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I am not sure where to begin with this course in review!  First I was blessed to share some extra time in the Big Apple with my husband Chris!  This October, we celebrated 15 years of marriage and it has been an amazing ride. This was my last course of 2014 and only my second Pelvis Restoration course of the year.  I so thoroughly enjoyed teaching the course attendees all about the power of respiration as it relates to the “Diaphragmssss” It was a year of AFIR and Myokinematics, but this past weekend was a nice divergence to the IPER and IsPIRs of the Pelvic Inlet and Outlet.  It was great to help the course attendees connect the dots from Myokinematic Restoration and Postural Respiration with Pelvis Restoration. We had a great time discussing patterns and how it is important to move in and out of patterns through life.  This concept resonated with the entire class!  My class also had a record number of PT students. It is so refreshing to share in their enthusiasm for learning.  Here’s to Brynn from Finish Line Physical Therapy for being a great host. I have made so many new PRI friends this past year and that makes all the sacrifice of travel and being away from my family all worthwhile!  I have enjoyed visiting cities like Boston, Dallas,  Indianapolis, Montreal, Madison, Canton, Pittsburgh, Cary, Tampa Bay, Seattle to name just a few.   Until we meet again #PRINATION, looking forward to taking a seat and a nice winters rest.  See y’all in 2015!

Posted October 22, 2014 at 3:43PM
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What a weekend in Vermont last weekend! The leaves were changing and it looked like fire on the mountains!  The course was Myokinematic Restoration and the group was fired-up as well!  Or as we say in Georgia: “Phard Up!” We had some great “ah-ha” moments (I know because I asked!) and, as usual, I learned a bunch of new stuff as well.  It never ceases to amaze me about how little I know.  I’m constantly reminded of it when I get to listen to some of the clinicians across the country.  Thanks for the education and a special thanks to my dear friend Holly Spence who always makes me feel so very welcome.  Special thanks to her mom and dad, Charley and Carol Spence for inviting me out to the farm.  They knew how to make an old hunter feel at home and welcome.  Charley, thanks for the tour of the sugar house and thanks for the pie.  I love gluten!!!

Posted October 20, 2014 at 9:09PM
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It was fantastic to be back in Salem for another great PRI Integration for the Home seminar with the awesome staff from First Call Home Health. Thank you Jacob Mullin for hosting another fantastic course experience and once again, thank you for the yummy FroYo. I can't get enough of that stuff. You always treat me so well. I was honored to teach the affiliate information to your staff, but was equally blessed to have learned so much myself from their insights because so many of the group have extensive experience with PRI and with the Home Integration material. Mellet, I was especially impressed with your commitment to mediastinal expansion to obtain and then maintain a Zone of Apposition with each of your patients. Your commitment to sagittal plane integration early in all of your patient programs taught us all which plane holds the key to frontal and transverse success with PRI. Thanks for treating these geriatric home health patients like the athletes they really are. #PRIHomeIntegration #EveryAthleteGrowsOld. 

Posted October 16, 2014 at 10:02PM
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They learned to put “ a little E in our I” and get “ some I into our E’s” or was it E I E I O? No matter how you slice it, it was a beautiful weekend in Cary, NC and nice to be so close to home for the weekend!  Josh Olinick and his wife Katie Stevens were excellent hosts and were very accommodating with a rather full house for my first Pelvis Restoration course of 2014!  I was blessed to have my father and daughter as invited guests.  My Dad wants to talk the talk on the golf course to his buddies about why his daughter travels around the country teaching PRI and my daughter Devon was just happy to be close to her Mom this weekend! I was thankful to have my colleague Jesse Ham co-teaching with me as I set the AFIR aside and welcomed back the IPIR and IsPER’s.  Thankfully all the brain knows is patterns and I had a great time enlightening the attendees on the inlet and outlet of a Left AIC and PEC. I felt so liberated talking about the PEC after a year of biting my tongue in Myokin this year!  It was an honor to help mentor Jesse as he prepares to teach this course in 2015.  I am no longer the new kid on the PRI block!  I only hope he doesn’t pick up any of my bad jokes!  

Posted October 13, 2014 at 6:34PM
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We are excited to announce more information for the next year's Annual Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium! SAVE THE DATE now for April 16-17, 2015, at the Cornhursker Marriott Hotel in downtown Lincoln, NE!

The title for this year's symposium is Exension Powered People: Managing Self-Efficacy Through Integration. This 7th Annual Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium will bring together nine speakers from seven different disciplinary perspectives to share their expertise and experience on working with people who are driven to exceed, excel and excite at the expense of overextending their psychological and physiological systems.They will reflect on the behavior of these “extension powered people” and discuss and demonstrate operational treatment and intervention concepts and guidelines to reduce self-induced “need” for autonomic force.The participant will learn how to recognize conditions and factors that lead to unrealistic or unnecessary functional performance levels, that are often self-imposed or induced.Addressing powered behavior and poorly optimized mindsets through sports performance, vision and sports psychology intervention will allow the participant to complete realistic functional goals with those who will need to maintain supra-active extended systems to complete required personal outcomes and expectations, regardless of the complexity and realism of the task.Cranial occlusion with the atlas and oral occlusion influences on the posterior neuromuscular pattern of extension will be addressed, which will compliment discussion of how to safely strengthen and condition those who function in un-safe situations with the same extension pattern.Each of the speakers will apply neuroscience applications to conditions that relate to and reflect the high powered performer.

