Posts by Julie Blandin

PT, ATC, CSCS, PRC

What a solid group of professionals attended the PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement course this past weekend in Fort Collins, CO.  


 
It was a sold out class! Jam-packed with fitness professionals, DCs, PTs, ATCs and Strength Coaches -  additionally all having a diverse background in PRI – some were VIP newbies attending their first course while others were certified in PRI or had 17-19 PRI courses under their belt. I’m grateful to bring these diverse backgrounds together and offer something for everyone! I was really impressed with how the VIP newbies were catching on to the science so quickly.

This weekend I focused on breaking down our “5 steps” to building core stability and tri-planar movement variability through a PRI lens. Day one focused on sagittal plane organization and obtaining to maintain a symmetrically balanced ZOA on each half of the body. Day two focused on building strength and function with good positioning and grounding, emphasizing unilateral work to keep the axial frame unlocked and integrated for contralateral patterns of rotation – gait, reaching, rotation, throwing, jumping, running. Day 2 emphasized a lot of frontal plane for “functional fitness”- I call the frontal plane, the most neglected plane in many traditional exercises programs. It’s important that people learn how to integrate, program, coach and cue this plane more intentionally to help clients break through plateaus and stay symmetrically balanced.


This course is lab intensive!! And we even got to take lab outside this weekend to enjoy some 80+ degree sunshine midday.  


 
Thank you to our PRC lab assistants - Karen Hoyt and Megan Bollinger. You guys were a big help, thanks for helping me out and guiding attendees to set up and cue positioning better!


Lastly, it was great to have many of the staff members from Rebound Sports and Physical Therapy there in attendance. Thank you all for your hospitality and hosting this weekend!
I think it’s great that a team comes together to learn, grow and collaborate – plus it supports learning and integrating PRI more effectively. Can’t wait to hear how you guys integrate the material over the next few months. I hope to get back to Fort Collins one day – such a cool outdoorsy town and I didn’t get to explore enough of it!
 
Till next year #PRInation! Look out for our 2020 schedule. The Affiliate Courses are a great place to start and refine your practice with PRI.

“So much fun! Engaging. Good mix of presentation and active labs. Great course to start with if you haven’t taken a PRI course before – Loved it” – Dayna Briggs, DPT

“Hands down the most profound and career changing course I have ever attended” – Ali Asadi, NASM CPT, FMS Specialist, TRX Suspension Training, HKC-Russian Kettlebell Instructor, PTA Global CPT, I.F.P.A. CPT, I.F.P.A. Speed and Power Specialist

PRI Integration for Fitness & Movement, Postural Restoration Institute

PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement was presented this past weekend outside of Columbus Ohio at Good Bodies Personal Fitness and Wellness in Dublin. It was powerful to have a smaller group and for all to be reminded of how quickly results can be seen. We discussed key strategies to organize core performance, improve thoracic mobility and assure the abdominals are coordinated to support both the breath and trunk stability. With applying simple cues to empower the breathing system, reposition the diaphragm and thorax, and coach external cues to sense position and the ground, this group saw some powerful results in just 24 hours.

Postural Restoration, PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement

This course had more personal trainers and strength coaches than physical therapists and medical professionals. The group was open to paradigm shifts and exploration to learn some powerful practical principles they can use with their clients and athletes. It was fun to not talk pathology, focus on coaching position, keep it simple and get people moving in new ways. We tried out some new labs and am happy it all turned out successful!

PRI Integration for Fitness & Movement, Postural Restoration Institute

Thank you so much to the Good Bodies team for their fabulous hospitality and openness to explore this science together. I loved their model of teamwork and positive culture and I’m grateful for the opportunity to meet this professional group. Jack, Cheryl, JR, Heidi, Greg, Lisa, Toni and Kris - Thank you all and I hope our paths cross again in the future!

One last course on the schedule for this year: September 28-29, James and I will both be presenting in Fort Collins, Colorado and this class has officially SOLD OUT!

