What is Z-Health?
Basically, Z-Health is applied neurology. As far as I can tell, it's all based well-established neurological principles and practices.
The back story
When I first heard about Z-Health, I was highly skeptical. My kettlebell coach, who happens to be a Z-Health Master Trainer, kept giving me eye tests and having me do strange exercises that didn't seem to have any direct relationship with my training goals, but then something happened that prompted me to take a closer look. I had a long term issue with tightness my left shoulder and neck. He was able to diagnose the problem with an eye test. Yes, you read that correctly. He used an eye test. After diagnosing the problem, he had me do an easy exercise with my arm, and my tight muscles immediately released. In the months since then, the issue hasn't returned. So that experience got me thinking, "Okay, maybe there is something to this Z-Health stuff." I followed up by taking the Z-Health Essentials class in October (2015)
How did Z-Health help my mobility?
After taking the class, I randomly picked a few ankle, hip, and thoracic mobility drills to add my mobility routine. Within a couple of weeks, I was stunned my improvements.
- Of course, I saw significant improvements in my ankle, hip and thoracic mobility tested by squatting, pigeon poses, seizas, and few other stretches.
- I had a long term and very annoying issue with cramping in my arches and lower calf muscles. That issue completely cleared up. I can now work on my mobility unhampered by sudden and severe cramps in those areas.
- Most surprisingly, I also had significant improvement in shoulder mobility. I reduce the length my shoulder dislocations by more than 6 inches. This improvement happened even though I didn't add any Z-Health drills targeting the shoulders.
I can't say conclusively my sudden gains were due to the addition of Z-Health exercises to my routine. But... I believe it's more that coincidence. Given my experiences so far, I certainly plan to experiment more with the Z-Health tools I've learned.