Muscle Activation (Be Activated)
"The body is amazing, we are amazing, and it is now, right now in the world when we need to remember this."
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Our body has two priorities for survival; to breathe and to move – and without both – we will die! Our body finds ways to meet those priorities, and it’s willing to sacrifice anything else in order to do this. But these compensations put us at risk.
Our body’s ability to overcome the stresses and pressures of life can result in reduced movement and efficacy of movement and ability. Measurable reductions in strength, power, flexibility and endurance often occur, leaving our bodies less resilient, and at risk of poor performance, pain and dysfunction, both in the way we move and the way we behave. If you experience a traumatic event or injury, your body will find a way to "cope" and continue. We call this a cheat pattern, as different muscles will work to aid the body in moving and breathing any way that it can. Then you might notice a slow and gradual decline in function and performance. This is because for example, a shoulder is in fact trying to make up for the lack of function coming from the hips, the thighs and the calf/ankle/foot complex, and when called upon to be just a shoulder, it struggles. These compensations then get tired, and eventually break.
The result is at best is a loss of energy, at worst constant chronic pain and reduced function globally in the body. And of course, what is in the body is in the mind, and visa versa. Maybe the body's decline, is indeed a whisper for help. A cry for fixing what is in fact an emotional or mental belief held in the body.
Good news is it can be simple to reverse when you really honour what your body needs to function correctly. The Be Activated system starts by testing what your body is doing now, so that changes can be clearly measured. This is done by simple muscle resistance, strength and flexibility tests. We may look at your point of focus to see what part the brain is playing in your body's compensation patterns. Even visual field disturbances can come into play.
The next step is to activate the body to breathe correctly (so many of us are breathing with minimal efficiency, or over utilisation accessory muscles and on a scale of 26,000 times a day this can lead to repetitive strain type problems for us from simply breathing in correctly.) Once the first priority is being met effectively (diaphragmatic breath), we run through the body’s sequencing patterns, testing and activating, so muscles and structures can return to their correct firing patterns – they start doing their own job, rather than compensating for another area.
Allowing the the body and brain to integrate and remember how to work effectively and efficiently is key and this is where your work takes off. Only you can be the source of giving yourself what you need to integrate into this new, efficient pattern and way of being. A stress-free body can go back to working at full capacity, with full energy. The measurements are important, but what you feel is always foremost in our minds as we work. It’s all done using Activations which can be used safely and immediately by yourself, in any setting. That doesn’t mean you’ll suddenly be indestructible for eternity . Chronic muscle patterns will need reminding. But the Activation techniques are simple to teach and offer unique, powerful tools for control over your own health, wellbeing and life.
Simple changes to incorrectly functioning muscles allow the body to make immediate shifts towards resilience, strength and speed.
The results are incredible. An Activated body will quickly change from a state of tension and pain, to a strong relaxed state of excellent performance. When we do the right thing, the body responds immediately.
Be Activated is used globally by elite sports teams, celebrities, the fitness industry and health practitioners alike. As well as treating injuries and enhancing sporting performance, it’s a powerful tool for stress management, and can quickly break common patterns of movement dysfunction and chronic pain.
(Information taken from www.douglasheel.com, see his website for more and amazing stories of activations at work, 3000 stories)