Your brain isn’t a muscle but you can treat it like one.
A major factor in building your mental fitness and encouraging active relaxation is meditation (particularly while using Holosync).
I used to cringe whenever I heard someone say that word.
It conjured up images of a monk sitting cross-legged on a mountain top chanting,
“Ommm… Ommm… Ommm!”
Nowadays though, I do have a daily practice of what most would call meditation. But I prefer the description of just…
For someone who hasn’t been exposed to what it can be and what it can do for you, there might not seem like much value in just sitting or lying down and not really doing anything.
A Quick Test
If you are skeptical, try this quick exercise:
After you finish reading this paragraph, give yourself 1 minute to focus on your breathing. All you have to do is watch your breath go in and out.
Breathe consciously – feel every single inhalation and exhalation entering and leaving your nostrils. Just 1 minute…
Oh, back already!
So how was it?
You would have your attention became distracted by your thoughts.
One moment you were feeling your breath go in and out, and the next…
… you were thinking about what you will get for lunch
… or something you need to do for work
… or what someone said to you yesterday
… or anything else your mind grabbed your attention with.
Each time you notice yourself being taken off down a train of thought, bring your attention back to your breath.
It’s astonishing to realize how little control we have over those endless thoughts!
And this was just 1 minute.
Just 60 seconds sitting there. You didn’t have to do anything in particular.
Imagine how easy it is to get distracted when you’re involved in an activity like squash.
Well, probably, you don’t have to imagine!
The Benefits Of Being Still
People who have invested any substantial amount of time in something similar to what was just described above will tell you that as you practice more and more, the tendency to become distracted by extraneous thoughts becomes less and less.
They feel mentally and emotionally more calm.
They are more balanced throughout the day, not to mention in their life in general.
Things, people, situations, that might have bothered them before…
…just don’t anymore!
Their minds are more focused on whatever task they are doing, in the moment, and they are able to concentrate better.
So, How Does This Relate To Building Physical Stamina?
Imagine you decide to start regular jogging.
The first day you struggle through 2km.
In a few days you run another 2km.
By next week your body has gotten used to 2km and you up your session to 3km.
Two months later you are running 7km fairly comfortably. And you wonder how your body felt so depleted & drained the first time you ran just 2km.
The threshold your body is now able to withstand before you feel like breaking down has increased.
You can let your brain experience the same process.
That of increasing the threshold of what it’s able to withstand without breaking down.
‘Breaking down’ might mean losing focus & concentration and making a silly error on court, then thinking about it for the next 3 rallies.
Or it could just be getting angry with the ref!
Mental Fitness Technology
Training your brain to increase what it is able to handle at any one time without ‘breaking down’ like this can be greatly enhanced with the use of Holosync audio technology.
It’s like meditation on steroids!
By listening to pre-recorded stereo tracks with headphones where the left and right sides are producing sound-waves with differing frequencies your brain is forced to re-organise itself.
At first there is a dissonant element where it’s like your brain says,
“Whoa, what’s going on here?”
People react differently to this external stimuli but… they react.
Some might just fall asleep.
Some might feel like getting up and moving around.
Some might feel a strong negative emotion.
Some might actually feel blissful!
However, just like running 2km on your first run, your brain soon re-adjusts until you’re able to handle lower and lower sound-wave frequencies going into the left and right ear.
Eventually, what seemed difficult before now seems effortless, like it’s on auto-pilot.
Transferring This Effect Onto The Squash Court
If your brain is able to handle more and more dissonant external stimuli without ‘breaking down’ some obvious benefits would be:
- Your ability to focus & concentrate on playing will increase
- Your discipline to practice will increase
- Your persistence to follow through with a specific squash fitness training program will increase
- There will be a lower tendency to let frustration overwhelm your training
- You can become more consistent throughout an entire match
And that’s just to name a few.
Still, even if you’re not convinced with Holosync, at least give yourself some time every day to be still.
10 minutes with no distractions will do wonders. Try it!
Have fun & play your own game!
Mick enjoys showing squash players simple, effective exercises to feel stronger, faster and more durable on court to help them play better & win more matches.
He was ranked #2 in Australian juniors and has spent over 20 years training in various martial arts so his background provides a fresh, unique perspective.
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