Those of you that know me well, know that I am always away on courses updating my health, fitness and nutrition knowledge. I feel it is very important as a Personal Health, Fitness and Nutrition Coach to help my clients in all aspects of their lifestyle to achieve the best results. This is very different to just teaching a fitness class. Contrary to popular belief being fit and healthy isn’t always done in hardcore training sessions and definitely isn’t about eating rabbit food forever.
Well last weekend I attended a course called Bodymap in London with the amazing Dax Moy, at his lovely studio in Islington. Dax is an amazing guy and one of the top professionals in the industry, someone I really look up to. He is so knowledgeable, but also very humble and approachable, always happy to share his knowledge and help you learn and improve as a coach.
I went along with one of my best friends and fellow personal trainer Tara Hammett, as we love to attend courses and events together. The weekend was amazing as we also met up with other fit pros and very good friends within the industry, all striving to better ourselves as coaches not just fitness trainers and gain more knowledge to help our clients.
The course itself was mind blowing. I had previously experienced the effects of Bodymap at FEB the beginning of the year when Dax performed what we all only thought of then as voodoo lol. I had bad news the day before the event in regards to my back and was in a lot of pain which I had been for a few months. Dax literally spent 5 minutes Bodymapping me and relieved me of 80% of the pain I was in. At this time I was very down and unsure of my future within the fitness industry due to this injury…….BUT this totally changed my thoughts within a few minutes and I couldn’t wait to get booked onto the course to learn more. Knowing that if I could get my clients out of pain, increase their range of motion and increase their performance, then for them and for my business this would be a huge positive.
I already know and coach my clients to understand that stress, environment, hormones etc all play a huge part in you achieving the healthy body we want. Pain is also a major factor in how our bodies perform. Obviously if we are in pain we don’t want to exercise, we have depressive feelings and then as a knock on effect, also tend to have bad nutrition too.
Pain comes from the brain and isn’t always brought on through injury but is just the bodies way of dealing with a possible threat. A limitation in function in a certain area again may just be the brain indicating a weakness and possible threat in this area. The brain is uncertain of something and therefore is not happy to let the body go there.
These days too many therapists are quick enough to assume all pain is mechanical and use stretching, rubbing, massage and manipulation as the answer, without practicing threat based assessments. Sometimes these manipulation procedures can make the problem worse, or even initiate a problem that was never there.
Usually the pain you feel is not actually where the problem is stemming from and as I said earlier is the brain sending warning signals to that area to prepare it for a possible threat. Lots of things can cause this emergency response, poor respiration, poor vision, poor environmental awareness and lots more. These danger signals are relayed back to the brain through our senses along the nervous system.
Exercise and nutrition therefore are only going to have the best benefit on our bodies if our bodies are functioning to the best of their ability. Through Bodymap I can assess , reduce and even eliminate these threats to enable the body to function at its best. This will improve performance, range of motion and mainly remove or at least reduce pain.
Bodymap enables me to run tests through the nervous system to detect any possible barriers the brain has put up in emergency preparation against threat. I then run drills to connect with the brain in order for it to re-assess the situation and remove the threat barriers from this area.
Most trainers these days are only interested in beasting you in sessions and faddy diets just give you a quick fix, which never lasts. My aim is to coach my clients on a healthy lifestyle, incorporating all aspects of their lives, aiming for improvement in all areas to find a happy, fit and healthy lifestyle that is maintainable.
If you are struggling with exercise, nutrition or generally in your everyday life with stress or pain, which is limiting you and hindering your day to day life, then please contact me for more information on Bodymap and how I can help you achieve your health and fitness goals.
Stay fit and healthy and remember Health is wealth