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Polykinetics; The SELF Method

 Michelle L Vargas

Est. 2014

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Mental health awareness on a physical level
A global problem requires a global solution

Mental health awareness has reached an all time high.  What was not known just 30 years ago, is now becoming common knowledge. 

---So, why isn't there a fitness method to support that awareness? Well, now there is. 

 

Polykinetics means "many movements", and is the first fitness method of its kind to be dedicated solely on improving mental health by utilizing strategic physical movements, called kinetic sequences in combination with various aspects of cognitive therapeutic strategies, and exposure therapy techniques mixed with distinct styles of music therapy that not only motivates and sets the pace of the kinetic sequence, but optimizes mental states and overall brain functioning in a unique and systematic way. 

To utilize music as a medium AND mental tool was inspired by research performed in 2011 by Harvard scientists on the neurological effects of music and brain activity; Polykinetics takes that research to the next level by creating coordinated kinetic sequences that target various types of physical and mental skills.  This is a method where it's mind vs brain vs body.  

 

 

Mental illnesses and disorders are a global concern.  It effects hundreds of millions of people of all colors, classes, creeds, abilities, ages and backgrounds, therefore Polykinetics is designed to be virtually demographically universal, as well as, seamlessly conform to any lifestyle and environment without frustrations or complications; the opposite of most fitness programs.

 

Each kinetic sequence can be customized based on individuals needs and goals with each sequence being infused with: endurance training, muscle strengthening/toning, flexibility conditioning, and balance coordination that will keep the brain active and engaged as much as the body.

 

Polykinetics also helps to improve metabolic rate, while improving overall mental clarity and focus by increasing oxygen intake and blood circulation to the brain which helps to decrease symptom intensity and occurrence; allowing participants to experience better quality of life.

"In so far as the mind is stronger than the body, so are the ills contracted by the mind more severe than those contracted by the body"

Marcus Tullius Cicero 

Why exercise for mental health?

For to long, the primary focus of getting involved in physical fitness and exercising regularly has been widely placed on vanity, not vitality. Polykinetics now turns the table and focuses primarily on the importance of improving and optimizing brain functioning and activity over the body's appearance; and it only makes sense to do so since the brain is responsible for all activity in our lives from day-dreaming to breathing to overcoming hardships in life. It is the belief in Polykinetics that if you optimize the brain, all functions the brain is responsible for, will become optimized as well. --This is a core belief that is equally shared with researchers from all over the world.

Exercise and mental health has been the focus of numerous studies for DECADES, and their relationship has been profoundly and consistently documented and proven to positively affect our daily lives by increasing mental focus and clarity. Scientists say, "Psychology IS biology", therefore, Polykinetics optimizes BOTH areas of health at the same time, saving not only time but also preventing common frustrations that typically come with conventional workouts. In Polykinetics, it's all about utilizing strategic synchronized movements to promote neurological improvements. 

Why Polykinetics?

While many mainstream methods continue to become more complex, confusing and physically demanding, Polykinetics goes in the opposite direction by completely simplifying the physical process without sacrificing the benefits. This method is all about working smarter, not harder for your physical and mental health. 

 

Polykinetics does everything you would expect from a typical physical workout, but takes it to the next level by combining kinetics (moves) with aspects of traditional cognitive behavioral therapy, positive psychology and meditation.  In a sense, you are literally working out your problems in a mental meditative state while the body is in motion.  This is known as kinetic meditation, and it's been around for a very long time. Many research participants claimed to begin "feeling it" in as little as 45 seconds into a sequence, and many reported feeling stress related heaviness diminished.

 

Due to the concept of simplicity, Polykinetics can decrease daily stresses within minutes, break negative thinking patterns and establish a balanced connection between the brain and the body through the means of music by putting the body into motion.  When all of these aspect come together harmoniously, 

 

Polykinetics is more than a workout, it's an experience.

  • In 2017, there were an estimated 46.6 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States with AMI (Any Mental Illness) and 11.2 million adults with a SMI (Serious Mental Illness) Totaling to 23.4% of all adults in the US 

  • Young adults aged 18-25 years had the highest prevalence of AMI (25.8%) compared to adults aged 26-49 years (22.2%) and aged 50 and older (13.8%)

  • There were more than twice as many suicides (47,173) in the United States as there were homicides (19,510) 

  • In 2017, among the 46.6 million adults with AMI, only 19.8 million (42.6%) received mental health services in the past year.

  • The prevalence of PTSD among adolescents was higher for females (8.0%) than for males (2.3%).

  • An estimated 19.1% of U.S. adults had any anxiety disorder in the past year.

  • Females with bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder sought treatment more than males. However, males with anorexia nervosa sought treatment more often than females.

  • A large proportion of people with past year personality disorders also had one or more other mental disorder(s) (84.5%).

  • Over a third (39.0%) of respondents with any personality disorder and 42.4% of respondents with borderline personality disorder reported receiving mental health treatment at some time in the past 12 months.

  • Among adults with OCD, approximately one half (50.6%) had had serious impairment.

  • Schizophrenia is typically diagnosed in the late teens years to early thirties, and tends to emerge earlier in males (late adolescence – early twenties) than females (early twenties – early thirties)

  • An estimated 4.9% of people with schizophrenia die by suicide, a rate that is far greater than the general population, with the highest risk in the early stages of illness

  • Approximately half of individuals with schizophrenia have co-occurring mental and/or behavioral health disorders

  • An estimated 17.3 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode. This number represented 7.1% of all U.S. adults.

  • Of adolescents with any mental disorder, an estimated 22.2% had severe impairment.

Source: The National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Health of the United States. 

Website: www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/index.shtml

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"Out of clutter, find simplicity; from discord, find harmony and in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

Albert Einstein