Posts by Jennifer Platt

We are less than 2 months away from the Postural Restoration Trained™(PRT) application deadline for the first ever summer testing date. As we announced this past summer, we are now offering a summer testing date once every 3 years, to help accomodate several Athletic Trainers and Strength and Conditioning Coaches who have expressed an interest in completing the PRT credentialing program, but due to the schedule of the teams that they work with, they are unable to get away to attend the annual testing date in January.

PRT applications for the summer testing date are due on March 15th, and testing will take place on June 23-24th at the Postural Restoration Institute in Lincoln, Nebraska. Please note that there will not be an Impingement & Instability course offered in conjunction with this testing date, therefore all applicants will need to take this required course elsewhere prior to testing.  

Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) is a credential available to Athletic Trainers (with Certification through the BOC), Athletic Therapists (with Certification through the CATA) and Strength and Conditioning Coaches (with CSCS Certification through the NSCA or SCCC Certification through the CSCCa). For more information on the course requirements and to download the application, CLICK HERE!

If you are planning to apply for PRT, and have any questions, please email me!

Posted January 29, 2017 at 4:00PM

We are excited to announce that PRI will be featured throughout 2017 on public television networks' "Voices in America with James Earl Jones" educational segment. The video segment has been distrubuted to public television networks in all 50 states. While airing schedules are not available to us, you might hear from patients or clients who happen to see this educational segment on Postural Restoration®.

In addition to the educational segment that they will be airing on public television, two other segments: "PRI in 6 Minutes" and "PRI in 60 Seconds" were produced and made available to us, and will be on our home page soon (see below). You are welcome to embed these videos onto your personal or professional website to help educate patients, clients, and the general public on the history behind the science of Postural Restoration®.

The "PRI in 60 Seconds" commercial will also be airing nationally on CNBC on Friday, January 6th at 8:30pm Eastern, 7:30pm Central, 6:30pm Mountain and 5:30pm Pacific time. So, set your DVRs or tune in to CNBC tomorrow night! Please note the commercial airing could land anywhere within an hour of the above scheduled times. In the past, we have been told that they have typically aired within 15 minutes of the schedule. Following this national airing, it will continue to air on CNBC in several different regions across the country.

Posted January 5, 2017 at 3:08PM
Categories: Videos Science

Another month has come and passed, which means the application deadline for our Postural Restoration Trained™(PRT) credentialing program is approaching quickly. We have some exciting news for our PRT credentialing program this year! Over the past few years, we have had several Athletic Trainers and Strength and Conditioning Coaches express an interest in completing the PRT credentialing program, but due to the schedule of the teams that they work with, they are unable to get away to attend testing in January. Therefore, we will begin offering a summer testing date which will take place once every 3 years, beginning in 2017. This next year, we will offer our traditional winter testing date on January 9-10th, and our summer testing date will take place on June 23-24th, 2017.

PRT applications for the winter testing date are due on October 15th, 2016. Testing will take place on January 9-10th (following the Impingement & Instability course) at the Postural Restoration Institute in Lincoln, Nebraska.

PRT applications for the summer testing date will be due on March 15, 2017. Testing will take place on June 23-24th at the Postural Restoration Institute in Lincoln, Nebraska. Please note that there will not be an Impingement & Instability course offered in conjunction with this testing date, therefore all applicants will need to take this required course elsewhere prior to testing.  

Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) is a credential available to Athletic Trainers (with Certification through the BOC), Athletic Therapists (with Certification through the CATA) and Strength and Conditioning Coaches (with CSCS Certification through the NSCA or SCCC Certification through the CSCCa). For more information on the course requirements and to download the application, CLICK HERE!

If you are planning to apply for PRT, and have any questions, please email me!

Posted August 16, 2016 at 4:15PM

Can I use PRI materials when presenting an inservice, on my blog, or in an article, etc? This is a question that we are asked nearly every week.

All techniques, materials, and content created by the Postural Restoration Institute® (PRI) its employees and staff, and displayed or presented in any manner or format including but not limited to manuals, brochures, electronic presentations, CDs and DVDs, photographs, and web sites, are the proprietary intellectual property of Postural Restoration Institute, LLC and its founder Ron Hruska.  This content is protected by the copyright laws of the United States and by the 172 countries who are a signatory to the Berne Convention which established and provides copyright protection globally. 

