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Blog Posts in 2014

Christy Peterson (PRC) and I gave a riding clinic April 6 and 7 at her facility (Riverside Physical Therapy) in Ord, Nebraska.  This was an ideal setting, because Christy’s facility is located on her farm which has an outdoor arena for riding.  Participants trailered their horses in from the surrounding area.  All were competitive riders (mix of Western and English disciplines), some of whom were competing at the World level.

After PRI evaluation and treatment, followed by some PRI-based exercises designed specifically for riders, each rider saddled up!  They were tasked with integrating what they learned off-horse to on-horse…challenging but powerfully effective.  Riders must be able to move their seat, arms/hands, and legs independently of each other in order to guide and lead the horse successfully and perform well.  This requires extraordinary body awareness, subtle controlled movements, and centering to the ground (not the horse) atop a powerful animal that has its own asymmetries.  Riding is a complex sport and often referred to as an artform.

It has been my experience over the past 3 years that many of the cues traditionally used by riding trainers are misinterpreted by riders and promote an extension pattern.  I cringe when I hear these particular cues:  “sit tall”, “chest up”, “shoulders back”.  Interestingly, a term that both Christy and I use to highlight and promote flexion for riders is the word “collection”.  Riders know and understand this term, because it is used to describe a state of posture and movement of the horse.  “Collection”: moving back to front; getting hind legs under the belly for powerful movement, balance, and control; top line of the horse lengthened and bottom line shortened.  So, when we get a rider into an All-Fours position, a 90-90 Hip Lift, or a Supported Standing Wall Reach and ask them to “collect”, they will instinctively reach their knees forward with a posterior tilt of the pelvis to “move from behind” and activate their hamstrings.  Pretty cool!  It is also a helpful cue for the seated posture of riders in their saddles…lumbopelvic flexion with the front of the hips open. 

Christy and I both learned from working with each other, and the participants seemed to appreciate the dual point of views.  We are in the process of planning more clinics, since we had such a positive response.  Each participant received an individualized 2-hour session with both Christy and I. 

I hope to extend these types of clinics across the country…beginning with NE, MD, VA, PA, NC.  If you are interested in hosting one of these types of clinics, please contact me at Lilla@MovementControlSpecialists.com or visit www.EmpoweredRider.com.

Posted by Lilla Marhefka (PRT).

Seattle, WA (Myokinematic Restoration) - "I had a blast in Everett, Washington this past weekend. Betsy and Zach are now PRC’s and that made me proud as I met Betsy when I was training to teach this course!  Zach provided excellent support as my lab assistant. The jet-lag was worth all the hole control and appreciation for integration of pattern and position.  This group was a mix of PRC’s, aspiring PRC’s, and some brand new to the science of PRI.  The questions, dialogues and paradigm shifts were alive and well.  I only wish I could have had more time to teach and explore this beautiful part of our country.  I look forward to many more trips to the NW corner of the country.  Olympic PT staff and the new friends I met from the region were awesome! Sorry for all the corny jokes and tangents, but hey I’m Jen Poulin, what would a PRI course be without my stand-up routine mixed in?!" - Jen Poulin

Santa Clara, CA (Pelvis Restoration) - "Thank you Zenith Strength for hosting me this past weekend in Santa Clara, CA.  This course covers a lot of material in two days and with half the class being new participants….whew they got their feet wet. I feel the course participants appreciated our normal human asymmetry with the pelvis having muscles anterior/posterior, lateral, and inferior on both the left and right side that need to be in the correct position for optimal function. Certain muscles on the left or right side need to be “off” or inhibited while others need to be “on” or facilitated.  Joint position influences muscle position.  Once you see it, it’s hard to deny it.  It was a great weekend!" - Lori Thomsen

Tucson, AZ (Myokinematic Restoration) - "I had a fantastic weekend in Southern Arizona discussing the restorative power of the left hamstring. Besides positioning the lower half for tri-planer function, this muscle helps sustain the breathing patterns needed for single leg dynamics without adverse compensation.  Preserving hamstring function allows use of the left adductors without compensation  from the left hip flexors, and also use of the right abductors without compensation from the right lateral ab wall. This type of isolated muscle sequencing is what makes this course so exciting. And, Oh yeah, how could  anyone even  consider a visit to Tucson, Arizona, without dining at my favorite restaurant, Cafe Poca Cosa!"  - James Anderson

Posted April 9, 2014 at 12:58PM
Categories: Courses

It looks like we are going to have beautiful weather for our 6th Annual Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium this week. Safe travels to Lincoln!

