Tucson, Arizona in November is just about as good as it gets for comfortable weather and I enjoyed every minute. I had a great weekend seeing some old friends and discussing hot topics like breathing, the posterior mediastinum and human performance while teaching the Postural Respiration course. I saw this awesome license plate cover in the parking lot on the way into the course and knew it was going to be a great weekend. Anyone who asks if you can ”inhale in a state of exhalation” is definitely into muscle inhibition, autonomic control via the diaphragm and tri-planar performance.
A big thank you to Brett Johnson and Maximum Impact Physical Therapy for hosting and to a very enthusiastic group of therapy, training, performance, and strength professionals. Five major league baseball organizations were represented and I got to see my old friend, Jimmy “The Pioneer” Southard of the Seattle Mariners. Thanks for fanning the flame Jimmy. You’re awesome.
Thoracic flexion was the heart and soul of our 2 day discussion. A greater appreciation for the location of the sympathetic trunk/ganglion in the posterior mediastinum and the neurologic impact on all body systems when this ganglion gets compressed helped us understand the far reaching negative impact of promoting extension. And how else are you going to unlock the transverse plane performance that we all need for doing things like pitch a baseball?