About Amanda

Amanda-headshot_web Amanda became interested in bodywork from the position of a musician in pain. Throughout her college years, she received regular massage, and experienced varied types of body and movement work. In 1998, she received an Aston-Patterning® session as a result of a performance related shoulder injury, and immediately recognized the immense potential value of the work for herself and other musicians. With the ultimate goal of introducing this work to other performing artists, Amanda began her studies in Aston-Patterning® in 2000 and became a Certified Aston-Patterning® Practitioner in 2004. Since then, she has continued her studies in the field and, cumulatively, has completed over 1000 hours of direct training with Judith Aston, the founder of Aston-Patterning.

Amanda has developed a varied and interesting practice, working not only with performing artists, but also athletes, office workers, a long haul truck driver… pretty much anyone who wants to both investigate the deeper why of their pain or tension and learn how to use their body in a way that better supports them in their daily activities.

In addition to her work with individuals, Amanda also enjoys teaching activity-specific group classes. In that realm, she has led workshops for many different populations, ranging from office workers to athletes, and gardeners to massage therapists. She has given master classes for musicians in numerous venues, including the National Orchestral Institute, the University of Hartford-Hartt School of Music, and Northwestern University. She presented three classes at the 47th Symposium of the International Horn Society in Los Angeles in August of 2015, and has given talks on the benefits of Aston-Patterning for classical musicians at the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) regional conference in Tampa, Florida, in April of 2014, and at PAMA’s annual International Symposium in Aspen in July of 2104. In 2017, she was one of the featured presenters at the Northwestern Peak Performance Horn Symposium.

Amanda is originally from Austin, Texas. She is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, the University of Wisconsin-Madison (BMus in Horn Performance), and Northwestern University (MMus, also in Horn Performance). She has performed internationally at festivals in Japan and Israel, and spent a year as a Rotary International Scholar in Salzburg, Austria, where she studied at the Universität Mozarteum.

Amanda is a recent transplant to Denver, Colorado.  Her studio is located within the Wellness Center, at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She is available to teach master classes and workshops nationwide.

Need more information?

I look forward to answering your questions. Please feel free to contact me.

Amanda Skidmore
Certified Aston-Patterning Practitioner®, LMT

local to Denver, CO
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