Posted April 8, 2014 at 2:00PM
Categories: Courses

This was the second time that I had the pleasure of teaching at Finish Line Physical Therapy in New York City, and I am always grateful for their genuine appreciation and interest in PRI. After a weekend of Postural Respiration, I know most of them will not forget how to integrate left abdominals with left posterior mediastinum and right lateral thoracic expansion. I hope they became "lifted" as much as they "lifted" me on a wonderful rainy weekend in New York!

Posted April 2, 2014 at 9:27AM
Categories: Courses

This past week, PRI has been featured in two different news outlet stories!

Yesterday's issue of the USA Today included an article about Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Bronson Arroyo and his stategy to stay off the disabled list, which includes PRI and blowing up balloons. CLICK HERE to read the article online. PRT's Neil Rampe and Andrew Hauser along with the entire Arizona Diamondbacks athletic medicine and performance staff deserves some kudos here!
 

In another story, PRC therapist Jon Schultz from Des Moines, IA was featured by a local television station KCCI News8 in the story titled "How Learning to Breathe Could Help Your Recovery". To see this great video, CLICK HERE!

Posted March 28, 2014 at 1:31PM

Having recently returned home to Australia from visiting Ron and his team at Hruska Clinic and the Postural Restoration Institute, I can honestly say that I found the experience observing this brilliant team as second to none. Ron and his staff were such warm, hospitable people who so generously shared their knowledge and expertise, and the opportunity to witness their Practice in action has been nothing short of life changing. I want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank both Ron and his team for welcoming me to Lincoln, and I am excited to continue my studies with PRI and look forward to visiting the clinic again in the future. Regards, Jason Thomson.

Posted March 27, 2014 at 10:37PM
Categories: Clinicians

A few weeks ago, we hosted Ron, Jen, and our first PRI course at Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training (IFAST). It was the best family reunion ever.

You can read all about it here!

Posted March 27, 2014 at 10:09PM
Categories: Courses

What a great weekend teaching Myokinematic Restoration in Montreal at CoreXcellance!  I was fortunate to bring my husband Chris with me as my lab assistant.  Chris and I had a great time enlightening the multi-disciplinary course attendees about the Power of Position on Performance.  The Team of CoreXcellance is excited about the Integration of PRI into their facility and we had a diverse group of clinicians from Athetic Therapists, CSCS trainers, Massage therapists, Physiotherapists and Osteopathic physicians for Canada!  They are excited about PRI North of our border and it never gets old watching the  “Ah Ha” moments and Paradigm shifts.  At the end of the course, Chris took some time to share his experiences incorporating Myokinematic and PRI principles into the strength and conditioning arena!  We even enjoyed some Taste of Montreal a delicious dietary cheat “Poutine”. Thanks to all of our new Canadian friends for spending the weekend with us!  We look forward to growing PRI in Canada!

Posted March 27, 2014 at 9:41AM
Categories: Courses

This is one title of a slide from the many that Susan Henning will use to present historical perspectives and current overviews on how to slow, halt, or reverse spinal curve progression. She has a strong experienced-based background on this subject and her presentation is already preceded by her clinical passion and genuine caring personality. Susan’s willingness to share her story about two complimentary programs in a manner that will help you better explain to a young person the reason for curve patterns and “trunk changes”, is a gift to us. I know no other person like Susan, that can facilitate a proprioceptive, kinesthetic, and respiratory self awareness attitude or a self-correcting program like Susan can. This, in my opinion, will be the hallmark of our 2014 symposium!

Registration is still available for the upcoming 6th Annual Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium, being held April 10-11, 2014. CLICK HERE learn more and get registered today!

Posted March 25, 2014 at 1:29PM
Categories: Courses Clinicians

After reviewing Emily's presentation material, attendees will learn how to drive their diaphragm and therefore control both gravitational forces and barometric forces. This physical therapist and yoga teacher will explore the ancient concepts and modern application of yoga breathing techniques (pranayama) to help the PRI clinician fully experience and appreciate the power of the diaphragm contraction. She will offer guidance and suggestions that can immediately be implemented into a client's work out program to maximize respiratory and performance awareness. I can't wait for this uplifting two hour talk!

There is still space available for the 6th Annual Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium. To register, CLICK HERE!

Posted March 21, 2014 at 8:00AM
Categories: Courses Clinicians
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