"...and Christy's work has helped bring my leg back to a condition that otherwise wouldn't have been possible trying to do this on my own. I can feel that she cares about my well being in a way that wasn't like what I had experienced at any of the physical therapy clinics."

~ Steve B. from Davis, CA

Adapted from Article: A "Gem" From Arthur, ©March 1992 By Christy Friederich


It was in June 1988 in Placerville, California at a seminar with Ortho-Bionomy® teacher, Terri Lee and the Founder of Ortho-Bionomy, Dr. Arthur Lincoln Pauls, D.O. that Arthur, as he is apt to do, dropped a gem of a concept in a seemingly casual moment. The afternoon weather was seasonably warm. Students and teachers were on a lunch break. Some students were wandering about the property grounds. The rest of the students and I were relaxing on the sun deck enjoying the country view. I sat alone. I could hear the sound of a small stream nearby and the murmur of a group discussion nearby. Suddenly, Arthur began to reveal his gem while sitting at a small table a few feet away. We all turned to look at him as he spoke aloud and said, "I've made an interesting discovery, and I have been experimenting with it." Then he placed his right elbow on the table in front of him, raised his hand and made a fist. "As you can see, the muscles have the ability to contract, stretch or lengthen and relax,” he continued. Then he demonstrated those movements in his forearm muscles by opening and clenching his fist. Then he raised his arm from the table and gently shook it to demonstrate that his muscles were relaxed. Arthur went on to say:

“We can lose one or more of the abilities to contract, stretch, or relax the

muscle through improper use, accidents, or from constricting emotions as

the result of painful memories. To re-educate the muscle, while keeping

this concept in mind, you can create exercises that will help to rebalance

the muscles by doing each of the phases in a sequence: Contract, stretch,

and relax."

Arthur repeated the movements he had used before. I watched him and imitated what he did. I bent my elbow, raised my fist in the air and went through the motions that he was demonstrating so that I could feel how the movements would affect my body. Then he went on to say, "When I have worked with my own forearm experimenting with this, I have released a lot of emotions." There was a pause as we all reflected on his words. Since no one seemed to have any questions or comments, he turned away and began a conversation with a student nearby. That moment of casual conversation gave me a concept and started me working with ideas for creating the movements, stretches and exercises you will find in this book.

Many thanks, Arthur. Your enthusiasm and creativity lives on!