Muscle Activation – Be Activated Technique
Already used by top sportspeople, the Be Activated Technique was devised by South African Physiotherapist Douglas Heel. Gayle first trained by Douglas in 2010 and has been incorporating his technique in practise ever since. In 2018 fellow Sports Therapist Tom qualified in level 1 and now practises along side Gayle.
Muscle Activation involves assessing how the body moves, and which muscles are responsible for movement patterns. If the wrong muscles are being used for the wrong bodily functions and movements, tension builds; resulting in other muscles being used to compensate. The overcompensating muscles begin to overlook or neglect their own roles because they are being overworked, leading to collapse and pain.
Think of the body like a fusebox; a muscle, or ‘fuse’, overloads, causing it to ‘trip’ and stop working. Muscle activation is designed to switch these muscles back on by triggering certain points in your body, allowing it to operate in sequence and at its optimal level.