Posts by Julie Blandin

PT, ATC, CSCS, PRC

We wrapped up the year for PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement courses outside of Philadelphia at Maplezone Sports Institute/The Training Room Physical Therapy in Garnet Valley, PA. We had a very awesome group that digested the principles of Breathing, Thoracic Posture, and Sensing Position and the Ground quite well. It really was a fun group to end the year with, so thank you to all that attended! And special thank you to The Training Room Physical Therapy staff and Rob Rabena at MSI for hosting!

 This PRI course heavily teaches components of breathing, pillar strength and axial frame mobility and their three dimensional relationship for cueing and coaching thoracic posture with proper pelvic position. A good coach can value learning how to coach and cue the core differently based off the position the athlete or client is in, i.e. with a unilateral asymmetrical loaded movement pattern and a symmetrical loaded movement pattern and we look to highlight those relationships in this course.

This year we emphasized the parable of “parachutes and pancakes”. Teaching this parable throughout the year we’ve learned a few things on how people train and see (or don’t see) the diaphragm as an important core muscle. Our emphasis in teaching this parable is on helping attendees appreciate how training oblique abdominals and hamstrings to optimize respiratory postural balance is a key ingredient that should be incorporated in fitness and movement exercises. We know that when the ribs and thoracic cage are too stiff and rigid with ribs in external rotation, hyperextension, and hyperactivity the respiratory diaphragm can become tonic, flattened and underused, we could risk training the core in a compromised position and the “pancakes will become crepes” as the spinal mechanics becomes stressed which could further limit triplanar performance and lock up functional movement patterns, inhibiting gluts and other powerful muscles. On the flip side with people that might misuse abdominals or overdo flexion without unlocking the thoracic rings, we could create a different faulty pattern of forced thoracic folding when proper rib IR and thoracic retraction are not coordinated with a neutral pelvis. This could be a problem and would “fold pancakes into a pseudo folded parachute” which will bring about a different set of issues. Confusing?…. well maybe, but bottom line here, if you followed that, you get the parable!

The core was designed to be mobile and dynamic. If you learn to value rib movement and recognize key axial structure landmarks you can tell when you are training pancakes verse parachutes. The more we can train parachutes in various positions, the more we can help our clients be resilient and durable. #trainparachutesnotpancakes

I’m looking forward to teaching this course in 2019. This year was such a blessing to learn from the attendees and help fill the gaps with new material as well as streamline how to teach the material. We’ve listened to feedback and continued to improve the course to share with the diverse crowds and specialty professionals working in various Fitness and Movement settings. A special thank you to James Anderson, our Affiliate course director, for all his hard work and dedication to make these affiliate courses a success. Hope to see many of you next year!

Posted October 12, 2018 at 2:33PM
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Thanks to hurricane Florence, I got to fly into Chicago early and explore downtown. What a great city! So much to do I wish I could have stayed another 3 days! This was the second time we taught in the Chicago area, as this was one of the very first host sites to the PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement course back in 2016. It’s fun to reflect back on how far we have come and how much the course has evolved to help the PRI science progress. We were lucky to have some attendees return for a second time and their post course reviews reported great improvements and positive comments on how the labs were more integrated, practical, and helpful. Some quotes from the course evaluations were:

“This manual is a treasure. Instructors artfully simplified all 3 primary PRI courses into a clear and continuous narrative. This course helped integrate and synthesize the more abstract concepts of other PRI courses. This was an amazing course and I am so grateful!”

A Pilates Instructor says: “The instructors kept my attention the entire time! Amazing! I never found myself daydreaming. This course will help me better screen clients and create more individual focused programs for each client.”

Another Strength Coach says “Super valuable course. Powerful material to help guide fitness professionals from driving dysfunction and pathology. The details and variations of exercises will help me better work with clients with dysfunction and pain patterns”.

I am very grateful to the fabulous hosts: Mark Cibrario, Wynne Conklin, and Kyle Cibrario at The Trainers Club. Thank you for being so welcoming and gracious and we were lucky they hosted this course because the space was perfect and their passion for fitness and movement was spot on!

We had a great mix of PRI trained attendees along with first timers and it made for a fun group. PRI experienced people appreciated how we simplified complex principles, avoided rabbit holes, and taught practical application, and new attendees got exposed to the big picture and application to start using key principles and to help facilitate better retention in subsequent courses. I’ve gotten to a point in teaching where the diverse audience we tend to attract is something that excites me and I love the challenge of uniting minds and professionals and helping all attendees look at axial movements and hyperactivity patterns for trunk stability through a different lens. Every course I learn something as we can all learn from one another!

