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Many people are aware of how breathing exercises are used to reduce stress and anxiety, calm down and meditate, but did you know that breathing exercises can help you unlock spine, shoulder, hip, and ankle range of motion and release chronic tension patterns throughout the body?

Restoring optimal breathing mechanics and good breathing habits can dramatically influence many areas of your life. Dysfunctional breathing can affect your biochemistry and how your body balances its pH levels, carbon dioxide, oxygen, energy levels and quality of sleep. There are hundreds of breathing exercises out there, some are geared to influence our mind, emotions, mental state, and physiology, others are focused on restoring postural biomechanical relationships to improve how the body moves and manages muscle balance. Allow us to help you determine which ones are best for you and your current state of health.

Breathing well is the foundation of good health, posture, and movement. Its the first reflexive involuntary movement that occurs when we are born, last when we die, and our body knows how to preserve, compensate and twist ourselves up to keep us breathing in often inefficient and ineffective ways that can cause many problems in our health and movement patterns. We move parts of our body to breathe in and out over 20,000 times a day, while this is often silent and subconscious, if its occurring in a compromised position or with bad habits, it can create various problems without us even knowing.

Breathing health can be optimized and retrained to improve an array of health and psychophysiological issues.

Breathing dysfunction is a very common undiagnosed problem to many common ailments. Therapy and treatment are not just for those that have a diagnosed breathing issue like asthma, long COVID, COPD, mouth breathing, snoring problem or sleep apnea. Breathing therapy can be a instrumental factor in the treatment of:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Chronic shoulder pain and recurrent shoulder injuries
  • Thoracic outlet compression or tingling in the arms or hands
  • Plantar fasciitis or ankle pain
  • SI dysfunction or hip pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • TMJ or facial pain
  • Chronic fatigue, dizziness, or feeling faint
  • Digestive problems, constipation and gastrointestinal issues
  • Lymphatic drainage issues
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Sleep disorders
  • Chronic coughing
  • Voice or speech problems
  • And more….

The science of Postural Restoration® takes a unique, whole-body approach to diagnosis and treatment.

Most of the time, pain, tension and dysfunction are caused by a mechanical muscular problem relating to muscle actions and movement patterns that are out of sync and imbalanced. We are committed to helping you reach maximum functional performance. Treatment is fully-customized and based on your specific physical needs.

With Postural Restoration®, we perform a series of biomechanical tests to assess your body’s movement. We look at your pelvic movement, breathing diaphragm, rib cage and spinal movements, as well as scapular and shoulder reaching and lifting movements.

What makes Thrive different? Thrive Proactive Health is the only facility in Hampton Roads to have the most highly trained therapist in this kind of treatment approach, and the only clinic in Hampton Roads to be certified by the Postural Restoration Institute.

Did you know your body has a dominant side? The tasks you perform exaggerate this dominance, which forces your body to work asymmetrically. The science behind Postural Restoration® treats these movement inefficiencies, compensation and pain caused by our asymmetric movement patterns.

Your body is a biomechanical linkage of parts. When one part is out of balance, the adjacent parts are influenced and the kinetic change adjusts to find balance. Postural Restoration® focuses on keeping neuromuscular balance between each part and the two sides of your body.

Our goal is to empower you with corrective techniques and education to help you achieve better body balance.

Postural Restoration Diagram Thrive Proactive Health

Breathing Therapy &
Postural Restoration® Services

Available only at Thrive’s Virginia Beach Market Square location.
20% discount offered to military, first responders and healthcare workers for all cash-based services. 

We use a collaborative, team approach for all breathing therapy and Postural Restoration® services. You may receive personalized care from more than one therapist during your treatment.

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Breathing Therapy & Postural Restoration at Thrive Proactive Health

Breathing Therapy Initial Evaluation & Treatment Session

60 minutes $129 $99 (limited-time offer)
* Cost is reduced with membership plans or packages. 

During your initial session, we’ll evaluate your breathing, airway related issues and postural imbalances related to your breathing habits and asymmetries. We’ll work on breathing exercises to address the areas of concern. During the entire process, you’ll understand the purpose of each exercise and intended outcome. From there, we’ll recommend at-home exercises and a continued therapy schedule so we can get you back to feeling great and moving without pain. 

Please use the chat feature or call us at 757-416-6700 to assess your needs, discuss insurance and schedule your appointment. 

Please use the chat feature or call to schedule your Initial Evaluation: (757) 364-0067

Certified Postural Restoration at Thrive Proactive Health Virginia Beach

Postural Restoration Initial Evaluation & Treatment Session

60 minutes $129
* Cost is reduced with membership plans or packages. 

During your initial session, we’ll evaluate your symptoms, posture and body mechanics to better determine the source of your symptoms. We’ll work on mobility exercises to address the areas of concern. During the entire process, you’ll understand the purpose of each exercise and intended outcome. From there, we’ll recommend at-home exercises and a continued therapy schedule so we can get you back to feeling great and moving without pain.

