Working with athletes is amazing... they are typically in tune with their bodies, they're accustomed to listening to the feedback it gives them, and they are dedicated and driven to get the best out of themselves. They will do whatever they need to to get an edge over their competition. Makes my job a hell of a lot easier!
So, what if you're not an elite athlete but still love to go hard ??
How can acupuncture help you recover from your netball and footy, your cross fit + gym sessions, horse-riding, or cycling? Here's how (and this applies also if your chosen form of physical activity is pushing a wheelbarrow full of dirt and poo around)
PAIN - Acupuncture sends a message to the brain instructing it to release endogenous opioids - the body's natural painkillers. Going hard hurts! DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) is a real buzz killer.
FEELING GREAT - Exercise stimulates the release of endorphins - brain chemicals that make us feel awesome post workout. Acupuncture also stimulates the release of dopamine, serotonin + oxytocin meaning that your post workout high can be sustained for longer...yay!
REST + RECOVERY - the stimulation of all these neurotransmitters is very cool for sure, but sometimes training hard makes it difficult to switch off. Sleep is when your body heals itself and studies show that sleep deprivation plays a major role in development of illnesses such as diabetes, immune disorders and even cardiovascular disease. Acupuncture is so damn relaxing, most people fall asleep on the table during treatment, so when you incorporate regular acupuncture into your training regime, you are giving your body an extra dose of loving kindness that it will return to you many times over. Acupuncture also stimulates blood flow, so your muscles are nourished.
DRUG FREE - Why take drugs when you don't have to? I love that people who go hard are rarely working for a short-term gain... they always have the long goal in sight. Acupuncture is all about the long game, achieving true balance and optimum strength is not achieved overnight... keep looking after now and the later will take care of itself.
So, FEEL GREAT, RECOVER SOONER + ACHIEVE MASSIVELY WITH NO DRUGS... WINNING!!