Posts by Lori Thomsen

What a fun weekend of teaching Pelvis Restoration this past weekend in Lancaster. Nearly 3/4 of the class was attending their FIRST PRI course. I know many individuals have opinions what primary course attendees should attend first and many think Pelvis should be the last to attend of the the three primary courses. That being said, these professionals were amazing with understanding new concepts, looking at the pelvis in the detail of position, muscle facilitation/inhibition, and application of PRI tests needed for treatment. Yes, it's a lot of material, but one must understand it's the integrator between Postural Respiration and Myokinematic Restoration. If you don't have a pelvic inlet you won't get a ZOA needed for trunk rotation (Postural Respiration). If you don't have inlet and outlet frontal plane control you won't manage a hip (Myokin). My fellow course participants got it and did amazingly well. What an awesome weekend, learning shouldn't stop in our careers! Thank you for being open minded to new concepts and I hope you all come to love PRI as much as I do.

Pelvis Restoration, Postural Restoration Course

Pelvis Restoration Course, Lancaster, PA - Postural Restoration (PRI)

A shout out to Cathy Ingram and the rest of the staff at Lancaster for hosting this past weekend. Lancaster had 15 participants from their staff alone attending the course this past weekend. Thank you so much for the set up, tear down and organization. Most importantly, thank you for your passion for PRI.

PRC Frank Mallon with Lori Thomsen, Pelvis Restoration - Postural Restoration (PRI) course

Also, a huge thank you to Frank Mallon for being a wonderful lab assistant. Frank is humble, approachable, an amazing clinician with a strong passion for learning and PRI.

Posted April 29, 2019 at 5:07PM
Categories: Courses Science

It was a wonderful weekend in Roseville, CA not only experiencing balmy weather of 58 degrees (back home it was below 0) but teaching my first Pelvis Restoration course in 2019 to these professionals. Close to half of the class was experiencing their first PRI course and this group asked awesome questions. Those attending the course for the second time also really appreciated the course updates with the Hruska Abduction Lift Test and respiration concepts related to the pelvic diaphragm. I truly feel that a deep understanding and appreciation for the three Primary Courses in PRI is key for clinic outcomes. Thank you Suzi and the staff at Sutter Physical Therapy for your hospitality and to Caleb Chiu for your amazing lab assistance.

Posted March 12, 2019 at 2:55PM
Categories: Courses

Thank you Ryan Murray and the rest of the Fortius Athletic Staff for hosting Pelvis Restoration this past weekend. Also, a huge thank you to Jon Rowe, CSCS, PRT, for being my lab assistant.

This class was awesome with their questions, desire to learn and their attention the entire weekend. This course is challenging from the sheer amount of information given and you guys did great. Pelvis Restoration goes into great detail with position, muscle inhibition/facilitation and respiratory concepts behind "AFIR" and "AFER." I feel the concept of push/pull and asymmetry between the left and right side for alternation during the gait cycle hit home. Vancouver is a beautiful city and I hope to come back and visit. Thanks again!!

Posted October 2, 2018 at 5:38PM
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A huge shout out to Amy Goddard from Goddard Orthopedic and Sports Therapy for hosting Pelvis Restoration this past weekend in Dallas, TX. You are simply awesome. Thank you for everything from room set-up, food, organizing a dinner out Saturday, lab assisting, and your passion for PRI. Half of the class was attending their first PRI course and the attendees varied from Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, Athletic Trainers and Personal Trainers. The intellect in this group was amazing from seasoned PRI practitioners collaborating with their peers to assist them on their journey with PRI. This course "goes into the weeds" with AFIR/AFER tri-planar positioning of the pelvic inlet and outlet. If patients don't have correct facilitation and inhibition on the left and right sides for gait, they will struggle with FAIR/FAER and trunk rotation with compensation thru the neck and ankle. It was a great weekend with colleagues who have a desire to learn and are open minded to the complexities of the human body. Thank you to this class for a wonderful weekend. On a personal note, mixing my passion to teach with a quick trip to Waco, TX with my sister to take in the Magnolia Market from the show Fixer Upper. It was a great trip to Texas!!!

Posted August 22, 2018 at 6:48PM
Categories: Courses

I had the privilege of teaching at Advance Physical Therapy in Chapel Hill this past weekend.   I had a wonderful time teaching this group of clinicians over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend with March Madness in full swing.   The big takeaways this past weekend from the class perspective were the following:  1. the power of respiration and synchronization of both the pelvic and respiratory diaphragms.  2. The A-B-A model of evidence base practice implemented in the clinic with PRI concepts.  The “A” objective PRI tests then the “B” of PRI non-manual techniques and then the change to the “A” after the technique was implemented.  3.  Truly understanding what the PRI objective tests are and how they can assist the clinician to picking PRI non-manual techniques that best assist the patient.   This class was inquisitive, passionate, and open-minded.  It was a great joy to mentor you in your PRI journey.   To the staff of Susan, Joe, Jean, Lisa, Beth, Molly, and Nancy thank you, thank you, and thank you.  Your organization of the room set-up, snacks, assisting us to get manuals copied when a boxed didn’t show up and most importantly for your passion of PRI, I am grateful and humbled.