The brain reflexively searches and identifies patterns for motor learning, just as we learn components of larger movement patterns, its mastering some of these basic micromovement patterns that creates the stability and motor control many of our clients are searching for to move painfree. Motor control and instability issues are not always a problem of weakness or lack of strength. People waste time and energy trying to strengthen muscles that don’t need to be strengthened and then create misuse patterns further complicating the movement sequencing. This course is one of the only courses that breaks down three planes of movement of the axial frame into the micromovements that clients need to maximize output in larger movement patterns. This is a lab heavy course, as we break down components of foreign movements and get people practicing feeling them and coaching them right away. Organizing components of axial movement in the sagittal and frontal plane for proper loading and lateralization is so crucial for todays perception of postural health. On day 2 we discuss key neurorespiratory principles as related to larger movement patterns like the squat and deadlift, as well as single legged movements like the RDL, Bulgarian split squats and steps ups.

 If you have any interest in attending, don’t hesitate and sign up today for the Philadelphia course October 6-7. It will be our last course of this year and you don’t want to miss the distribution of this year’s course manual!! Its not too late to sign up! Sign up today to attend PRI Fitness and Movement at The Training Room Physical Therapy at Maplezone Sports Institute in Philadelphia, PA. See you there!!

Posted September 20, 2018 at 3:32PM
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The beautiful golden state did not disappoint this past weekend as Velocity Sports Performance hosted PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement at their Redondo Beach facility. We had such beautiful weather and a fun group. I wish I could have stayed a few more days! Special thank you to our hosts, Ken Vick and Yo Arakaki for opening up the facility and bringing great minds together to network and learn. Some of the best personal trainers, strength coaches, and other movement professionals from the area and other surrounding states joined us to advance their understanding of breathing, trunk stability, tri-planar biomechanics, and Postural Restoration.

Our first day emphasized respiratory mechanics influence on spine health and posture. We discussed principles of thoracic mobility, diaphragm movement, managing airflow, pressure, and hyperactivity to empower axial frame symmetry to improve alignment and load absorption. Day two dissected frontal plane core organization by actively working the micro movements of the lumbo-pelvic hip complex and integrating those movements with thoracic posture and breathing principles to improve grounding and sensing position. With this we emphasized the perspective of managing spine position via rib handles and pelvic inlets, and discussed closed chain grounding strategies to extend and erect the postural system to vertical. By understanding these micro movements and more intricate relationships, along with the management of internal pressure (i.e. breathing application) we help our clients better organize intrinsic muscles and arrange body segments to improve stability. This organization helps prime movers activate the mechanics to move more efficiently and better oppose external forces and load.

I love California and can't wait to return! Thanks again to all those that attended. Thank you also to PRC Matt Varca for all his help with this course and being a great resource to those in California. As I mentioned last course review, we are wrapping up the year and there are only two courses left to sign up: Chicago area and Philadelphia. Visit the Affiliate Course section on the PRI website under Programs and Courses to learn more. You don't want to miss out of this years course! I hope to see you there!

Posted August 7, 2018 at 4:21PM
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James and I were outside of Charlotte, NC this past weekend teaching PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement. We started the weekend highlighting rib mobility and breathing mechanics to empower abdominals and core organization. Then we broke down key components of the frontal plane to empower mechanical position around the pelvic-hip complex and integrate upper abs with lower abs. We planned out several different labs which isolated the various components in a systematic way so that attendees could feel relationships build off one another. PRI is such a gift to us all. By understanding the patterns at which position is lost, we can train muscles and optimize functional movement in a systematic way for motor learning. This approach truly is “functional fitness” as it preserves key mechanical relationships needed for biological well-being and performance. By learning how to train each side of the body independently and optimize frontal and sagittal relationships, we can improve how the brain regulates stability and mobility. This is so important for today’s culture of fitness! Our programming recommendations incorporate building and developing movement variability, with the initial stages establishing the fundamental breathing awareness, and then subsequent stages incorporating foundational principles to improve three dimensional core control, proximal stability, and independently limb function.

