The World Massage Festival will celebrate Long Beach, Calif., native Judith Aston’s 50 years in the movement education and fitness profession. Aston, who currently lives in Incline Village, will be presented with a special award honoring those 50 years during the Industry Awards Presentations on Sunday, Aug. 4, aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach.
Aston is a graduate from UCLA. with a B.A. and M.F.A. in education and dance. In 1963 she was faculty and creator of the movement education program for athletes, dancers, and actors at Long Beach City College.
Concurrently, she expanded her interest in the ways in which movement communicates emotion, consulting with mental and health professionals. With the encouragement of a group of psychotherapists, she developed a form of body consciousness called Ideo-Kinetics.
Through her years of experience working with clients, she had made some startling discoveries that evolved into the Aston Paradigm. These she formalized into Aston-Patterning, a new model of biomechanics, learning and movement education.
The benefits of the movement and bodywork created a demand both for Aston-Patterning work with clients, and training in the Aston Paradigm model. Aston trainings provide experienced, well-trained teachers to make Aston-Patterning movement education and bodywork available to interested persons.
In addition, Aston has designed a series of products supporting the optimal body and obtained six patents. She actively continues to design new products and programs.