“It is health that is real wealth not pieces of gold and silver.”
When the top 100 global athletes from both team and individual sports are able to command annual earnings between $25 million and $250 million (Forbes) every advantage is constantly explored by agents, coaches and sports scientists to maximise their clients’ income.
Whitespace Sports Dynamics is focused on the zone occupied by the intersection of mental and physical health and how to optimise the performance of its elite athletes. It is clear to us and our sportsmen that work ‘above the shoulders’ pays big dividends in performance generated by the skeletomuscular system ‘below the shoulders.’ In individual sports, as exemplified by golfers and horse racing jockeys, the mental strength to withstand pressure and execute well-practised movements on a timely basis, is clearly a great advantage. Whitespace methodology goes beyond visualisation and goal setting to incorporate the best practices in nutrition and cellular enhancement, which directly relates to increased performance.
This article addresses the areas of consciousness and connectivity in the inter-related mental and cellular level. Neuroscience has found increasingly compelling evidence that, ‘we are what we think’ may replace the maxim, ‘we are what we eat’ as the key ingredient to mental and physical health. In competition, an oft-quoted description of the importance of mental strength goes as follows…
“if you Think You’ll lose you’re lost
For out in the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s Will,
It’s all in the state of Mind.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the man who Thinks he can.”
Some coaches believe that muscle memory developed by repetition is more important than attitude; Whitespace begs to differ. The ability to execute the correct movement can become more reliable and increase confidence, which is undoubtedly why drills and practice are so important. However, the attitude as in the above poem, “who, Thinks he can,” will allow the athlete to instruct his muscular movement at the right time with the right nuance. Control in every sport is a function of mental acuity and developed through improved self-awareness and mental drills which complement the physical and muscular exercises.
Developing an understanding of oneself and self-examination are skills which Whitespace methodology practices and which are comfortable for most athletes who are used to the discipline of skill sessions. Knowing how one reacts to pressure, adversity, tiredness and pain are all areas worth exploring for the dedicated sportsmen. The keys to competitive success are not mental or physical but the unification of the bio-field in one healthy system.
Because speed of thought and reaction time are essential to achieve competitive success, Whitespace has been using a simple metabolic stimulation with great results. Neuroscientists are increasingly coming to the conclusion that the connectivity of every cell through an intricate bio-chemical system means that removal of toxins and stimulation of energy flow will improve the overall function of the skeletomuscular entity. We are passionate about cold therapies.
You do not need to be a multimillionaire to learn from the latest sport rehabilitation treatments. The use of cryo-technology has grown in popularity and these icy chambers are even being used at home by Cristiano Ronaldo the Portuguese and Real Madrid Football player, who besides being one of the highest paid athletes is also known to be one of the fittest and who installed a Cryo-closet in his home. While scientists debate the efficacy of ultra cold therapies, and claims which range from rapid muscle recovery to weight loss are growing with anecdotes from athletic and media stars, Whitespace Sports Dynamics attempts to keep it simple.
The idea of alternating hot and cold water with your morning shower may not sound attractive to those of us who find getting started everyday more than sufficient challenge. The energetic benefits will soon convince you. Start with a normal warm to hot shower and make sure you are using non-toxic soaps and wash products. After 2 to 3 minutes gradually change the temperature to as cold as your plumbing allows. Make sure you lower the temperature of your entire body and especially your spine and mid-section where many of your internal organs are located. Now alternate hot with cold every two to three minutes for five to seven times so that your entire shower-therapy takes 12 to 15 minutes.
For those worried about increased water usage, the actual water volume is less than a full bath.
The stimulation of your circulation will reduce joint and muscle inflammation and remove lactic acid from tough work-outs as well as toxins stuck in your lymph glands. While you may not want to subject yourself to a cold shock, your circulatory system will thank you for it.
Give yourself a metabolic boost and shower with a friend…the friend of a cryo-therapy.
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