Scott Sonnon – Primal Stress
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Primal Stress, across 224 high definition color illustrated pages, details the most compelling rationale for how stress has come to impact our health and fitness, negatively, and what we can do to recover from that stress so that we can positively adapt to it.
In the Revive section of the book, Primal Stress addresses the sum total stressors in our lives – nutrition, hydration, exercise, occupational, vocational, relational, financial. Primal Stress then provides concrete, practical solutions to why you begin seeing results with your fitness, only to meet diminishing returns, plateau, regress, then aches, pains, injuries and even illnesses.
No other work has ever presented exercise science from the perspective of stress physiology like Primal Stress. If you’ve ever felt drained, blocked, pained and locked in your movement, then Primal Stress presents you with powerful tools for reclaiming access to the innate potential, the natural athlete, we were each born to become. Socrates advised, “Let him who would move the world, first move himself.”
If we are to be effective in this world, we must move. But how??
There is a completely predictable set of impediments to movement, which happen when facing excessive stress. Primal Stress provides the reasons you’ve had the aches and pains you’ve experienced, which seem to worsen with each use. This pivotal contribution combining psychophysiology and biomechanics offers a simple, rational explanation for these immobile areas which you can trace and erase.
Revive evolved from several years of actual work with high-stress occupational trainers with federal government agencies. In the book, Primal Stress gives you the map to pinpoint your issue, release it and revive its strength potential to activate. But Revive also gives you a daily approach which requires no search missions on hidden stress. Just do the short program, and it will restore your natural state of “grace.”
Once you have “cleaned the slate” of this predictable, universal pattern of physical changes, you will move on to the Survive section of the book, and one of the most empowering anthropological perspectives on fitness you will find. This section describes our prehistoric “warding patterns” which have been mastered and generationally inherited through the martial arts.
Liane Cordes suggests that, “Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential.” Follow these simple directions, and your success is nearly guaranteed.
In recent years, we have seen the rapid rise of primal movement methodologies, but no one has offered a compelling theory as to why they exist, what is their purpose, and how they each act together as a synergistic platform for human power. Primal Stress teaches you the specific biomechanics behind the astounding abilities of martial artists to survive against larger opponents, a hidden genetic code which had before not been rationally explained from the Western scientific perspective.
Survival patterns (or Wards) do more than unlock your innate power reserves. They also protect you from the pains and injuries associated from stress-induced reflexes. As Ben Jonson notes, “He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity.” These patterns manifest through all sports and every martial art because when faced with adversity, necessity calls upon this prehistoric blueprint for your untapped strengths.
But knowing isn’t enough, so this section of the book teaches you how to activate these encrypted codes in your nervous system through simple drills, and then how to integrate those components into every exercise you do, and all aspects of your daily life.
Maya Angelou declared, “Life’s mission is not merely to survive but to thrive.” In the Thrive section of the book, you will discover the science of our brain architecture and how it evolved specifically for complex movement. Increasing the complexity of our movement causes changes to our neural chemistry, called plasticity, which makes life feel better, easier and more in “flow.”
Why do we experience discord? Why don’t we live in a state of effortless grace? If we have revived our innate potential from the clutches of excessive stress, and forged our biological survival warding patterns to resist, then we can take the next step: we thrive.
Much has been written from the psychological perspective of flow-state, but an insufficient degree of work had been conducted into the physical steps to unlock graceful movement: how power expresses itself. This section of Primal Stress details the simple, practical steps which will take your health and fitness to the next level. Feel inspired by your movement again, like you did as a child.
Taken together, these three sections of the book demonstrate our 3 biological gifts:
- flinch-reflexes (from which we can revive),
- form-reactions (from which we can survive), and
- flow-responses (with which we can thrive).
This final section of this pivotal book brings us full circle, for this isn’t a linear process, but an ever- spinning deepening spiral where we cycle through Revive – Survive – Thrive throughout our lives. We master the basics, and then we become free to refine the nuances of our health and fitness.
Primal Stress ends with program design outlines, exercise descriptions and detailed photographs of each movement in the Flow Physique course. This beautifully presented and professionally designed book details each step you must take, and how to chart your ongoing progress for “Health-First Fitness.”
When you read its content, you will understand why what you’ve done in the past hasn’t worked as effectively as you wished, why you suffer the aches and pains that you’ve had, how you have been successful previously and how you can know when you are, and how to increase those successes systematically.
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