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Aston-Patterning™ is a holistic and integrated system of massage techniques, movement analysis, modification techniques, and fitness training (including some Pilates and ergonomic modification). The goal is to release holding patterns and movement patterns that are not beneficial to the body, that limit the range of movement of the body, or that are less efficient.


After dancer Judith Aston was involved in two car accidents in 1967 and 1968, she began to search for alternatives to spinal fusion. She decided to try Rolfing® as an alternative treatment and then decided to train as a Rolfing® practitioner.

Ida Rolf (the founder of Rolfing®) asked Aston to create a series of movements that would help maintain Rolfing® corrections over time. Aston, after developing and building upon her own ideas, eventually independently founded Aston-Patterning™.


Treatment has four components: bodywork, movement education, fitness training, and customized ergonomic modifications. The massage work tends to be lighter in nature and releases restrictions from movement.

Movement education forms the core of Aston- Patterning™ and works at creating fluid, natural motion even for simple tasks and minimizes stress and strain on any single body part.

Fitness education and ergonomic customization are done according to the needs of the client and are used to support ongoing health and functioning of the client. The fitness work can be performed by the client without the aid of a practitioner.

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The purpose of Aston-Patterning™ is to loosen, tone, stretch, and improve cardiovascular health. 


A level of training that includes every competency component needed to safely and appropriately apply the treatment.


An additional treatment that first requires the practitioners to be trained in an appropriate related discipline.