Why have I brought such an unscientific category as
magic into this conversation about something as tangible as the speed healing of a badly broken bone?
But is it really unscientific ? – In fact, what is
true science if not something that dives into the deep unknown, into the
non-obvious and surfaces up with a valuable trophy of something both beautiful
and practical at the same time.
That's exactly how I see ABR technique – especially
the 3Q.Until this day I am amazed by its magic.
At first glance, it is absolutely counterintuitive –
because the very idea of "action at distance" when the impact somehow
emerges behind the seemingly impenetrable barrier is really foreign to our
brains that are accustomed to the consecutive action where reaching 'deep'
requires the visible journey through the layers that are wrapped around it.
In fact, this magic is very much described in detail
in the main descriptions of the 3Q ABR technique that have been available on
this blog for a long time:
'Classic' Technique - 3Q Principles Illustrated
Technique Essence Illustrated
However, on a very human perspective it is often quite
difficult to make those abstract graphs and models to feel alive, and to skip
the unclear details of how exactly it works by focusing entirely on the
external template of the "How to do ABR 3Q" – contact, volume touch,
compression, pause, return etc.
That's why I believe this example is so powerful:
When you look at this photo – there is no room for the
There is rigid cast made of solid gypsum that has no
elasticity and no 'give' in it. There is no way that you can "squeeze the
arm inside the cast". The cast itself appears to be a boundary so impenetrable that the very description of
"Well, he put his hands onto my cast with some foam pads in between…"
sounds like crazy outrageous bullshit… That's exactly how our athlete felt when
the orthopedic surgeons and later his coach and the teammates were asking him
about what was actually done to his broken arm to make it heal so fast…
On the one hand, I am encouraging you to re-visit the ABR
'Classic' Technique - 3Q Principles Illustrated
Technique Essence Illustrated
On the other hand, I am inviting you to really appreciate how powerful is the tool that
you have , literally, in your own hands when you do ABR applications/exercises
for your kids.
And at the same time, I want you to really understand
that to make the best out of this powerful tool, to make it really magical –
you need the catalyst that makes this magic happen. You heard it from me many
times – "Focus, concentration, awareness, attention to detail".
Yes, sure Alex is an extraordinary talent to begin
with, who perfected his ABR craft over the last 9 years by daily practicing for
8 hours and more – but practicing in itself wouldn't deliver the level of mastery that he has today without those
powerful catalysts of focus, concentration, awareness and attention to detail.
I want to assure you each and every of you has this
potential. No matter where you are today technically – there is lots of room
for improvement. Why? – Because our depth & tensional gradient perception
is the most sophisticated and precise
sensory quality of us humans.
I keep bringing the same simple example over and over
again – all of us can easily feel when we accidentally flip at once 2 pages of
a magazine, a book or a newspaper instead of flipping just a single page.
What does that mean? – The page is only 0.2 mm thick
(1/100 of an inch) and yet an average person can feel it without any prior
training or particular concentration.
How does that impact your daily ABR work? – Directly.
The 'compression' range that you work within, when you
deliver a 3Q or "egg" or "ball" exercise – is of 1-2 cm (0.5
-1.0 inch). So whilst most people intuitively consider this being "very small" – in reality it is
huge, because it consists of at least 100 of those incremental 'layers' of
depth change impact. So even a small improvement in your concentration and
awareness has a potential to accumulate
and to translate into a major increase of your ABR work effectiveness – within
exactly the same hours that you are already doing. A small improvement in your
concentration and awareness – has the
potential to make a huge difference in the progress of your kids.
And that's why next time when an ABR trainer asks you
to practice the techniques further, to concentrate or to pay attention to the
nuances of your positioning and setups – please do not brush it off as
"Oh, again – I know all that stuff already.. Just give me my home
exercises so I can be on my way home sooner rather than later".
I assure you – you as an ABR therapist for your child
DO HAVE an incredible potential that your child can benefit from enormously.
All you need for this is to improve your 'inner game' - your concentration,
your awareness, you attention to detail, and your visualization… And, in fact,
there is nothing ABR-unique to this.
Listen to any high performance athlete, read their
interviews – what's the overriding theme there? – A high level 'outer game' of
visible performance and outcome is only possible when based on the advanced
'inner game'… So the same is true for yourself – improve your 'inner game' and
the 'outer game' of accelerated progress and achievement for your child is
going to follow – sooner than you expect it..
The magic of deep myofascial & osteoarticular response will be put to
work for you and for your child…
Talking about the 'inner game' and about the
refinement of your ABR technical skills I'd
be looking for some response from you on these matters.
TO THE ATTENTION OF ALL ABR FAMILIES
Over the recent years I have accumulated a lot of
videos teaching the techniques and going into the specific details and nuances
of positioning, setups, technical refinements etc.
We've been using those for the internal training of
ABR team but the constraints of the ABR training sessions that we have today
only allow to share a fraction of those with you during the trainings at the
ABR Centers and Satellites.
However, at the same time – I often here the remarks
both from many parents and from the Trainers giving feedback after the sessions
– that "parents are 'at full learning capacity' with the technical
training that we already give"
assuming that any further dive into the details is going to be an overload and
I believe that this is true for some parents but I
hope that some of you do have some ''spare learning capacity'.
Such trainings will need to undergo some editing and
setting up a membership site for accessing these video – so it is quite a lot
of extra work & expense on our part. So I'd want to hear what's the level
of interest towards it among the active ABR families.
Whilst my own style of training is very technical and
detail oriented – after working closely with Alex for the last year – I can see
that his training brings an entirely different perspective and dimension that I
find very valuable:
His largest focus is on your 'inner game' – on your ABR Mindset and on the
Philosophy of expressing your relationship and deep personal connection with
your child via your exercise. One of his favorite sayings is: "You have to
make your ABR ball ALIVE… With every 'roll' you want to bring some extra life
into your child's body through this ball – can you achieve that if your ball is
dead in your hands?"..
Again, I am unlikely to come up with this perspective
myself because my entire language and the worldview is shaped differently but I am fully behind it and I think that
there is a tremendous value to it for those who are ready to hear the deeper
So my question is quite straightforward – if I see
enough enthusiasm from you – we'll then try to make these trainings available
during the coming year, either via the membership site or some other video sharing
I am asking
these questions for a very simple reason – we have plenty more to give but I
want to see the volunteers who'd deliberately step up and say: "Yes, I am
ready to do this extra learning work."
These levels of trainings is not something that I am
going to simply dump on YouTube or Vimeo for the curiosity of the passing
You are welcome to leave you responses in the comments
here but otherwise please write to me <email@example.com>
In the next few weeks I am going to publish quite a
lot in this blog – I've been silent in it for most of the past year – but there
was a lot brewing with some fundamental breakthroughs and transformations to
the entire ABR landscape – so stay tuned…