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Laura Lewis Movement (The Aston Kinetics Way)

Updated: Jul 7, 2022

Welcome to my blog, an insight to what these Online Pilate Classes can offer.


Why Do I love Aston Kinetics so much, we have to start at the beginning.


Some times I feel like a fraud calling this type of movement, Pilates. As anyone who has done conventional Pilates would look and say, "That's not Pilates". Well Pilates or Movement therapy has evolved a long way since I first came to learn about it in 1996. I was training as a competitive Ice skater and at 14 years old my back became so very painful, I went to the doctors as that's what you do and then I was referred to physio. After a few sessions, the physio told me there was nothing more she could do for me, so she referred me to, who is now my good friend and mentor, Paul Brennen.


Paul at the time was qualified in a Pilates form called Michael King. Looking back now the form was rigid, stiff, linear and not much room for what I refer to as Play. Even so, it still made my back stronger and stopped the pain. I was very lordotic which is an excessive curve in the lower back, I was bendy and hadn't developed strength at the same time as flexibility. Very common in growing Children. At 14 years old, fellow skating friends use to say to me, 'How did you get your abs so strong? and how are your jumps so consistence?' My response was, "I do Pilates." No one knew what it was 20 years ago and they use to say, "Never heard of it". Makes me giggle 🤭 as its everywhere now.


When my competitive ice skating career was over, I then went onto show skating. I performed with several ice show companies and toured the world. I visited countries, such as Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, America, Germany, Slovenia, Italy, France and more, and once I felt like I had enough of living out of a suit case. It was time to turn to coaching.



The Thailand Ice show, was my favourite, I felt like I got to actually see the beautiful country.


Coaching was an interesting journey for me, but I don't think I enjoyed it as much as actually skating myself. Started off coaching in Dubai, but it was short lived as I became quite poorly, so returned back to England and after a few tests, I finally found out why I had felt so poorly. I had coeliac disease. Once I got the diagnoses I began coaching at Queen's Ice and bowl in London. I met some lovely people, that I will call my friends forever.


Whilst I was coaching at queens, I got my fitness instructor to music qualification, and also my Stott Pilates qualification. A lot was achieved in the 4 years I was there.


The Stott Pilates Qualification Journey

At this point in 2008, I began my training to become a teacher. I had been training in Aston previously with my mentor and he had prepared me to be very aware that in order to obtain my qualification I was going to have to go through the rigid, robotic order of their form of this style of Pilates to get my certificate. While on the course we had to posture analysis, I knew this was going to be a different approach and in my eyes very unrealistic to any bodies posture. This is the interesting part. Conventual Pilate teachers align the bones, which they referred to as the plum line, a line that starts at the ankle and goes up towards the ear which should be a perfect line. This way, is now considered incorrect. Anyways they were analysing my posture and they reached my hips and were confused. They said in a surprised voice, "Oh her pelvis is in neutral." I always think of that moment and giggle a little. As the Stott way was supposed to be the best of the best, and if their method was so right then why had they never seen a neutral pelvis before. This was 14 years ago, and I had already learnt a different view of posture analysis at this point. So already 20 years ahead of the programme. In Aston Kinetics we look at the posture as centre of mass, and don't align bones. They are only just starting to teach body posture analysis In this way or a similar idea.


See Picture below, the plum line version is unrealistic and is unlikely to be kept, a very military style of position and uncomfortable. With the Aston Kinetics version, the line sit's through the middle of the foot and doesn't align bones. We are 3D, Asymmetrical and have mass to our bodies.




OBTAINING THE ASTON KINETICS QUALIFICATION AND WAY OF LIFE

In 2013 I finally to America, to learn the Aston Way, it was an amazing experience in so many ways. Learning about myself and how others perceive movement. I became only one of six people with this qualification which enabled me to have advanced understanding of the body in motion.

THIS BLEW MY MIND....

Before going to America, I had a car accident which gave me seat belt trauma, and it would spasm every now and then and cause me so much pain. I went down the usual paths of physio etc but it didn't work. one day when I was in class, my back spasmed and I couldn't join in and could only observe. On this day, Judith Astons husband had come to train and he ended up treating me. I was in a seated position, and he didn't work on my shoulder (where the pain was), he surprisingly worked on my forearm, this form of massage was light and soft and non compressive. After the treatment he told me how I had been holding the steering wheel and that the muscles in my forearm had been twisted causing the shoulder problem. From that day, I never had a problem with the shoulder again and it blew my mind how every pain we experience is referred pain and there for we have to work out the puzzle. And so the next chapter of my body work journey began, the interest of massage and how using a compressive technique can get deeper into the muscles with out compromising the tissue and causing that unbearable pain that we experience with certain types of massage. That pain you feel when someone pushes down into your skin, is your nerve ending complaining. It's all physics at the end of the day. If you push down into the muscles with force, the fibres are going to resist and push back up at you. With the Aston Kinetic way, it can be virtually painless and we roll first but we tend not to push. It may take longer, but the result is a deeper massage and the masseuse has also been kinder to there body as well. So everyone wins here.

IN A NUTSHELL, THIS IS WHY I LOVE ASTON KINETICS, YOU DON'T ONLY TEACH THAT PERSON, YOU ALSO TEACH THE STUDENT TO SOLVE THEIR OWN ISSUES AND GIVING THEM THE TOOLS TO HELP THEM SELVES.


I FEEL BLESSED TO HAVE HELPED AND BEEN PART OF SO MANY PEOPLES JOURNEY.


These movement session that are either online, or in person is an educational journey, and you will start to wonder why you have never been told this information before now. Once you know how these tools can work for you in your everyday life. It becomes pretty simple and a habit, away of life. If you struggle with movement, walking, running, general life activities. Or you have back issues such as scoliosis, lordosis, or kyphosis, Sciatica or bulging discs. This intro course can really help with relieving those issues or eliminate all together, and will leave you wanting more.

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