Posts by Jennifer Poulin

It is always great to teach PRI at Northeastern University. The Sports Medicine Department has embraced the teachings of the Postural Restoration Institute and their entire staff does such an amazing job hosting courses for us. The facility is great having both a lecture room and an adjacent lab room for clinical testing and practicing techniques. Mike McKenney, ATC and Elizabeth Sheehan, ATC made sure we had everything we needed for a great weekend. The entire Northeastern staff in attendance were really starting to put this science together for their athletes! I enjoyed all of my "side bar" conversations with this group.

 It was also great for me to see some faces I had just seen in Providence, RI a few weeks ago back for more PRI! Matt Silvaggio, MSPT, Matt Medeiros, DPT, Chris Gomes, DPT CSCS and Jonathon Carroll CSCS were all at University Orthopedics Pelvis Course with me. That makes me so happy to see clinicians enthusiasm to learn more! The Ah Has were going off for this group!

My lab assistants were a real power house. This was a large class so having 2 PRC's Donna Behr and Anita Furbush along with PRT's Miguel Aragoncillo and Navin Hettiarachchi was hugely supportive. This class size of 55 students was almost an equal split of rehab professionals and wellness professionals. So having support from both PRCs and PRTs was great!

38/55 students were what we call PRI newbies! The energy was positive and the depth of knowledge in this group was vast. Recently I have been teaching the Pelvis course a lot, so it was fun to switch gears into discussion of Hole Control and AF vs. FA control of a hip and pelvis! Personally I had the pleasure of teaching Kirsten Bombardier, DPT her first PRI course. Her parents and I have been friends for years and Kirsten used to babysit my girls when they were babies. How great it was to bring her into the PRINation! She left excited to sign up for her next PRI course.

Thanks again to all who attended and I appreciate all of the Twitter love that was sent out during and following the course. I teach for the love of PRI and I always learn from my course attendees!

A Big shout out to Queen B for her song Irreplaceable for giving me the quote of the weekend "to the left to the left". See you in the fall PRINation!

Posted June 14, 2017 at 3:57PM

PRINation welcomed me back this past weekend in Providence, RI for Pelvis Restoration. It is hard to believe the last course I taught was in November of 2016! Course schedules and Family obligations allowed me to take a respite from teaching and I definitely was more than ready to get back out and help my students learn about PRI as it relates to the frontal plane control of the Pelvis!

One of things I love about this course is not only the structure of course materials but the integration of respiration of the pelvis with the thorax. It allows me to really connect the dots for the student. The in-depth discussion of the frontal plane control of the pelvis as it relates to both the LAIC patterned individual and the PEC patterned patient is very comprehensive as it relates to human performance.

I had the privilege of working with Sean Fitzgerald, PT, DPT, PRC. Sean is an old friend from VT. He reminded me that Chris and I were the first to expose him to PRI and took him to his first PRI course when he was a student of Physical Therapy in 2002! He brought along Johnnie Earls, DPT. I taught Johnnie his first PRI course at UVM last year as he was graduating from UVM that same year. It was not common in 2002 for students to be taking PRI courses, but it is now having a student in a PRI course is almost commonplace today. It always amazes me how much PRI has grown in the last 20 years!

This course was made up of more "seasoned" PRI students. Only 5 out of 20 were "newbies" to the science of PRI, but all had seen PRI in practice. This always makes for an easier more relaxed course as these students were eager to learn more about the When, Why's and How's of treatment evaluation and progression.

A big shout out to my host Tom Dubuque, PT and the staff of University Orthopedics for welcoming me back.

Terry Morena Toste from their staff was attending her first PRI course and dyed her hair purple for the occasion! ;) Now that is a future PRC for sure! Terry and I had great fun as we both were UVM grads!

I also had some fun using a shout out to my UNC Tar Heels to emphasize the important reference center for upright frontal plane control! Go Heels!

All of my students were great this weekend! I have a renewed sense of passion for teaching PRI. I will be back on the road in a few weeks to teach Myokinematics of the Hip and Pelvis to my friends at Northeastern June 10th and 11th. Until then.... PRI Nation!

