Practicing Gratitude

November tends to bring up the notion of thankfulness and gratitude. Gratitude is a practice that we strive to incorporate into our everyday. Being able to help change the way our clients feel, see, interpret the world is an amazing gift. But above all, we are grateful for you.

We have amazing clients and students that allow us to share the Aston Paradigm to others who truly need it. We have an extensively talented group of Aston-Patterning practitioners that continue to "spread the word" about the work that give so many people their lives back. And we are truly grateful that our headquarters are in beautiful Lake Tahoe, where every season feels like a gift. 

As we reflect on what we're grateful for, consider every breath a chance to practice gratitude. 

Spotlight: Mark Barber, Aston-Patterning Practitioner and Senior Faculty Member, LMT

Mark Barber attended the University of Texas at Austin and Austin Community College and has been has been practicing Physical and Massage Therapy since 1984. His first 11 years of practice were at St. David’s Hospital, and he has been in private practice since 1995. Shortly after he began his career, he became interested in alternative healthcare disciplines, particularly in relation to musculoskeletal pain and structural biomechanics, because of the lack of results he was achieving with the traditional modalities of care.

In the mid to late 80’s through the early 90’s, he co-taught and assisted with continuing education classes with Hutchinson and Associates in Myofascial Release and Soft Tissue Mobilization. In 1992, Mark began studying Aston-Patterning® with its developer, Judith Aston, and became certified as an Aston-Patterning® practitioner in 1995.

That same year, Mark continued with the advanced Aston trainings in Arthro-Kinetics and in 1996, he began the Aston faculty trainings. He has been teaching Aston-Patterning® classes, both locally in Austin and around the country, since 2000. Mark’s therapeutic approach is eclectic with Aston-Patterning® at the heart of his sessions. Craniosacral Therapy® and the many other disciplines he has studied are integrated and modified with the Aston Principles to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients.

Mark Barber teaching Aston Kinetics 101 in September 2014.
Mark will be teaching Aston Kinetics 103 in 2015. See below for details.

Latest News

If you haven't visited our new webpage, stop by and check out new features, like The-Aston-Line Collection, Online Movement Coaching with Judith and the 2015 Events Calendar!
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It's here, finally! Moving Beyond Posture is officially an e-book!

Sold exclusively on Amazon, purchase today! If you already have a copy, consider the gift of an e-book to someone who needs to read it!
"Meet Aston Kinetics" will take place Tuesday, November 18th at 1 p.m. EST. 
Michelle Wald will be interviewing Amanda Skidmore Farasat, an Aston-Patterning Practitioner, licensed massage therapist and the owner and founder of Illinois Center for Aston-Patterning, LLC.
To participate, call: 1-805-399-1000, then enter 503321#

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Featured Classes

Aston Kinetics 101&102

Instructors: Judith Aston and Brian Linderoth
January 2015, L.A. area, CA
Instructor: Allison Sagewind
February 18th-22nd, 2015
Reno, NV
For movement/bodywork/fitness professionals
  • Focus on viewing and notating postural assessment and body patterns
  • Learn how Aston visual assessment skills create more understanding about the relationship between the alignment and the root cause of the symptoms
  • Learn Aston Arcing movements in sitting and standing that enable participants to find their own unique body alignment that is both effortless and stable
  • Learn how to teach basic Aston movement designs to your clients as a self care tool which can facilitate a reduction in pain and increase mobility and strength for daily activities

Aston Kinetics 103

Instructor: Mark Barber
February 21st-24th, 2015
Austin, TX
Instructor: Allison Sagewind
April 1st-5th, 2015
Reno, NV

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.
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