Posts by Julie Blandin

PT, ATC, CSCS, PRC

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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The PRI Fitness and Movement Course continues to make progressive leaps and bounds in its development. This course is dedicated to the potential to advance PRI application in various settings related to fitness and movement, as well as help the discussions progress beyond just using PRI as correctives, warm ups, or cool downs.

I believe the strategic partnerships and interdisciplinary teams will most effectively meet today’s fitness, performance and healthcare challenges. Advanced PRI application is a key ingredient needed to conquer these challenges and its groups like we had this past weekend that will continue to progress the discussions involving PRI and keep us all moving forward. PRI really is not just another “tool” in a clinician, coach, or trainer’s toolbox. Its only a tool when you use or know parts and limited pieces of the system. When you understand all the pieces and parts, the PRI science provides us all a framework for which we can optimize various anatomical relationships to enhance human performance.

We devote a lot of time in this course to understanding the thorax and components of pillar core strength. Fitness and movement application has a lot of limitations in core strengthening if respiratory and neurological factors are not respected. We highlight those factors and teach people how to respect them in ways which are functional and easy to implement. For many high level performance athletes as well as any of your fitness clients with chronic pain, its not in strengthening and stretching that they will feel significant improvements in their stability; instead through strategic breath work and inhibiting hyperactive chains of muscles they will be able to synchronize the thoracic-acetabular abduction which is crucial for core stability and it’s that synchronized stability which must proceed the mobility that so many people crave. Let’s rethink mobilizing --- and start synchronizing.

Thanks to all that came out to Performance Gains in Palo Alto! PG Thank you for hosting and it was awesome to see the new beautiful facility! Caleb thank you for lab assisting and helping us out throughout the weekend!

Posted June 16, 2017 at 3:31PM
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Thrive Proactive Health is a Postural Restoration Certified Center and a privately owned small boutique 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 May 21, 2017 at 11:07PM

James and I recently got back from traveling across the Atlantic! The PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement Course had its debut in the UK to a stunning group in London. It was a great mix of Personal Trainers, Yoga and Pilates’ Instructors, Strength Coaches, Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, and even an emergency room Medical Doctor! Besides the UK, other countries were represented including Ireland, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, and Australia. It was a privilege and honor to spend the weekend with this awesome group and I’m looking forward to hearing success stories spread across Europe and learn how they integrate it all with their clients.

A very large percent of our attendees had never been to a PRI course before. We introduced the respiratory and neurological principles taught in the PRI science, as well as focused on rib mobility, thoracic posture, and concepts around managing gravity. There were a lot of stiff ribcages in this course--- which we made sure we got moving! I made it my personal mission to make sure unexhaled air was mobilized and misuse of the abdominals patterns were identified. Ab bracing a ribcage that is hyperinflated, stiff, and rigid contributes to hyperactivity of rib elevators, back extensors, over firing of a rectus abdominis, compensatory movement strategies and poor neuromuscular balance between the two halves of the body.

Parachutes and pancakes were hot topics this weekend. We learned with every breath you take and every move you make…the diaphragm will orient you Thanks to Monica, James really did make it to the Sting concert. Thanks to Luke Worthington and Third Space for graciously hosting the course. Luke we appreciate all the pre-arrangements you did prepping for the large group and printing the manuals. The Third Space staff were all awesome and so friendly. We could have not asked for a better host site!

 Thank you Danielle Berger from Zurick Switzerland for the comments on her course eval. She says “Course manual: excellent, you've really helped fast forward our learning with this manual. Thank you so much. Loved the reinforcement on breathing, loved the breakdown on three planes of motion, loved the application to the fitness industry. Thank you James and Julie, you are both an inspiration. Thank you for your authenticity and integrity”.  

Thanks to Moiz for sharing his craftsmanship and presenting us with a handmade BC+AIC key chain, so thoughtful and creative! We loved it!

