2023 Somatic Movement Summit
Program & Replays
Serendipitous Timing: How Past Experiences Shape Our Future
Judith Aston discusses how as a child, studying both math and dance prepared her to coach athletes and theater students. Later on, she taught basic movement principles to a psychiatrist's patients, which expanded into training them to use movement to assist their understanding and expression of their emotions.
In this session, you’ll discover:
- Movement programs for structural integration work
- The programs created for body assessment, body mechanics, and movement training
- Understanding of the body's math for stillness and motion
Judith Aston is widely recognized as a pioneer in the art and science of kinetics. She created the Aston® Paradigm and Aston® Kinetics, which include many forms of movement training, bodywork, fitness programs, and ergonomics. Her acute ability to “see” and to train others to see, move, and feel, established her discipline of bodywork and movement professionally. Judith’s highly developed skills allow her to use her insights to problem solve, and create unique sessions or program designs for individuals, groups, and corporations.
Early in her career, from 1963 to 1972, Judith taught movement, physical education, and dance for performing artists and athletes at Long Beach Community College. In 1968, at the request of Dr. Ida Rolf, she developed the movement education program for Rolfing SI and taught this program until 1977.
Among her accolades, Judith has been honored by the Association of Humanistic Psychology for her work as a Somatic Pioneer, and received a 2006 National Office of Aging – Best Practices in Health Promotion Award, a 2008 AMTA President’s Award for Distinguished Service, plus several awards from the World Massage Festival. She is a registered somatic movement educator and therapist (RSME/T) with International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA).
Judith, the author of Moving Beyond Posture: In Your Body on the Earth, and the newly released Aston® Postural Assessment: a New Paradigm for Evaluating Body Patterns, was featured in a documentary with Emilie Conrad for the Moving Legends series on dancers who created somatic systems.