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

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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Motion Barriers

The concept of the motion barrier comes, as far as I know, from osteopathic principles, but it’s now widely distributed in the therapeutic world. Fundamentally, the idea is that tissue mobility is always limited, and that we can make clinical decisions based on our evaluation of these limitations. In our work, we use motion barriers to tell us about the shape, degree, and direction of restrictions. One…

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Aston-Patterning reunion

This weekend, I had a lovely opportunity to meet with 2 of the Aston-Patterning practitioners I like best. (The third invitee, Elaine Marquez, couldn't make it from the Methow because of the forest fires.) The two who came were Beth Berkeley, who just returned to Seattle after 15 years in the New York area, and…

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Fluffing the butt

One of the things I was reminded of this weekend (see Aston-Patterning Reunion) was a perfect outgrowth of a trend that's been creeping up on me lately.  More and more clients (especially the more athletic ones), when I investigate their "butt pain," wind up directing me to somewhere on the back of their sacrotuberous ligament.…

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