Posts by Richard M. Polishuk, LMP, Aston-Patterning

Elements of Poise

Postural or movement education should be about principles, first and foremost. What are some of the principles of neutral alignment? Neutral alignment effectively demands stabilization of itself (as does poor alignment). It is not an imposition or a struggle. Neutral alignment poises one segment on top of another, so that each segment is in its…

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Paradoxes of Posture

When we’re not deliberately doing anything about our posture, it’s a perfectly harmonious version of a pattern—even if the pattern is very crooked. If we change our posture, every part of the body has to change, if we’re to arrive at a different harmonious pattern. It’s effectively impossible for us to consciously understand and control where all…

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Aston-Patterning Visceral Manipulation

I just attended my first Aston-Patterning CE class in about 14 years. Fortunately, I had all my roomies from that last course (Valerie Lyon, Beth Berkeley and Elaine Marquez) in the room with me again. It really was quite a lovely experience: Harvey Ruderian and Brian Linderoth brought their wisdom and experience, and I definitely…

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Testimonial

Lauren is a strong example of a great teacher. Her ability to combine a rigorous intellectual approach with gentleness, warmth, nurturing and safety was amazing. She brought a tremendous amount to this group with her ability to give space to everyone so that we all felt able to be who we were and learn in…

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Integrative Pain Management

Two summers ago, we were asked to write a chapter about Myofascial Balancing for an anthology about complementary modalities in pain management. That book "Integrative Pain Management," has now been published by Handspring Publishing! (You can even buy it on Amazon.) The book includes theoretical overviews of pain mechanisms and management and discussions of many different…

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Self-care and clinical assessment

As many practitioners know, pelvic torsions are very often held in the pubic symphysis and can be neutralized by resisted adduction. It’s the one alignment pattern for which I’ll interrupt a standing palpatory assessment, since it’s so quick and easy to fix. For years, I’ve had a habit of asking clients to do this maneuver to themselves (usually…

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Alignment and Tone (and Counterbalancing)

I’ve always been suspicious of practices or disciplines that involve deliberately tightening a muscle—even though I know that others use this strategy with great success. The reasons for my suspicion are that: (1) you can tighten a muscle without significantly changing your alignment and (2) it seems to me that the body has already worked out the…

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The Short Loop

One aspect of our mode of treatment is shortening the loop of assessment and treatment—making a session into many, many short loops. In our paradigm, we move from standing evaluation to the table with a clear sense of what we want to change and the ability to quickly change it. Once we can tell that…

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