I absolutely love how this course brings together great minds and diverse backgrounds. We had yoga instructors, strength coaches, personal trainers and rehab specialists all learning and working with one another. We were fortunate to have two very seasoned and experienced PRC’s attend and provide great insight to encourage others:

From Jean Masse PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, PRC: "The PRI Fitness course is a great medium for shifting into highly useful and practical applications of what we often over complicate and get bogged down by. I really like the “dosing” idea and keeping programs moving even if they’re not perfect. I noticed almost every participant in the room was far different in their bodies and changes in how they looked at fitness. Over only two days that’s huge. Imagine over a month or year and also the effects on others they are interacting with. Tremendous good done here.”

From Kyndall Boyle, PT, PhD, OCS, PRC: "The PRI Fitness course definitely exceeded my expectations! I enjoyed witnessing the ongoing evolution of PR science in both the manual documents and in James and Julie’s teaching. I love the organization of preserving the sagittal then frontal and lastly transverse planes! Fine tuning my verbal cues with patients the next day after the course made an immediate and noticeable difference to them! Thanks for a great course and all the hard work and time that went in to preparing it!"

Thank you ladies for sharing your feedback!

Also special thanks to the Precision Fitness team and Pierre Ortiz for hosting and bringing this course to Cornelius, NC. Great facility and staff there doing great things for their community!

If you haven’t attended the PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement course yet this year, sign up today! You won’t regret it! We have three PRI Fitness courses left for 2018! We will be outside of the LA area in Redondo Beach next month, followed by outside of Chicago in Northbrook in September, and finally we end the season in Philadelphia in October.

Lastly, if you know of a good facility to host this course in 2019 please email the institute directly as we are currently working to finalize the course schedule for next year!

Posted July 25, 2018 at 2:50PM
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James and I were fortunate to have a packed house at our PRI Fitness and Movement course in Burlington, VT. We focused on cleanly delivering principles of breathing as related to optimizing movement health, postural balance, core stability and self-regulation. In this course, we break down breathing and dynamic thoracic posture principles into digestible chucks then link them back to creating dynamic symmetrical balance around the shoulder and hips. Through regulating our breathing and thoracic posture we can reduce unwanted muscle tension and patterns of hyperactivity which can impair various performance relationships.

I know I probably say this in every post course review I write– but this course continues to get better each time we teach! The attendees really do make the course and this was a great group! Thank you to all that attended! I continue to get excited for the future of this course and how it can help others learn about the invaluable science of Postural Restoration.

Special thanks to our host, Matt Baine and the University of Vermont Athletic Training staff. Awesome space which accommodated great lab time and the staff was superb. Also special thanks to our lab assistant Maura Guyer and the other PRCs that attended – Mike DeMille, Sean Fitzgerald, Oliver Hall, and Chad Rainey - your continual support to help these affiliate courses succeed is greatly appreciated! Lastly, special acknowledgement to our furthest traveling attendee, Massahiro Goto who was a chiropractor that traveled in from Japan to learn with us! What great representation of extraordinary dedication and care to his craft!

If you are interested in attending we have four courses left this year and James and I both encourage you to sign up sooner than later as they will get sold out – We will be teaching in the areas of Charlotte, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia. If you can’t make it this year and are a good host site for next year, we’d love to hear from you as we are starting to look for host sites for 2019!

Posted June 8, 2018 at 3:05PM
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This past weekend the PRI Fitness and Movement course was sold out in Salem, Oregon and the entire west coast from represented from California to Alaska. Thank you to all that attended and traveled in! It really was a great group!

The audience had great diversity with personal trainers, strength coaches, physical therapists, chiropractors, massage and fascial bodyworkers, CrossFit and fitness enthusiasts and it was awesome to see them all working together to learn and enhance their understanding of the PRI science and key biomechanical relationships. This weekend was jammed pack with a ton of lab as I broke down the complex core axial system into digestible parts which could be trained. Breathing patterns along with thoracic and pelvic positions were emphasized to enhance neuromuscular and biomechanical patterning. Great discussions and lab experiences were had all around. Special thanks to Salem’s hidden gem - The Press Room - for hosting, Aaron Hague and his team were gracious hosts and a special shout out to PRCs Minh Nguyen and Joy Backstrum for helping make lab an enjoyable experience for the large group we had! The abs were reshaping the pancakes... and attendees we were feeling the parachuted love!

We will be at the University of Vermont next month and then North Carolina and California. This course keeps getting better and James and I hope to see you there! Check out the Affiliate Course page for more details and be sure to program in some summertime learning today!