Speakers include:
Ron Hruska, MPA, PT
Heidi Wise, OD, FCOVD
Todd Stull, M.D., FAPA
Tracy Heller, Ph.D., CC-AASP
Tim Miles, Head Basketball Coach University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Margo Schnell, DDS
Bill Hartman, PT, CSCS
Dallas Wood, ATC, CSCS
Zachary Nott, CSCS, SCCC, PRT

Click here to view the full agenda! To reserve your seat, register today! More information about each speaker and their respective topic will be coming soon, so stay tuned!

Posted October 8, 2014 at 9:31PM
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A big thank you to Jesse Geffon and the Cirque Du Soleil Performance Medicine staff for hosting a wonderful weekend of Postural Respiration. With attendees as far away as Louisiana, Virginia, and Hawaii, Vegas proves it can bring em' in from far and wide. And a big thank you to Julie Blandin, PRC for being my excellent lab assistant and for bringing the dangerous trio of Sarah, Sarah and Mo. They were great!

The emphasis on posterior mediastinal performance and 3-D thoracic neutrality really resonated with this group. The concepts began with a strong neurological emphasis on Saturday morning and all the dialogue and group comments throughout the weekend helped keep us there. Thank you Mike Cantrell, MPT, PRC for connecting your Seattle Postural Respiration class with our Vegas class on Sunday morning. It's always great to hear from you. And thank you Las Vegas for making me feel back at home once again!

Posted October 2, 2014 at 2:11PM
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This past weekend I spent time in Seattle, Washington. With the Cascades in the background and the Puget Sound in the foreground we rocked Postural Respiration! The group was eager to share information and they seemed quite at ease with material. Several newcomers to the science were present and it was exciting to see them begin to understand this complex material. Special thanks to Zach Hawthorne DPT, PRC for all his help. Looking forward to my return someday. Washington is beautiful!

Posted October 1, 2014 at 5:05PM
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I spent time in Chicagoland teaching Impingement & Instability. I was so pumped by the end of this past weekend because the group was switched-on, the room was electric and the exchanges were dynamite!  Reference Centers ruled the days and several folks found some new neurological pathways for solutions to plaguing issues. Tim-inhibit those TFL's, Deb- breathe!!, Liz- R Glute max for your daughter, Barb-R subscapularis and Bill...I'll just keep taking notes brother!!

Posted September 24, 2014 at 7:21PM
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We had a great time in Montreal this past weekend with Pelvis Restoration. We had an integrative room full of healthcare practitioners with various backgrounds. I feel by the end of the weekend, they appreciated the importance of a hemi-pelvis and frontal plane control of this hemi-pelvis during left stance and /or right swing phases of gait.I also felt an improved understanding of how important the pelvis is to truly integrate the body. I thoroughly enjoyed “coaching” these individuals and feel blessed to have spent the weekend with each of them. Here’s a picture of us taking our hats off to Ron Hruska in our extended hyperinflated state!

Posted September 18, 2014 at 8:58PM
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When James Anderson asked me if I thought there would be interest in a PRI Affiliate Course for Yoga one year ago, neither of us would have believed that it would bring together 60 people for the first course. Participants came from all across North America representing various health, fitness, and coaching professions. Over 1/3 of the participants were yoga instructors (including James' wonderful new wife Karen) with no formal PRI training prior. Welcome to PRI Nation, yogis!

We dove right in Saturday morning with James presenting his Affiliate Course overview of PRI. The audience gained appreciation for PRI's unique -and asymmetrical- platform and our un-waivering respect for neurology, respiration, and biomechanics. By specifically highlighting how the Left AIC and Right BC patterns impair ZOA, gait, and availability of motion, he began the conversation on how yoga can equally optimize or minimize an individual's neutrality. After lunch, I introduced the PRI Yoga Screens, PRI Yoga Awareness Sites (PRIYAS) with a hat tip to Impingement & Instability Reference Centers, and key PRI Opposition Muscles to be mindful of in yoga. I hope that these  screening tools will empower yoga teachers to feel confident in understanding the outcomes of their intervention as well as provide the basis for a referral to -and clear communication with- a PRI clinician. These screens introduced non-clinicians to the A-B-A world of PRI and will undoubtedly demonstrate the value of PRI Yoga to their clients. The PRI Assessment Poses are yogic manifestations of the Hruska Adduction Lift Test and proved to be playful ways of finding the PRIYAS hidden in the poses. 

Throughout Sunday, we explored PRI Yoga poses (asana) in movement labs interspersed throughout the day. I taught asanas that emphasized one or integrated all three planes of movement. I especially loved sharing Bollywood and Warrior 3 as they are equally inspired by yoga's birthplace and by PRI non-manual techniques; they also optimize late left stance and early right stance respectively. We modified the traditional movement sequences of the sun and moon salutations with many students feeling more neutral after just one round. Next, we focused a new PRI "P" word with pranayama or breathing practices that attained and maintained the ZOA.  In closing, I offered recommendations on sequencing a yoga class to parallel a PRI treatment progression and provided PRI Yoga interventions based on potential PRI Yoga Screen outcomes. 

It was a full weekend marrying the complementary aspects of PRI and Yoga. We received gracious feedback and look forward to offering it again next year with some of the first-time glitches fixed. This course brought together two vast bodies of knowledge and left all of us in awe of the similarities and the breadth of these healing paths. I am humbled and honored to share it with you all.

You can also visit Shine Integration Physical Therapy's website and the Postural Restoration Integration for Yoga Facebook page for more photos and course review. Namaste'!

Posted September 17, 2014 at 8:55PM
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