It sounds like the main event at Wrestlemaina and to some extent it is. It’s the constant battle that goes within your body every day. Like wrestling, the bad guy often wins through unfair advantage or outside help but unlike wrestling it’s totally unscripted.
I was reacquainted to this daily battle recently at the Daghda-Synergy Amatsu academy where Sean Beakey was explaining. It’s one of those simple concepts that condenses more complex matters and provides clarity. The basis of it is this;
*For good musculoskeletal health your rate of regeneration MUST exceed your rate of degeneration.
It’s wordy, but in a nutshell if your body is repairing faster that its breaking you’re in good shape. It’s a bit like your finances, if you have more money coming in than going out you’re ok. Also like your finances, the issue many of us have with our bodies is that there is so little difference between the two that any unexpected event can disrupt that balance and suddenly we’re in the red and sinking fast.
So what can we do to “get a raise” for our regeneration? Its time to meet the Godai.
In Amatsu the Godai are the five factors that influence us, they are
- Environmental- our surroundings
- Electrical- wifi, phones, microwaves
- Emotional- Stress, depression, happiness, love
- Chemical- What we eat, what we drink, what we absorb
- Structural- Our posture, our movement, do we sit/lift/stand all day
What many of us don’t think about is how receptive our bodies actually are. At any time there are multiple adjustments/functions going on based on temperature, terrain, what we’re doing/consuming etc.
Our nervous systems are working overtime to help us adapt to what is around us. Nobody works for free so this takes energy. The harder the body works to adjust, the more energy it expels and so, to conserve energy it takes shortcuts and this is where injuries become adaptations and the process of degeneration starts to gather pace versus the process of regeneration.
So what can we do about it ?
Start by making a list of all the activities you do on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. Do you stand/Sit all day? Do you exercise regularly? What you’re trying to work out is how much your demand from your body, at what level do you require that it performs. Then make a list of the ways you take care of your body. Do you get enough sleep, enough water, enough good food and enough maintenance?
You can’t expect your body to run like and F1 car if you treat it like an old banger.
Let’s look at the Godai again and how we can make improvements
|Environmental||Get clean air,go into nature, less pollution, sleep better|
|Electrical||Take a break from your phone/computer/wifi/microwave|
|Emotional||De-stress, laugh, do something you enjoy, see friends|
|Chemical||Eat better, drink more water, reduce caffine/sugar/alcohol|
|Structural||Get an Amatsu balance, move more, better posture, walk|
In their book **Management of Common Musculoskeletal Disorders:Physical Therapy Principles and Methods, Darlene and Hertling say
“A high percentage of the chronic musculoskeletal problems seen clinically are fatigue disorders. These are disorders in which abnormal stresses imposed on a structure over a prolonged period result in a tendency toward an increased rate of tissue breakdown.”
They go on to say
“The two factors that the body is attempting to balance are (1) the process of tissue breakdown and (2) the process of tissue production or repair.”
Now that you have this knowledge, Book an Amatsu Balance with Harmony Amatsu Clinic and take the first step towards addressing the difference between your body’s degeneration and regeneration. Make some more small changes to improve the effects of the Godai and listen to what your body is telling you.
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