Aston patterning is a means of identifying and correcting stress-induced movement habits was developed by Judith Aston. Aston was a dancer and choreographer and she had worked with Ida Rolf of Rolfing fame. The Aston technique originates from her main insight that the human body is asymmetrical and that movements occur in spirals. This pair of factors which must be considered when learning more comfortable and effective ways of moving.
Initially the therapist watches the client's movements, noting where movement may be constrained or restricted. The therapist identifies which movements cause bracing or, protective changes in speed, where certain movements start, and which parts of the body are held unnaturally. The therapist can then teach the client to loosen certain areas and be more conscious of his/her body. Treatment also includes massage to release tensions in the body.
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