Breathing

Postural Respiration & Ron Bombs

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“Empower Two Diaphragms”

This was the simple but highly effective message from Ron Hruska at the Postural Restoration course at Finish Line Physical Therapy in New York City on the weekend of May sixth and seventh.

This was my first PRI course of the year as I begin the journey to take in all the primary courses in five weeks and try to gain a deeper understanding of the patterns we see on a daily basis.

During the two day course I took enough notes to write a short novel as well as some #ronbombs – direct quotes from Ron, which I posted on twitter and I will also detail here. The following is a stream of note taking with direct quotes in parenthesis. Here is the official course in review as posted on the PRI website by Louise Kelley.

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10 Things I Learned in 2016

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Are you Stressed Out?

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Press Reset, Improve your Overhead Position

Over the last two to three months I have been working on improving my overhead position. Shoulder mobility and the ability to press overhead or feel comfortable while doing so is closely connected to the thoracic spine and ribcage position. Poor movement in the thoracic spine will only mean poor movement at the shoulder position. If lost, it’s important to try to gain back some of that ability to reach overhead while having your ribs, diaphragm and hips stay as close to “neutral” as possible without being in extension.  So how do we shift back to neutral? We need a reset. Continue reading