Body Work

Gentle Osteopathic based sessions
Cranial sacral therapy

The Cranial sacral system consists of a membranous tube, surrounding and protecting the brain and spinal cord.It is within this tube the cerebrospinal fluid is being pumped in a continuous rhythmic motion, which is known as the Cranial sacral rhythm.This tube extends from the bones of the skull, face and mouth, which make up the cranium, down to the sacrum at the base of the spine.  As the cranial pump produces and delivers cerebrospinal fluid, the nerves are being bathed with fresh nutrients vital to a healthy immune and central nervous system.

Working with the Viscera

“Viscera” relates to the internal organs of the body, such as the liver, kidneys and intestines.  For proper functioning, there must be a synchronicity between the the motion of all internal organs and their surrounding tissues.  Each of the organs are moving to their own rhythm as the the cardiovascular system pumps blood, the lymphagions pump lymph and the Cranio Sacral system pumps Cerebral spinal fluids.  Due to imposed stresses on the organs and their connective tissues, the organs become compromised and efficient functioning becomes inhibited.  With a sophisticated touch proper function is re-established, thereby allowing structural integrity to the body.

Ortho- Bionomy®

Developed by Dr. Lincoln Pauls

Due to factors such as stress, accident, injury, improper posture or an emotional trauma the nervous system becomes short circuited.  This can add more stress to the body as it tries to re-adapt.  Using positional release techniques the body's innate ability to find the 'right place' is then recognized and acknowledged. With a very gentle touch, the practitioner encourages the changes to take place by simply following the movements or taking the body further into the 'preferred' posture. By using these techniques the nerves that respond to muscle function will self balance and bring a sense of physical and emotional well being to the receiver.  

Arthur Lincoln Pauls developed Ortho-Bionomy® in the early nineteen seventies. Born in Saskatchewan, Canada, he worked, among other roles, as a Judo instructor. Due to his personal injuries, he explored different body therapies and became interested in the study of Osteopathy. His journey took him to England where he studied and became a Doctor of Osteopathy. Dr. Pauls began teaching Ortho-Bionomy® in 1975.

The term Ortho Bionomy®, coined by Dr. Pauls, loosely translates as "The correct applications of the laws of life" or "The natural laws of life".

"Orth"= Straight, Correct

"Bios"= Life

"nomy"= The study of, the laws of

The principles and concepts the Ortho-Bionomy® facilitator works with are:


  • Being non-judgmental

  • Accepting and respecting people as the are

  • The facilitator does not have the need to fix or assess because the clients body has its own innate wisdom that knows better

  • Working with the concept that structure governs function

  • Releasing restrictions without causing pain

  • Exaggerating a preferred posture

  • creating a curve around a tender area

  • Stimulate the proprioceptive nerves (the small nerves that work with the muscles)

  • Waking up corrective reflexes that lie within the person

  • Movement toward ease and always working with the wisdom that less is more. By doing less, the facilitator allows the person's self corrective reflexes to do more. (Our bodies are so smart)

  • Follow on response (Once the body starts to recognize a rhythm, it will continue to follow it once the session is over) It's the gift that keeps on giving

  • The wisdom to know that the reaction to pain is contraction. (If it hurts, we're not doing Ortho-Bionomy®)

  • The facilitator is a witness and has empathy
















"I met this amazing healer/ therapist/ medicine woman in October, and it’s been transformational. Bev Johnson-Bender has been incredible for my spirit. 
If you’re feeling like you need a soul-inspired shift, I highly recommend Bev. And she does online work for those of you not in the vicinity. She is fairly priced, and honestly the most lovely heart I’ve ever encountered on this path. 
Infinite love and gratitude" 

— AO, Calgary

"Throughout the past few years Bev has helped me through numerous periods of discomfort, such as numbness in my limbs and extremities, tension induced muscle pain, muscle and joint pain from past injuries and most recently, a serious and painful neck problem that just wouldn’t go away.  She had me free from this pain after just a few sessions. 
I have also had profound changes and benefits to my digestive system through Bev’s visceral work.

I now call on Bev routinely whenever I’m feeling tension anywhere in my body and I know, through her gentle and comfortable work, she will help my body to release any tension I have been holding on to. 

I highly recommend Bev and her mastery of Ortho-Bionomy to anyone who is looking for lasting relief through this comfortable and gentle work."

— RH