Class #2545

Aston Kinetics

30 min - Class


Reclaim your body after breast cancer with this Aston Kinetics class with Judith Aston. She works with Laura, who is six months post surgery and has restrictions in the range of movement on her right side. This work will help those recovering feel more balanced, centered, and grounded while you use gentle body work and other tools to gain length and tone.

Before taking this class, Judith recommends watching her previous class to learn the basics, as well as Kathy Corey's classes.
What You'll Need: Table Chair, Bolster, Pilates Pole, Theraband

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Great. Thank you for joining us. This is another class with asking kinetics being the focus in this case for recovering and reclaiming your body after breast cancer surgery. This is the theme of the class today and I ask that you go to one of the earlier classes that we did. I think it's number 2123 to learn the basic movements that although Laura and I will do them today, we actually break them down and you have more instruction by looking at that class first. The second thing I want to encourage you to do is to please check out Kathy Cory's series on recovering your body, uh, after mastectomy surgery. Uh, she's done such a beautiful job of putting together quite a nice series and I really hope that you will look at her introduction first because she gives all the precautions, all the things that you need to be aware of to start a class like this.

So rather than repeating them, please check out Kathy. Corey. All right. So today we have Laura who is six months post surgery joining us for this lesson today where we plan to play with some ideas that maybe she hasn't played with before. So I wanted to ask you, welcome, first of all, thank you. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Um, I wanted to ask you, you mentioned in your intake form a little bit about certain restriction or, um, discomfort or pulling, um, could you tell me just a little bit more about that? Uh, there's some swelling still, uh, lymphatic swelling and some tightness. Okay. Yeah, probably the scar tissue handsome. Uh, Ooh. Little bit of less range of motion than okay. Obviously know, restricted mainly to the back or to the up.

Oh, okay. I see. Right. Okay. Uh, you also said that your focus would be on increasing the ease of pushing and pulling and reaching in those areas. Is that correct? Yeah. Great. Okay. So just for fun, if you would stand just for a moment and just kind of as you're standing here, feel your weight on your feet and tell me, do you feel more weight to the back of the feet? The front of the feet more on one foot than the other. Where would you say you have the greatest weight bearing of the rest of your body coming down into your feet?

I might feel from the back. Okay. Where I feel the most weight, I would say I'm fairly balanced. Left to right. Okay. Yeah. And just turn and face me. I'm going to actually scoot this back just a bit. Just turn and face me and so people could see your side view also and the weight on the heels. Okay. Because I'm very interested to see how your body, as it changes through these simple exercises we're doing, these movement designs, if that will change the position of the rest of your body and you're going to feel it differently in your feet. Okay. And so just for fun, check it out. Now the range of your arm that you can do this, but you do feel some restriction and so on and so forth compared to the other side, less and so on. Right.

Okay. Good. All right. Have a seat again. So, um, what I want to start with is, um, having this pillow on your lap. This is Mr bones and we love Mr bones because he is so great. His body parts like his rib cage articulate and all the joints in the spine. So he's great for demonstrating. And what this first movement is is that your pelvis is going to roll back and the chest is going to bend and fold forward like so.

And then the pelvis is going to roll up and the chest gets lifted. Like so. So let me just have you do this with me. I'm going to demonstrate once actually by just putting my hands on my pelvis and just showing you that you can push your thumbs back and let your pelt. There you go. Will you let your chest fall further forward and exhale. Very nice. And now lean about an inch forward, push off your feet, roll your pelvis back to where it started. Inhale.

Ah, very nice. Okay. And now just face me and this, now bring this pillow really close so that now the arms are unweighted. This helps get to the higher areas. Okay. So go ahead now and just let your pelvis roll back and your chest comes forward more toward me. Exhale. When you get down [inaudible] lean forward a little bit. Push down on your heels of your feet, push off your pelvis, push off your forums a little bit. Inhale. Yeah, relax. How's that feel? Okay, this time you're going to do it a little bit further. And let me just show you from the side.

