The Adeki Approach
Have you ever heard someone use the phrase "your body is trying to tell you something..."? Usually when you're under stress and clearly heading towards a bad place - but just ploughing on anyway. The signs are often clear to them and those around them, but being ignored.
Now imagine there was a way of spotting what your body is telling you in a wider, deeper context. In effect, a biomarker for wellness that you could use as a gauge for your actions, training and approach to the day ahead.
The rise of smartphones and wearable technology has delivered a step change in what we can know about ourselves without guessing. The Adeki approach harnesses these advances and biohacking interventions - particularly the ability to measure heart rate variability and to use technology to deliver therapeutic help. Around this, we have developed a methodology we call, Performance Through Wellness.
There's a brief outline below and more detail on our METHODS page.
The Body's Barometer
Pressure rising, pressure falling... in the t'olden days many houses had a barometer and folk would look at it to see what the air pressure was doing - a good early warning of changes in the weather. One of the body's key barometers is Heart Rate Variability. It is effectively a signal of the the balance between your sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. The sympathetic controls our stress response - or 'fight and flight'. The parasympathetic controls our rest and recuperation: it is effectively in charge of turning off the stress responses to allow energy to be restored and effective rest to be achieved.
This is the point where things normally get too technical, so let's make an easy analogy...
A glass that is half empty has the capacity to contain more water, but a glass that is overflowing can't take any more water and pouring more in is both a waste and a mess! The same goes for your body and mind. The key to a healthy and successful lifestyle is to maintain balance. For athletes, this means loading your body optimally so it adapts and becomes stronger without wasted effort. In business, it means the ability to be effective in stressful situations but to leave it behind and recover mentally when away from those situations. In everyday life, it simply means good balance, good digestion, good sleep and good relationships.
All of us should aim to have our glasses full and stable so that we are ready for whatever life throws at us. Mental fortitude for those in work and social situations, plus muscle readiness and physical fitness for athletes.
We all want to be fit and ready to deliver whether we are running a family, a boardroom or a marathon.
Now imagine that your body or mind have taken a lot of stress and need recovery time to adapt and rebuild - or just to settle and be calm. The issue for us all is that modern life always tends to ask us to 'do more'. So we plough on, absorbing physical and mental stress and pressure even though we are not feeling great.
Without balance we get ill, injured or don't have the right energy to live life, whether that be personal, professional or athletically, to the fullest.
Why? Now let’s get back to the analogy. Because you have effectively been pouring more and more water into the glass when it is already full, it means that not only does this waste water (effort!) but it makes a mess that you have to eventually clear up.
To be at your best, we need balance between stress and relaxation, energy expenditure and energy recruitment, muscle breakdown and muscle reuilding. All the Yins and Yangs of a person in optimal balance.
The Adeki approach will help you find out how full your glass actually is. We can then offer interventions and training to get your system back in balance if it is out. In effect, to help the glass become full if it's half empty or stable if it's overflowing.
We can teach you to relax if you're sympathetic dominant or take on more if you're parasympathetic. And en route we can introduce you to technologies and methods gathered from the widest pool of the best modern (and ancient!) thinking.