This content may not be duplicated, published, displayed, or otherwise communicated or distributed in any country and in any language, without prior written permission from the Postural Restoration Institute, LLC.  

Permission to use this content can be obtained by contacting the Postural Restoration Institute, LLC. Permission requests are reviewed in a timely manner and in most cases, there is no fee for obtaining permission to use PRI content. Permission inquiries can be submitted using our new online PRI Copyright Permission Request Form.

The non-manual techniques provided in your appendix are intended for use with patients or clients and may be photocopied and distributed without written permission. Be sure to use the techniques without modification while including the copyright information found on the bottom of the page. Modification of any technique is prohibited. Digital copies of all PRI non-manual techniques are available on CD and can be purchased via our website.

For more information about correct use of PRI Copyrighted Materials and FAQ's, please read our "PRI Guide to Use of Copyrighted Materials".

Posted August 1, 2016 at 2:11PM
Categories: Science

We looked forward to the PRI Faculty Retreat primarily because we would be 'together'. Sy and Kenny, we sure missed you! Together to learn from each other; and together to teach based on how our non-millennial and millennial course attendees learn. It was an awesome 2 day experience to feel the energy in the room, sense the respect for each other and our personal differences and similarities, and experience the passion and pride that this Institute fosters. 

Each of us has a better understanding of how we become excited, why we like to teach and learn PRI concepts and applications, and what we get out of it and from it. We had so much fun hearing Mike Cantrell talk about power point presentation considerations, case study presentations, and electronic media and writing, watching the skits put on by the PRI staff, watching everyone bowl (or try to bowl), and relaxing at the lake (yes Nebraska has a few lakes)!

Presentations on inter-instructor reliability of PRI testing, course scheduling considerations, who's attending courses and what their credentials mean, copyright updates, consulting and liability issues were hopefully helpful for present and all future PRI faculty members.

We came together to learn from each other and we left together with unified PRI expectations and goals for tomorrows teaching opportunities and challenges!

Ron and Jen

The "Millennials" pictured below won the bowling tournament!

Posted June 9, 2016 at 7:07PM

We will be closed on Friday, April 1st (no this is not an April Fool's joke) to move into our new PRI Headquarters. We will not have access to phone or email, but hope to be up and running again by Monday, April 4th. Have a great weekend!

Posted March 31, 2016 at 9:34PM

In a phone conversation with Valerie Dejean discussing her Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium presentation, she asked us if we do any sort of entertainment as part of the symposium. Ron and I of course listened intently as she shared with us the story of her friend, Rhonda Musak, an actress and acting coach, who was preparing to debut her autobiographical, self-written solo show, “Rhonda Badonda: The Adventures of a Girl with a Pain in Her Brain.” We are so excited to bring Rhonda from NYC to Lincoln to present her solo show at this year’s symposium. Her personal journey will tie directly into this year’s topic, and we couldn’t have found a better fit for an entertaining piece at this year’s symposium!

Rhonda Musak is an actress and acting coach in New York City. She recently had the pleasure of performing in Vancouver, BC as she launched the world premiere of her self-written solo show, Rhonda Badonda: The Adventures of a Girl with a Pain in Her Brain, at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, followed-up by a sold-out run in NYC at the United Solo Theatre Festival. Rhonda has appeared in numerous New York City productions including the title role of Ondine – which was produced by her company, Deep Water Productions. Other favorites include: The Good Person of Setzuan, Measure for Measure and The Marriage Proposal. Rhonda has toured nationally and has performed regionally. She is a graduate of the National Shakespeare Conservatory. As an acting coach, Rhonda blends powerful acting techniques together with transformational Ericksonian solution focused life coaching at her acting studio: Art & Soul Acting – www.artandsoulacting.com.

Rhonda Musak brings a world premiered funny and moving piece that takes the audience on a triumphant, auto-biographical journey through the trials and tribulations of being different, and ultimately to self-discovery and healing:
“She squeaks by with a pile of self-help books and coaches in every corner.  Is she dumb?  Why can’t she function normally in the world?  When a mysterious pain dismantles her coping strategies, Rhonda Badonda embarks on a journey that leads her to the Paris Opera, Mozart, and the ultimate face-off…with her brain.”


