I'm sure we're all familiar with the phrase, "You have to love yourself first to love someone else." It has always sounded like a lofty goal, or just one more thing added to our never-ending "improvement" list. But Valentine's Day doesn't have to be just about giving chocolate and roses. It can be about celebrating love in its many forms, starting with you.
Here's a challenge. Take a moment to appreciate something you do well: a talent, one of your favorite character traits, something you do for others. See if you can allow your body and mind to accept this awareness without the nagging voice coming into your consciousness of, "Yes, but..."
For the moment, let go of the critical "voice." Encourage your inner monologue to be unconditionally positive and observe the change.
Spotlight: Laura Servid, O.T., Aston-Patterning Practitioner and Senior Faculty Member
Before I started my own business practicing Aston-Patterning in 1997, I had been an Occupational Therapist in a Seattle hospital for 20 years, working in rehab with stroke victims, back pain and hand injuries. Continuing education classes introduced me to Judith Aston in1988 and I was quickly taken with many of her concepts, from spirals to negotiation of differences.
I had drawn spirals on bodies in trying to understand movement patterns I saw in stroke recovery. I was sure what we needed was some kind of self-defense against gravity, so coming to find gravity as a friend through GRF was a revelation. Neurodevelopmental techniques used in stroke rehab became much clearer when working with center of gravity over base of support, and from there it seemed obvious that our nervous systems would be organized in relationship to gravity and ground force. I am forever in love with GRF.
A couple of my favorite Aston principles are ‘where stillness meets motion there is a stress point’ and ‘negotiating differences’. I have found that these, like many other Aston concepts, are applicable not only to physical structure but to emotions, psychology, relationships and life as a whole. Both for us as practitioners, as well as for our clients, the work is about manifesting our best essential self and living from that place.
For me, there was never a question about training, just how and when to make it happen.
My clients benefit greatly from learning about the gift of gravity and ground force, and are pretty amazed every time they feel it work. The three dimensional touch which transforms their bodies continually delights and surprises them, and me too. Sessions are a shared learning experience. My clients get involved with solving the puzzle of their bodies; how they’re held and why, and often when they feel results, they will refer their friends and family.
My ongoing focus and biggest source of excitement is communication with fascia. Every working day I discover new messages the fascia holds - the force that impressed it, the source of that force, the direction and route of the force through the tissue, the end of that excursion and the release. When read accurately, the fascia can be the key to understanding the person’s experience and its presentation in their bodies. The information comes directly from the client’s body into my hands, not from my ideas of what should be done. This demands inquiry from a non-judgmental platform, use of Aston three-dimensional touch and working from my own best neutral with gravity/GRF. Embodying what I teach is the truest form of this practice and makes it most successful. I work to move this way in my every day life. It’s how I continue to discover who I am as a person and how I interact with the world. It is endlessly rewarding.
To learn more about the work I practice, or to schedule an appointment, I can be reached through email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (206)-547-6033.
Listen to Judith Aston on "Liberated Body" with Brooke Thomas
Judith had the pleasure of participating in the podcast "Liberated Body." It was a great episode about what it means to "see" the body, the impact of product design on our bodies, how we learn new movement patterns best, what the early days were like with Dr. Rolf and others, and much more!
Looking for inspiration and assistance in the new year?
Visit our new blog, "Continuing Transformation," where Judith Aston writes about the latest fitness crazes, being mindful and "body"ful and starting the journey to your best body. Bonus feature: instructional videos to deepen your practice!
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Train with The Best: The Aston-Patterning Practitioner Certification
Are you a health professional that wants to deepen your professional practice? Join us for a career-affirming training program.
The deadline to apply is February 15th, 2015. Apply today!
(Required prerequisites: Aston Kinetics 101, 102, 103, 104.)
All phases of the Aston-Patterning Certification take place in beautiful Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
What Aston-Patterning Practitioners say about the Aston-Patterning Certification program.
Treat Yourself to Our Featured Product: The Knee Pillow
This pillow will allow for increased movement with less tension when used to support the action of the accelerating thigh or knee while driving. It is smaller and firmer than the Universal Pillow and can be used for added support in almost any situation. Portable. Made in the USA.
Provides support for the accelerator leg when driving
For clients who need a customizable adjustment to their thigh, chest or knee position to minimize hip and ankle tension (for seat belt pressure)
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For certified massage therapists, bodyworkers, and other manual therapists (physical, occupational, chiropractic).
Aston-Mechanics® instructs the student in optimal movement and introduces the spiraling technique of work.
Learn the Aston Spiraling technique: a painless, hands-on approach which respects and matches the layer, shape and grain of soft tissue. It teaches one to work with ease, from the surface layers through the deeper layers to include the bone.
Specialized attention is placed on keeping the whole body in balance as localized tension is released.
Combined with an accurate whole body assessment, the Spiraling Technique greatly increases the effectiveness of all manual therapy and decreases the amount of stress and effort on the therapist.
May 13th-16th, 2015 Maui, HI Instructors: Judith Aston and Brian Linderoth Investment: $625 by April 1st, $695 standard fee