Posted May 24, 2017 at 6:46PM

I had a great time teaching Myokinematics of the Hip and Pelvis last weekend in Salem Oregon! The staff of Hope Orthopedics have been waiting for a PRI class for a year and I hopefully did not disappoint them! Suzie and her co-workers made me feel very welcomed and Norm kept me from running into various obstacles as I discussed the finer points of human patterned asymmetry as it relates to an A on an F and a F on an A! Minh Nyugen, OT PRC is a dear friend of mine who hadn't seen me teach since my last training course with James in the fall of 2010. I love to see my PRI family and meet new friends. I was also able to spend a few extra days with my own personal family that made traveling out of my EST zone that much better! The new and improved Myokin course was a pleasure to teach and although we NEVER have enough time to go over all of the finer points in an Intro course, I feel confident that the course manual will guide their clinical practice. Thank-you to all of the course attendees who came to my last course of 2016! I will work on refining my sometimes unorganized delivery and my jokes in my off-season. Thank-you to all I humbly had the pleasure to teach to this past year. I am honored to be a part of this amazing team. Have a great Holiday season PRINation! See you all in 2017!

Posted November 9, 2016 at 5:39PM
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This past weekend I had the pleasure of returning to EXOS (formerly Athletes Performance) in Phoenix, AZ. It was 5 years ago that I taught Myokin as a New Faulty member. What was even greater was seeing 40 new faces in the audience! Only my good friend Connor Ryan, PRC was known to me and he graciously came to help Dan and I lab assist. I flew in early enough to get a chance to hike up Camelback Mountain on Friday afternoon. It is always great to get outside and appreciate the beauty of this country. What a different terrain and air quality from where I awoke in NC that same morning! As much as I complain about leaving my time zone (sorry PRINation), I am always happy to come back to AZ. The desert is healing and the air is dry, but the enthusiasm and brain power in that room was anything but dry! Almost 90 % were taking their first PRI class with a few others on their way with learning of PRI science. The new format flowed well and the amount of content we put in this new manual was awesome. I kind of felt like a newbie myself as I navigated day 2 in presenting the integration of what we all learned in theory and testing on Day 1. Dan did a great job co-teaching the course with me and I was proud of him. The course had a diverse group of clinicians. The questions went from basic concepts to in depth gait analysis. I love to be challenged as a speaker. I reminded the class the only way to grow and truly learn is to be taken out of your comfort zone. I think we all were taken there in one way or another. I was reminded of something Ron talked about at our Faculty retreat this past summer. "Why do we teach? We teach to learn." A special shout out to the staff of EXOS for being such gracious hosts: Graeme Lauriston, Jas Randhawa, Jean Trolano, and Jason Hettler all attended from the EXOS organization. I also want to recognize the students in our class: Byron Miller, Kelsey Kankelfitz, and CJ Frizzell. Remember PRINation: "All your brain knows is patterns.." Ron Hruska

Posted October 25, 2016 at 6:21PM
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Well after a nice summer break, I was back at on the road helping to grow the PRINation up North of the Windy City at Pilates Central. Donna Parise-Byrne and Dan Houglum were the hosts this weekend and they took great care of me and the course attendees. We had a 50/50 split of clinicians with PRI experience and newbies to the science. The group was represented by a diversity of clinical backgrounds from PT's, PTAs, ATCs CSCS, Personal Trainers and Pilates professionals. So fun to be able to discuss how to integrate PRI concepts in both rehab and wellness. We all had a blast learning about the Frontal plane control of the Pelvis as it relates to the Left AIC, PEC and Patho PEC patterns. I revived the Yellow VW analogy and low and behold I saw 3 that weekend! I love seeing the enthusiasm of those first learning about PRI and feeling its results in their own bodies. I do believe I will see some of these new faces in future courses!

Posted September 12, 2016 at 8:43PM

I had a great weekend in Providence, RI. So happy to experience another spring weekend in the Northeast! The trees were in full bloom as was the interest in PRI.  We once again had a diverse group of clinicians from PT’s, ATC’s, and Strength and conditioning specialists, massage therapists and Students! The course attendees were mostly new to the science of PRI 29 out of 46 were taking their first PRI course.  And the #PRINation grows again!  It is so great to have so many new clinicians and wellness professionals interested in learning PRI. I don’t think I have taught a course this year that hasn’t had at least one student in attendance.  

