Coronavirus / COVID 19 Update (Last Updated November 14, 2022)

Please read our updated COVID Safety Measures if you are planning to attend a live course (in-person), to learn more about the safety measures that are still in effect. You will be informed via email if you are attending a course at a location that has a mask mandate in effect. Currently, Lancaster county in Nebraska DOES NOT have a mask mandate in effect, therefore masks are optional when attending courses at the Postural Restoration Institute in Lincoln, Nebraska. All live stream courses are held in Lincoln, NE and have limited seating available for live (in-person) attendees. Please visit each course page for the full schedule of live (in-person) and live stream courses. We make decisions regarding the cancellation of future courses no later than the 4 week deadline. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us directly at 888-691-4583. We also have online home study courses available for all three primary courses. Live stream courses are limited to 100 attendees on Zoom. *Please note that all 2023 two-day live stream courses will be held on Friday and Saturday. Upcoming live stream (with limited in-person attendance) courses for 2022 and 2023 are listed below.

2022 Live Stream Courses:
Myokinematic Restoration - November 19-20th
Forward Locomotor Movement - December 2-3rd (Fri/Sat)
Advanced Integration - December 8-11th

2023 Live Stream Courses:
Impingement & Instability - January 6-7th (Fri/Sat)
Pediatric Evolution - January 20th-21st (Fri/Sat)
Primary Non-Manual Techniques Workshop - February 3rd-4th (Fri/Sat)
Pelvis Restoration - February 10-11th (Fri/Sat)
Cervical Revolution - February 24-25th (Fri/Sat)
Cranial Resolution - March 17-18th (Fri/Sat)
Myokinematic Restoraion - March 24-25th (Fri/Sat)
Occlusal Cervical Restoration - April 21st-22nd (Fri/Sat)
Postural Respiration - April 28-29th (Fri/Sat)
Forward Locomotor Movement - May 5-6th (Fri/Sat)
Myokinematic Restoraion - August 11-12th (Fri/Sat)
Voice Box Resonation - August 18-19th (Fri/Sat)
Impingement & Instability - August 25-26th (Fri/Sat)
Cervical Revolution - September 8-9th (Fri/Sat)
Pelvis Restoration - September 29-30th (Fri/Sat)
Occlusal Cervical Restoration - October 6-7th (Fri/Sat)
Postural Respiration - October 27-28th (Fri/Sat)
Forward Locomotor Movement - November 3rd-4th (Fri/Sat)
Advanced Integration - December 7-10th (Fri/Sat)

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Enveloped by palm trees and the salt-water aroma of the Atlantic Ocean is a gem of a clinic: Arise Center for Athletic Development, our host for Postural Respiration.
Arise was filled to capacity, evidence of the thirst for PRI in the Sunshine State. With her wedding just days away, Tia Moir was determined to put aside her pre-wedding jitters and focus instead on growing her understanding of PRI concepts. Tia, I hope your wedding day was glorious!


Postural Respiration lays the groundwork for concepts that are reinforced in every one of the Institute’s courses: the neurology of movement and the role of the thoracic diaphragm on patterned, habitual activity and our nervous system’s state of tension and twist present in all our patients-clients. Through lecture and lab, attendees gained a thorough understanding of, and experienced within themselves, the power of the hemi-diaphragm’s most important characteristic: its zone of apposition. Loss of the left hemi-diaphragm’s ZOA initiates deleterious air flow patterns and is the underpinning of movement dysfunction. Attendees learned how to coach their patients-clients through numerous non-manual techniques that place an individual in novel, biased positions and challenge the nervous system to disengage old movement patterns and replace them with healthy, efficient ones.
Post-lab comments included: “My left side feels heavier.”  “My back tension is gone.”  “I can breathe deeply again.”


It was our good fortune to have in class Amy Brown, PT, PRC. Amy assisted in lab and shared her clinical perspectives throughout the weekend. Amy is well-versed in the PRI approach and is a great resource for the Floridian contingents, especially those starting their PRI journey.


