The way we look at posture in Aston® Kinetics is a little different than some other modalities. My goal is not to get your posture to match a visual idea of what good posture looks like. Rather, my goal is to help you achieve a balanced alignment that works with your body’s unique history and needs.
Now, what does that actually mean?
It means that your best alignment may look a little different than someone next to you. If you had a knee or hip replacement, how you transfer weight through your body will probably be a little different than someone who has never had any joint issues. If you’ve spent your life hunched over a computer and are just now starting to learn what it feels like to open up your chest, the pathway to your best posture will be a little different than someone who has been a ballet dancer their whole life. Each of our bodies has its own unique history, and an Aston Kinetics assessment listens to and acknowledges the importance of that history.
Your assessment begins with a thorough intake. I want to know not just your medical history, but how you’ve used your body over your lifetime. Did you play sports or a musical instrument? How have your daily activities- not only your injuries- shaped your body usage and muscle tension patterns? I also want to see how you sit and stand when you aren’t really paying attention to your posture, and then, what your body looks like when you put on your “best” posture.
Next comes how your standing posture translates to movement- for instance if you hold your left shoulder up when you’re standing still, does it stay up when you start to walk or jog? When you mock up how you sit at your computer desk or do an overhead lift? And then lastly, I’ll have you lie down on a massage table (fully clothed), and do a full body palpation to determine what your muscular tension pattern is like when you’re relaxed. Remember that raised shoulder? Maybe the shoulder itself is completely loose and is being pushed up from the tension that actually originates in your rib cage or the opposite hip. The muscle palpation is the final piece in the puzzle to help us see what’s going on.
Getting this full picture of your body- your history, your standing posture, how that posture translates into movement, and the muscular tension pattern that underlies it all allows me to determine the most suitable treatment protocol for your body. I’ll share all of this information with you, and together we’ll make a plan. For this assessment isn’t just for me- it’s also a way for you to improve your body awareness and gain a deeper understanding of your current body patterns. That way, as you begin to make changes, you will know exactly what the change is and why you’re making it. And it is this kind of awareness- on the part of you, the client- that supports lasting transformation.
Amanda Skidmore is a staff member of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, where she helps people release long-held tension and pain patterns, while also teaching them how to use their bodies with greater ease and efficiency. For more information, give us a call or visit the front desk.