Self experiment by: Jose Laboy
Using a Whoop Watch, I was able to test very general indicators of athletic readiness to perform and stress recovery rates by calculating Heart Rate Variability, Resting Heart Rate (bpm), Calories burned, and Respiratory rate. With these indicators, the app gave me percentages of recovery for skewed representations of how much recovery I had achieved. However, this did not affect the HRV and heart rate readings that were collected. In addition, some days the watch refused to collect data, so I marked N/A for those readings. I wanted to showcase my readings for this week specifically because of my heavy experience with concussions. I myself have suffered from over 6 severe concussions that have caused me to take careful precautions. The meditational technique has helped me to recover quickly from the concussion to an extent. I have been able to communicate, act and think clearly, but there is a limit that my cognitive faculties can persist with excessive exposure to technology. I see that this is due to the fact that technology emits electromagnetic frequency energy. EMF energy negatively stresses the brain and CNS. With post-concussion syndrome, sensitivity to light and screens includes this type of energy exposure.
Results for the week of Cardiovascular Health and Sleep
Saturday: HRV- 71, 2393 calories burnt, Respiratory Rate- 17.1 rpm, RHR- 49 bpm
Sunday: HRV- 107, 4035 calories burned, RHR- 49 bpm, Respiratory Rate- 17.2 bpm
Reflection: I slept very well. I feel rested. My mind is in balance. I am filled with appreciation for the benefit in mental clarity. I have not experienced much of any symptoms of my minor concussion.
Monday: HRV- 89, 3235 calories burned, RHR- 48 bpm, Respiratory Rate- 17.3 rpm
Reflection: I feel encapsulated in a bubble of warmth and love. SalutoGenesis flows throughout my entire body today and especially my upper lumbar area of the spine. I experienced very little strain and a lot of restful sleep.
Wednesday: HRV- 94, 3367 calories burned, Respiratory Rate-17.2 rpm, RHR- 45 bpm
Reflection: Since my concussion, today is the first day that I’ve worked out with moderate intensity. After that, my nightly SCM practice flowed heavily into my shoulders and mid-upper back. I felt SalutoGenesis utilize my upper energy vortex to recycle my focus into my lower energy vortex. Then, my upper back contracted and relaxed several times in a minor spasm-like manner. After the involuntary movement ceased, a flexibility and relaxation sent waves of euphoric energy throughout my body: felt from the top of my head to the palms of my feet.
Thursday: HRV- 77, 2093 calories burned, Respiratory Rate- 17.3 rpm, RHR- 48 bpm
Refection: I worked out today but only achieved low intensity. I did my yoga routine, and synced up with the breath throughout the postures. My SalutoGenesis moments were achieved before my Yoga session while practicing the base and after the Upward Seal yoga pose and Downward Dog pose.
Saturday: HRV- 73, 4735 calories burned, Respiratory Rate- 17. 5 rpm, RHR- 51 bpm
Reflection: Despite my lackluster recovery, my practice in with the meditation allowed me to tackle my high intensity day with ease. I almost forgot that I recently experienced the concussion.
From this data these graphs were accumulated to show a general overview of my health following the first week after the trauma.
Weekly averages: Heart Rate Variability- 78 , Respiratory Rate- 17.2rpm, Resting Heart Rate- 49 bpm
In these results, you see that my Respiratory rate (recorded in rpms) gradually rose throughout the week despite the slight decrease on Wednesday. As the week progressed, this increase in respiratory rate indicated that more overall strain was put on the body. My average sleep performance was 93% throughout the week, which meant that my rest was adequate, considering the stress on my brain (caused by the concussion). My personal resting heart rate moved synonymously with my respiratory rate which was extremely interesting to me. Both graphs slightly decreased on Wednesday then continued to increase for the rest of the week. Lastly, my heart rate variability varied heavily as the week progressed. If you’d like to learn more about any of these measurements, check out my other post here: https://lovetobreath.com/source-code-meditation-may-enhance-heart-rate-variability-a-key-indicator-for-elite-fitness-and-physical-performance/
Therefore, my results, both quantitatively and qualitatively, signify a positive physical and mental physiological reaction throughout the first week of recovery from the concussion. As the week progressed, my generally lower respiratory rates and resting heart rates signified that my body was not wasting any time to heal efficiently, even though I was continuing to expose myself to consistent, but limited cognitive and physical stimulation. On Wednesday, the slight increase in all areas indicated something great. Even though the overall strain was noticeably higher than the previous days, heart rate variability was also noticeably higher than it had previously been. Since HRV is proven to signify a readiness to perform, this meant that my overall ability to function was not jeopardized by the concussion. This is important to keep in mind given that the data after Wednesday for my resting heart rate and respiratory rate continued to decrease. What that meant was that my ability to “rest and digest” more effectively was not impacted by a the higher the than normal stress levels on Wednesday. My continued ability to heal and recover increased after Wednesday as well, with lower, but adequate levels of Heart rate variability. Balance and Homeostasis within the body was conclusively sustained utilizing the revolutionary techniques learned by Source Code Meditation. To learn more, check out their site at: SourceCodeMeditation.com
If you’d like to learn more about a research study conducted by experts from Source Code Meditation measuring brain activity while utilizing the SCM techniques, click the link here: http://www.stevengiron.com/new-human-brain-ego