Anabolic Meditation?

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    Anabolic Meditation?


    Just read an article from a TCM mailing list; here's the relevant excerpt:
    1. Initiation of the relaxation response
    When the predominance of autonomic nervous system activity is sympathetic
    the human system is working, expending energy and breaking down tissue. This
    is associated with the action phase of metabolism, and referred to as
    catabolic. This is associated, in it's extreme, with the "fight or flight
    response" with increased heart rate, breath rate and blood pressure. It is
    also called the stress state and has been associated with adrenal exhaustion
    and collapse (56).

    This state, when overactive and not balanced to homeostasis by ample
    parasympathetic activity, contributes to the production of positively
    charged hydrogen ions. As mentioned in an earlier section on free radicals
    these hydrogen ions bind with oxygen. This can cause a net oxygen deficit
    and a general acid ph in the internal environment. Biological stress is
    conducive to the proliferation of a number of diseases or syndromes
    including hypertension, pain, depression, immune deficiency and
    inflammation.(57)

    The opposite aspect of autonomic activity, parasympathetic, is a phase of
    rest and tissue regeneration. It is associated with the conservative phase
    of metabolism, anabolic. In its extreme this state is associated with the
    "relaxation response" (RR)(57), characterized by decreased heart and breath
    rate and a lowering of blood pressure. This is also associated with the
    resting phase of the basic resting activity cycle (BRAC).(58) Conscious
    deactivation of the sympathetic function with the activation of certain
    parasympathetic features of autonomic activity can neutralize the negative
    effects of "fight or flight" overactivity. The primary steps to initiate
    this state are deep, slow breathing coupled with the intention to relax.(57)
    These are the identical initiating steps for the practice of Qigong and
    Yoga. The literature alludes liberally to traditional Asian health
    maintenance practices as the historic source of techniques for generating
    the relaxation response(RR) and the typical biofeedback response(3).

    With the addition of gentle movement and stretching extra oxygen is demanded
    from the blood, which may help to reduce the presence of hydrogen ions and
    initiate a swing toward a more anabolic level of activity. This may help to
    produce a less acid internal environment and a net greater availability of
    free oxygen with increased energy productivity and tissue regeneration.

    Controlled, deep, slow breathing accompanied with the intention to relax
    initiates the RR and the resting phase of the BRAC, which are
    para-sympathetic/anabolic/alkaline responses, generally recognized as
    healing and regenerative. Increased oxygen to hydrogen ion ratio is also
    recognized as conducive to healing and regeneration.
    Read that anywhere before? Might some kind of daily meditation help create a more anabolic environment? Just going off anecdotal levels of evidence, it seems that it might--most of the older chi gung and tai chi guys seem kinda chubby, which is what happens in an anabolic environment without muscular hypertrophy-oriented training, right?

    Speaking of chi gung, another extract:
    3. Increased microcirculation
    A classic body response in Qigong and Yoga is the elevation of skin
    temperature. In the fight or flight state, hyper-sympathetic, the arterioles
    in the skin, muscles and certain organs constrict. During the systematic
    deactivation of sympathetic function, typical in Qigong and Yoga/Pranayama,
    vasodilation occurs with the accompanying warmth of the surface of the skin.
    This is one of the primary goals in biofeedback training and was found as a
    typical response when the skin temperature of meditators was evaluated in
    research.(3)

    A number of studies from China explore the microcirculatory mechanism very
    thoroughly and conclude that this mechanism is a major reason for the
    continued successful application of such an ancient health maintenance
    method. (63,64,65,66,67,68)
    I wonder how much a little zhan zhuang right after applying a transdermal would help your absorption.

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    meditation alone gives you a great feeling. it's a very weird spiritual effect that doesn't have much science involved. some people shrug it off because of that. I for one love meditation and try to but it's so hard getting in the right state of mind with a busy schedule
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    yeah i have always thought about this.. i hear yoga can really do wonders for your weight training...
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    IMO meditation and the mind are the most overlooked part of weight lifting. It is definitely helpful to do after a work out. Most of the top athletes use meditation and visualization. I think it was Bruce Genner used it a lot as do most Olympic athletes. A while before he went to the Olympics a wrote down the times he wanted to get and most of them were almost exact. Arnold said he could will blood into his muscles giving him a pump with out training. Frank Zane was famous for hitting a show in peak condition even when it didn't look like he would. Tom Platz credits meditation and visualization to helping him bring up his upper body.

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