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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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Impingement and Instability (Everett Washington) - A beautiful weekend exploring PRI's secondary level course Impingement and Instability in the northern corridor of the Greater Seattle Area with the good folks at ATI in Everett. A big thank you to Alexa Degel, DPT for handling all the host site coordination issues and making sure I had all that I needed to pull off a great presentation. Your extra effort throughout the weekend made all the difference and was greatly appreciated.

I would like to take the time to thank two attendees who traveled all the way from Singapore, Malaysia and one attendee who traveled all the way from Seoul, South Korea to be with us. David Lee, Wee Ho Lim and JangKeun Kye, you have my respect and appreciation for traveling so far to be with us. Two of the three attended as a direct result of an early trip Ron Hruska made to Seoul back in 2008. JangKeun, thanks for your pioneering spirit and for inviting your friend David to learn about PRI by traveling to America.

And thank you Wee, for exploring the science of PRI and beginning your journey online (including through PRI home study courses), and now by attending actual live courses. I appreciate you being the demo for lateralized respiratory and airflow patterns and showing us how some of the techniques look when carried out with full respect for diaphragm dynamics. It was cool to see your amazement when your right HGIR and left Hor Shoulder Abd was restored to full and equal and full rotation was restored to your neck, after those same measures have not been fully restored at any time in the past. It was also fun to see how surprised you were when an old man (me), was able to drop into a full range of motion overhead squat right in front of you. You made me smile when you said, "I didn't see that coming".

As a class, we learned how to go through a valuable check list of neurological reference centers ("brain"), lateralized performance criteria ("lane") and respiratory performance issues ("breathing"). The autonomic nervous system was very responsive to the brain, lane and breathing approach to balancing axial performance as we worked to minimize instability across the calcaneus, femurs, ilia and scapula. As I noted at the beginning of the course, this Institute is appreciative of each one of you and your journey to get through the introductory coursework and get to this point. I hope you found the journey well worth the effort and felt rewarded by your secondary level coursework experience.

Posted September 28, 2018 at 7:11PM
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I enjoyed teaching Myokinematics of the Hip and Pelvis last weekend in Asheville, NC! This was a special weekend as I was able to take Mr. Jen Poulin aka Chris with me to help! It has been awhile since we were able to travel and teach together. We were joined by Josh Owen, ATC, PRT. It was great to meet Josh and have him help with the labs.

This course was hosted by the fun energetic group of clinicians from the Charles George VA Hospital. Tammy, Doug, Amy, Monica to name just a few of the staff, made us feel welcome.

Most of the class were taking their first PRI course! I always enjoy this class as it really hits home the fundamental concepts of AF and FA position and common compensations. We all appreciate the importance of respiration as it relates to stabilization of a pattern. This course really helps the course participant understand how respiration and gait are so interconnected. Concepts of swing vs. stance, AFIR, AFER and soft tissue compensations were understood as it relates to position, pattern and performance. I had so much fun teaching this past weekend! I can't wait to come back!

I will get a few weeks off and look forward to heading up to Worcester, Mass on Oct. 13-14th to teach this awesome course again!

Thanks for everyone's prayers for NC. Hurricane Florence left her mark, but we are Carolina Strong!

Posted September 27, 2018 at 9:27PM
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It seems that over the years the courses that I’ve taught for the Postural Restoration Institute kind of run together. So many times I’ve almost forgotten in which city I’ve been! I know that Ron and James have had the same experience. We’ve chatted about it before. This past weekend I was in St. Louis and I taught Postural Respiration at Complete Fitness Results and Nancy Hammond PT, PRC & Lesley Callaham PT, PRC were my wonderful hosts and were unforgettable. They took good care of me and made sure the class went well. Nancy owns Integrate 360 and she and Lesley really have a great operation! Their skills are obvious and they have a true patient following. When I think about Postural Respiration I wish that I could take 3 days and teach it. The concepts are challenging in this class for sure. I see a lot of folks again and again when I teach it. I don’t blame them either. It took me forever to wrap my mind around the details! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at PRI because we really are here to help you. We WANT you to succeed! Nobody gets it all in one weekend and the application of the science to your patients can be challenging for sure. So reach out! Email us! Call us! Send a smoke signal. Let us help and good luck!

Posted September 25, 2018 at 8:15PM
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Thanks to hurricane Florence, I got to fly into Chicago early and explore downtown. What a great city! So much to do I wish I could have stayed another 3 days! This was the second time we taught in the Chicago area, as this was one of the very first host sites to the PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement course back in 2016. It’s fun to reflect back on how far we have come and how much the course has evolved to help the PRI science progress. We were lucky to have some attendees return for a second time and their post course reviews reported great improvements and positive comments on how the labs were more integrated, practical, and helpful. Some quotes from the course evaluations were:

“This manual is a treasure. Instructors artfully simplified all 3 primary PRI courses into a clear and continuous narrative. This course helped integrate and synthesize the more abstract concepts of other PRI courses. This was an amazing course and I am so grateful!”

