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    Activation is a system where neurolymphatic reflex points (trigger points) and abdominal breathing are used stimulate muscles; this will lead to increased strength, resilience, and speed.


    Self-Activation Sticks allow you to perform effective activation techniques to yourself. Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Massage, Neurolymphatic Massage Points, Be-Activated, RPR, etc all benefit from the use of Self-Activation Sticks.

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    1. Injury Prevention
    2. Enhanced Performance
    3. Increased Focus & Awareness

    Activation results are incredible. An Activated body will quickly change from a state of tension and pain, to a strong relaxed state of excellent performance.

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  • Zone 1 Activation

    Activate the diaphragm by running the thumb down the center of the sternum. Work on areas that are most sensitive. Yes, this really hurts. The whole process takes about two minutes. When finished, the body responds with an incredible belly-breath.

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    Next activate the psoas. In the photos above, an activation stick to activate the psoas. The stick is used to produce better results (otherwise you can use your thumb). The spot is two inches to the side and two inches down from the naval. The pressure should be up and in towards the naval as 15 belly breaths are taken.

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    Next activate the glutes by rubbing the bony ridges at the back of the head 15 times on each side (see picture above).

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    Then rub the jaw line below the ear. This can be very sensitive. Open the jaw wide when finished (see picture above).

    • Belly breathing must be done during the entire activation.
    • RPR/Activation can be painful, but it is temporary. Despite the pain, I have yet to witness an individual who doesn't want to be activated. The pain stops when you stop.
    • Diaphragm breathing is the key to the entire zone-1 activation. 
    • With sticks, athletes can take care of their own activation. 
    • Zone-1 activation is a daily exercise during warmups.
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    More About Activation & Reflexive Performance Reset (RPR)

    The Be Activated philosophy will change they way you work. Through activation, simple changes to incorrectly functioning muscles allow the body to make immediate shifts towards resilience, strength and speed.

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    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. Excerpt taken from DouglasHeel.com

    Be Activated is a constantly expanding and changing therapeutic and performance based system developed by Douglas Heel over 12 years ago. We encourage the body back into patterns of function that maximize both the body’s ability to heal and perform; we strive to meet the priorities of the body. Be Activated has a background principle called 123. It identifies the way the body is trying to meet its priorities, and what it has to sacrifice and put at risk in order to do this. We want to move the body into states of right sequence. To do this we use powerful activation techniques that give immediate physiological changes to the body in easily measurable and quantifiable ways. We believe that when you do the right things to the body, it will respond immediately. Excerpt taken from Be-Activated.com

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    What is the Psoas?

    • The psoas functions in initiating hip flexion (you’ve heard of hip flexors?). All movement begins with hip flexion. Try moving without lifting your knee.
    • The psoas basically attaches the vertebrae of the lower back to the top of the femur … from your spine to your upper thigh.
    • Tao Yoga describes the psoas as “the muscle of the soul” … it is the deepest muscle of the human body affecting our structural balance, muscular integrity, flexibility, strength, range of motion, joint mobility, and organ functioning.
    • The psoas is connected to the diaphragm through connective tissue or fascia which affects both our breath and fear reflex. Adrenaline from our sympathetic nervous system chronically triggers and tightens the psoas. This is bad. Most people live stress-filled adrenaline-fueled lives. Most things done in the weight room contract, tighten, and collapse the psoas. This is bad.
    • The diaphragm and psoas can be thought of as one functioning unit. Correct breathing is a key to the psoas.
    • The psoas can be activated with simple techniques.

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