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Blog Posts in March 2016

We will be closed on Friday, April 1st (no this is not an April Fool's joke) to move into our new PRI Headquarters. We will not have access to phone or email, but hope to be up and running again by Monday, April 4th. Have a great weekend!

Posted March 31, 2016 at 4:34PM

Straight out of the Hruska Clinic, Jason Masek's third article will be published in the Co-Kinetic (formerly known as SportEX) April 2016 issue, as well as online at

Check out a preview!! online at the Hruska Clinic Blog or on our You Tube Channel.

Posted March 31, 2016 at 2:21PM
Categories: Clinicians Articles

Last week I had the opportunity to do a brief PRI introduction to a group of 9 students in the Graduate Program in Athletic Training from San Jose State University. They came to me via Tokyo. While in Nebraska for PRT Testing in January, Tadayoshi Takahashi had mentioned to me that Tokyo native Dr. Maasaki Tsuruike is Head of the Graduate Athletic Training Program at SJSU and Dr. Norikazu Hirose, professor of Sports Sciences at Waseda University in Tokyo is doing a year sabbatical with him. So he reached out to them and had them contact me as soon as I got back from NE, so long story short, they met with me a few weeks ago and wanted to bring the SJSU students on a tour. Some Waseda University students may come to SJSU in the summer and they may end up spending a day with us at the Riekes Center also. So NE to Tokyo to San Jose. Funny how networking works!

In a phone conversation with Valerie Dejean discussing her Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium presentation, she asked us if we do any sort of entertainment as part of the symposium. Ron and I of course listened intently as she shared with us the story of her friend, Rhonda Musak, an actress and acting coach, who was preparing to debut her autobiographical, self-written solo show, “Rhonda Badonda: The Adventures of a Girl with a Pain in Her Brain.” We are so excited to bring Rhonda from NYC to Lincoln to present her solo show at this year’s symposium. Her personal journey will tie directly into this year’s topic, and we couldn’t have found a better fit for an entertaining piece at this year’s symposium!

Rhonda Musak is an actress and acting coach in New York City. She recently had the pleasure of performing in Vancouver, BC as she launched the world premiere of her self-written solo show, Rhonda Badonda: The Adventures of a Girl with a Pain in Her Brain, at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, followed-up by a sold-out run in NYC at the United Solo Theatre Festival. Rhonda has appeared in numerous New York City productions including the title role of Ondine – which was produced by her company, Deep Water Productions. Other favorites include: The Good Person of Setzuan, Measure for Measure and The Marriage Proposal. Rhonda has toured nationally and has performed regionally. She is a graduate of the National Shakespeare Conservatory. As an acting coach, Rhonda blends powerful acting techniques together with transformational Ericksonian solution focused life coaching at her acting studio: Art & Soul Acting –

Rhonda Musak brings a world premiered funny and moving piece that takes the audience on a triumphant, auto-biographical journey through the trials and tribulations of being different, and ultimately to self-discovery and healing:
“She squeaks by with a pile of self-help books and coaches in every corner.  Is she dumb?  Why can’t she function normally in the world?  When a mysterious pain dismantles her coping strategies, Rhonda Badonda embarks on a journey that leads her to the Paris Opera, Mozart, and the ultimate face-off…with her brain.”

Rhonda Badonda from Rhonda Musak on Vimeo.

Posted March 23, 2016 at 10:01AM
Categories: Courses

I was welcomed back to Worcester; Mass by the awesome staff of Central Mass Physical Therapy this past weekend!  I had such a great time teaching Myokinematics of the Hip and Pelvis last year and really looked forward to returning this year to teach Pelvis Restoration!   I was not disappointed. The class was a diverse group of clinicians that had experience ranging from newbies to PRC’s.  I was joined by my former UVM classmate and 2005 PRC classmate Cory Healy and my PRI BFF Donna Behr as lab assistants.  The staff of Central Mass spoiled me with yellow M & M’s and their enthusiasm for PRI. We had a great time once again.  We switched gears from AF and FA to discussing the PRI relationships of the Pelvic Inlet and Outlet.  Thanks to a little sleep deprivation compliments of Delta Airlines, a fun analogy of the new Jen Poulin “Pickles of the Pelvic outlet” emerged.  Look closely at our group picture of the Right posterior outlet pickle in the front row and 2 eager PT students funneling PRI knowledge in the back row!  Too fun!!  PRI is alive and well in Western Massachusetts. 