You're going to roll the hands in it down and go forward. As you go into that arking sequence. And as you come out of it, the palms come up and you lean forward with you. There you go. So the shoulders widen. That's it. Very nice. Let's do that together. And I live, just face me. So pelvis rolls, chest falls forward, you exhale, blew the air out, keep blowing, blowing, blowing. And if you run out of air, inhale briefly down here, and exhale again. Lean forward. Push off the heels of the feet. Start to roll the pelvis up. Turn the arms in, hands facing up. Come toward me with your chest.

Inhale. So what happens is when the hands turn up, this external rotation opens the shoulder and makes the breath be able to get to the high lungs and the high lungs being filled up. Help your expansion of your chest and your range of motion. How, how bad? A couple more times. Okay. And so, and right here, let this roll back just a little bit more towards [inaudible]. There you go. Perfect. And when you're ready, lean for off the feet. Inhale at the chest, come forward and up. Lean forward and up.

Beautiful. And reacts. How did that one feel? Right? Can you start to feel the breath being different? So let's change it now. Two hands on the front. Yeah. So now you're going to let your pelvis roll back. This really goes back. Yeah. Beautiful. Now Bend and bow and really exhale.

Wow. Yes. Beautiful. Lean forward a little bit. Your whole body. Push off the heels. Push off the heels of the hand. Inhale, arch forward. Ah, exhale a little bit to inhale again. There you go. And release. Got some extra air in there. Yeah. So just for fun, just doing that. Have a stance and see what happened to the weight on your feet.

Wow. What happened? What happened? Therefore there they're right in the middle. Yeah, we love it because here's what happened. Here's what happened. Your chest in the beginning was put your hand on me here and my other hand on me here. Your chest in the beginning was here. That puts my weight on my heels. That also takes away, I only feel comfortable raising my arm to about here.

Now your chest is here, usually starts too. So for fun, pushed down on your feet and let your arm come up and see what happened. Just the right, how did that feel? Very different. Shall we go on? Okay. All right. So that exercise is called Arcane.

It's made up of flection number 2123 it's made up of flection with exhalation extension at the end. Inhalation. Ah, settling into the front where the front back or about the same length. Nod your head. Feel your pelvis move. Yeah. Beautiful. So now they smear again. Here's this lovely pillow. Will you grab that theraband?

This now is I'm going to show you a way of doing a little bit of massage on your particularly. We'll start with your left arm working on your right and I'll mirror you. And what you're going to do is you're going to take this theraband and just place it around your hand and you're going to use this material for friction. Okay. And so starting here with the fingers, I'm just going to rub in a spiral. [inaudible] spiraling the tissue around the bones.

So yes. So now come up to the hand spiraling, spiraling, spiraling. Good. Very nice. Go on up to the arm and your clothes might work also, but now really get all the way around there, there and let your arm move on the pillow. That's it. So the pillow is doing the same thing on the underneath side direction. You feel go the other way and you'll feel maybe it doesn't go that way. Now you're training in bodywork that's reading the grain of the tissue. Something we think is very important. Move on up. Okay, great. And on the pillow go good. And now just set the parents, their band off to the side for a moment. Let's do this around your, you're going to hold, let your arm rest on a pillow and you're going to hold the tissue in one direction. Whichever way it feels like it wants to go. Mine wants to go in.

Yours goes out and now rotate the hand and arm and feel what that did. It starts to get to the deeper layers as far as you can go in both directions while holding good. And come on up. Feel it in your arm up where you're holding. Yeah, there you go. And I'll do this last one for you so you can just do that. [inaudible] good. And one more in action. Okay. Yes.

Yeah. Okay. Come on. Yeah, now and you just put the bell up. So you know, I just had this happen in Hawaii. These three boys, they saw me come in to the house of my friend, her, her grandsons, and they started way down Auntie, Auntie and they came running. And of course they grabbed me. But it's that moment when I saw them that they were not going to anybody else or going to me. I just, I felt myself go like this.

I call it a tender heart moment. And so if you'll take that moment where you, you bow down to being celebrated by this moment and you press the tissue over your heart onto the sternum and you massage it in this spiraling way that we did with your hand, your forearm and your arm, and really just continued. Beautiful. This is simple, easy, soothing bodywork. Yes. Great. So now if you'll take both hands to your left side right here, over the breast tissue right here and kind of go sideways in a spiral like that on your left [inaudible] and then take the peck area like this and do the same thing while you bow. Perfect. And now let's do the right both hands to the top. Going out.

