anna works in Ellesmere Complementary Centre at 3, Wharf Road in Ellesmere, North Shropshire, where she is now the manager. If you should be interested in finding out more about how orthobionomy may be able to help you, give her a call on 07377 315865 or 01691 587422. 


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"When we are on the right path, everything happens with ease and the right doors open at the right time."

Arthur Lincoln Pauls in "Philosophy and history of Ortho-Bionomy", 2002