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How to Improve Recovery After Workouts with Energy Healing

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose” – Dr. Seuss

Everyone’s looking for that edge.

Professional athletes and weekend warriors alike.

If you’re going to spend time working out, you’ll want to maximize your bang for your buck, right?

The buck in this case—being your time and energy.

You may be looking to sculpt a muscular physique, or improve arthritis symptoms.

Maybe you just enjoy the mental clarity and joy that comes with moving, or maybe you’re a an athlete looking to compete—or take your competing to the next level?

Regardless of what it might be, there’s one factor we all too often overlook—recovery.

Recover or Don’t Bother

While the title might suggest a typical macho-approach to exercise—it’s not like that.

The thing is, whatever you’re hoping to achieve with your training regimen is likely to be negated through lack of recovery.

If you’re looking to pack on more muscles, your body will have broken down more than it can recover.

Worst case scenario, you lose muscle mass. Best case scenario, you build muscle mass but at a much slower rate.

Enjoy the energy and giddy feeling you get from working out?

That’s going to be followed with a drop if recovery isn’t properly managed (not true for lighter workouts like powerwalks, QiGong etc).

I’ve spent almost 2 decades in the health and fitness industry. A few of those years professionally, and a few competing in strength sports.

This has given me a wonderful opportunities to learn from those far more knowledgeable than me, and also getting to help a lot of people.

If there’s one thing that most coaches will tell you that athletes and the hobbyists have in common, it’s that they don’t take their recovery seriously.

The basics in how to improve recovery after workouts hasn’t changed much in neither my decades in training, nor those who spent much more time in the field than me.

While this article won’t delve into the entire she-bang of recovery (that’s a massive topic), we’re going to talk about gaining that edge through means that is severely under-explored.

Gaining the Edge

You’ll have a lot of great value in learning how to utilize energy healing to recover faster.

Just make sure that you’re covering your basic recovery strategies first and foremost.

Brief overview:

  • Sleep your required hours (8 hours for most people, 9 for most higher level athletes)
  • Make sure that your diet is at least 90% on point (you’ll never go wrong with plant based foods—and don’t worry about protein deficiency unless you’re a professional, that’s severely overrated)
  • Use a smart training program (higher training frequency is more effective than higher training volume, and if you’re into muscle building—skip the magazines and their classic 5-part split routines. They’re made by and for enhanced (drug-using) lifters. Biggest benefit of being enhanced? You guessed it, severely improved recovery!
  • Drink plenty of water (while there’s a lot of conflicting studies on why this works—baseline is that it does work)
  • Use active recovery methods (like foam rolling or just taking a decently brisk walk)

While this is by no means an exhaustive list and each of these points could be their own article (and then some…), we’ll be looking at how energy healing can be a highly effective tool for recovery.

Energy Healing as Prehab

You may have gotten the unfortunate first-hand experience of physical rehab.

It’s short for rehabilitation and is a method to restore or recover what’s been broken or damaged.

It may be a ligament tear in the knee that needs to rehabilitate, or a luxation (that’s a fancy word for dislocation) of the shoulder that needs help healing.

Using physical rehab means using movements and exercises that’ll help restore its original function after the damage.

Prehab however, is different.

It stands for prehabilitation, and it’s what you do in order to prevent any damage in the first place.

There’s an old saying that goes:

“It’s either going to be rehab or prehab, you decide”.

While not necessarily true, there’s definitely strong elements of truth to it.

You’ll often find people doing shoulder prehab exercises like this one:

how to improve recovery after workouts prehab

That’s because it targets something called the rotator cuff.

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles thats prone to injuries and normally doesn’t get trained from the exercises we normally do.

By using prehab, we warm up and strengthen these muscles so that they’ll be strong and never caught cold off-guard in any exercise—and then succumbs to injury.

With this in mind, let’s look at the how to improve recovery after workouts with prehab-based energy healing.

How to Improve Recovery After Workouts with Energy Healing Prehab

First off, you’ll want to use your favorite energy healing modality.

If this is all new to you, check out these guides:

Useful Resources:

Improving recovery after workouts with energy healing isn’t a new concept.