Posted March 20, 2018 at 9:22PM

Thank you Stan, Christie and Impact staff for hosting Pelvis Restoration this past weekend. We had a fabulous weekend introducing some recent updates to the Pelvis course. The Hruska Abduction lift test was added to the course. It's a great test for assessing frontal plane integration of the pelvis. The practitioners found it to be a great tool for clinical application when assessing their patients to assist with reciprocal and alternating function. It was an amazing group with critical thinkers. Thank you for a weekend of your time. Also, a shout out to Kenny who lab assisted for me. Great weekend. Great people.

Posted August 29, 2017 at 4:20PM
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Thank you Joey from Engineered Per4mance for hosting Pelvis Restoration in Iowa. We had 10 clinicians attending their FIRST PRI course. We had 5 P.T. students and 1 dental student in addition to physical therapists, strength and conditioning coaches, and a chiropractor. What an amazing group of individuals learning this past weekend. Trisha had an appropriate car decal on her truck “Pelvic Sorcery.” Of course we weren’t performing “black magic” on the pelvis, but we were applying the science and concepts of PRI to the complexities of the pelvic inlet and outlet. We need a pelvic diaphragm that can achieve a “zone of opposition” just like the respiratory diaphragm in left stance for correct forward propulsion in gait. If not, our patients will utilize the pelvic diaphragm as a postural stabilizer just like the respiratory diaphragm. Chew on that and realize the importance of opposition of the pelvic diaphragm by pelvic outlet abduction via the left obturator internus and illiococcygeus and the pelvic inlet adduction via the left iliacus. This pelvis frontal plane control allows our necks and ankles to wobble and trunks to rotate.

Posted March 6, 2017 at 9:25PM

It was a wonderful weekend in Gilbert, AZ teaching Pelvis Restoration. Thanks you Connor Ryan, PT, DPT, CSCS, PRC and Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy for hosting this PRI course. We had 35 attendees and we got into the nuances and details of the AFIR/AFER position as it related to the pelvis and it's relationship to gait. We had great discussion and demonstration of rectus abdominus inhibition (thanks Steven) and compensatory and non-compensatory hip position with the Pelvis (thanks Pat). It was an amazing and insightful group of clinicians.

Posted January 26, 2017 at 8:06PM

How appropriate to teach Pelvis Restoration at Finish Line in New York City weeks before the New York City Marathon. Tri-planar pelvis control is vital not only for runners, but for any individual that sits, stands, or walks in life.  In that case, ALL humans.  We all need a stabile pelvis in order for our hips and trunk to rotate and our ankles and necks to wobble. 

Danny, Ashleigh, and Kim thanks for your first row enthusiasm.  Rondel, Stone, Otis, and Jason I appreciated your hunger and thoroughness to learn and understand PRI.  The first time PRI course attendees (Matt, Jake, Alan, Karin, Kara, Oleg, Lily, Jeremy, Matt, Jimmy, Carly, Ross, Iwalani, Dan, Elana, Erica, Jeff, Emmi and Jameela) my respect and admiration for going on thru this in-depth material with me. Those attendees for coming back for more PRI, your passion to learn and apply principles taught in this course you have my professional respect.  FINISH LINE P.T.—Caroline, Lily, Alison, Jason, Carly, Alicia, Andrew, Michael, Raechel, and Emmi, thank you for hosting all of us.  Your tireless commitment to PRI is awesome!  Lastly, a huge shout out to my awesome assistants Trevor and Greg, PRC’s from Resilient Performance Physical Therapy you have wicked PRI skills.  I loved teaching in New York and had a wonderful time exploring the area after the course.  Thank you!

Posted October 24, 2016 at 1:41PM

We had 42 attendees at Pelvis Restoration this past weekend in Redmond/Bellevue WA (just outside of Seattle.)  16 of the course attendees were new to PRI!  Not only did the course participants gain understanding of frontal plane of the pelvis for stance and swing phase of gait, the ability to utilize PRI tests to assist with which quadrant needed inhibition to assist with facilitation of the frontal was emphasized.  Lots of “light bulb moments” and further enhancement of PRI was capitalized.  This group was awesome.  Lots of great questions and comments from some intellectual clinicians.  Much thanks to Carl from Pro Sports Club for hosting us this past weekend and also to my lab assistants Minh Nguyen - OTD, OTR/L, PRC and Cathy deSmet, PT, PRC.

Posted May 19, 2016 at 8:44PM
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