The three most important aspects of Atheq are:
Postural components for improved alignment.
Movement mechanics centered on spinal stability and core control.
Neuromuscular techniques for muscular activation and inhibition.
- Atheq utilizes postural stacking to improve the bodies function and alignment.
- Posture allows the body to operate with greater distribution of weight and load, which is essential in the muscular re-patterning process.
- The wonders of posture are well documented, from improved back pain, to resolving cervical issues as well.
- Posture is the building block.
- Through neuromuscular re-patterning, you will learn how to:
- Control specific core musculature that is essential to pain free movement, and superior athletic function.
- These core muscles have often become either weak, or entirely inactive depending on your unique situation. Because of this weakness, the body looks to compensate for this lack of ability by loading different muscles.
- These compensation patterns become set movement/firing patterns that are incredibly difficult to break without neuromuscular reprogramming. A good example of this is hamstring dominance when the glutes become weaker, or hip-flexor issues when hip extension no longer is a glute dominant movement.
- Through neuromuscular re-patterning and proper movement mechanics, these issues and many more can be solved.
- Movement mechanics are designed to allow the body operate more efficiently, and through core musculature essential to healthy human movement.
- Concepts such as hip-hinging are thoroughly implemented and taught with a step by step process, with emphasis on their impact to the human body.
- With proper posture, the correct firing patterns, improved muscular strength in specific areas, and movement mechanics that highlight and support all of these changes, Atheq can help to permanently transform anyone’s physical health.
Muscular Isolation Technique
Atheq uses specific neuromuscular reprogramming to teach both activation of specific muscles, and inhibition of specific muscles. Through this process, you can learn how to truly “isolate” a muscle in a particular movement, allowing for incredible functional strength improvements as compensatory patterns are eliminated.
Muscular Isolation Release Technique
An offshoot of the original technique, through learned neuromuscular control, we can learn how to inhibit specific muscles even in movement, giving unparalleled control over our own bodies. Your ability to inhibit is tied to your ability to support the movement through a different muscular system. With improved strength, and improved muscular control, we can learn how to manage and improve muscular tension, primarily addressing the posterior chain.
Cognitive Neuromuscular Re-Patterning™ (CNRP)
Understanding the role that the brain plays in movement, and muscular control is paramount in understanding how we can begin to reprogram movement. Let’s take the example of movement from a seated position to standing, to illustrate how important the neuromuscular aspect is. Muscle memory is stored in the brain. Movement patterns are stored in the brain. When we go to stand up, our brains send signals to the central nervous system, that is akin to hitting a switchboard. If you learned how to be a glute dominant/hip dominant mover from an early age (either from watching your parents, peers, or are genetically gifted) then you learn to repeat and program that specific muscular firing pattern into every sit and stand that you do. This builds essential core musculature over years and years of repetition.
The problem occurs when our body is forced to compensate into other muscles to achieve similar movement. Our brain tells our body to get from point A to point B, but rarely are we conscious of what muscles we are using to accomplish it. Since movement and firing sequences are largely unconscious to the majority of the world, we end up programmed into hip-extension type movements with far too much compensation. Compensation occurs in this movement when we lack strength in core areas (glutes), so our body learns how to achieve the desired movement by primarily loading different muscles. The weaker the “core”, the greater the compensation. This compensation often comes at the expense of paraspinal overloading (low back pain over time), hamstring dominance, or quad dominance. Over time, these patterns take us further and further out of our core, and since these become set movement patterns, they normally never change. CNRP changes that.
CNRP is the cognitive process of undoing set movement and firing patterns that are not core dominant, and re-learning and programming the brain in a new way. This process is done through progressive overload, beginning at the activation stage of the primary mover in isolation. We have to eliminate the compensatory patterns, learn how to isolate properly in activation, so that we can learn how to properly load the muscle, and eventually move through that muscle. What can CNRP do for you? While CNRP can be utilized in multiple ways to address movement patterns, the way CNRP is most commonly used in the Atheq System is to address improper hip loading mechanics that very often are causing us to experience low back pain, hamstring issues, and other posterior chain related problems.
Whether you are an athlete, or just someone seeking relief, CNRP can help you reprogram your movement patterns from a cognitive neuromuscular perspective. Overtime, these new learned patterns become habits, and eventually we no longer have to consciously think about individual firing sequences. In your first session, a simple test will be given to you in which you can analyze your own neuromuscular patterns, from which to begin the CNRP process from.