Holistic means that all parts are considered: physical (earth) , emotional (water), mental (air) , and spiritual (fire). Optimal performance requires all of these being in alignment and working together. Alignment; you wouldn’t expect your car to go forward if your tires were out of alignment, yet we often push our bodies past their natural alignment for the sake of performance. In a paradox, when we slow down and honor our bodies natural limitations, we are able to make corrections that will be sustainable and yield higher levels of performance in the long term.
The body is always seeking a state of homeostasis (balance), and is constantly self-regulating itself to find this balance. In my experience misalignment in the body is caused from 4 things: trauma, thoughts, training, and toxins. If at any time one or more of these elements is greater than the body can self correct for, then compensations will occur. Awareness: the ability to recognize what is happening and be at choice to make course corrections. This allows you to be responsive to signals that may be telling you about imbalances in your training. Sequencing: I find the majority of people focus on the end result of what they are doing; how much weight they were able to lift, how fast they were able to run, or the ability to perfectly mimic their instructor with that yoga pose. Yet, over and over again I find these results were achieved based on compensations in the body. When we slow down and pay attention to how we got to the end result then we are able to have a better understanding of what really is happening, and learn how to make micro corrections that will result in increased body awareness, better body alignment, injury-causing compensation patterns, and overall higher performance in whatever activity we are engaging in.
How do we achieve holistic High Performance?
In a world of specialization and mechanization we have been trained to think of each individual part as being separate and autonomous. To achieve high performance, you must look at both the whole and the individual parts and work out where the gaps occur in the sequence, which is inhibiting the innate higher possibilities. When we view ourselves as being machines, we then classify ourselves as tools designed to work and disconnect ourselves from our capabilities to experience the myriad of other possibilities available to us.
Holistic high performance is achieved when both of us are engaged in the process with clear goals and open communication. There is a metric in place that allows you to measure progress and to be able to quickly and effectively make adjustments when necessary. holistic High Performance fosters a positive atmosphere of trust and cooperation.