Real World Effectiveness
Theo's clients benefit from her expertise spanning physical and interpersonal effectiveness. Her foundational Harvard studies in sociology, psychology and anthropology were later complemented with applied nurse practitioner physiology experience. Her own disabling surgery eventually led her to the study and practice of kinetics, alignment and clinical massage - and success in overcoming limitations. And now Leadership Embodiment has further expanded her ability to empower clients.
While deeper understanding of a limitation or unhelpful response pattern is a start, the question persisting over the last decade has been 'How can newly acquired fluidity and space be carried into normal life?' By the time you hit the first traffic jam it could be gone.
Theo has found that a holistic yet highly tailored approach can make the difference at a fundamental level. Kinetics, alignment, clinical massage, and Aikido forms to simulate life under pressure are employed in varying degrees. Clients are taught to recognize the signature patterns of their body when under stress, and then learn how to repeatedly regain space and fluidity.
The focus is on being more capable and feeling better in daily life.
We don’t live in the studio. We need to go forth and carry on the meaningful purposes of our lives.
Aston Kinetics and Clinical Massage
Since 1970, Judith Aston has led the effort to see the body in a new, dynamic way. Seeing the body through the Aston Paradigm changes the way you live - the way you dance, sleep, sit, stand, work, and play.
If your body is feeling compromised by aging, injury, surgery or overuse, you can realize new possibility through Aston Kinetics.
Aston Movement is based in observation of what happens when real bodies move in the real world, so there is a tangibility and immediacy to the practice. Theo and her client are partners in discovering how variations in movement are more or less helpful to them in the moment. Skilled observation makes the process accurate and verifiable. Theo's ultimate goal with Aston Movement is to help each person claim their natural ability to move with ease, grace, and strength.
Theo uses two crucial skills with clients in Aston Movement:
- The ability to see clearly the components that make up complex movements in the body, in real time.
- The understanding of how each component of movement affects the body. These effects happen because movement, gravity and ground reaction combine to create force vectors that impact specific body segments. The forces create compression, stretch and torsion in predictable ways.
Theo also uses clinical massage on areas where fascial fibers have clumped because force vectors have stopped there repetitively. The stroke, designed by Judith Aston, goes with the grain of the fibers and follows them three dimensionally - usually in a spiral pattern around a joint, such as the shoulder, elbow, ribs, knees and, of course, the vertebrae. The realignment of fibers results in better sliding around the joint, and a perception of more space, and more fluid movement.
Leadership Embodiment (LE) gives you the tools and practices to be a skillful listener, a powerful advocator and an inspirational leader.
What does our posture say about us? People of influence stand upright, not slumped. Their presence extends into the space around them and they usually have a look of someone who is positive, confident and willing to engage with challenges. Leadership Embodiment methods enable anyone to further develop their own presence.
Leadership Embodiment techniques give us ways to access our creative abilities even in stressful circumstances.
The LE model includes distinct ways of describing and analyzing how we behave in stressful situations. Using LE techniques including Aikido, we scrutinize our habitual behaviors and responses to incoming stress, examine the way we sit and stand, and learn how to shift our state of being - and greatly increase our effectiveness in engaging with others.
Stress mutes higher functioning capacities of the brain and activates the short-term survival behavior - narrow focus, hyper-vigilance and defensiveness. Research shows that the practice of LE tools such as centering restores the capacity for the long-term, higher functioning aspects of the brain: big picture thinking, innovation, creativity and intuition.