Rhonda Badonda from Rhonda Musak on Vimeo.


Posted March 23, 2016 at 3:01PM
Categories: Courses

A couple years back when Matthew Uohara was in Lincoln completing the Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) credentialing program, he told us about a book he is authoring, titled Leading the Movement. Some chapters in his book include: Music in the Movement, I See Movement, The Artist and the Teacher, An Evolutionary Base, An Asymmetrical Base, An Epigenetic Base, along with several other chapters. Long before the topic was chosen for the 2016 Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium, Matt was talking to us about the influence that sound has on performance and movement. For this reason, Matt was an easy selection for this year’s symposium to present on his experience with sound, music and auditory input in working as a strength and conditioning specialist training weekend warriors and athletes of all kinds. Matt’s presentation title at this year's Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium is “Evolution, Illusion and Neurofeedback – Harnessing the Power of Sound during Performance.”

Matthew Uohara is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. He holds a Masters in Human Movement. Matthew has studied Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization through the Prague Rehabilitation School, he is Postural Restoration Trained through the Postural Restoration Institute in Lincoln, Nebraska and is a Functional Range Conditioning movement specialist. Matthew currently trains athletes from all the professional ranks including the NFL, NHL, MLB, WNBA, and WTA. In addition Matthew prepares individuals for both the Summer and Winter Olympics. 

Sneak Peek at Matthew’s Presentation:
Sound is an illusory world.  Hidden in these illusions are evolutionary impressions born out of the struggle to move the way we do!  This relationship between sound and performance allows us, the added variable, to harness this power in the form of patterned neuro-feedback.  If handled in an educated manner, the outcome of this relationship can be a potentially elegant mover! 

Posted March 21, 2016 at 6:35PM
Categories: Courses

More often than not, the topic of our Annual Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium is a direct reflection of Ron’s current clinical experiences. In the past year and a half, Ron and Dr. Heidi Wise have noticed that they are able to change posture and PRI objective tests with auditory input. They have read numerous articles, purchased dozens of books, and clinically have applied auditory changes with several patients in the past year.

Auditory and visual processing pathways are largely parallel in the brain, which explains why many patients with visual processing difficulties also have other sensory processing dysfunction, including auditory. Noting changes in the ways some patients experience changes in their subjective hearing characteristics, including audiologic testing when vision was changed was powerful and was just the tip of the iceberg. Dr. Heidi is personally interested in this area of integration not only because of her passion for vision’s effect on the brain and body, but also due to her lifelong love of music and playing instruments.

Ron and Dr. Heidi have several presentations throughout the two day symposium including:

Knowing Where you Are – Visual and Auditory Interconnectivity (Dr. Heidi Wise)
Dr. Heidi Wise will discuss similarities and parallels between visual and auditory processing for spatial localization. The concepts of sensory coherence and integration of auditory and visual information will help the attendee provide appropriate sensory input for overall successful egocentric location or orientation when working with patients, clients or athletes.  

What is Music? – How to Appreciate the Sounds within Music (Dr. Heidi Wise)
An overview of the fundamental perceptual attributes of music and their neurological influence will be given by Dr. Heidi Wise. To appreciate the benefits of music one should understand the loudness, pitch, contour, rhythm, tempo, timbre, spatial location and reverberation of sound. 

Hyperacusis, Tinnitus and Misophonia – What It Is and What It Is Not (Ron Hruska
An overview of concepts of extra-auditory connections in the brain that are responsible for clinical significant tinnitus and decreased sound tolerance will be given. Enrichment of auditory background weakens the tinnitus signal and enhances connections between the auditory and limbic system so that gradual habituation can occur with former activity or non-activity that is correlated with tinnitus, hyperacusis or misophonia. 

Rhythm, Resonance and Reverbation (Ron Hruska & Dr. Heidi Wise)
Clinical vibration, thoracic resonant rhythm and the timed beat produced by the feet and sacrum will all be discussed as they relate to bioacoustics behavior to patterned sound and noise generated by human activities, otherwise known as anthropogenic noise. 

