In the human body, poor performance is caused either by physical or mental blockages. Physical imbalances are caused by muscular imbalance; when muscles pull unevenly on the joints. Muscular imbalance is caused by overuse, abuse, sprain, strain or direct trauma. Mental blockages are caused by dysfunctional thoughts, beliefs and behavioral patterns.Either of the two will cause a buildup of muscular tension in certain muscles that will restrict flexibility, range of motion, and change posture. This uneven muscle pull will alter joint position and decrease joint space, inhibit vascular circulation and lymph drainage, and cause friction, compression, muscular weakness and poor performance. If an imbalance is not corrected, over time it will lead to pain and physical injury. Muscular imbalance can be corrected by releasing tension in shortened muscles. Tobe Hanson can, with his therapy, localize where the muscular imbalance is and correct it immediately by releasing tension in acupressure and trigger points of shortened muscles. Each patient will also get custom-made exercises that will stretch shortened muscles and strengthen weak or elongated muscles to prevent the muscular imbalance from returning.
Dysfunctional beliefs and behavioral patterns can be changed once there is knowledge and awareness of their existence. In a treatment session with Tobe Hanson, dysfunctional patterns will be exposed. Tobe then incorporates wisdom used by ancient Zen masters and Shaolin monks to explain an athlete’s dysfunctional patterns and give lessons for him or her to change their behavior and beliefs. This ancient knowledge teaches the “Way” to excellence and peak performance.
For the competitive athlete, daily training and competition is full of “potholes.” Sprains, strains, contusions, impact and overuse cause constant buildup of tension with muscular imbalance. Other factors that can lead to performance breakdown and muscle tension are sleep deprivation, nutritional deficiencies, dehydration and mental/emotional stress.
Improve Performance and Prevent Injuries
Correcting muscular imbalance and dysfunctional behavior patterns does not only improve performance, it also prevents injuries. The fact is that everyone has tension somewhere in their body. This means that every athlete carries tension that will prevent absolute peak performance. It also means that every individual has an injury or an injury waiting to happen. The longer an imbalance festers, the more damage it will do.
What are You Doing to Tune Your Body and Mind?
Help to Self Help
Tobe Hanson’s therapy is designed to make the athlete self-sufficient, not dependent on a therapy. Once the athlete has learned about their mental hang-ups and muscular imbalance, they can catch themselves when dysfunctional patterns reappear and make an immediate correction in thought and action. Regular stretching will inform the athlete if a muscle is starting to tense up again.Maintaining peak performance requires knowledge and body awareness. Once an athlete has learned his or her patterns of mental blockages and muscular imbalances, continuing to practice their lessons, as well as daily stretching exercises and Styrofoam rolling, can maintain balance and peak performance as well as prevent occurrence of injuries.
Experience a treatment with Tobe Hanson to find your blockages in body or mind and read his book; “Athletes Way of Excellence”