top of page
Crystal Salt

Elective Classes

Taught by Melissa Malm and/or Jim Berns


Instructor: Jim Berns or Melissa Malm

NCBTMB approved

“Healer, Heal Thyself”

Caring for ourselves can help to renew our energy, to clear our mind, and to prepare our body for working with our clients. This Ortho-Bionomy class explores self-care for many different parts of the body depending on students’ interests. Past classes have included: Neck; Shoulders; First Rib; Hands/Wrists; Arms; Back; Pelvis; and Feet.

Ortho-Bionomy® Working with the Breath (8 hour)

Instructor: Jim Berns or Melissa Malm

NCBTMB approved

Ortho-Bionomy® Releases for the Breath (16 hour)

Instructor: Jim Berns or Melissa Malm

NCBTMB approved

Breath is life. Each breath we take is a picture of who we have been, who we are, and who we yearn to be. 


Using osteopathic-based principles of Ortho-Bionomy, in this hands-on training we will:

·      Recognize restrictions of the breath and offer it new options

·      Bring awareness to the connections between the breath and other parts of the body

·      Explore the possibilities of where the breath can lead us

·  Use painless comfortable positions to release tension patterns in the structure associated with the breath


This class can be offered in an 8-hour or 16-hour Phase 4 format. When taught by Jim Berns, the 16-hour class may also incorporate hands-on Phase 5 and 6.

Back to Top

Elective classes are an opportunity to further explore the principles of Ortho-Bionomy as applied to a variety of subjects. 


It is amazing how such gentle techniques can give such deep releases. Ortho-Bionomy can create the safety needed for an injury to let go of its holding patterns. It is easy on the practitioner and can readily be integrated into any massage or bodywork session.

Some electives are required for the Associate, Practitioner, and Advanced Practitioner Training Programs offered by the Society of Ortho-Bionomy International® (SOBI).


We offer these elective classes in the standard 16-hour in-person format in locations across the United States, as well as online.

To determine if these elective classes will fulfill the elective requirements of SOBI’s Training Programs, please contact your advisor or your Instructor.

Self Care
Classes and Study Groups

Phase 4 Classes          Phases 5, 6 & 7 Classes    Required Program Classes         Electives        Study Groups

bottom of page