Posts by Julie Blandin

PT, ATC, CSCS, PRC

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
Categories: Courses

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

Great time in Minneapolis, Minnesota this past weekend talking PRI Integration for Fitness & Movement. Special thanks to this amazing host site- FitSpace! Brent and John your hospitality was appreciated, and your facility was awesome. Also special thanks to DJ for her help over the lunch breaks! Thank you guys so much for hosting and a great set up! This past weekend I allotted extra lab time--- and by the course reviews that seemed very appreciated. There’s value in understanding how muscles work together in each plane and there’s even more value in actually FEELING, SENSING, and GROUNDING these relationships and new positions.

We talked about the neurorespiratory mechanics and asymmetries of the diaphragm, pelvis, and ribcage in three planes and broke them down to be properly sequenced to reorganize core performance. Our focus in this course is on synchronizing certain muscle groups around the pelvis and ribcage to improve postural organization, reduce asymmetrical torque and strain, and maximize strength and power output via improved neuromotor programming and neurological grounding principles.

As we wrap up the 2017 schedule, east coast and Washington DC/Baltimore area is our last stop. Early sign ups are still going on for the November 18-19 host site in Frederick, MD. Check out the PRI Affiliate Course link to learn more and register!

Posted October 13, 2017 at 1:42PM
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I had a great weekend at Ethos Colorado in Denver presenting the PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement Course. Ethos had a great facility and thank you to Jonathan Pope and his team for hosting! We had a jammed pack Saturday discussing important concepts to enhance athletic durability and how to empower the breathing system. Diaphragm and ribcage mechanics were broken down to help professionals assess proximal core stability and postural health. Sunday was even more jammed back with discussion around our asymmetrical design and the common patterned imbalances we see in our clients. Components of gait were correlated with various fitness movement patterns and exercises were broken down into planes of motion to empower better programming and triplanar sequencing. I am thankful for the great feedback received from all attendees. This course continues to improve and offers the experienced PRI clinician with gems of applicable knowledge as well as offers invaluable neurorespiratory insight to a new attendee to enhance their understanding and assessment for mobility, stabilization and strength. Two more courses left for 2017! James and I will be in Minneapolis teaching next month and in the DC area teaching in November. There is still room to sign up! Check out the Affiliate Course link under Programs and Courses on the PRI website.

Posted September 18, 2017 at 6:36PM
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The PRI Fitness and Movement Course had its debut in Nebraska this past weekend at Gibbie's training facility: XplosiveEdge in Omaha. Thank you so much to Team Xedge for being wonderful hosts and inviting us into your homebase. You guys are top notch and we are so grateful to have spent the weekend with you! Keep up the great work!! This specific course was jammed back with brilliant minds including Mr. PRI himself, Ron Hruska. Thank you Ron and all the attendees that came out to learn and support our affiliate course efforts. It was a fun weekend and we hope you all enjoyed the material presented! One of the main focuses of this course is to emphasize the dynamic thoracic posture required for effective diaphragmatic breathing. When we develop too much external muscle mass overtop of a rigid axial frame, our breathing system can become strained. Overtime, this strain can affect our core performance and our abdominal’s ability to synchronize properly with our hips and shoulders. The strain also causes hyperactivity of various muscle chains which can limit how our ribs move and rib mobility is crucial for our durability and spine health. With PRI, we understand breathing is more than just about the thoracic diaphragm and ventilation. We need to be able to move air within our bodies in order to shut off the hyperactive chains of muscles and dissolve the unwanted muscle tension to optimize our postural health. Want to perfect your application of PRI? Three sites left for 2017! Denver, Minneapolis, and Frederick, MD. Hope to see you there!

Posted August 24, 2017 at 3:59PM
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James and I had an awesome weekend in the beautiful college town of Chapel Hill, NC this past weekend teaching PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement. The course was well represented with both attendees that never had attended a PRI course and others that were PRC/PRT certified. We had multiple states in attendance as well as sports medicine professionals from Japan, Australian, and Switzerland! Thank you all who traveled in and a special thank you to Alain Aguilar and Nina Walker and the UNC Sports Medicine Team and Ryan Holleman for Hosting! Amazing host site and our hosts’ attention to detail helped us and all the attendees was spot on to help make it an enjoyable weekend.

The PRI Fitness and Movement course is a jammed packed course committed to give the industry a fresh look at core performance strategies and help professionals understand key biomechanical relationships needed to coordinate core muscles and mechanics in various symmetrical and asymmetrical movement patterns. Our coordinated mobility with the diaphragm and thoracic posture is key to understand how some of the largest and powerful muscles in our human system work. These principles help us ground our systems to sense position to load with empowered core relationships and coordinate extensor strategies to optimize compound ground based training.  We want to encourage people to move often, move well, and maintain key mechanical relationships to breathe, rest, and rotate in their training. 

Four more host courses still available in 2017: Omaha in August, Denver in September, Minneapolis in October, and Frederick, MD in November. 

Posted July 31, 2017 at 2:02PM
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