Thank-you to Karen Taylor-Soiles and Michael Mullin for helping me during lab!  These two are so passionate about helping others and I was blessed to have them as my assistants.  A special thanks to Dan and Tom from University Orthopedics for hosting for PRI this weekend. 

Posted May 17, 2016 at 7:55PM
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Go Cats Go!! What fun this course was for me! But I guess they all are in one way or another huh? But… 25 years ago this May I graduated from the University of Vermont as a bright eyed and bushy tailed PT ready to take on the world. It is so nice to still be so bright eyed about my profession. Vermont, as most of you know is special to me, not only because I graduated from UVM, BUT both Chris (my husband) and I grew up in VT so going here to teach is also going home. I enjoyed a beautiful spring weekend. The trees were budding and so was the interest in learning about PRI. I had a great time with this group of PT’s, ATC’s, Strength Coaches, Massage Therapists, Wellness providers and one very special DC that I only wished I had more time to talk to about PRI.

I had the privilege of working with two friends and fellow PRC’s Holly Spence and Cory Healy as my lab assistants. These two are Pros and made my time that much more enjoyable.

What was even cooler was 3 soon to be DPT’s ready to graduate from UVM in just a few weeks were in the front row!  See “The Future of PT” and me pictured below.  Good luck to Johnny, Kathleen and Natalie from the Class of 2016! 

The UVM Athletic Medicine staff is also dear to my heart as my husband is a former consultant and teammate of the current staff.  Many a nights were spent cheering on the Catamounts. I was so thrilled to meet their new staff and see some familiar faces. Looking forward to helping the UVM staff take their student athletes to new heights with PRI in the mix. 

Posted May 4, 2016 at 2:44PM
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I am really not sure where to begin this review!  Cue up the goose pimples!  I had the privilege of teaching this course for PRI this year.  AND… the week before my family joined me in London for the week.  We saw the sites, walked the walk and took lots of pictures.  After a fun week of vacation, I sent my family home and I took the train up to Leeds to meet up with England’s first PRC Martin Higgins.  I had a Brilliant time teaching Pelvis Restoration with Martins help as my able lab assistant.  We had several disciplines and countries covered. From England, Ireland, Germany and Switzerland, these clinicians were excited to learn all about PRI!  We explored the PRI patterns of the L AIC and PEC as it relates the Pelvic Inlet and Outlet musculature and human performance.  We even found a Naan at dinner that reminded us of the Anterior View of the Posterior Abdominal wall!   I personally have a new love of Cricket, Rugby, Afternoon Tea and eating dessert before dinner!  Thank-you Martin and his lovely wife Helen for helping all of us at PRI help you grow PRI in the UK. It was truly magic!  Until we meet again… Cheers!

Posted April 6, 2016 at 2:55PM
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I was welcomed back to Worcester; Mass by the awesome staff of Central Mass Physical Therapy this past weekend!  I had such a great time teaching Myokinematics of the Hip and Pelvis last year and really looked forward to returning this year to teach Pelvis Restoration!   I was not disappointed. The class was a diverse group of clinicians that had experience ranging from newbies to PRC’s.  I was joined by my former UVM classmate and 2005 PRC classmate Cory Healy and my PRI BFF Donna Behr as lab assistants.  The staff of Central Mass spoiled me with yellow M & M’s and their enthusiasm for PRI. We had a great time once again.  We switched gears from AF and FA to discussing the PRI relationships of the Pelvic Inlet and Outlet.  Thanks to a little sleep deprivation compliments of Delta Airlines, a fun analogy of the new Jen Poulin “Pickles of the Pelvic outlet” emerged.  Look closely at our group picture of the Right posterior outlet pickle in the front row and 2 eager PT students funneling PRI knowledge in the back row!  Too fun!!  PRI is alive and well in Western Massachusetts. 

Posted March 23, 2016 at 2:50PM
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I kicked off my 2016 teaching schedule not too far from home!  This was a real treat for me to teach in my home state of NC.  Joe, Mark, Jessica and Kerry from Architech Sports were awesome hosts.  I enjoyed teaching the concepts of AF and FA as it relates to pattern human asymmetry during upright gait.  I had diverse group of clinicians that all were excited to learn all about the fundamentals of PRI.  I even got to experience my own parasympathetics reading Dr. Seuss to my niece in the evening!!  

Posted February 23, 2016 at 3:54PM
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