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Aston-Patterning®, a comprehensive system of bodywork and movement education, enables you to be in your best body by helping to identify and release chronically held tension patterns and engage more balanced muscle tone for improved postural alignment, reduced effort, and enhanced performance of life activities.
Benefits of Aston-Patterning®
Aston-Patterning® sessions reduce strain in areas of chronic stress or pain by allowing more even distribution of tone and weight bearing and, as a result, more shared effort of movement throughout the entire body. Aston-Patterning recognizes that each human body is uniquely asymmetrical, and that when our environment and activities match our individual patterns, our body performs with more efficiency and power, less effort and strain. Aston-Patterning applies this philosophy to bodywork and movement, as well as to fitness and ergonomics. Benefits from sessions may include:
- Postural change for increased benefit and enhanced performance of life activities
- Increased level of overall fitness and well-being
- Relief from the effects of stress and pain
- Healing and rehabilitation of injury and trauma
- Preparation for and recovery from surgery
- Improved receptiveness and self-awareness
What to Expect from Your First Session
An Aston-Patterning® session begins with a comprehensive assessment of postural alignment, tension patterns, body movement, and your interests and goals. As they relate together, these findings inform the design of the session for your unique pattern. The focus of the first session is most often bodywork, and each subsequent session may include exercise, movement coaching for an activity of interest, or ergonomic modification specific to your body and your activity, each according to your interest. Effects that you may experience from the session include:
- Release of overly tight muscles and increased tone in underused muscles
- Increased volume of breath, more internal space
- A more comfortable alignment and ease of movement in joints
- A heightened sense of connection with yourself and the earth
Aston® bodywork is a specialized from of massage and myofascial release that uses a non-compressive touch to unwind daily and accumulated tension, from superficial tightness to more longstanding and deeply embedded structural holding patterns within the soft tissue network, at joints, and along body surfaces. This unique form allows accuracy of touch and comfort throughout the session. The purpose is to decrease holding throughout the layers of the body and create new movement options from the inside out.
"I was coping with foot and ankle pain from a torn tibialis posterior tendon and had not been able to walk without shoes at the time that I came for my first session with Shirley. A few days later I realized that I was walking barefoot and pain free around my home. The simple, gentle movements and massage were very profound for my body and my healing process pre- and post-surgery. I am consistently surprised by the alignment and balance that I feel from an Aston-Patterning session."
Andrea De Sharone, Body-Oriented Psychotherapist