After a three year Covid 19 hiatus, PRI was back at Lindebergs Academy in Munich, Germany to present Postural Respiration and Cervical Revolution in July of this year. I had the privilege to teach both courses in Munich and it was the highlight of my career filled with many highlights as a faculty member for PRI.
Students representing diverse disciplines and professions from all over Europe were in attendance. Germany was well represented as well as Austria, Norway, Ireland, Britain, Australia and even a student who rode a bus for 10 hours from Slovenia! Shout out to Naja for making that long trip on a bus. There was even a physical therapist, Paula, who came in from Australia. Francesca came all the way from Norway and Maria and Julia came in from Vienna and another small town in Austria! I can’t forget Rob, and no one else will either, from Dublin! And Beth made it from America on the F1 circuit in Europe!
The interdisciplinary approach of PRI principles spans many specialties and professions and in these courses we had physical therapists, athletic trainers, pilates instructors, personal trainers, kinesiologists, a speech therapist and two M.D.’s that integrate PRI into their practice models.
As a faculty member I was so impressed with the curiosity, energy, warmth and enthusiasm not only from the students but the staff at Lindebergs Academy as well. Regina was so gracious and helpful with facilitating these two courses providing set up of tables in the course room and great food. Also, Regina lent me her bicycle so I could ride all over Munich to really get a sense of this magnificent city. Lindebergs is a state-of-the-art facility and to have the support of Regina and the entire Lindebergs crew is a faculty member’s dream.
Daniel Muller is a PRI veteran and has been vital in our presence at the Academy, Germany and Europe at large. He was instrumental in making sure these courses were successful and that student and instructor needs were fulfilled beyond expectation. Daniel also took me around Munich and provided friendship for a stranger in a foreign land for which I am eternally grateful.
Our lab assistant was the incomparable Kazu Nishimura. Anyone who can speak two languages impresses me but Japanese, German and English? The quality of Kazu’s help was another layer of support and enhancement that added to the most positive experience of these two courses and helped enrich the learning experience for everyone in attendance. He rode a bus for six hours from Berlin!
Munich has been the PRI hub of Europe and once again interest, energy and enthusiasm is growing for more courses. As a result Pelvis Restoration with Lori Thomsen will be taught next May and then in July Dan Houglum will teach both Myokinematic Restoration and Impingement and Instability. The Interest in those three courses was a resounding “we can hardly wait” for PRI to come back. And as an Institute, we can hardly wait to go back to Munich and continue to build PRI Nation internationally. Thanks to Ron, Jen, RJ and Hannah for your hard work to help make this trip professionally and personally satisfying for me. At the end of teaching I took 10 days to explore and hike the Austrian Alps and the Dolomites of the Italian Alps. Every moment was quintessential and an irreplaceable lifetime experience to explore and discover a new land, different cultures and spending time in beautiful cities, small towns and hiking in achingly beautiful mountains alone and with friends that live in Europe.