Movement Projects Inc.
15095 Perlite Dr
Reno, NV 89521
Hours of OperationAlways Available Online
Movement Projects Inc. (M.P.I.),
A non profit educational organization, was founded in 1982 to develop, conduct, and disseminate movement education programs to help people deal with and recover from any form of injury, stress, trauma, and/or habitual attitudes & limitations. Movement education has been defined as a philosophy and a method for assisting people in gradually reducing the effects of accumulated stresses, including adaptations to injury, emotional attitudes and long term holding patterns, on their ability to function physically, mentally and emotionally. According to Judith Aston, president of M.P.I. and originator of Aston-Patterning, the body you are wearing today may be more a reflection of who you were rather than who you are and who you can be. Aston-Patterning offers an educational process designed to assist the emerging body of the future. By coaching people to recognize physical holding patterns that limit choices and impose restrictions, Aston-Patterning allows clients to realize and use more of their potential self. Through the analysis of current structure and function, a person can be provided with a program that will teach him/her to problem solve and use his/her body effectively in any given situation.
Judith Aston has been training people in her theories of movement since 1963. [Ms. Aston is a former college instructor of movement and dance for performing artists and athletes (1963-1972).] Many therapists come to train with Judith Aston because her holistic view of the body in motion is unique and immediately application to the health professional's scope of practice.
Her movement programs are much more than a series of exercises,
educating the individual in simple ideas applied to strengthening, toning, stretching and loosening exercises, plus actions of daily living, ergonomics, and walking. Participants learn how to find and maintain optimal posture/alignment for sitting, standing, and resting, with use of pillows or supports as needed.
Recover Your Body Program
For the past thirty-five years, Judith Aston has worked with women helping them recover from breast cancer surgery. Over this time she has designed specific techniques and movements to ameliorate the pain, weakness, fatigue, restricted breathing, and excessive upper body restriction and tension that can follow breast cancer surgery and reconstruction. Her innovative and gentle approach has been a great boon to women who feared they would never return to their prior abilities.Five years ago, Aston began teaching Recover Your Body classes based on her past success. The results of these pilot classes have been both successful and informative, with participants reporting significant improvement in comfort, mobility, resiliency, support, and positive self-awareness. Based on this experience, Aston has created a comprehensive program that incorporates exercise, movement education, functional life skills, and self-healing for these special post-surgical circumstances.
Movement Projects Inc. is currently seeking grants to fund the production & amp; distribution of the Recover Your Body Series. Designed as ten thirty-minute classes, this series takes the elegant paradigm of Aston Kinetics and applies it to the specific needs of breast cancer rehabilitation. The intention is to take what we know works, deliver it in a format that is easy to use, and offer it as a valuable addition to the intricate, complicated, and very personal task
of recovering fully from breast cancer surgeries. We plan to make these videos available to thousands of women around the world through:
• academic settings for training purposes & continuing education.
• PTs as an addition to their current rehabilitation program,
• Medical and non-medical breast cancer resource centers,
• Internet based subscriptions to individuals for download anywhere in the world, to reach underserved and unserved populations.
Senior Fitness for Living Program
Seniors are another group that Judith Aston has worked with extensively, and since 1985 the Fitness for Living for Seniors program has been available to individuals through Aston-Patterning practitioners. A group format was developed and offered to seniors at Marin General Hospital in Northern California from 1985 – 1990. The class is a series of unique movements/exercise, combined with education on activities of daily living and ergonomics, designed to assist the elderly and frail overcome physical limitations and reclaim greater freedom of movement. One the major goals of the class is to educate the elderly to be “body smart” - to recognize both their limitations and those areas which can improve.
In the fall of 2002, a pilot project introduced this program to Hawaiian seniors at Tutu's House in Waimea. Fifty five seniors (ages 60-92) participated in these classes (phase one). With encouragement from the medical community, Tutu's House and the seniors themselves, and financial support from the Gerstacker Foundation and M.P.I, a series of beginning and intermediate classes were held at Tutu’s House in April 2003, and in November/December 2003, and March 2004 we also added classes at the Kohala Senior Center in Hawi. Phase Three in Fall 2004 and Spring 2005 included both beginning and intermediate classes (each four weeks in duration) at senior centers in Waimea and Hawi, thanks to generous support from the Young Brothers, West Hawaii Fund, Robert C. and Helen Nichols Fund and M.P.I. Phase Four in the Fall of 2005 continued both beginning and intermediate classes at the Kohala Senior Center in Hawi, introduced a beginning class at the Senior Center in Kamuela, and continued intermediate classes at Tutu’s House in Waimea.
Subjective and objective evaluations are conducted before and after the 4-week classes. Objective outcome measurements include the seated chair reach to assess lower body flexibility, back scratch test to assess upper body flexibility, and the 8 Foot Up and Go Test to assess functional mobility. All of these tests, as described and normed by the Senior Fitness Test Kit, accurately demonstrate improvement in movement and function, and have established age matched normative values for comparison.
Subjective and objective evaluations of Phase 1 and 2 classes in Hawi and Waimea in 2002 and 2003 demonstrated positive results. Following the 4-class beginning series, seniors were asked to complete a subjective self-assessment, using a 5 point scale indicating "strongly disagree" to "strongly agree" with regard to changes noted as a results of the class.
Forty five participants completed the subjective survey with results as
Improved Strength 86%
Improved flexibility 93%
Improved balance/stability 80%
Improved function in daily activities 80%
Less pain 55%
Less stiffness 75%
Less fatigue with activity 68%
All participants strongly agreed that they benefited from learning Aston movement concepts, and can continue to apply what they learned to activities of daily living.
Seniors also completed objective pre- and post-testing, using two
standardized tests from the Senior Fitness Test Kit. The “Chair Sit and
Reach” test consists of sitting in a chair with one leg extended while
reaching forward, measuring the number of inches between the middle fingers and the toes of the extended leg. The purpose of this test is to assess lower body flexibility needed for a normal gait pattern, good posture, dressing, and mobility tasks such as getting in/out of a tub or car. Of the 52 seniors who completed pre- and post-testing, 38 seniors (73%) demonstrated improvements in their ability to reach forward while sitting.
The second test was the “8 Foot Up and Go,” which consists of the time required to stand from a seated position, walk 8 feet, turn and walk back to the chair and sit down. The purpose of this test is to assess the agility and dynamic balance important in tasks that require quick maneuvering such as getting off a bus in time, getting up to attend to something in the kitchen, going to the bathroom, answering the phone, etc. Increased ability to perform this exercise may reduce the chances/risk of falling. Of the 51 seniors who completed pre and post testing on this item, 35 seniors (67%) demonstrated improved scores.
Judith Aston’s unique approach to movement and posture has benefited people of all ages over the past 35+ years, and through Movement Projects Inc. her innovative work will continue teaching people how to “be in their best body” for many years to come.
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Movement Projects Inc. 15095 Perlite Dr. Reno NV 89521
Phone (775) 298-1329
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