Healing your body with the MBF system consists of more than just going through the motions of doing the exercise program every day. At times, mistakes are unknowingly made which often slows down progress. Here are some important tips to maximize the benefits of the MBF system.
- Perfect technique. You may have heard the saying, “Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice make perfect.” This saying is right on when it comes to doing MBF exercises to improve your body. It is essential that each exercise is done precisely and exactly as explained by an MBF practitioner. If an exercise is not done 100% correctly, not only will you not receive the maximum benefit, but you also risk the possibility aggravating your problems or even creating new ones!
A vast majority of people often have difficulty remembering all the details to every one of their exercises after their session with an MBF practitioner. Even when people think they are doing the exercises correctly, numerous details are often forgotten. If you find yourself in this situation, immediately contact your MBF practitioner and make some sort of arrangement for he/she to go over your program with you again.
- Relax and slow down. Imagine if you were getting a massage and you intentionally tensed up your entire body while the massage therapist worked on you. In addition, imagine if you kept telling the massage therapist to hurry up and finish as quickly as possible as you thought about all the things that stressed you out. You probably wouldn’t get much benefit from the massage.
It is not uncommon for people to want to rush through their MBF program. Just like the example with the massage, if you do not relax and slow down when doing your MBF exercises, you will receive very little benefit. When doing your exercises, relax, breathe, and clear your mind. Don’t fidget. Do each repetition slowly. Make sure to take the full 10 second break between each set (it is amazing how many people don’t do this)!! Focus on yourself and the exercise you are doing. Don’t think about other things in your life, especially things that are stressful.
- Harder is not better. Some MBF exercises will be very challenging, especially the ones that require you to hold a static position non-stop for an extended period of time. However, when doing exercises that require repetitions, do not exert force as hard as you can! MBF exercises are not like weight training exercises. Doing it harder does not increase the benefit. Actually, exerting too much force is often extremely detrimental. Though MBF is an exercise system, it is important to get rid of the “no pain, no gain” mentality that many of us have been taught when it comes to exercise.
- Keep on schedule with updates. This is an aspect that many people often overlook the importance of. When the amount of time between programs becomes extended too far (especially with the first few programs), one of two things begins to happen. In the best-case scenario, your body simply plateaus as far as progress. The program that you were doing is not longer strong enough to force your body to change and your body simply stays were it is at. In the worst-case scenario, your progress begins to backslide. When the program you are doing begins to lose its effect and new/stronger stimulus is not given, your body begins to revert back to the “old bad” posture that has been ingrained in your body for the greatest amount of time and which it is most accustomed to. If the old posture comes back, then the symptoms that coincide with it will also come back. Since it is unpredictable which path your body may take, it is vital to keep as close to the recommended update schedule as possible.
The amount of time between programs eventually does become greater and greater when your body is able to hold the “new good” posture and it becomes permanently imprinted your body’s neurology, however, it is essential that the length of time is not increased prematurely.
- Follow recommendations. In many instances, an MBF practitioner may recommend changes in lifestyle or activity due to the fact that certain things may be increasing problems for your body. This may be very difficult for some people to accept as it may require changes long standing habits, temporarily stopping certain things you may enjoy, or start doing things that you have not done before. However, if recommendations are not followed, then you could very well be counteracting your MBF posture therapy program!
Some people may be reluctant to change, but if change in lifestyle or activities are not made, then it may not be possible to change and improve your body. Imagine if you told a personal trainer that you wanted to lose weight. The personal trainer then tells you that, in addition to exercise, you need to stop eating so much junk food. If you refuse to stop eating junk food, then there is very little the personal trainer can do to help you lose weight. Getting results with MBF is the same in that if you want to feel results, then you stop or decrease the things that caused the problems or else all the other tips listed above will be of no use at all.