In my journey of athletic overtraining and holistic healing, I have explored various methods and modalities that have played a significant role in improved function.

Through the many years of participating in the modalities listed below, I was also preparing and creating the foundation for the four surgeries, post-surgery recovery, regaining extraordinary physical function and ongoing optimal well-being.

These practices have helped me regain balance, alleviate pain, and optimize my physical and mental health.

In this blog I will share many of the modalities I have utilized and provide a brief explanation of each method and its origin.

Originating in ancient India, yoga is a holistic practice that combines physical postures (asanas), breath control (pranayama), and meditation. It promotes flexibility, strength, and relaxation while fostering mind-body connection and overall well-being.

Meditation is a practice that involves training the mind to focus and redirect thoughts. It has roots in various ancient traditions, including Buddhism and Hinduism. Regular meditation practice can reduce stress, enhance mental clarity, and promote emotional well-being.

Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art that combines slow, flowing movements with deep breathing and meditation. It is known for its gentle, graceful movements and is often practiced for its health benefits, including improved balance, flexibility, and stress reduction.

Qigong is an ancient Chinese practice that integrates movement, breath control, and meditation. It aims to cultivate and balance the body’s vital energy (qi). Qigong exercises can enhance physical health, mental clarity, and overall vitality.

Acupuncture is a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow and restore balance. Acupuncture is commonly used to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and promote overall well-being.

Developed by Aaron Mattes, AIS is a stretching technique that focuses on isolating specific muscles by utilizing reciprocal inhibition and using gentle, repetitive movements to improve flexibility and range of motion. It helps lengthen muscles, increase circulation, and enhance athletic performance.

Deep tissue massage is a therapeutic technique that targets the deeper layers of muscles and connective tissues. It uses firm pressure and slow strokes to release tension, alleviate chronic pain, and improve mobility.

The Feldenkrais Method, developed by Moshe Feldenkrais, is an educational approach that aims to improve movement and body awareness. It utilizes gentle, mindful movements and guided attention to enhance coordination, flexibility, and overall physical function.

Advanced Rolfing is an advanced form of structural integration developed by Dr. Ida Rolf. It focuses on realigning and reorganizing the body’s connective tissues to improve posture, balance, and overall well-being.

Chiropractic care involves the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, primarily focusing on the spine. Chiropractors use manual adjustments and other techniques to restore proper alignment, alleviate pain, and improve overall function.

ZHealth is a neurocentric approach to training and rehabilitation developed by Dr. Eric Cobb. It utilizes specific exercises, drills, and visual stimulation to optimize the brain-body connection, enhance balance, coordination, and reaction time.

MAT, developed by Greg Roskopf, is a method that focuses on identifying and correcting muscular imbalances and weaknesses. It aims to improve joint stability, enhance athletic performance, and prevent injuries by addressing specific muscle weaknesses.

Foundation Training, created by Dr. Eric Goodman, is a movement-based approach that emphasizes proper posture, core strength, and functional movement patterns. It helps alleviate back pain, improve posture, and enhance overall body function.

ELDOA (Étirements Longitudinaux avec Decoaptation Ostéo-Articulaire) is a technique developed by Dr. Guy Voyer. It involves specific postures and stretches designed to decompress and create space within targeted joints, promoting improved joint health and overall well-being.

Deep water running and exercise involve performing cardiovascular and strength training exercises in a pool or deep water. It provides low-impact resistance, allowing for effective workouts while reducing stress on joints and muscles.

Dr. Stuart McGill is a renowned expert in spine biomechanics and injury prevention. His work focuses on developing correct functional strength and power training and conditioning programs. By incorporating his principles into my training, I have been able to optimize my physical performance and reduce the risk of further injuries. Dr. McGill’s methods emphasize core stability, proper movement mechanics, and injury prevention strategies.

These training tools and exercises have been instrumental in my rehabilitation and ongoing strength and conditioning. The TRX suspension trainer, power bands and cords, kettlebells, and bodyweight exercises offer versatile and effective ways to improve strength, stability, and mobility. They can be adapted to various fitness levels and provide functional training that translates to sports performance.

Swimming and plyometric exercises in the pool offer unique benefits for rehabilitation and conditioning. Swimming provides a low-impact cardiovascular workout that improves endurance and overall fitness. Plyometric exercises in the water reduce stress on joints while enhancing power, explosiveness, and agility.

Each of these modalities and training methods has its own unique benefits and origins. By incorporating a combination of these practices into my holistic healing journey.

I have been able to address various aspects of my physical and mental well-being. It’s important to note that these modalities should be explored under the guidance of qualified professionals and tailored to individual needs and goals.

Stay tuned for future blog posts where I will delve deeper into each modality, sharing more insights, techniques, and personal experiences.

Together, let’s embrace a holistic approach to healing and optimize our athletic performance and overall quality of life!

A hui ho,
Coach Michael