Posted March 23, 2016 at 9:50AM
Categories: Courses

A couple years back when Matthew Uohara was in Lincoln completing the Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) credentialing program, he told us about a book he is authoring, titled Leading the Movement. Some chapters in his book include: Music in the Movement, I See Movement, The Artist and the Teacher, An Evolutionary Base, An Asymmetrical Base, An Epigenetic Base, along with several other chapters. Long before the topic was chosen for the 2016 Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium, Matt was talking to us about the influence that sound has on performance and movement. For this reason, Matt was an easy selection for this year’s symposium to present on his experience with sound, music and auditory input in working as a strength and conditioning specialist training weekend warriors and athletes of all kinds. Matt’s presentation title at this year's Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium is “Evolution, Illusion and Neurofeedback – Harnessing the Power of Sound during Performance.”

Matthew Uohara is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. He holds a Masters in Human Movement. Matthew has studied Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization through the Prague Rehabilitation School, he is Postural Restoration Trained through the Postural Restoration Institute in Lincoln, Nebraska and is a Functional Range Conditioning movement specialist. Matthew currently trains athletes from all the professional ranks including the NFL, NHL, MLB, WNBA, and WTA. In addition Matthew prepares individuals for both the Summer and Winter Olympics. 

Sneak Peek at Matthew’s Presentation:
Sound is an illusory world.  Hidden in these illusions are evolutionary impressions born out of the struggle to move the way we do!  This relationship between sound and performance allows us, the added variable, to harness this power in the form of patterned neuro-feedback.  If handled in an educated manner, the outcome of this relationship can be a potentially elegant mover! 

Posted March 21, 2016 at 1:35PM
Categories: Courses

Ron found Valerie Dejean last summer while researching more information on the Tomatis Method after reading two of Alfred Tomatis’ books, “The Ear and Language” and “The Conscious Ear”. After finding information on Valerie’s website discussing language and laterality with auditory function, he knew he wanted to talk to her more. After an hour long phone conversation with Valerie, we knew she would be a great addition to this year’s symposium! Valerie will be presenting on both days of the symposium with the following presentation titles, “A.A. Tomatis – The Man and His Method of Learning to Live Using Hearing and Voice” and “Building a Mind – The Role of the Ear and Sound on Emergence of our Modern Cognitive Architecture”  

Valerie Dejean graduated in 1976 from Boston University with a BS in Occupational Therapy. Her first job was at Warren State Hospital in Pennsylvania implementing a Sensory Integration program with Psychiatric-Schizophrenic patients. Three years later when she moved to Washington, DC, she specialized in using sensory integration techniques in the emerging epidemic of Autism. She was certified in Sensory Integration in 1983; and certified in pediatric Neurodevelopment Therapy (NDT) in 1984. She has advanced training in Myofascial Release and helped develop and teach the first pediatric trainings for John Barnes. She has advanced training in Cranial Sacral Therapy through the Upledger Institute. In 1992, Valerie trained in Paris, France with Dr. Alfred Tomatis, and started the Spectrum Center in Bethesda, Maryland, becoming the first occupational therapist in the world to use the Tomatis Method™ in combination with Sensory Integration.

Preview of Valerie’s Presentations:
Tomatis was a pioneer in identifying the foundational role the “Ear” in its’ entirety (gravity and sound perception) plays in human evolution and development.  Although based on his discoveries there now are a proliferation of technologies aimed at addressing listening and learning, there is very little understanding of his thinking.  Through an overview of Tomatis’ research that led to his revolutionary insights and treatment, Ms. Dejean intends to impart a deeper understanding of his clinical reasoning.  Armed with in-depth knowledge of Tomatis’ thinking, one is enabled to employ the soundest clinical reasoning and make the best use of his technologies.

We are born with a brain; we build our mind. We do this through our sensory interactions with the world. Through her clinical experience using the Tomatis Method with several thousand children and adults with Autism, Alzheimer, Learning, Attention, and Auditory Processing Disorders, Ms. Dejean is proposing the primary role that praxis plays in the human capacity to invent and be symbolic.  Through the use of clinical examples this talk will illustrate the bedrock effect that the ear (gravity and sound perception) has on how we as humans are able direct our attention, thoughts and behaviors, into successful and novel transactions with the outside world; the skills that have allowed us to survive and prosper as a species. Through case studies she will demonstrate how the use of sound and voice can be used to rebuild and realign cognitive, physical and emotional development so that a person’s potential can unfold.

