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Zia Parker, MA, CAP, CMT


1979-present Private practice: relying primarily on Aston-Patterning® methodology for addressing structural and related problems. Work with chronic and acute cases such as back and neck pain , and long- term degenerative or congenital problems such as athritis, multiple schlerosis; as well as musicians,dancers and athletes in performance improvement. Since l981, clientele have included top national corporations and elite level athletes, such as Bell Laboratories and members of the Olympic bicycling team, as well as average individuals with common problems.

99-present Aston-Patterning® Faculty

9/88-9/90 (Peace Corps: Equatorial Guinea, West Africa)

3/86-9/90 Wellspring Clinic, l628 Walnut St., Boulder, CO 80302

6/83-3/86 Biofeedback & Stress Management Group, Boulder, CO

9/79-11/83 Colorado Back School, Franklin Medical Building, Denver, CO


Agua Alma aquatic bodywork for the body and soul
Director & Initiator, 150 hour certification training, 3 six-day Summer, 2002,03,04

The Body: forum for Deep Ecology Work; Tirtagangga Art Event, Bali Sept 02

Aston® "loosening" ; Extensionist health seminars, Lavena village, Taveuni, Fiji 2000

Aston® Therapeutics I, offered by the Aston® Training Center, 4-day intensives, prerequisite for AP certification training, Boulder, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01; 03, 04, Portland, 99;

Aston® Fitness Training: a system to address structural balance and fitness in one. (88-present, ongoing)

The Body...Soul Journey through the life stages: via movement, drawing, rhythm, touch and dance. (Winnipeg, 92; Boulder, CO, 93-95)

Moving Feelings:improvisation of body, rhythm, and voice. (92, 93)

Aston® Fitness for Seniors (86-88; spring 93)

Functional Negotiation: An Intro to Aston-Patterning® for physical and occupational therapists, Franklin Medical Building
(5-week classes, 3/84-3/87)

Boulder Memorial Hospital 6th Annual National Symposium on Chronic Pain. What is Aston-Patterning®? For health-care professionals. Vail, Colorado. (3/84)

Introduction to Aston-Patterning®, guest presenter, weekend workshop for physical and occupational therapists, Hilltop Rehabilitation Center, Grand Junction, CO (3/85)

Aston-Patterning®: for the public. (5 week classes, ongoing '83-'88)

Making Sense Out of Stress, a class in functional efficiency for employees of Bell Laboratories, Westminister, CO (7/83)

Massage as a Second Language: hands-on massage skills for everybody. Boulder, CO; Anchorage, AL; Laramie, WY; Kelowna, British Columbia (various classes, l979-l986)

Bodymind Workshop: tools for creative release; body, voice, and vision. Kelowna and Vernon, British Columbia; Laramie, WY;



March 2001 Jahara Basics, Brasilian aquatic bodywork

1998 AquaViv Aquatic Bodywork Training, Boulder, CO (series of three intensives, four days each)

1981-83 Master of Arts Deegree, Beacon College, Washington, D.C.; Wellness , Movement Therapy (double major)

l98l-82 Aston-Patterning® Certification, Aston® Training Center, Mill Valley, CA (series of 4 month-long intensives)
1986 Aston® Fitness Training (month-long intensive)
1992 Myo-kinetics (myofascial manipulation: 2 month-long intensives)
1998-1999 Aston® Faculty Training
2000-'01 Aston® Arthro-kinetics (manual release of
tissue surrounding bone and joints: three 2-week intensives)

9/83-6/84 Biofeedback Technician Training Program. University of Colorado, Wardenburg Health Service

May l979 Postural Integration Certification, Boulder, CO

l977-78 Boulder School of Massage Therapy, Massage Certification Program, Boulder, CO

l976-77 Selkirk College; Diploma Registered Nursing Program Castlegar, British Columbia (did not complete program)

l969-71 Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO


Survey of 600 multidisciplinary wholistic facilities in 1983. (my master's thesis) Harvard Medical School requested the results for their archives.

Program design and staff training to establish a Back School at
Stanley Lake Chiropractic Clinic, Westminster, CO (Fall, 1984)

Movement analysis, research project. Bio-psychology Lab, University of Colorado, directed by Ed Wilson, M.D
(Spring 1985)



The Initiation. Dancer and musician in ritual-theater performance 3/1

Arts-ability performance with wheelchair-bound and "walker" performers. Dancer/musician. 3/98

Finca Permanente Teatro de Vescinas (Neighborhood Women's Theater ); formed to explore ourselves, and sustainable agriculture methods, Evinayong, Equatorial Guinea, 88-90

Catastrophy and Restoration: an on-stage rendering of Boulder's bioregion via dance, theater, poetry, song. (Co-director, Spring 89, I applied and received a grant from the Boulder Arts Commission)



Initiator & Director, Finca Permanente Project, Peace Corps, Equatorial Guinea, W. Africa a community agroforestry project with 1 acre demonstration site, l0 village groups, and a series of seminars for villagers. I received a grant from the Canadian Embassey in Gabon. The project was used as a model for a $2.5 million project by the EEC. 9/88-9/90

Consultation on proposal design to a Permaculture project in Borneo which works with the Penan people. who are hunter/gatherers being forced into slash and burn agriculture. 9/92

Facilitator of Permaculture programs for the Arapahoe people on the Wind River Reservation, Riverton, Wyoming.

Black Mesa Permaculture Design, 7day course, teaching team. Navaho reservation, 95

Initiator, Heyteyneytah Project providing support for Stan Addison, Arapaho quadriplegic, horse-whisperer, medicine-man. Director of 20 min. video documentary.

Green Matrix & Green Matrix Dance, Collaborator & Presenter, 7/03-present


Beyond Slash and Burn , Whole Earth Review, Spring '91, p. 108

Rainforest Relations, The Permaculture Activist, Spring '91, p. 12

Equatorial Guinea, Culturgrams , Brigham Young University, '92

Face to Face with a Leaping Tiger, first descent of China's Nu Jiang River, The Paddler Magazine, 7/98

Tips from observing your footprints in the snow...and from Aston-Patterning®, Snow News, Forum of the Rocky Mountain Masters Ski Series, 2/00

Agua Alma, Aquatic Bodywork for Body and Soul, The Healing Path, 3/04

OTHER: Musical Missions for Peace, President of the Board, 03, 04

LANGUAGES: Spanish (fairly fluent), Fang (an African dialect-slight)