Postural Respiration - I had a really nice weekend in St Paul Minnesota with some of the old and new staff from Impact Physical Medicine and Aquatic Center, a long time advocate of PRI education and training. I have had a lot of great experiences at this facility over the years, but I have not been back in at least 2 or 3 years. It was nice to meet the new members of their staff and to see all the positive changes they have experienced with the new design and expansion of their clinic. I was grateful for the support of my lab assistant and long time friend, Curt Johnson, PT, PRC. His assistance explaining the objective tests and guiding the group in the performance of manual techniques was very helpful and appreciated.
We had a diverse group in attendance who individually brought a lot to the table that collectively strengthened the experience of the entire group. I appreciate each one of you taking the time to attend the course and for contributing to the learning experience for the rest of us. Thank you Esther Hill, for traveling all the way from Tulsa Oklahoma to take your first PRI course. It was refreshing and fun to see your enthusiasm as your paradigm shifted the way it did throughout the course. Thank you Erik Krueger for taking 2 days during your busy schedule as a PT Student to expand your knowledge of respiratory and thoracic mechanics. You helped me appreciate the strong desire to learn all you can that is present in so many young up and coming professionals. Thank you Kari Kantack Miller for your expertise as both a chiropractor and an athletic trainer and for the administrative skills you bring from your work at Bemidji State University. It was fun to help you connect the dots professionally and personally as we worked through the respiration material. Thank you Mayumi Ogino for your continued support and your insights as an athletic trainer who works with Division I collegiate women's volleyball athletes. Yes, they tend to overuse their necks to coordinate their breathing, which in turn contributes to their tendency to develop Superior T4 Syndrome. And thank you Steve Babcock for following up your recent experience taking PRI Integration for the Home with this Postural Respiration course. It was fun to talk functional integration of the material in the real world and to see you gain further confidence with the science.
The Postural Respiration course is the heart and soul of this institute and one of my favorite courses to teach. It's always great to breakdown the right sided vs left sided performance of muscles like the respiratory diaphragm, the serratus anterior, the lower trapezius and the oblique abdominal wall. I enjoy discussing and explaining system asymmetry, diaphragm function, airflow, thoracic gait, thoracic neurology and respiratory lateralization. Every time I have the privilege of explaining these fundamental PRI concepts and the powerful influence they collectively have on human movement, I am grateful to Ron Hruska for his lifetime commitment to learning and sharing.
As I taught this course I thought to myself, there is no way I would be able to have this type of advanced discussion on any of these topics with a group of Postural Respiration course attendees in 2017 without Ron's clinical experiences back in the 1980's and his commitment to put his observations together and form this institute back in the 1990's. I recognize that I personally would not know what I know about any of these concepts or understand what I do about human performance without the benefit of Ron's lifetime of experiences. It helps me to think back and remember where we have come from and how we got here as I work to help others begin their journey with PRI and expand what they know about breathing and thoracoabdominal performance. I'm grateful to be a protégé under such a great mentor like Ron and to in turn have the privilege to be a mentor to others.