*This service is unable to be booked online. Please use the chat feature or call us at 757-416-6700 to assess your needs, discuss insurance and schedule your appointment. 

Please use the chat feature or call to schedule your Initial Evaluation: (757) 364-0067

Restorative & Performance Physical Therapy

Follow-up Session

60 minutes $129
* Cost is reduced with membership plans or packages. 

We’ll review and assess your progress and continue to work on improving your body mechanics. 

This service is only available for existing clients who have had their Initial Evaluation.

Restorative & Performance Physical Therapy

Express Tune-up Session

30 minutes $89
* Cost is reduced with membership plans or packages. 

Quick review to assess your progress and work on improving your body mechanics.

This service is only available for existing clients who have had their Initial Evaluation.

Functional Cupping Therapy at Thrive Proactive Health

Vacuum Cupping

Signature Recovery 60 minutes $89
Quick Fix Recovery 30 minutes $59
Quick Fix 30 minutes $49
* Cost is reduced with membership plans or packages. 

Soften tight muscles, release toxins and improve blood flow to tissues with vacuum cupping. This holistic form of alternative medicine applies vacuum pressure with cups to lift the connective tissues away from the skin.

Restorative Physical Therapy at Thrive Proactive Health

Physical Therapy Screening

30 minutes $89

Not sure you need breathing therapy and Postural Restoration®? Our physical therapists will assess your postural alignment, educate you on issues found and provide recommendations and/or schedule you for a full evaluation and treatment session. 

*This service is unable to be booked online. Please use the chat feature or call us at 757-416-6700 to assess your needs, discuss insurance and schedule your appointment. 

Please use the chat feature or call to schedule your Physical Therapy Screening: (757) 364-0067

Physical Therapy Applications

Graston Technique therapy at Thrive Proactive Health

Graston Technique®

An instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization tool known for its success in effectively treating all soft tissue conditions.

Dry Needling Therapy at Thrive Proactive Health

Dry Needling

Powerful in treating soft tissue dysfunction, pain, neuromuscular injury and imbalance — dry needling can boost the process of returning your body to a state of balance.

Vacuum Cupping Therapy at Thrive Proactive Health

Vacuum Cupping

Soften tight muscles, release toxins and improve blood flow to tissues with vacuum cupping. This holistic form of alternative medicine applies vacuum pressure with cups to lift the connective tissues away from the skin.

Theragun Therapy at Thrive Proactive Health

Theragun®

Known as the NBA’s secret weapon, the Theragun® works to loosen tense muscles, relax tendons, improve mobility and more!

Meet Your Breathing & Postural Restoration Specialist

Julie smiling with her hair down wearing a blue shirt

Julie Blandin, PT, ATC, CSCS, PRC, DipACLM

Julie has been working in the Fitness and Sport Medicine field since 1998 and has an extensive background in Pilates, Fitness and Sport and Spine Rehab. She began studying the fields of breathing therapy and Postural Restoration® extensively in 2007 and in December 2010 earned her certification from the Postural Restoration Institute becoming 1 of 79 certified therapists in the country and California’s first and only certified PRI clinician.

She considers her early years of dissecting the Postural Restoration Science to be the most influential and career changing years of her professional career, and remains very passionate about bringing this complex science to students, schools, and teams in easy and digestible formats.

Julie has experience lecturing to therapists, trainers, sports rehab experts, and physicians on the in-depth biomechanical approach utilizing Postural Restoration® and Breathing Therapy to enhance posture, fitness and movement. She authored and taught a Fitness and Movement Affiliate course for the Postural Restoration Institute for over five years (2015 – 2020) and traveled all over the United States and internationally in Europe and Australia to share her expertise.

She has worked with graphic designers and animators to illustrate complex breathing relationships, as well as developed screening tools for athletes and trainers to assess how breathing imbalances and asymmetries may be affecting movement health, stress management and sleep. She teaches restorative fitness principles to help people modify their fitness and performance programs to keep them moving well as they age.

Julie owns and operates Thrive, an alternative interdisciplinary Lifestyle Medicine practice in Virginia Beach, VA that specializes in various rehab and self care modalities including massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, energy medicine, cupping, breathing therapy, postural restoration, restorative fitness, small group personal training, nutrition, mindset training and physical therapy.

Thrive Proactive Health Virginia Beach

MARKET SQUARE

2830 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
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HOURS
Monday • 9am to 7pm
Tuesday • 9am to 7pm
Wednesday • 9am to 7pm
Thursday • 9am to 7pm
Friday • 9am to 4:30pm
Saturday • 9am to 2pm alternating
Sunday • CLOSED

CONTACT INFO
(757) 364-0067
Fax: 757-416-7777

KEMPS RIVER

1320 Kempsville Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
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HOURS
Monday • 10:30am to 7pm
Tuesday •  9am to 7pm
Wednesday • 11am to 4pm
Thursday • 10:30am to 7pm
Friday • 9am to 2pm
Saturday • CLOSED
Sunday • CLOSED

CONTACT INFO
(757) 364-0067
Fax: 757-416-7777

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