awareness-oriented structural therapy

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awareness-oriented structural therapy

A psychological approach to mind/body medicine, which combines various structural bodywork techniques with “natural psychotherapy”.

AOST borrows components of various forms of bodywork, including connective-tissue therapy, deep-tissue massage, neuromuscular therapy, polarity therapy and structural integration; its psychological aspects are borrowed from Gestalt therapy, Hakomi therapy, meditation, present-centred awareness and therapy, psychosynthesis, and sensory awareness. AOST is believed by its advocates to improve balance, vitality, movement, dynamic interaction with gravity, metabolism, relieve pain, enhance mental clarity, release emotions, and ultimately lead to personal growth and transformation.
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The protocol may also involve structural bodywork for entrapment neuropathies, drainage of perineural lymphatic congestion or facilitation of the stagnant cerebrospinal fluid fluctuation.
(2005) Structural Bodywork: An Introduction for Students and Practitioners.
The purpose of Structural Bodywork is to provide an introduction to the field of structural bodywork.
Part one looks at the background of structural bodywork, how it has developed and how it is understood today.
Structural Bodywork. Edinburgh:Elsevier Inc., 2005.
This book aims to provide an advanced introduction to structural bodywork. Structural bodywork is defined as 'a handson approach that has the fundamental aim of alleviating the structural imbalances' which commonly present in patients.
Section 1 (30 pages) outlines the history of structural bodywork. Section 2 (56 pages) describes the human somatic organisation.
Structural bodywork is often done on a massage table, sometimes on the floor.

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