Posted September 5, 2019 at 3:33PM

This past weekend, the Affiliate program got presented in the southern hemisphere as the PRI  integration for Fitness and Movement was hosted in Sydney, Australia!!  I traveled over 10,220 miles (or over 16,447 km) and the very long plane ride across the south pacific was well worth it! Sydney was such a fun city, and it was a pleasure to spend some time with the PRI Australia group.

PRI Integration for Fitness & Movement - NSW Australia

 I am beyond grateful to have had the opportunity to share the PRI science with this area of the world.  It is exciting for me to watch attendees connect to a deeper dimension of PRI because I believe it’s in those deeper dimensions of PRI that the magic happens and gaps are bridged.  Attendees from Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Georgia and various parts of Australia were all represented. Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, Pilates, Yoga, and Exercise Specialists were all in attendance, with the class being about half and half. Half being exposed to PRI before and the other half were brand new to the science. Needless to say it was a diverse group --- yet all united to learn more about the diaphragm and its influence on posture.

PRI Integration for Fitness & Movement - Postural Respiration

Regardless of credentials and training, this course is enlightening to help us all remember how to program Respiration and Alternating Reciprocal Activity to enhance Tri-Planar performance patterns (i.e “Functional Fitness”)

 We hit the ZOA hard and discussed it’s role in managing hyperactivity and unnecessary muscle tension. The exercises I introduced focused on shaping the ZOA three dimensionally with respiratory abdominals, along with promoting  expansion, movement and flexibility of the ribcage.  I then emphasized the 5 steps of programming for shaping adaptation and better integration for symmetrical compound lifts.

SYMBA Ribcage PRI Integration for Fitness, NSW Australia

  The 5 steps in this course are presented to help create a framework for programming and organizing how exercises are presented to clients and patients. The 5 steps also help in organizing core stability and symmetry from the diaphragm level outward.

PRI Integration for Fitness & Movement - Postural Restoration

PRI Integration for Fitness & Movement - Postural Restoration Institute

I loved seeing the passion and ah-ha moments as attendees connected with the material and got new resources and insights to help progress their clients and patients. I think we will see PRI quickly continuing to grow in this area of the world. Thank you to Mark Obrien and Jason Thomson for hosting. Special thanks to Mark for the hospitality and opening up his brand new facility for us to use. Fit Plus Well is such great hidden gem just south of Sydney. And Jason, thank you for sharing your passion, your insights (nuts, I will always remember your nuts cue) and helping with much of the logistics of the weekend! 

PRI Integration for Fitness & Movement - Postural Restoration Institute - Jason Thomson

My visit to Australia was fun and I hope to get to come back one day! I could definitely live in Sydney - beaches, city and mountains were all right there. Beautiful coastline. Thank you to all who helped organize the event! Cheers!!

James and I had a couple of fun days in Brunswick, Maine teaching the PRI Affiliate Course for Fitness and Movement. The New England region is a hot area for PRI. Thank you to the wonderful team at Costal Ortho for hosting! It was a perfect host site that allowed us plenty of lab space to explore dimensions of breathing and various movement patterns. We had an awesome group and great mix of intellectual minds from personal trainers, strength coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists, yoga instructors, chiropractors, RN, osteopathic physicians, and structural integration specialists. It was a full course! I love having a diverse audience and truly believe that PRI can be a uniting framework that helps us better integrate, coach, and lead more people to better movement. This course has application for all. Hear from 3 course attendees! Thank you to Noah, Jonathan, and Cheryl for typing up a few words to share with you all!