Bowing grabbed the pack area in massaging that area in there. Beautiful. That's it. So now what's happening? Yeah, you can now do the arguing again and just see if this might feel a little more open. So let's go into the flection back. Let the chest bow [inaudible] inhale a little bit and really pushed it air out. [inaudible] slide the hands up to the pelvis, being a little forward. Push on the feet.

Push on hands. How's that feel? Good. Do you want to stand one more time? So how is this feeling now? Different? [inaudible] feels more grounded. Centered. Balanced. Feels good. Very good. Okay. So let me just get a couple of dowels and let me show you. We're going to do that same exercise.

Arking only this time with the dowels as the end. They're close to your toes. And I'm going to have you stand with your toes just to add a little bit open. So this time we're going to bend at the hip joint and as we bend at the hip joint, the Dalles go forward and we round the back and soften the knees right there and blow the air out. [inaudible] and now lean forward, push down, bend your knees to push down on the feet, to push on the feet to straighten. You. Push on the dowels to straighten you even more. Inhale.

Ah, Oh, very nice. You change quickly. Yeah, so let's do that again. I'll face this way just so you have the visual of me too. So hinging at the hip. Push off your feet to hinge at the hip to bow forward.

Round the spine softly. Soften the knees. Exhale. Inhale again. Exhale. Lean forward a little bit. Then the new used to push down on the feet. Push down on the Dell, on up, up, up, up, up. Inhale.

[inaudible]. Relax. Where the front and back of you feel about the same length. Yes. There's your eye. There's your new eye-level. I know, I look. Sure. I hate this part. It happens all the time.

People reclaim their length and I ended up going, how's it up there? Oh, well anyway, I'm going to have elevator shoes made for me that I can progressively go at the same time. Same break. So that looks like, let me just show you what's happening here and we're going to add a piece. So I'm going to bow [inaudible] did he come up? Wow. I'm going to let the arms open because I can press on them and get help by pressing on them to open up the shoulder joint. Let me do it one more time to show you, but also more slowly because I want you to do it slowly in the beginning.

Bow [inaudible] come forward rather quickly. Come to here. Push off. Wow. Shall I do it? Okay. Hinge up and over. Sure.

Soften the knees. Exhale. [inaudible] when you're ready, lean a little forward. Then the knees. Right. Good. And relax. So what happens now? Back up just a little bit so you can face me that way. There we go. What happens is, this is like the f the figurehead on the front of the ship. You're out here.

I don't want you to think that I want you to do a back bend because that compresses the bat. So you're just continually going forward. And what helps us is using this push off the earth. There you go. Let's do it one more time. And he injured the hip, round the back, soften the knees and exhale. [inaudible] when you're ready, lean forward. Push off the feet. Come on up, push off the dowels open then fuck them forward.

Wow. Like so how'd it feel? Okay, so one of the things that people definitely know about is gravity. When I created a problem for seniors for a hospital in 84 I asked him about and they said, oh, gravity, that's the enemy. I said, oh my goodness. Gravity is the enemy. They said, it's the enemy. It makes you old, makes you tired, makes you weak, you get worn out. It's not my friend. I said, oh my goodness, let's see if we can't make it your friend, because I think we need it to stay on the planet. But they didn't know about the opposing force to gravity.

It's called ground reaction. And it's always pushing, pushing every object from the earth towards the stars. And if you know how to use it, this recycling massages the body all day long. So it's really a nifty nifty tool. Okay? So feel for example, that if you bring your dowels to your left, to your right side, so they are both in your right hand for a moment, okay? And you just raised your left arm, actually bring them to the middle and you just raise your left arm. Okay?

Now Bend your knees just a little bit. Bring arm down, push off the ground to engage this ground reaction and push off the Dow. And now lift your arm and feel the difference. Okay? And now let go of the pushing off your feet and keep moving your arm and feel what happened at the shoulder joint. Okay? Push now in open, push edit, opens it up, live set to it again, push and open. Now don't push and just let the arm. So now let's do it on your right side. Okay, so in the middle, just raise your own, not too far, although it might feel okay to go. And now push off both feet and both hands.