If you haven't signed up for the Interdisciplinary Integration Sympoisum yet, be sure to do so this week, as the early registration rate of $465 ends this Friday, March 18th. CLICK HERE to sign up today!

Posted March 16, 2016 at 9:47AM
Categories: Courses

It has been March Madness in the PRI office lately! We have been preparing our new building, working on getting our home studies online and getting ready for the 8th Annual Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium. In celebration we will be giving away a free tuition for one of our online home studies for the person who gets the most number of Final Four teams correct (If there is a tie a random drawing will determine the winner). Your four teams must be in by 10am EST on Thursday March 17 to be entered. One guess per person. Go to our Facebook Page to enter.

Posted March 16, 2016 at 8:36AM


The Cantrell Center for Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine is now interviewing for a Licensed Physical Therapist.  We are a Postural Restoration Certified Facility and you will work with and learn from the very best!                      

***New Graduates May Apply***

The Cantrell Center for Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine is proud to have served Middle Georgia and the community at large for over twenty years, as an independently owned clinic and wellness facility. Our expert services and individualized programs for our patients and clients have made us the number one outpatient rehabilitation facility in the region.  Patients and athletes travel from across the southeast, all areas of the country, and even Europe to take advantage of our unique services and unmatched expertise.

What makes The Cantrell Center a great place to work?
We are a collaborative environment, where patient care is paramount and each team member’s gifts and experiences blend to create an atmosphere of integrity and encouragement. As part of our team, you will work side-by-side with like-minded and dedicated colleagues, while enjoying the opportunity to build your own career.


  • A Work/Life Balance -- We understand that you have a family outside of work.
  • Outstanding work environment – Beautiful, clean, state-of-the-art facility! A fun, positive atmosphere!
  • Commitment to clinical excellence - You'll learn from the best!
  • Team atmosphere - Our employees care about each other!
  • Ethical standards - We have a reputation for the best patient care!
  • Constant training and learning - You will learn Postural Restoration Institute treatment methods.
  • An excellent mentoring program for new hires – especially for new grads
  • Competitive salary and benefits package

Mike Cantrell teaches Postural Restoration Institute® courses to Professional Athletes all over the United States! We are proud of his and the Cantrell Center's accomplishments!

We encourage you to visit our website for more information about our company and our programs. 
If you like what you see there, please contact/submit your resume to Mary Oakley, PT, CHT, at

Posted March 14, 2016 at 4:59AM

Jennifer Bullock, PT, OCS, PRC was the first speaker Ron invited to speak at this year’s symposium, after he learned of her personal and clinical experience with sensory and auditory processing disorders. As Jennifer will discuss in her presentation, she personally has been diagnosed with auditory processing disorder, and she has also two children that are affected by auditory processing disorder and sensory processing disorder.  Her presentation title is “Do You Hear What I Hear? A Personal Experience with Sensory and Auditory Processing Disorder.”  

Jennifer graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy in 1992. She is currently enrolled at Texas Women’s University completing the transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy program. Jennifer is employed at Texas Health in Allen, TX in the outpatient PT department, where she works with a variety of neurological, orthopedic, and lymphatic diagnoses. Jennifer is an Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS), Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) and Lymphatic Certified. She is also a trained provider for The Listening Program® (TLP), a music listening method, personalized to improve brain fitness at any age or level of ability.

Jennifer’s presentation will focus on how Sensory Processing Disorder and Auditory Processing Disorder effect the ability for the human body to organize stimulus. When organization of incoming stimulus is decreased, then resulting limitations occur in the body such as decreased ROM and neuromuscular strength. Strategies to help the body organize incoming stimulus will be presented by the use of hearing and music and therefore promote improved organization and neuromuscular control. 

This year's Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium will be held at our new PRI Headquarters (as we are nearing completion of construction of our brand new 5500 sq ft space and scheduled to move in on April 1st)! To receive the early tuition rate of $465.00 you must register by March 18th. CLICK HERE for more information and to register online!

Posted March 11, 2016 at 10:52AM
Categories: Courses
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