question, Amanda explored massage therapy, yoga, and various forms of movement education. Eventually she was introduced to Aston-Patterning®, and in that system found an approach to ergonomics, body usage, and vibrant posture-in-motion that resonated with her own experience and easily assimilated into her musical performance.
After finishing her degree at Northwestern University, Amanda went directly to massage school to satisfy the pre-requisite for training in the Aston® paradigm. She attained her Aston-Patterning certificate in February of 2004, and has since gone on to complete Judith Aston's most advanced trainings in Facial Fitness and ArthroKinetics, receiving over 1000 hours of training directly from Judith Aston. Currently, she is nationally certified as both a massage therapist and an Aston-Patterning practitioner, and is a member of the Performing Arts Medicine Association.
In addition to her work with individuals, Amanda also enjoys teaching activity-specific group classes. Within that realm, she has given master classes on body usage, ergonomics and self-care for musicians at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Yale University, the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland-College Park, among others. She has also led classes in Aston applications for gardeners, athletes and office workers. Currently, Amanda is a staff member of the Community Division of the Hartt College of Music at the University of Hartford, where she has led multiple workshops in The Aston System for Musicians. She also maintains a studio within Art of Touch, a massage therapy studio in Newington, CT, where she assists both musicians and others in decreasing bodily pain while also improving their posture and body usage. She is available to teach master classes nationwide.