With Be Activated, strength and flexibility throughout the body measurably improve, recovering better movement patterns, balance and endurance, overriding old compensations & promoting better breathing habits. Abnormal loading on joints, the spine and soft tissues are relieved, optimising healing to occur post injury, a feeling of space within our joints and spine, and pain & stiffness to settle. Muscle activation is also a surprisingly good tool for stress relief.
When we first learn to crawl and walk, theory suggests muscle activity and movement is generated naturally from the pelvis and center (core) outwards in a 1-2-3 sequential pattern.
However, as we journey through life we develop different postures and movement patterns, due to many influences such as injuries, sport, school and work, including society's growing inactivity and sitting habits.
Our physiology is also highly affected by our minds, in our experiences, emotions, knowledge, beliefs and our reactions to the stressors of life... work loads, deadlines, traffic, equipment malfunctions, worry, anger, sadness...
These everyday pressures stimulate our stress response (fight and flight) and cause the body to tense and change... breathing becomes shallow, apical and inefficient, our important diaphragm stops working efficiently and our central outward firing pattern is altered or lost. We find compensatory ways to move, but they are not as efficient, and a reduction in strength, flexibility and endurance results. Strains and dysfunctions occur in repeatedly loaded parts of the body, performance deteriorates and we become less resilient to injury.
Be Activated sequential muscle activation "reboots" the whole body to return it towards its original sequential 1-2-3 pattern. Each treated point is thought to affect our adaptable webs/trains of fascia/connective tissue throughout the whole body and stimulate more nerve signals to reach a specific muscle group, causing more of the muscle to function optimally. This leads to a measurable increase in strength and/or associated flexibility.
After activation, clients feel:
“loose”, “light”, “relaxed”, “so much stronger”, “rebooted”, “open”, “de-stressed”, “solid”, “pain-free”, “able to fully breathe”, “everything is clearer” or even that “I could beat a charging bull!”
Be Activated is used successfully around the world on people with all levels of function, fitness and age, from an older person hoping to walk more comfortably to our top performing young Olympians.
Here's what we do!
Over a number of physiotherapy sessions we progress through diaphragmatic breathing and zones 1, 2 & 3, exploring all the major muscle groups. We test each group for strength or flexibility, activate the relevant point with a manual technique and retest. By this process we discover the points that have the greatest effect on each individual, and the whole body gradually returns towards its original, strong, flexible and balanced 1-2-3 pattern.
Everyone has a different rate of recovery depending on various factors, including the severity and chronicity of the problem, and your commitment to the advice and exercises/techniques prescribed. Please expect to commit yourself to at least 3 to 6 sessions, usually on a once or twice weekly basis.
Muscle activation is a great treatment technique you can easily learn to do on yourself at home or prior to activity and sport. As we discover the points most relevant to you, we note these down for you to work on at home.
Please be aware when planning your first appointment or two, you may feel significantly tired afterwards - although many feel energised. We are all unique!
You can find more fascinating information, including articles on this method and enlightening testimonials from around the world, at douglasheel.com.
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