The Postural Neuromuscular Reflex System and How it Works

Live Online Lecture/Workshop Series

April 25 - May 26, 2022

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Dr. Ted Dimon will present a series of 14 live online classes, 2 hours each, from April 25, 2022 through May 26, 2022. The live class will meet Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 10:00AM-12:00PM EST. Recordings will be available to all students until August 1, 2022. This month-long intensive course will also include 10 hours of optional study, including 2 Developmental Movement classes, 4 review sessions, and 4 discussion groups sessions


"There is in all human movement a basic organizing principle, an active force that ensures effortlessness, vitality, and optimal control in everything we do. It is not accepted or understood by modern science, yet is demonstrable and observable and will one day be considered among the most important principles in our understanding of the natural world. It is not taught in movement training programs, and yet it is the key system governing how the body is organized to move." 

This key principle, as Dr. Ted Dimon demonstrates in this course, is the central organizing principle in movement, or what he calls the postural neuromuscular reflex (PNR) system. Today there are virtually hundreds of movement and exercise methods designed to increase strength and flexibility, all of them promising improved health and functioning. But the basis for human as well as animal movement is a natural system that ensures effortless action without any meddling or interference from us. When this system works well, muscles do not strain but are naturally healthy and toned; joints have room and are supported so that they can work with maximum ease; breathing is full and unimpeded; vitality is heightened by improved muscle tone; and circulation is maximized by a lack of excessive contraction in muscles. In short, the key to improved movement and health is not the practice of this or that method but an understanding of how the body is designed to function with a minimum of strain based on the working of the PNR system.

In this 4-week course, we will look at the different components of the PNR system: the relationship of the head to the trunk; the tensegrity architecture of muscle and bone; the contractile function of muscle; the role of muscle length; and the automatic working of the musculoskeletal system as a whole. We will also look at how we interfere with the PNR system, and how to use our awareness to restore and activate the system when it has been interfered with.

Course syllabus can be viewed here.

Pricing:

  • $150 early-bird (by April 18th); $175 regular

  • Student Discount - $100​ early-bird (by April 18th); $125 regular. All students currently enrolled in any professional certification or degree program are invited to register at a discounted rate. Please register here to receive a student coupon code.

  • The Dimon Institute Scholarship Fund is able to offer a limited number of full and partial need-based scholarships to those in financial need. Please complete this form by April 13th to apply.