While the area of research is severely underfunded, there are interesting research studies to be found.

Richard Gordon, the creator of Quantum Touch talks about his own informal study conducted with athletes at the University of California in his book The Power to Heal (affiliate).

The average pain reduction was 50%, while many had improved performances.

You can also get a glimpse of it here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5-i6KLp3Yg

Next up, you’ll want to look at the muscle groups you’re going to be targeting at your upcoming workout, and run energy through them.

Here’s an example:

Let’s say that I’m using a upper/lower split (that means, one day I’ll be training my upper body, the next session I’ll be training my lower body), and my upcoming session is an upper body session.

An upper body split for me is going to have these exercises (don’t worry if you don’t know what they are, this is just to provide a framework example):

Upper body exercises:

  • Dumbell chest press
  • Cable fly
  • Lat-pulldown
  • Long-row
  • Lateral delt raises
  • Rear delt raises
  • Tricep push-down
  • Bicep curl

In order to understand where to run energy, we need to know what muscles we’ll be working.

Let’s have another look and break them down:

  • Dumbell chest press (Chest)
  • Cable fly (Chest)
  • Lat-pulldown (Sides of Upper Back)
  • Long-row (Middle Upper Back)
  • Lateral delt raises (Sides of Shoulders)
  • Rear delt raises (Back of Shoulders)
  • Tricep push-down (Back of Arms)
  • Bicep curl (Front of Arms)

So here’s where I’d run energy before the workout:

  • Chest
  • Entire shoulder area
  • Entire upper back area
  • Back and front of arms

If you’re doing compound exercises like squats and deadlifts, you may want to run energy across your entire body.

If you’re a sprinter, you may want to prepare with running energy into the muscles you know you’ll be working hard—like the butt and entire legs area.

Going for a run? Do the legs and focus on any problem area (if you get shin splits, send energy there).

Martial artist? Focus on your weaknesses and sore spots. If you know that you’re prone to abductor injuries, send energy there.

Swimmer? Do the shoulders and upper back.

The list goes on!

The benefits that I’ve noticed on myself and clients include (but are not limited to) improvements in:

  • Energy before working out
  • Muscular endurance
  • Explosiveness
  • Max strength
  • Recovery
  • Flexibility
  • Chronic and nagging pains
  • Energy after working out (a part of recovery)

Rehab & Intra Workout

Try this:

Do squats until you reach failure (if you easily do 50 in a row, do 30 as fast as you can instead).

Get a feeling of how your legs feel during the workout, what the burn’s like.

Now send healing to only ONE of the legs, and give it a minute or two.

Notice the difference?

Chances are, the difference is going to be shockingly big.

This is called intra workout. You send the healing during the workout.

During any workouts, send energy to your targeted workout location during your rests, it’ll help you recover—and improve your performance.

And don’t forget, if you take things a bit too far during your workouts and feel drained afterwards—you can always use energy healing as rehab.

Let’s recap!

Summary

At this point you may have a pretty good idea on how to improve recovery after workouts with energy healing.

Yes, spending time to send energy to your muscles prior to working out will have a big impact on recovery.

And worn out muscles prior to the workout will feel primed for action.

Here are the steps:

  1. Find out what areas you’ll be exercising
  2. Send energy to those areas

Quite simple isn’t it?

Let’s talk about how long to spend on the healing.

There’s no “dosage” in energy healing, there’s a lot of things we don’t yet understand when it comes to the inner arts.

But for durations, I enjoy taking 30 minutes in the morning as my prehab, and just run energy through the areas of my body that I’ll be exercising.

If I’m short on time or simply don’t feel like spending 30 minutes on it, I’ll do less, as little as 2-5 minutes.

Spending as little as a few seconds even on sending energy to an area will in my experience still have a noticable effect.

While I wish I could give you a deeper understanding of why this works—there’s just too little research at this point to really have a clue.

I theorize that it has to do with optimizing the nervous system—which may be reducing the post-workout effects of cortisol release while optimizing uptake of testosterone and/or growth hormones.

But that’s just a theory.

Bottom line is, this works.

Try it out and let me know how it goes!

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