It was a chilly and windy weekend in Fort Collins last weekend for my first solo offering of the Human Evoluation course at Pro Active Physical Therapy. The crew was more than welcoming, and the altitude is no joke! We had some fun discussions about how human beings evolve, are challenged, learn, and balance… their bodies, their sensory systems, their upright abilities against gravity, and how they express joy through movement of their mandibles, arms, femurs and their floors. Attention was made to offering opportunities to experience a LEFT ATNR (see photo below). We had enriched conversations about the importance of crawling on hands and knees, self-actualization through lowering oneself with control, walking behind a push toy (to name a few) and how to achieve the ultimate goal of walking down the stairs backwards with the realization of our most posterior group of muscles, our glutes!  Concepts of motor control were reviewed and support for the use of the cross-referencing clinical tool was supported by 9 foundational PRI principles.

In attendance were 15 clinicians including a personal trainer, a pediartic OT, a doctor of Chiropractic, a dentist and, of course, physical therapists. Although the air up there was thin, and it favorably challenged my patterns, it did not stop us from learning from more than 100 patient video examples of course concepts and treatment techniques. I will say, I appreciate the ground more after lowering myself with control back down to sea level where my sensory systems and cognitive pocesses are familar, though so grateful for the novel experience.

Thanks so much to my fellow PRI faculty member and host Craig Depperschmidt, ProActive Physical Therapy clinic owners Brian Benjamin and Andy Collingwood, course attendees Tracy Benjamin, Rachel Kroncke, Sara Truelsen, and Ruth Waller-Liddle. Feeling so grateful and honored to have met such a wonderful group of clinicians. Thank you!