Many thanks to the team at Arise:  David Donatucci, Austin Hetzer, Jen Lewis, Mickey Massucci, and Ahmed Rashwan.  You were instrumental in providing an atmosphere of comfort with good energy and flow.  
Thank you to our models, who greatly enhanced the learning for all:  Joi Dupre, Rogelio Govea, Amy Haddad, Hugh Pun, Ahmed Rashwan, Rosaline Riuz-Go, and Brandon Van Kempen.   
Arise will host Myokinematics next year.  Faculty member Kasey Ratliff will bring her PRI prowess and clinical versatility to strengthen your PRI knowledge and understanding of how the neuromusculoskeletal system really works.

Posted November 16, 2022 at 1:46PM by
Categories: Courses Science

The Big Apple!!! What an amazing weekend with the NYC Marathon and fellow PRI enthusiasts. A big shout out to Yohei at Funcphysio Physical Therapy and his staff Yoshi, Kohei, Nidhi, and Emi for hosting this past weekend.  You all are amazing and gracious hosts. I thoroughly enjoyed "coaching" this group this past weekend. The desire to learn, think out of the box, and ability to have paradigm shifts allowed for great dialogue and questions. The science of PRI fosters critical thinking and creativity in treatment of our patients. I feel not only did the new attendees, but also participants that have already attended PRI courses have a real hunger to understand and learn what the tests are showing them to make decisions with selecting PRI techniques for clinical care. The three R's were emphasized....RE-positioning to get a negative ADT test and inhibit muscle to enhance RE-training with muscle facilitation to allow the PADT and PART tests to go negative for a frontal plane pelvis so we can RE-store to alternate. Understanding of the Hruska Abduction Lift test to
assist PRI technique selection is THE play book!!!

It is a lot of information, but oh my, just like the Big Apple it can provide so many wonderful outcomes for your patients.

Posted November 14, 2022 at 3:37PM by
Categories: Courses Science

It's been a great pleasure to work with Louise Kelley and Skip George as we endeavored to help the Flagship Course of PRI, Postural Respiration, become a more digestible course. It is really the foundation of the neurology behind PRI concepts as well as the link between the other Primary PRI courses and the Secondary and Tertiary courses. The goal was to help the course attendee leave with a solid understanding of the neurology behind dynamic respiration, and how to test for, and manage, patterned airflow.

It was very rewarding to have such a diverse group of attendees. We had 10 in-person, and 36 on live stream. We had chiropractors, dental hygienists, physical therapists, athletic trainers, yoga instructors, personal trainers, and a physical therapy student. This diversity led to wonderful questions and opportunities to further explain and digest concepts. The in-person group were wonderful to work with in lab, and the live stream group had several excellent questions and comments on the lab as well.

 

Hopefully the nearly two hours of explanation and discussion surrounding the R BC pattern, scapular position, why the tests look the way they do, page 44, and Superior T4 syndrome was helpful for the attendees. We were able to spend a lot of time in lab working on manual and non-manual techniques, as well as working our way through page 50 to help organize our thoughts into an organized treatment algorithm.

My thanks to Jennifer Bell, Sharee Jedlicka, Deanna Stewart, and Ryan Esdohr for your questions and help during lab. My thanks to RJ, which again did a masterful job directing our live-stream event. It was so great to get questions from Juliana Kroese, Dave (Birthday Boy) Shamash, Alan Lee, Kimberly DelVecchio, and Ivonne Gonzales while they were on live stream. Excellent questions all around!

With this course coming right before Halloween, or as my high-school aged children call it, "Free Candy Day," my holiday wish for the course attendees is that they don't find Postural Respiration spooky or haunting, but find it friendly and enchanting!

