Welcome to Ortho-Bionomy!
Transformation: Gold into Blue by Leopi Nicola
I am an Ortho-Bionomy practitioner and a licensed home-birth midwife.
Serving people from the areas of East Bay, Vallejo, Walnut Creek, Napa, San Francisco
Who am I?
My name is Leopi Nicola Sanderson-Edmunds. I have been a licensed home-birth midwife since 1984 and an Ortho-Bionomy body therapist since 2009. I am also a large-scale figurative Painter.
Ortho-bionomy is a body therapy for everyone of all ages and life cycles. I work with new borns to people as young as 97!
I specialize working with women – pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, post birth and the member of the family, the new born, until about 16 weeks. I also love to initiate and gently invite labor by releasing the pregnant body for women due or overdue.
let the sacred work begin!
As a midwife, I am in awe of our wonderful pelvis. Ortho-bionomy can optimize baby positioning and spaciousness and alignment of mother and baby growing together. Also, for women who are due or over due, we can often gently invite and initiate labor to begin, by a deeper treatment with a midwife perspective. We together release deep pelvis muscles, bones, ligaments and rib tension, but also, and just as importantly, we release from the inside out, emotions of stress, tension, apprehension, and fear of birth.
Ortho-bionomy is also wonderful for tired, worried parents, holding baby through the night and day, breastfeeding shoulders, tense neck and sore hips and back.
It is important to me, to work with both parents, as both parents are somatically and structurally in a deep life transition and very connected. I hope through ortho-Bionomy and a holistic midwifery perspective, we can support the family, creating more resiliency and ease during this time. To acknowledge, that every baby brings a new beginning and it is a good time to re-align, re-set, and release the nervous system and tension. Also, release of any degree of trauma during the birth process or first weeks of new baby life.
I also LOVE to work with athletes, dancers, yoginis, pilates instructors, and other movers. I truly believe that alignment and ease in our structure and form comes before the development of muscle, and disciplines we ask our body to do.
My beautiful home studio office “sanctuary” in Vallejo supports both parents and baby nicely. A comfortable living room area, with couch, rocking chair, fireplace, porch and gardens, you may hang out and have a spa day together as a family. While one rests or walks baby, your partner deeply resets in a quiet room on a warmed table. (Fireplace in winter.)
How do we “do” Ortho-Bionomy?
Although the name is long and hard to remember at times!
I am sort of like a tracker with your inner body self. I see a landscape of your inner body intelligence and life force. I am a guide helping you to reconnect and to return to your original home. We together, are invited by your intelligent and sentient being to heal and align without force or resistance. We are always patient and non judgmental. You will rediscover what you feel like at peace and at ease.
We ask through Ortho-bionomy, what your body may be waiting to tell you. We release tension, pain and perhaps emotions, like fear, so we can free up more space for the experience of peace, joy and stillness.
Many of those who receive Ortho-Bionomy experience moments of deep calm, relaxation, a feeling of expansion, warmth, and new internal sensations of spaciousness, that settle into a tranquil and more fuller presence.
Ortho-Bionomy is truly a conversation with yourself. For some of you, this can be quite surprising, as you first observe your body releasing, and this may feel very new and intimate. You may feel as if you are awakening.
You may also experience:
Feeling and looking more youthful, more flexibility, in body and mind. Able to handle life a little easier.
Bounce, Lightness, Suppleness, fluidity, resiliency, flexibility, balance, sometimes there is soreness, activation of something, that might come to the surface as release resolves.
Often there is internal lengthening and even feeling physically taller and longer. Feet and stride may feel different and more balanced and supple. Shoes may fit differently, so please don’t be too attached to them.
Sleep may be unusually deep and you may awaken more refreshed or, awaken very sore.
You may also notice;
a heightened body-mind awareness and feelings of presence, softness, stillness, calmness, alertness.
Healing begins from inside to out: stirred up old thoughts, processes and patterns, experiencing tender feelings towards yourself and realigning in your relationship to your self and others with more compassion and understanding and finding safety within that.
There is even, humor and playfulness in healing even with trauma
you may experience Self as pure nature
At ease with who you are
What I have observed and what my clients have observed while on my table:
You may experience re-connection with your Body Self within 10 minutes on the massage table as an inner quiet listening and dreamy restful state, yet alert.
internal sensations of warmth, fluid moving, ripples, bubbles, bumps, fullness, “inner trails of liquid-light” colors, or coolness vs warmth, snoring, belly gurgling, rumbling, gas, smiles, sighs, gas releasing, giggling, buzzing, electric impulses releasing, twitches, tears, tingling, trembling, memories, guttural sighs and sometimes nothing at all but a warm feeling or a very deep sleep.
If you are pregnant, you may feel your baby move when ever a release passes through your body. Your baby may very well turn into her optimal position, with next 48 hours.
Remembering that your body is your sanctuary and most intimate friend.
You perhaps will notice that you are naturally beginning to slow down, even in our fast world and find more presence and ease with it.
I hope to see you soon at the Sanctuary
“Don’t go outside your house to see the flowers. My friend, don’t bother with that excursion. Inside your body there are flowers. One flower has a thousand petals. That will do for a place to sit. Sitting there you will have a glimpse of beauty inside the body and out of it, before gardens and after gardens.” ― Kabir.