Posted May 2, 2018 at 4:28PM
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James and I traveled to Missouri this past weekend to present PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement. Special Thanks to Steve Long and the Complete Fitness Results staff for their wonderful attention and assistance hosting.

Also special thanks to Nancy Hammond, PT, PRC for all her coordination and support getting this course to St. Louis.

We had an AWESOME group! Thank you to all that attended! We introduced the PRI Science and covered key principles to shape trunk stabilization and empower proper grounding and single leg control. Lots of lab time was valued on Sunday. Our focus was dedicated to helping attendees feel and connect with the programming material and learn how to organize the pelvic thorax mechanics to optimize proximal control. This course does a great job tying key concepts together and helping to get our clients moving in and out of movement patterns. So grateful for this group! It really was a great weekend!

Posted March 9, 2018 at 8:32PM
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New York, New York. What a fun weekend we had! James and I had the opportunity to hang out with some accomplished and energetic professionals this past weekend in downtown Manhattan as we taught the PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement Course for the first time in 2018. Thank you so much to PRC Alicia Ferriere, Michael Conlon, and the Finish Line staff for hosting and welcoming us into their beautiful and innovative clinic. Great place to go to for PT and recovery in NYC! James and I were able to launch some of the new material and get fitness and movement professionals exposed to how to optimize three dimensional core activation and train the abdominals to enhance ventilation mechanics and trunk stability. The course attendees were well mixed with seasoned PRI enthusiasts looking for fresh insight and ideas to enhance their integration of progressing pelvic-thoracic relationships, as well as new inquisitive minds looking to understand what the PRI science is all about. The mix in attendees gives us a chance to unite and learn from one another as this course is not a course which focuses on pathomechanics and pathology but instead talks about key biomechanical principles involved to preserve postural relationships, functional symmetry, spine health and rotational control, as well as emphasize how to better organize and prime muscle groups to promote single leg control and power for gait. I love how the course continues to grow, evolve, and progress the utilization of PRI and helps us all appreciate the natural delicacies of our complex biomechanical machine. I’m excited for all the cool places we get to travel to this year to share this material – St. Louis - Salem – Burlington, VT - Charlotte, NC - Los Angeles – Chicago - and Philadelphia.

Posted February 21, 2018 at 4:19PM

James and I recently taught the PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement at a great Facility outside of DC in Frederick MD. A big thank you to Josh Funk and his staff at Rehab 2 Perform for hosting! It was an awesome weekend with a good mix of PRI experienced professionals and first timers. Thank you all who attended! We were able to introduce the science of PRI as well as the neurorespiratory mechanical relationships of core stabilization, rotational control, and breathing. Sagittal, frontal and transverse plane mechanics were broken down and key relationships were taught for movement analysis and proper execution with PRI activities.

This course wrapped up the 2017 schedule. I am very thankful for a great year and even more appreciative of the feedback and ability to learn from others every time we share this material! The Fitness and Movement course continues to evolve and improve. James and I are excited to launch some new content for 2018 including new PRI activities and improved programming recommendations. I wish all a blessed Holiday season! Thanks for the continual support and hope to see you at one of our courses in 2018! Happy Holidays!

Posted November 28, 2017 at 4:14PM

THRIVE IS HIRING!

Thrive Proactive Health is a Postural Restoration Certified Center and a privately owned wellness clinic in beautiful Virginia Beach, VA. We are growing and looking to expand and grow our Physical Therapy Team!

Ideal candidate must enjoy learning and communicating with other PTs, PTAs, and massage therapists that look at human biomechanical relationships through a Postural Restoration®(PRI) lens. We focus on providing individualized care using a team approach and incorporate various tools and therapies to treat hyperactivity and impaired mobility including Graston, Dry Needling, and Vacuum Cupping. Postural Restoration is a specialized form of PT that all of our staff members are trained in and every patient is evaluated using a PRI framework. 

There is a lot of opportunity for professional growth for those that may be interested. We are looking for someone who is excited to grow with an innovative practice and we welcome ideas for program development. Our mission is to responsibly optimize health and wellness care delivery by focusing on enhancing the customer experience. We strive to provide quality, innovation, and teamwork to be industry leaders helping more people THRIVE in a culture where healthcare is changing. 

Virginia State License is required and minimum of two years of experience along with experience with Postural Restoration® is preferred. A variety of employee benefits are available for team members that qualify, which include health care, paid time off, bonuses, and incentive pay based off of team performance.

CLICK HERE to apply in confidence! 

Posted October 30, 2017 at 10:03PM
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