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Interview: Talking her walk

This interview may provide you with a little insight into who I am and how I was led into following the principles of the Ortho-Bionomy as my life philosophy.

Many people see change as something negative. The times of lockdown and the changes associated with the Covid pandemic have caused suffering, stress and anxiety for many people. June Meagher has interviewed people who have learnt to embrace the changes in their lives, where often their worst experiences have been recognised and accepted as the biggest stepping stones into their future way of life. I was honoured to be a part of this project.

Dr. Anna Hayes, Ph.D.

Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner

I started working with Ortho-Bionomy in 2007, opening my own practice, ShaYLa,  together with a colleague, in Germany, in 2015, where I concentrated fully on helping people to find their place of comfort within their body with Ortho-Bionomy.


In 2015, following a course with Terri Lee in the U.S., I also started to work with horses and Ortho-Bionomy. This was followed by a series of courses in Structural Equine Osteopathy. However, I quickly found that the horses who had already experienced Ortho-Bionomy would not let me work with the structural osteopathy. With Ortho-Bionomy I work with the horse, not on the horse. When the horse has trust, lets go and begins to work with me, then wonderful releases of stress, tension and trauma can occur. 


In addition to qualifying as an Ortho-Bionomy practitioner in 2014, I have completed further training in treating shock and trauma, scars, amputations, implants and protheses, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture points, energy work and energetic psychology.


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


I started to study orthobionomy in 2007 and set up my own successful practice near Hanover in 2012. Since then I have 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. 


I have helped horses with similar issues 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. I teach Equine Bodywork following the principles of orthobionomy.  


Prior to all this I studied Applied Physics at the University of Bath, graduating in the year of 1987, before completing my Ph.D. in the area of Biomaterials and Biomechanics. This was followed by three more years in research. In 1995 I moved to Germany and worked in the area of Medical Technology for 5 years, before I dedicated myself to the job of mother. From 2007 until 2011 I also studied to be an Alternative Practitioner (Heilpraktikerin). 


In 2017 I moved back to England to work with Ortho-Bionomy together with people and with horses. You can read why I brought Ortho-Bionomy to the UK here.