This was my first trip over to Europe, and I hope the first of many more abroad. Sharing this information is dear to my heart and I love helping people understand the simplicity and practicality that can be found in one of the most complex and effective sciences we have to learn. PRI helps us all understand patterns of human movement and how various body segments are linked. Next course is in Palo Alto, CA in June! Check out the affiliate course link to learn more!

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Posted April 17, 2017 at 4:09PM

This past weekend, James and I presented PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement Course at a beautiful Pro Sports Club performance facility just outside of Seattle, WA. The first day was jammed pack with what attendees would say "ah ha" moments. One even said to me "You transformed how I look at the core. I will never look at an athlete the same again". How awesome is that?! I am so grateful to those who have supported the endeavor of putting this course together. Each time we teach it, I just get more passionate and inspired to share the material because I see how well it received and how many people enjoy learning it. This time we broke lab up into stations and allotted more time for attendees to experience more exercises. I also broke the exercises up into groups which helped categorize functionality and use with the many new exercises found in this manual.

This Seattle course was jammed packed with an equal ratio of attendees who have never been to a PRI course with those who have been exposed to the material through introductory and secondary courses. I love the diversity that exists in these courses. It really facilities a learning environment and challenges us to keep things simple and practical --- which I find those most experienced in PRI really like that. One attendee commented "This course brought it all together for me. This would be a great first course for people to take on their PRI journey".

Let's face it, the plethora of knowledge available to learn for wellness, fitness, rehab, and movement health professionals is nothing short of overwhelming. Yet learning how to facilitate better breathing, evaluate and maintain movement health and posture three dimensionally is some of the most fundamental and important things we can do for ourselves, as well as our clients, patients, and athletes.

Thank you to Carl, Amanda and the amazing staff at the Pro Sports Club for being gracious hosts!

Next course: London in a few weeks!

Posted March 20, 2017 at 6:58PM

So grateful for the wonderful weekend in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona at the Diamondback’s facility. The course was jammed packed with 55 Fitness and Movement Professionals. Ken and Ryan have an amazing staff and I would like to thank them and all their guys for their hospitality and participation. We had some great side dialogue promoting key discussion points and ideas to benefit and better further develop the course which was greatly appreciated. The affiliate course material was well received as it focuses on components of gait, biological foundations of posture and movement, and reminds us how to respect our asymmetrical axial design when upright working against gravity and external loads. One thing I continue to love about this course, is how we break down the basics of thoraco-abdominal mechanics and emphasis the value in integrating both ab walls and the frontal plane in fitness based movement patterns. Lets face it, if you can’t achieve some functional symmetry in your frontal plane when upright and integrate your thorax with your hips rotationally, your biological system will suffer. Our fitness training and conditioning programs only become as strong as our weakest link! I look forward to changing things up in the PRI Fitness course for 2017. We will be adding new activities, more videos, and strategically adding in more lab break-out sessions. It's going to be great! --- so don’t wait too long to sign up! Every course was sold out this past year and with the improvements we make I’m super excited for teaching in 2017 :) Happy Holidays to all!!

Posted November 29, 2016 at 3:54PM

Very FUN weekend in the Boston area, at the host site Pure Performance in Needham, MA. Huge thank you to the Adam Vogel and his crew, BJ, Dan, Sam, Tad, and Micheal. Thank you guys for being gracious hosts and opening up your great training facility for us to teach the PRI Fitness & Movement Course. During this course I changed things up and was able to cover more material and teach attendees how to better reference different sections of the jammed packed course manual. We emphasized breathing as its relationship to postural balance as well as grounding and the biomechancial, physiological, and psychophysiology aspects which affect performance. Additionally, some of the basic yet crucial gait application and frontal plane principles needed for one to excel with a PRI integrated program were also emphasized and I taught how to apply to those principles to common fitness movement patterns. I am looking forward to finishing out the 2016 calendar in Arizona in November, and then restructuring and adding new content for 2017! Some quotes from the post course review sheets include: "Great Course, excellent presentation and coteaching from speakers. Course is easily digestable and simplified" "The flow of the course was awesome - incredible info very applicable to our athletic patient population"

Posted September 23, 2016 at 2:47PM
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