When one creates an intention to adopt a healthier lifestyle, achieve fitness goals, and/or excel in a certain sport, training in the gym—ideally under the guidance of a coach—is going to be your bread and butter…preferably, gluten-free bread and grass-fed butter ;)
However, when you introduce regular training into your routine, there’s another aspect to training that can be shrugged off, as it’s not quite as sexy as the training itself. This is the flip side of the training coin: recovery. If training is the bread and butter, recovery practices are more like vegetables. You know they’re healthy, but you might experience some resistance. Or maybe you do like vegetables! If so, this article will go down more smoothly.
Food metaphors aside, the importance of recovery modalities alongside your training cannot be understated. It’s the recovery side that ensures and enhances our ability to adapt, manage stress, prevent burnout, and keep us making consistent progress in the gym. If working out is the yang, recovery is the yin. Both are needed in order to maintain balance. Some examples of recovery tools include: sleep, sauna, cold plunge, flexibility/mobility exercises, meditation, deep breathing, NSDR protocols, sound therapy, acupuncture, massage, and…the FLOWpresso!
So, what is FLOWpresso? I’m so glad you asked. FLOWpresso is a breakthrough, non-invasive therapy that delivers a 3-in-1 treatment consisting of compression, far infrared heat, and deep pressure therapy. Originally, the idea for the FLOWpresso was just a compression technology designed to induce lymphatic drainage, as there is no such thing as a “lymphologist” and there are no pharmaceuticals targeted to promote lymphatic movement. But the creators of the FLOWpresso saw the potential to make something even greater by including PEMF (pulsed electromagnetic field) technology, and far infrared heat. All three treatments have solid scientific research behind them in terms of their efficacy and effectiveness. But never have all three treatments been integrated into one single therapy. When it comes to recovery, FLOWpresso might just be the biggest bang for your buck.
So why use the FLOWpresso? Here’s a non-exhaustive list of the benefits one can experience:
- Improve quality of sleep and reduce stress
- Increase energy and overcome fatigue
- Promote mental alertness
- Reduce anxiety
- Improve self-esteem and minimize emotional reaction/response
- Improve sports performance, recovery, and endurance
- Enhance mobility and flexibility
- Support weight management
- Restore balance and support natural self-healing mechanisms
FLOWpresso is not just a recovery tool, either. It’s an experience. Not only will you receive all the benefits that a FLOWpresso session delivers, but also you’ll enjoy the perks of relaxing in a comfortable, prone position, wearing an eye mask with aromatherapy to promote a more relaxed state, and sporting headphones playing either relaxing music or a meditation of positive affirmations. This regimen is designed to induce the parasympathetic state, or rest-and-digest state. It is the ideal condition in which healing can ensue on all levels—physical, mental, emotional, energetic, and spiritual.
This 3-in-1 technology is still fairly new, and the current availability is fairly scarce. However, if you’re in Austin, TX, you’re in luck. Central Athlete is the only facility in Austin that currently facilitates FLOWpresso sessions.