Karl and Bonnie Humiston have worked together professionally since they married 40 years ago. When they met in 1971 in the Oregon state mental hospital, Bonnie was director of nursing and Karl was a visiting consulting psychiatrist. Each already was devoted to searching for whatever would truly help their patients, what might be better than the prevailing mix of psychology and medications.
Since 1964, in pursuit of this, Karl had learned from a series of gifted mentors that within every human being is the potential for being fully connected with himself and others, and that seeking this is the most effective pathway to mental, emotional and spiritual health.
Bonnie saw that people must spend time feeling safe to be inwardly childlike in order to heal, and she and Karl took some of their young adult patients into their home to live as part of their family. In 1976, they added the “clinical ecology” approach to allergy, nutrition and detoxification, which made everything else work better.
Eventually they coined the name “Humiston Wellness” to cover all their healing work, which includes their work in Rolfing® Structural Integration, Color Analysis, and the Feldenkrais Method®.