Stress is often the forgotten pillar of Optimal Health. No matter what gains you make with nutrition, exercise or recovery, excessive mental and physical stress can prevent you from achieving your fullest potential. Being able to balance the good stress, such as exercise, with the bad stress, such as injury and emotional hardship, is key.
At PERFORMANCE, our team considers all factors that affect your stress levels in order to design the most comprehensive plan in a holistic approach to your health. Our team will educate you on how to track and manage your stress levels, guide you on when to push the limits with exercise and when to recover, and practice breath work or meditation strategies.
Once you are empowered to manage your stress appropriately, it will become a tool at your disposal, rather than a barrier, to achieving Optimal Health.
BALANCING STRESS THROUGH THE FOUR PILLARS
Exercise is stress — whether it is positive or negative stress, that is up to you. Depending on how long you exercise, length of recovery period, and how hard you push yourself during your workout, exercising can be a positive or negative stressor. Too much can overwork you and leave you sore and in pain. But in the right doses, exercise can elevate your endorphin levels, improve your mental or emotional state and change your body in a positive way. For more, listen to our podcast on balancing positive and negative stress in your life.
Our physical therapists and wellness experts know how to navigate this balance and will educate you on how best to approach exercise, tailoring their programs to your body and your needs.
Excessive stress on the body and mind can result in a flight or fight response. Recovery is a necessary component of balancing stress: it allows the body to take a second and recharge, get rid of any negative stress and prepare for the positive stress. Recovery methods such as NormaTec Compression Therapy, for example, remove toxins from the body and act like a lymphatic massage.
Heat and cold therapies can also have a significant impact on your recovery. Cryotherapy decreases the aforementioned fight or flight response promoting recovery after a session. On the other hand, heat exposure from the infrared sauna can provide a positive stressor for your body, ramping up its lymphatic, immune and cardiovascular response.
Performance recovery specialists have years of experience under their belt and will guide you to find the appropriate recovery method for you. Whether you are in pain or simply want to feel better, taking the time to understand the importance of recovery will go a long way. If you recover better, you will perform better.
You are what you eat: food can either give us energy or take it away. Foods that are processed and high in sugar and saturated fats cause negative stress on the body, which is not receiving the proper micro and macronutrients it craves. This can cause lethargy, inflammation, bloating and other issues.
Sometimes it can be difficult navigating your way through the world of nutrition, but our nutrition experts and dieticians are here to educate you on proper nutrition. They share knowledge and provide recommendations based on your needs and goals and empower you to eat — and live — better.
MENTAL PERFORMANCE COACHING
Athletic performance does not solely rely on the physical aspects of the body. An athlete could be in the peak shape, but still unable to accomplish goals on the field. There is a second component to success that many overlook: sports psychology. At Performance, our mental performance coach, Riley Fitzgerald, helps athletes strengthen the mental side of their performance on the field, as well as develop the proper mindset for approaching workouts and staying consistent in competitions.
Mental performance coaching has a variety of uses. If your athlete is recovering from an injury but their return to the field is not what was expected, coaching will help them develop a new mindset and overcome any mental obstacles they are facing. But an injury is not the only situation in which an athlete may benefit. Sometimes, you need that extra push to instill fresh confidence, develop excellent leadership skills or improve your relationship with your teammates. Instead of aiding recovery, mental performance coaching can take your skills to the next level.
By focusing on mental skills, visualizing goals, optimizing routines, defining values & purpose, our team can help your athlete deal with the stress of competitions, strengthen resilience on the field and find opportunities for growth.
Sessions run for 60 minutes and include a 15-minute focus on logistics.
What we offer
One-on-one individual coaching
Meet with our mental performance coach to determine the best way of approaching the issue at hand. Could involve one or multiple sessions, depending on need.
Focused on improving collaboration, teamwork and communication among members of a team or organization.
There is always room for improvement for captains and team leaders, who are tasked with being examples for the rest of the team and ensuring group success. Learn leadership strategies, communication methods and more during individual or group coaching sessions.
Workshops for coaches and administrators
Coaches and administrators are as much a part of the team as their players are. They work together to provide resources, education and leadership, and create the environment athletes perform in. Fostering a positive environment that still promotes growth and challenges athletes to perform at their best is crucial to a team's success.
Yoga is not just an exercise meant to improve flexibility, but to improve one's overall wellness. It focuses on the mind-body connection, allowing you to release tension, relax and find space in your mind and body. Practicing yoga can help one focus on breathing, improve mindfulness and take a break from the day's stressors.
Negative stress can cause a biological response in the body, from headaches to hives, or lack of sleep to poor performance. Yoga is a tool to manage that stress, relieving it through breathing techniques, reflection and movement. Yoga allows you to clear your head and focus on holding a pose or pause to listen and become more aware of your body's limitations, strengths and needs.
Stress can also cause tension in your muscles, and yoga alleviates that tension through stretching, breathing and targeted movements.
Measuring your stress levels through wearable technology, such as a Fitbit, Apple Watch or Oura ring, can prove invaluable. Establishing your baseline and seeing how sleep, physical activity and diet affect your stress levels is the first step to managing stress effectively.