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April 26-27, 2014 Boston , MA

Myokinematic Restoration

April 26-27, 2014 Grayslake , IL

Postural-Visual Integration

May 3-4, 2014 Chapel Hill , NC

A Unique Approach to the Treatment of Common Impingement and Instability Through PRI Reference Center Integration

May 4-5, 2014 Salem , OR

An Integrated Approach to Treatment of Patterned Thoraco-Abdominal Pathomechanics

May 17-18, 2014 Richmond , VA

An Integrated Approach to Treatment of Patterned Temporomandibular and Cervical Dysfunction

May 31, 2014 to June 1, 2014 Pittsburgh , PA

An Integrated Approach to the Treatment of Patterned Lumbo-Pelvic-Femoral Pathomechanics

May 31, 2014 to June 1, 2014 Whittier , CA

Myokinematic Restoration - An Integrated Approach to the Treatment of Patterned Lumbo-Pelvic-Femoral Pathomechanics

May 31, 2014 to June 1, 2014 Spokane , WA

Myokinematic Restoration

June 7-8, 2014 Columbus , OH

An Integrated Approach to the Treatment of Patterned Lumbo-Pelvic-Femoral Pathomechanics

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Jen Poulin will be traveling with her husband, Chris to the UK this summer to share PRI overseas! Pro Sprot Physiotherapy in York, England will be hosting Myokinematic Restoration on July 26-27, 2014. Physiotherapist Martin Higgins, along with fitness professional Kevin Duffy will be hosting the course, and space is limited! If you are interested in attending, be sure to sign up soon!

CLICK HERE to register for the course!

Posted April 17, 2014 at 6:42PM by
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Don't miss the opportunity to take the Cervical-Cranio-Mandibular Restoration course taught by Ron Hruska in Richmond, VA on May 17-18th! The early registration deadline is this Friday, and we are still a few registrations short of confirming this course. If you are currently signed up, and want to help make sure this course doesn't get cancelled, phone a friend and invite them to attend the course with you.

CLICK HERE to sign up for the course!

Posted April 16, 2014 at 8:20PM by
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Christy Peterson (PRC) and I gave a riding clinic April 6 and 7 at her facility (Riverside Physical Therapy) in Ord, Nebraska.  This was an ideal setting, because Christy’s facility is located on her farm which has an outdoor arena for riding.  Participants trailered their horses in from the surrounding area.  All were competitive riders (mix of Western and English disciplines), some of whom were competing at the World level.

After PRI evaluation and treatment, followed by some PRI-based exercises designed specifically for riders, each rider saddled up!  They were tasked with integrating what they learned off-horse to on-horse…challenging but powerfully effective.  Riders must be able to move their seat, arms/hands, and legs independently of each other in order to guide and lead the horse successfully and perform well.  This requires extraordinary body awareness, subtle controlled movements, and centering to the ground (not the horse) atop a powerful animal that has its own asymmetries.  Riding is a complex sport and often referred to as an artform.

It has been my experience over the past 3 years that many of the cues traditionally used by riding trainers are misinterpreted by riders and promote an extension pattern.  I cringe when I hear these particular cues:  “sit tall”, “chest up”, “shoulders back”.  Interestingly, a term that both Christy and I use to highlight and promote flexion for riders is the word “collection”.  Riders know and understand this term, because it is used to describe a state of posture and movement of the horse.  “Collection”: moving back to front; getting hind legs under the belly for powerful movement, balance, and control; top line of the horse lengthened and bottom line shortened.  So, when we get a rider into an All-Fours position, a 90-90 Hip Lift, or a Supported Standing Wall Reach and ask them to “collect”, they will instinctively reach their knees forward with a posterior tilt of the pelvis to “move from behind” and activate their hamstrings.  Pretty cool!  It is also a helpful cue for the seated posture of riders in their saddles…lumbopelvic flexion with the front of the hips open. 

Christy and I both learned from working with each other, and the participants seemed to appreciate the dual point of views.  We are in the process of planning more clinics, since we had such a positive response.  Each participant received an individualized 2-hour session with both Christy and I. 

I hope to extend these types of clinics across the country…beginning with NE, MD, VA, PA, NC.  If you are interested in hosting one of these types of clinics, please contact me at Lilla@MovementControlSpecialists.com or visit www.EmpoweredRider.com.

Posted by Lilla Marhefka (PRT).

Seattle, WA (Myokinematic Restoration) - "I had a blast in Everett, Washington this past weekend. Betsy and Zach are now PRC’s and that made me proud as I met Betsy when I was training to teach this course!  Zach provided excellent support as my lab assistant. The jet-lag was worth all the hole control and appreciation for integration of pattern and position.  This group was a mix of PRC’s, aspiring PRC’s, and some brand new to the science of PRI.  The questions, dialogues and paradigm shifts were alive and well.  I only wish I could have had more time to teach and explore this beautiful part of our country.  I look forward to many more trips to the NW corner of the country.  Olympic PT staff and the new friends I met from the region were awesome! Sorry for all the corny jokes and tangents, but hey I’m Jen Poulin, what would a PRI course be without my stand-up routine mixed in?!" - Jen Poulin

Santa Clara, CA (Pelvis Restoration) - "Thank you Zenith Strength for hosting me this past weekend in Santa Clara, CA.  This course covers a lot of material in two days and with half the class being new participants….whew they got their feet wet. I feel the course participants appreciated our normal human asymmetry with the pelvis having muscles anterior/posterior, lateral, and inferior on both the left and right side that need to be in the correct position for optimal function. Certain muscles on the left or right side need to be “off” or inhibited while others need to be “on” or facilitated.  Joint position influences muscle position.  Once you see it, it’s hard to deny it.  It was a great weekend!" - Lori Thomsen

Tucson, AZ (Myokinematic Restoration) - "I had a fantastic weekend in Southern Arizona discussing the restorative power of the left hamstring. Besides positioning the lower half for tri-planer function, this muscle helps sustain the breathing patterns needed for single leg dynamics without adverse compensation.  Preserving hamstring function allows use of the left adductors without compensation  from the left hip flexors, and also use of the right abductors without compensation from the right lateral ab wall. This type of isolated muscle sequencing is what makes this course so exciting. And, Oh yeah, how could  anyone even  consider a visit to Tucson, Arizona, without dining at my favorite restaurant, Cafe Poca Cosa!"  - James Anderson

Posted April 9, 2014 at 5:58PM by
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It looks like we are going to have beautiful weather for our 6th Annual Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium this week. Safe travels to Lincoln!

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