A Pilates Instructor says: “The instructors kept my attention the entire time! Amazing! I never found myself daydreaming. This course will help me better screen clients and create more individual focused programs for each client.”

Another Strength Coach says “Super valuable course. Powerful material to help guide fitness professionals from driving dysfunction and pathology. The details and variations of exercises will help me better work with clients with dysfunction and pain patterns”.

I am very grateful to the fabulous hosts: Mark Cibrario, Wynne Conklin, and Kyle Cibrario at The Trainers Club. Thank you for being so welcoming and gracious and we were lucky they hosted this course because the space was perfect and their passion for fitness and movement was spot on!

We had a great mix of PRI trained attendees along with first timers and it made for a fun group. PRI experienced people appreciated how we simplified complex principles, avoided rabbit holes, and taught practical application, and new attendees got exposed to the big picture and application to start using key principles and to help facilitate better retention in subsequent courses. I’ve gotten to a point in teaching where the diverse audience we tend to attract is something that excites me and I love the challenge of uniting minds and professionals and helping all attendees look at axial movements and hyperactivity patterns for trunk stability through a different lens. Every course I learn something as we can all learn from one another!

The brain reflexively searches and identifies patterns for motor learning, just as we learn components of larger movement patterns, its mastering some of these basic micromovement patterns that creates the stability and motor control many of our clients are searching for to move painfree. Motor control and instability issues are not always a problem of weakness or lack of strength. People waste time and energy trying to strengthen muscles that don’t need to be strengthened and then create misuse patterns further complicating the movement sequencing. This course is one of the only courses that breaks down three planes of movement of the axial frame into the micromovements that clients need to maximize output in larger movement patterns. This is a lab heavy course, as we break down components of foreign movements and get people practicing feeling them and coaching them right away. Organizing components of axial movement in the sagittal and frontal plane for proper loading and lateralization is so crucial for todays perception of postural health. On day 2 we discuss key neurorespiratory principles as related to larger movement patterns like the squat and deadlift, as well as single legged movements like the RDL, Bulgarian split squats and steps ups.

 If you have any interest in attending, don’t hesitate and sign up today for the Philadelphia course October 6-7. It will be our last course of this year and you don’t want to miss the distribution of this year’s course manual!! Its not too late to sign up! Sign up today to attend PRI Fitness and Movement at The Training Room Physical Therapy at Maplezone Sports Institute in Philadelphia, PA. See you there!!

Posted September 20, 2018 at 3:32PM
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Regardless if you are a patient, a course attendee, a guest lecturer, or going there for consultation, when you enter the doors of The Cantrell Center for Physical Therapy, Sports Medicine and Wellness, you are family. The entire staff were engaging and enlightening.  All of the course attendees accommodated my needs to embed the center of our orientation, the orientation for autonomics, and the conduit of zones, i.e.  the foramen  magnum and the vertebral foramen of the atlas, in organized tri-planar revolving movement. They helped me teach future attendees that will appreciate the needs to embrace laterality, asymmetry and sensory integration for cervical function. The content of this course reflected the attendees willingness to consider the reasoning for the neck to revolve, as well as the reasoning to restore appropriate universal tension provided or placed on the neck and its contents. There was a wonderful example of a left Side Bend positioned cranium in class that was so willing to allow me to demonstrate re-positioning and re-patterning techniques with it. Courtney Stearn DPT owns this cranium and she and her cranium, cervical spine and cortex were anatomical gifts to all of us.  Her personality and behavior made the first day a complete day of enjoyment and learning. Thank you Courtney! Sitting to the right of Courtney was Amy Brown DPT who owned a cranium and neck that reflected right torsion through the sphenoid. She also contributed so much to the second day by allowing me to discuss her testing outcomes and her technique demonstration.  She could not have been in a better place or in a better time for this presenter.  Thank you Amy, we are all grateful for your attendance and willingness to share your head and neck.   

Course participation, by everyone, and I mean everyone, was awesome.  So thank you for making this weekend a very special one for me.   I can still see and hear Tassie Cantrell PT putting out strawberries and blueberries, putting furniture away afterwards, smiling ALL the time and answering questions on when she and her facility will be putting on another PRI course, and asking questions about O on A and A on O.

Lola Rosenbaum DPT thank you for being my “sphenoid” and Leah Whipple DPT thank you for being my “shift”.  And finally, Skip George DC, PRC, thanks for being there, and mentoring me, and guiding me, and listening to me, and assisting me, and putting up with my metaphoric satire, and for loving me.  

Posted September 19, 2018 at 7:22PM
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We are excited to announce the very first "Travel with PRI" European Tour, following our Impingement & Instability course in Munich, Germany next September! Don't miss the opportunity to not only travel with Ron Hruska, but also other PRI colleagues and friends to Germany, Czech Republic, and Austria. This 10 day tour will begin in Munich following the Impingement & Instability course (September 14-15, 2019).

