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This is a brand new edition of a successful book which was one of the first to encourage movement therapists and bodyworkers to look at the postural causes of movement problems, rather than focusing treatment just on the physical symptoms. The book explains how to measure and assess posture and provides tools for doing so. The author introduces her unique perspective on body mechanics – Aston-Mechanics® – a departure from the standard model of body posture, and provides many opportunities to practice observation and analytical skills based on this paradigm.

Key features

  • The author is widely recognized as a pioneer in the art and science of kinetics for her discovery of the Aston® Paradigm and consequent development of the many forms of movement, bodywork, fitness and ergonomics of Aston® Kinetics.
  • She created and developed Aston® Kinetics as an educational system of movement and bodywork. Rather than enforcing physical symmetry, Aston® Kinetics seeks to recognize the asymmetries that are natural to a person’s body and to achieve the best movement possible.
  • Her acute ability to ‘see’ the body in stillness and motion and to train others to see, move and exercise, established her discipline of bodywork and movement training that is known as Aston® Kinetics.
  • The book is highly illustrated with over 300 photographs and 150 line drawings. All the illustrations are new for this edition.

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Alignment and geometric shapes

Chapter 3 Seeing alignment shifts from the side

Chapter 4 Seeing alignment shifts from the front view

Chapter 5 Seeing alignment and horizontal tilts from four views

Chapter 6 Seeing rotations

Chapter 7 Combining tracks

Chapter 8 Aston theory and concepts: Part 1

Chapter 9 Aston theory and concepts: Part 2

Chapter 10 Aston theory and concepts: Part 3

Chapter 11 Integrating seeing into your practice


Additional information

Format Paperback, eBook
ISBN 978-1-912085-34-7
Edition No 2
Pages 256
Illustrations 450 black and white drawings and photographs
Dimensions 279 X 216 mm
Status Published
Publication Date 12 November 2019

Author biography

Judith Aston-Linderoth is widely recognized as a pioneer in the art and science of kinetics for her discovery of the Aston® paradigm and consequent development of Aston® Kinetics. Aston Kinetics is an educational system of movement, bodywork, fitness, and ergonomics that aims to treat each person’s body as unique and customizes the work to match. Rather than enforcing physical symmetry, Aston Kinetics seeks to recognize which asymmetries are natural to a person’s body and how to maximize their use when needed. Early in her career, from 1963 to 1972, Aston 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 for nearly a decade. Aston is an author, inventor of an array of ergonomic products, and creator of movement and bodywork programs. She continues to teach Aston Kinetics training and certification courses. 

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