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Bounine: a method addressing bone tissue as a living matter

Shocks we encounter every day leave a trace and crystallize in our bones. The Bounine method focuses on the work around bones, the release of bone traumas and the rebalancing of the pelvis for the body to come back to its original perfect architecture.

Physiotherapist since 1979, osteopath practicing kinesiology, micro-physiotherapy and the Mezieres method, Nicolas Bounine put his practice in question in 1989: “one of my patients led me to question everything I had learned until then. Pianist, she could not play anymore. I had tried in vain to cure her a year before, without success. One day as I bumped into her, I realised she was cured: her dentist had put her occlusion (the alignment of her jaws) back into its original place.” While with osteopathy, wounds often reappear, Nicolas Bounine no longer wants to address the symptoms, he wants to dive to the cause. His meeting with South America and the amerindian culture profoundly modifies his way of approaching life: “these lands were for me a discovery of the feelings of a vibration, an energy, a force, the existence and the importance of tellurism. That all living things, whether human, plant or animal, are energy.” After this, he accesses a broader vision of health issues and of the close relationship between the body and the mind. The purely mechanical point of view isn’t enough anymore: “my approach of the human body and of individuals took a complete new dimension and I developed a deeper sensitivity andintuition to the point that I became able to perceive the movements of organic tissues: their life, their blockages, their restrictions “.

The method he has developed, Osteotherapy, focuses on treating the bones, a tissue which is very often forgotten. But in fact, it’s alive, elastic and vibrating. Composed of 40% water, the bone is malleable and can freeze during a shock. In what condition does the body vibrate if it is not in its optimal position? The body speaks to us but what does it tell us? We often go too fast to do reinforcement work when we have no idea of ​​the state of our structure in the first place. At the crossroads of all muscular chains, the pelvis supports the vertebral column, preferably in its right place. By contacting the bone, it is possible to release traumatic memories. When the pelvis is back into its balanced place, other areas of the body can be approached. When the body receives the right kind of information, it is able to reestablish its ideal position, to self-correct and to put self-healing mechanisms in motion. In our bones, there are different areas of density, some are harder, some are softer. By deprogramming the bone memory, bones are invited to regain their flexibility and their initial position: the body has a memory and do remember its ideal form.

Annick Rotsaert is one of the few practitioners of the method in Belgium: “I came to his method while I was looking to combine the mechanical aspects of my practice with more subtle aspects.” Annick observes with me the balance of my pelvis, the alignement of 2 points at the back of the pelvis, the iliac spines. By aligning the thumbs on both sides, it is easy to notice that my pelvis isn’t aligned. Due to the shape of the vertebrae, there is an ideal positioning for the spine: cervical lordosis, dorsal kyphosis (slightly rounded) and lumbar lordosis, with the pelvis starting a little ahead. Annick helps me to see that my pelvis is naturally beeing carried forward: “it is physiological to have a pelvis forward, although there are differences depending on human morphologies”. Following the appointment, I will pay more attention to the position of my pelvis when I sit, deporting it as explained. Two months ago, I had a cervical atlas rebalancement. Following this rebalancing (the atlas was leaning a little on one side), I had quite intense and uncommon pain in the pelvic area for 3 to 4 days. As for the dental occlusion, it seems to be important: the jaw is apparently the second balance of the body. Equilibration of the occlusion will be distributing the forces of chewing evenly by properly aligning the teeth and the jaws together.

During my second session, my pelvis didn’t keep the correction entirely: my pelvis is leaning on one side again. It was only at the end of the first session when I was leaving that Annick made the link with the handbags that I am always carrying on the right side, which creates a twisted movement that, by force of repetition, is impacting my column. We end the session with Annick tracking a node on the left side of my body near the ischions. Here is an approach where bones are considered as a living tissue and not something frozen and hardened in stone, a lifeless matter. A correction will be made over 5 sessions over 2 to 3 years and then one annual check up.

Married and father of six children, Nicolas Bounine (website), who considers the body as a temple, has his practice in Boulogne-Billancourt (France). See his TED talk.

Annick Rotsaert Limauge, RPG physiotherapist, Bounine osteotherapist,, 129 rue de l’Infante, 1410 Waterloo, Belgium, +32 476 92 91 52, +32 2 343 83 26





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