Highlights of the tour include:

  • Travel from Munich to the Bohemian Czech village of Český Krumlov situated on the banks of the Vltava River.
  • Next its on to Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic. It avoided major destruction in WW II and is now much like a living museum.
  • Travel south to Salzburg, birth city of Mozart and also admired as the film location of the “Sound of Music.”
  • Journey to Olympic Innsbruck for a stay in the heart of the Tyrol. The city is surround by the majestic Alps.
  • Conclude the tour in Munich as you sample the festive Octoberfest!

This tour is limited to the first 50 registrants, and will require a minimum of 25 passengers registered by March 1, 2019 to be confirmed. To view the daily trip itinerary, along with pricing, CLICK HERE. Please contact tour coordinator Joan Hanson, MPT, PRC, CFC, DPT if you have any questions. We are very excited about this opportunity and would like to thank Joan for suggesting this fun idea. Now, who wants to travel with PRI on this amazing trip?!

Posted September 19, 2018 at 3:13PM
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Providence, RI, one of the oldest cities in the U.S., is home to University Orthopedics. This PT clinic is GOAT, with large windows and water views on three sides, providing a parasympathetic balance to the focused attention on the impact of human asymmetry. It was wonderful to have professionals from different backgrounds (PT, PTA, ATC, CSCS, LMT) and skill sets come together to consider the profound impact of the diaphragm and rib cage on our movement. Following the discussion on the differences between optimal and sub-optimal breathing patterns, one attendee revealed that this was the first time in her life that she was able to inflate a balloon😊. The smaller-than-typical group size allowed for more one-on-one time in lab, ensuring attendees’ proficiency at carrying out objective tests and non-manual and manual techniques. Thank you to our models (Daniel Anthony, ATC; Kerri-Lynn Francis, LMT; Landa Pappas, PTA; Damion Perry, BS, CSCS; Joseph Robinson, ATC; and Maurice Sicard, ATC) and our reader, Stacey Brennan, MT, PTA – you greatly enhanced our understanding of course concepts. A huge thank you to our hosts at University Orthopedics (Dan Bien, PT, OCS, CSCS; Stacy Faiola, PT, CSCS; Kevin Mahoney, DPT, ATC; Dave Pezzullo, MS, PT, SCS, ATC; and Ed Wojciechowski, PT) for all of the work you put forth to provide a fantastic learning environment!

Posted September 4, 2018 at 7:05PM
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Myokinemetic Restoration (Covington, LA) - Glad to be in the Bayou State. This weekend, I taught PRI's first course in the great state of Louisiana. Ron and Mike have both consulted and taught private course offerings in Louisiana in the past, but this was our first formal course open to the general public and it was a great experience.

Thank you Chris and Karlie McDougall at Renew Physical Therapy in Covington for hosting and making sure the experience was fun for everyone. Thanks for inviting your staff and also for inviting a local orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Joey Bonvillain. Our course was better because he stopped in. Your passion for neurology, respiration and biomechanics is palpable and you're helping to spread the news across Southern Louisiana by starting to host PRI courses at your facility.

You guys made everyone feel welcome and you also gave me some top notch recommendations for food and entertainment. Your recommendation to go to the annual White Linen Art Festival in downtown Covington was a great idea for my Saturday Night entertainment and I loved it.

And thanks for introducing me to Cajun seasoned Oysters on the Half Shell, those perfectly spiced Boudin Balls, Crayfish and Fried Alligator. I fell in love with The Chimes and called it my new favorite restaurant, until I realized most all the food in Southern Louisiana tasted that good. And the Pralines you gifted me from the French Quarter Candy Market, forget about it, I'm all in.

Dave Giardina is an Athletic Trainer and Therapist on the Renew team who actually was Chris McDougall's little league baseball coach. Dave, it was great to have you there, for more than one reason. First, you are seasoned enough to get my jokes, smiling and laughing when some of the younger clinicians look at me like I just said something totally out there. But mostly because your comments and questions were so valuable and your example of being a lifelong learner inspired us all. Thanks for being you Dave.

Also thanks to our model patient, Allison Roux, who helped demonstrate the exercise progressions for the class with growing confidence. Thanks for your questions, but mostly for your feedback to the group on how the exercises felt to you. You and I are the same age and when you said your left hip stopped clicking and felt secure after literally clicking every day since you were 19 years old, you made me stop and think about how many steps I've taken since I was 19 and what a frustration that might have been. The concept of "Ligamentous Muscle", as taught in this Myokinematic Restoration course can truly be life changing. Thanks for reminding me of that fact and helping the rest of the class realize how powerful it can be when applied correctly.

And thank you Jeff Bangs for bringing your enthusiasm to the class and your helpful insights as an Athletic Trainer in professional sports. Thank you to your mentor and my friend Navin Hettiarachchi for recommending that you come to this course and for being such an inspirational leader for everyone on the Wizards staff. And so you know Jeff, I did follow up with Navin and he confirmed that you did indeed gave him that big hug I requested you give him from me. Thanks for following through on that. You're a great young talent with an obvious passion for continued learning and you're going to go far.

Posted August 23, 2018 at 4:27PM
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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
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