PRI Integration for Fitness & Movement Lab Demonstration

“PRI is very much the basis of my practice, both as a physical therapist and a fitness professional. I have attended all the primary (some more than once), as well as the majority of the secondary course work, but PRI for Fitness and Movement still offered a bucket of pearls for me to mull over and apply. The course manuals alone are fantastic, as it is clear both James and Julie have taken great pains to effectively organize and simplify some very complex science and concepts. I truly cannot more highly recommend it; both to seasoned and certified PRI practitioners looking to move beyond rehabilitation, as well as individuals who are looking to have a streamlined introduction to PRI in general. This is quite likely the ideal introductory course for the very depth a broad science that is PRI.” - Noah Harrison, DPT, Portland Integrative Physical Therapy, LLC

“After 25 years as a personal trainer, James and Julie have delivered the most functionally complete and detailed oriented lecture I have ever experienced. Their PRI Fitness and Movement class is easily digestible due to the presentation style yet filled with cutting edge science, health, and biomechanically effective protocols. This course is a must attend if you’re a fitness professional who not only wants the best for your clients health and wellness, but also wants to obtain the tools and science unmatched by typical continuing education practices. Thank you both for sharing your passion that will help improve our clients wellness one breath at a time”. - Jonathan Allen CPT, Back Cove Personal Fitness and Fitwell, Portland,ME

“This Fitness Course is a fabulous encapsulation of PRI principles with MOVEMENT. As a newly certified PRC, I really appreciate the way Julie and James are able to back up and take a big picture approach making the main concepts of 3 primary courses easier to understand and apply to movement in a nonclinical approach. The manual is an excellent tool for me to use with my coworkers and other movement professionals who do not have a PRI background, giving me a way to communicate more effectively about the importance of respecting the asymmetric human design during movement with BREATHING. I found a new appreciation for aligning my ribcage and my pelvis. Thank you!” - Cheryl Chase PT PRC, Pen Bay Medical Center, Rockport ME

I hope to be able to visit Maine again, it was beautiful…. and the lobster was yummy too! Thanks again to the #PRInation up in the New England region! Next course for PRI Fitness and Movement is another international destination, Sydney Australia!!! June 22-23 we are excited to teach at Fitwell Plus in Sydney, NSW. PRI Australia... sign up today! There are still some slots available! Get registered and please help spread the word!

Posted April 15, 2019 at 2:47PM
Categories: Athletics Courses Science

We got to kick off the first course for PRI in 2019 at the University of Arizona in Tucson! Special thanks to Ben Crawford and the Sports Medicine Team for hosting! Amazing facilities and amenities and this was a perfect site to kick of the year. I have confidence the PRI minds are going to be growing after this course as we had a very engaged group. I’m excited to hear how they will be growing and using the material over the next year!

 The PRI Fitness and Movement Course is an advanced 2 day course geared to address the integration of dynamic thoracic posture and axial frame asymmetry. It’s a principles based course to empower fitness and performance patterns through respiration and alternating reciprocal activity. Our manual is full of exercises to get clients moving and optimizing dynamic postural relationships, so that their workouts can help them better adapt in a stressed, technology driven, and progressively changing world.

There is so much intangible value of understanding the empowering benefits of how to coach and train a diaphragm and pelvic/hip complex to work together. This knowledge is foundational for all fitness and movement professionals, including Personal Trainers, Strength and Conditioning Coaches, Athletic Trainers, and Physical Therapists. I’m excited to be entering into our 3rd year of teaching this course. This year we have some new focuses on screening and programming. Some of the “exercises” taught in this course can be used as screening techniques and/or as training techniques. A true test to an athletic body in balance is when clients can move in and out of a good diaphragmatic position and “feel” the correct family of muscles working… automatically… without excessive effort. Can the right things work together? Can relationships stay intact?

Lastly, it wouldn’t be a complete trip to Tucson, without a stop at one of James Anderson’s favorite restaurants Café Poca Cosa. Classy, delightful experience and such a yummy surprise plate of food. I have no clue what I ate, but it was good and I hope to return one day!

 Want to progress your PRI understanding or get introduced to the science of Postural Restoration? Then this is a great course for you! Hope to see you at one of our courses this year! Next month, we will be teaching at a private host site, then off to Brunswick, Maine - Syndey Australia - Boston, Massachusetts - Dublin, Ohio - and then Fort Collins, Colorado. Visit the PRI Affiliate Course section for more details.

Posted January 15, 2019 at 4:23PM
Categories: Courses Athletics

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
Categories: Courses

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
Categories: Courses

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
Categories: Courses

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
Categories: Courses

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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