You feel the difference? Push this time and go out. Palm Up. Hmm. Very nice. How was that? Okay. Did hurt. Does it hurt? Did you feel the pulling a little but just a little stop. Just short. This is important. Stop. Just short. When you start to feel it pulling, stop there. Don't take it further. People think I should push through this. You do more reps and gradually it starts to rehydrate the scar tissue.

So it gives you the flexibility rather than tearing it more and creating more scar tissue by pushing. People don't understand that. So I'm glad that you have that. So now let's just put the downs here for a moment. Okay. And just face. Yeah, good. And now push off your right foot and let your arm come up.

So you're pushing on the floor. That's, and now push off your left foot. Push on your right foot. Really push and read to the end. Rotate your body with your new open chest. Beautiful Push. Inhale up here. That even helps you more range. Did you feel that?

[inaudible] good. Maybe now to here. Good. Okay, so let's take theraband lastly and with your, just wrap it around your hand wrapped around your left for now. Yeah. And I'm going to have you stand on it. Yeah. Yeah. So use this forest now.

Push off your left foot. Push off your left foot down into the ground. And now lift this and check the ranges that you can do here. Okay. With resistance for toning and relax. Don't push off and feel the difference. Don't hurt yourself, but feel what happened? Harder. Harder. Do you feel as strong? Not as strong? No. Okay.

Push engages the whole body in tone. When you push, the whole body's engaged and it maximize. Maximizes your strength. Okay, here we go. Right side to make it tighter. Yeah, whatever. Okay. There you go. Good. So lean your center of gravity to your right foot.

Push down and just go this far right there. Now inhale here and come forward there. There's the difference that support your arm and come out of it this time. Come forward. Before you there. Did you feel that difference? What was that difference here? Yeah. Yeah. Okay.

So the foot pushes the chest falls forward, helps open up the shoulder joint. Yeah. Now don't push, don't hurt yourself, but check the difference. Don't do it fully. It's just in our mixer. It's just an are moving. Yeah. Yeah. Tightens here. Oh, that's what you were saying. That get taught. Oh, okay.

Oh, so when we use our body on everything, we do the whole body benefits. So as you were saying before we started that this part titans on you and when you were just now doing this without pushing, this gets tight. When you engage this ground reaction, your whole body or leg is toning at the same time you're toning your arm. Yeah. So that's what I'd like you to play with. Okay. Okay. So just for fun, go ahead now and have a seat.

I want you to feel this. Yeah. Where you're just sitting on your pelvis and checking your range of motion of turning your head right or turning your head left. And now most of us back on these chairs, go ahead and take that out. So you're the Pfizer cod and you'll check what it did to your chest and also turn your head and just see, did that affect your range of motion?

Okay, so that's affecting the healing process for your right side because you can feel your in this flection pattern. So come to the front of the seat where you're just on your pelvis. Raise it a fraction more so your pelvis is a little higher than your knee. And feel what that simple thing did. Check your range of motion again. Very nice. So come to standing. Let's do a post test.

See how you're feeling. I feel more lifted now. So there's both. Yeah, he knows. So many times people learn an exercise that makes them compressed. So they finished their workout a little shorter than when they started. Yeah, they feel tone, but they feel a little shorter. I mean, they may not be aware of it, but they are a little shorter. So to reclaim your length while you tone while you loosen while you stretch was the goal of this first class. Thank you for coming. Thank you. Okay, good.

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Knowledge thoughtfully presented. Currently working with post surgical client who would be tempted to push beyond restrictions. I appreciate your caution to wait until the muscles become more fluid through the recovery process with gentle ROM "movement designs. Thank you, Judith.
Wow, it's so great to see how much change came into Laura's body and to experience the push off and feel how much easier it is to lift and add rotation to the arm. Like how you explain how the tissues get rehydrated by listening to your body and not pushing through which is the belief of so many.
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I loved watching a slight weight of skepticism hovering over Laura, gradually lift, dissipate, and how her posture and demeanor were significantly lighter, more open and straighter by the end of the sequence. Loved the "aha" moments lighten her expression. Kristi, thank you for bringing Judith to PA. What a fabulous resource her work is!
Leslie, having Judith Aston on PA is a privilege and honor, but most of all pure pleasure and loads of education! So glad you've been inquiring more about her work. xo

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