Human Production of Postural Patterns through Biological Instrumentation (Ron Hruska)
Our biologic instrumentation that we rely on the most for postural organization and positional framework are the paired temporal bones. Localizing sound in auditory space is related to our ability to locate ourselves through temporal bone motion. 

How to Use the Sounds within Music (Ron Hruska & Dr. Heidi Wise) 
This discussion will enable the course attendee vary pitch, volume and tempo of music to enhance laterality with their patients, clients or athletes. 

Case Studies: Clinical Recommendations for Processing Disorders as They Relate to Postural Patterns (Ron Hruska & Dr. Heidi Wise) 
A number of case studies will be presented on patients that have been assessed and treated by Dr. Heidi Wise and Ron Hruska for visual sensory integration that also had underlying auditory processing disorders. Clinical recommendations and suggestions, based on these case histories and outcomes will be provided, as related to movement dysfunction and malpatterned posture. 

Posted March 18, 2016 at 8:34PM
Categories: Courses

Ron found Valerie Dejean last summer while researching more information on the Tomatis Method after reading two of Alfred Tomatis’ books, “The Ear and Language” and “The Conscious Ear”. After finding information on Valerie’s website discussing language and laterality with auditory function, he knew he wanted to talk to her more. After an hour long phone conversation with Valerie, we knew she would be a great addition to this year’s symposium! Valerie will be presenting on both days of the symposium with the following presentation titles, “A.A. Tomatis – The Man and His Method of Learning to Live Using Hearing and Voice” and “Building a Mind – The Role of the Ear and Sound on Emergence of our Modern Cognitive Architecture”  

Valerie Dejean graduated in 1976 from Boston University with a BS in Occupational Therapy. Her first job was at Warren State Hospital in Pennsylvania implementing a Sensory Integration program with Psychiatric-Schizophrenic patients. Three years later when she moved to Washington, DC, she specialized in using sensory integration techniques in the emerging epidemic of Autism. She was certified in Sensory Integration in 1983; and certified in pediatric Neurodevelopment Therapy (NDT) in 1984. She has advanced training in Myofascial Release and helped develop and teach the first pediatric trainings for John Barnes. She has advanced training in Cranial Sacral Therapy through the Upledger Institute. In 1992, Valerie trained in Paris, France with Dr. Alfred Tomatis, and started the Spectrum Center in Bethesda, Maryland, becoming the first occupational therapist in the world to use the Tomatis Method™ in combination with Sensory Integration.

Preview of Valerie’s Presentations:
Tomatis was a pioneer in identifying the foundational role the “Ear” in its’ entirety (gravity and sound perception) plays in human evolution and development.  Although based on his discoveries there now are a proliferation of technologies aimed at addressing listening and learning, there is very little understanding of his thinking.  Through an overview of Tomatis’ research that led to his revolutionary insights and treatment, Ms. Dejean intends to impart a deeper understanding of his clinical reasoning.  Armed with in-depth knowledge of Tomatis’ thinking, one is enabled to employ the soundest clinical reasoning and make the best use of his technologies.

We are born with a brain; we build our mind. We do this through our sensory interactions with the world. Through her clinical experience using the Tomatis Method with several thousand children and adults with Autism, Alzheimer, Learning, Attention, and Auditory Processing Disorders, Ms. Dejean is proposing the primary role that praxis plays in the human capacity to invent and be symbolic.  Through the use of clinical examples this talk will illustrate the bedrock effect that the ear (gravity and sound perception) has on how we as humans are able direct our attention, thoughts and behaviors, into successful and novel transactions with the outside world; the skills that have allowed us to survive and prosper as a species. Through case studies she will demonstrate how the use of sound and voice can be used to rebuild and realign cognitive, physical and emotional development so that a person’s potential can unfold.

If you haven't signed up for the Interdisciplinary Integration Sympoisum yet, be sure to do so this week, as the early registration rate of $465 ends this Friday, March 18th. CLICK HERE to sign up today!
 

Posted March 16, 2016 at 2:47PM
Categories: Courses
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