The Sanctuary Within-Leopi Nicola

Welcome to Ortho-Bionomy

Midwife wisdom and consulting

Pregnancy Health Coach

Preconception Coaching

Post pregnancy and post birth care for the whole family

new~born baby sessions

ALL are welcome here, to discover Ortho-bionomy!


Transformation: Gold into Blue by Leopi Nicola

If you have basically been in  “shelter in place” and you have no signs of fever, cough, sore throat, headaches, loss of taste or smell, and are free of any other COVID symptoms (or flu symptoms), please feel safe to come.  You are also, completely free to cancel, if any signs arise before your session of course. Please give me as much notice as is humanly possible and most of all, BE well.

So you might be wondering… How do we work with COVID?


It is all a little bit different now, but we are learning to be flexible!

Your session will be 20-25 minutes spaced from one session to the next, so that I have time to refresh the room. Once the session is over, we will have 10 minutes to settle on the table and use bathroom etc… and then we will need to say goodbye and part in a very efficient manner, so that I may refresh the room properly between my clients. I would prefer no one mingling or hanging out in the waiting room between sessions please. 

Be prepared to go on a lovely walk with your new reset and aligned body. 

When I refresh the room I always will be wiping down knobs, table tops, changing all sheets, refreshing air and ventilation and spraying essential oils.

 When you arrive, we will be both be wearing masks, which we will wear the whole time together.  I also ask that when you come for your session, (do your best) you will have a good wash and be in clean clothes and clean socks (bring them to put on when you arrive and just for session)  Also, long pants and long sleeves.  Please, make sure your mask is somewhat soft, supple and super comfortable, so when I move you, the mask moves with you too! 

No belts or jewellery or underwire bras. Shoes off by the front door and please bring your own water bottle. 

I am taking care very good care of myself and of course taking all precautions for you and for me and honouring my own immune system always! 

I listen to a lot of Bach these days…I sauna (infrared) almost everyday. I drink a lot fluids,  eat well and I do get a lot of healing amazing rest!


In Health, Love, Peace and Resiliency 



I am an Ortho-Bionomy practitioner and a licensed home-birth midwife. I am counselor, consultant, wise woman and body tracker.


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 day and night, breastfeeding shoulders, tight neck and sore back and hips from sitting long periods of time.

 It is important to me, to always work with both parents, because 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 release tension. Also, always to release any degree of trauma during the birth process or first weeks/months  of new baby’s life.


I also SO enjoy to work with athletes, dancers, yoginis, pilates instructors, and other lovers of movement. I truly believe that alignment and ease in our structure and form comes before the development of muscle, through all kinds disciplines that we ask our body to do.

My beautiful and serene home 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. (Fire-place in winter.)


How do we “do” Ortho-Bionomy?

Although the name may seem long and difficult 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.