Posted November 7, 2022 at 11:47AM by
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Divergent Physical Therapy and Wellness in Wellesley,MA just out of Boston proper was the location for Cervical Revolution on Oct. 22-23, 2022.  Cervical Revolution is the introduction to "top-down" PRI concepts of neurology especially autonomics and how the cervical spine at the atlas and occiput directs the cranium and ultimately occlusion. Since this is a complex system, there is also a connection on how occlusion and the cranium can also direct the entire body and all of it's postural and physiologic systems especially when the sphenoid becomes "fixed" and oriented while the rest of the axial skeleton compensates when in a pathologic state. The A/O runs the show until over-referencing with occlusal and cranial consequences drive pathomechanics.

 


What a great group and facility. Wellesley is a beautiful town and was surrounded by forested neighborhoods turning fall colors. Divergent is a state-of-the-art therapy and training center and lends itself to a perfect environment for learning.

This course was unique in that we had 7 PRC/PRT's that made for high level clinical discussions. There were students that were local from the east
coast as well as SoCal, Honolulu and even Alabama. Shout out to Alan, Cody and Paige for the long travels and especially Cody from Honolulu and a 10 hour flight. Neil Hallinan, PRT came up from  'Jersey and always has his expertise and knowledge that adds to the discussion. Thank you to Mike, Connor, Garrett and Cameron for providing their facility to all of us. Big thanks to Louise Kelley, DPT, PRC who brings energy, needed details and technique application to the course. And last but not least, thank you Karen Taylor-Soiles, PT, MA, PRC for providing a warm home, wonderful food and a seasoned provider's insight to the weekend. Louise and I are grateful to you and all in attendance.

Posted November 1, 2022 at 4:02PM by
Categories: Courses Clinicians Science

No one could have chosen a better place than Alpine PT in Seattle to initiate my presentation of Cranial Resolution. Although the content of this extensively researched course remains the same, the institute is turning the delivery of the material over to a clinician, someone who has spent nearly four decades integrating the concepts behind this course into her practice. And, fortunately, the people attending this past rendition of the course in Seattle appeared to truly embrace this transition.

The evolution of the questions they asked and the comments they made over the weekend, from both the repeat and first-time attendees, reflected a progressive understanding of:


•    How postural compensations of the body relate to lateralized physical, physiological and psychological adaptations of the brain;
•    How oscillatory frequencies influence the ANS and, subsequently, the CNS;  
•    How poor pressure regulation can lead to dysafferentation and over-convergence of occlusion, hearing, sight, and sound production; and,
•    How, why, when and which non-manual techniques (and some manual techniques featured in the manual) can be used to influence these systems.


It was worth flying across the country, from the eastern seaboard of NC to the Pacific coast, to join Ron in teaching this course, even if the 3-hour time zone difference wreaked temporary havoc with my own ultradian rhythms. I met so many remarkable people: The owners of Alpine PT, Eli, Jeremiah and Murph, could not have been kinder, sharing local coffee and their local bridge troll. Eva, who works at Alpine, made an excellent lab specimen, allowing us to clearly demonstrate both the negative and positive effects biased nasal respiration has on autonomics. And having a dentist, Dr. Jason Pehling, present was such a plus since discussions of patients he shares with several of the local PRI therapists truly brought the course concepts to life. Brandon, Lucas, Paige and Matt all asked such insightful questions and Kevin, who spoke of how he planned to use the concepts from this course to treat crazed horses, were all wonderful to meet. And Kelsey, who took this course to be able to integrate the material into a fitness program she runs for clients with Parkinson’s Disease, touched my heart since it was through my extensive work with this population that I first discovered the role posture and pressure played in the dysfunctional oscillations that are associated with the development of dysautonomia, dystonia and dyskinesia. And, Zac, who gave me the biggest confidence boost of all when, being someone so seasoned in PRI, he came up to me and told me that one of my illustrations regarding how sensory perception affects our autonomic tension "was pure gold." It meant the world to me to hear this from him.

It was my first outing in delivering this material, thanks to everyone for being so kind and giving me such constructive feedback. We will all improve as a result of this experience.  

Posted November 1, 2022 at 2:56PM by
Categories: Courses Clinicians Science