Harmony.  It is a key topic for our education and a necessity for our bodies and lives.  To ride the ups and the downs and to know that we will always come back to a set point.  Today we look at this concept of harmony in the light of heart rate and blood pressure response and how there may be more than just breathing to bring it back to its optimal state.


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Joe LaVacca is a Physical Therapist based out of New York City where he owns his own private practice; Strength in Motion Physical Therapy. Joe’s focus on communication, emotion, and education are the 3 primary tools he uses to build empowerment while teaching and with his patients. Joe is the lead educator for Fringe Inc, a company focused on building a community for human beings to support one another, while promoting and celebrating the very things that make us who we are.