Extracted from The Back Pain Sourcebook by Stephanie Levin-Gervasi
Judith Aston came to Ida Rolf for treatment after several automobile
accident. Originally trained as a dancer, she was told she should
give up her career. Instead she went on to study Rolfing, but felt
that the similar results could be achieved with less force. Aston-Pattering
postulates that no one has a symmetrical body; the body is not linear,
but has curves. Working in a gym on symmetrical Nautilus equipment
works against the body's natural symmetry. Instead of projecting
symmetry as the ultimate goal, Aston-Patterning encourages body
parts to cooperate with one another through a system of learning
and education through movement.
Aston-Patterning focuses on three integrated movement systems.
An evaluation determines the restrictions limiting movement options;
treatment aims at facilitating change throughout the body to create
an environment where restricted movement doesn't have to occur and
the individual performs exercises which loosen patterns of tension.
The pace and sequence of Aston-Patterning sessions depends on the
individual's need. Aston-Pattering practitioners work with a variety
of back and neck problems and individuals, who like Judity, were
told they couldn't perform a certain activity again due to injury.
The sessions include both massage and movement work so the client
has immediate feedback about how to release tension in the body.
Price between $75-$85. a session.