Friday, March 17, 2023

Unboxing and Using the Revolutionary KAATSU B1

The Bluetooth-enabled KAATSU B1 device is the newest model in the KAATSU product line.

The B1 operates via a smartphone, either an Android or iOS app. The B1 can be safely utilized anywhere anytime by anyone with a smartphone.


• The KAATSU B1 - Dual Model comes with 2 Wearable units, 2 KAATSU Arm Air Bands, 2 KAATSU Leg Air Bands, and includes the online KAATSU Education Course, KAATSU Magazines, access to the KAATSU Performance (a cloud-based database), a customized training program (if desired), and a 1-year warranty for $1,499.99. The 2 Wearable units are interchangeable between KAATSU Arm Air Bands and KAATSU Leg Air Bands.
• The KAATSU B1 - Quad Model comes with 4 Wearable units, 2 KAATSU Arm Air Bands, 2 KAATSU Leg Air Bands, and includes the online KAATSU Education Course, KAATSU Magazines, access to the KAATSU Performance (a cloud-based database), a customized training program (if desired), and a 1-year warranty for $1,999.99.
• The KAATSU B1 - Leg & Core Model comes with 2 Wearable units, 2 KAATSU Leg Air Bands, and includes the online KAATSU Education Course, KAATSU Magazines, access to the KAATSU Performance (a cloud-based database), a customized training program (if desired), and a 1-year warranty for $1,349.99.
• The KAATSU B1 - Arm Model comes with 2 Wearable units, 2 KAATSU Leg Air Bands, and includes the online KAATSU Education Course, KAATSU Magazines, access to the KAATSU Performance (a cloud-based database), a customized training program (if desired), and a 1-year warranty for $1,299.99.
• There is an optional 2-year warranty for $199.99, an optional KAATSU Masters Specialist Course for $250, an optional KAATSU CEU Course that will be offered for $799.99 by year-end 2022, and an optional Masimo MightySat Finger Pulse Oximeter for $299.

Applications & Operations

• The KAATSU protocols (applications) are the same as used with previous KAATSU models (i.e., KAATSU Master, KAATSU Master 2.0, KAATSU M3, KAATSU Cycle 2.0, KAATSU Nano, KAATSU C3) and are based on clinical evidence derived from decades of research in the Japan, China, United States, and United Kingdom.
• The ultra-lightweight B1 Wearable units are connected with the arm and leg KAATSU Air Bands that control the inflation and deflation of uniquely designed internal pneumatic bladders. The bands do not impede arterial flow and only serve to gently, repeatedly, gradually, and briefly modify venous flow with KAATSU’s patented customizable Cycle pressure modes.
• Either one or two B1 Air Bands can be worn at a time, for single-limb or double-limb KAATSU. Like all other KAATSU Air Bands, the bands are placed on either your upper arms or upper legs. The Wearable units and bands are operated by the KAATSU B1 app on your smartphone. The KAATSU app is available on both iOS and Android.
• The KAATSU B1 app captures, archives, and analyzes your individual usage data that can be shared with physicians, therapists, coaches, trainers, chiropractors, teammates, and compared with others in the KAATSU Performance ecosystem.

KAATSU B1 versus KAATSU C3 or KAATSU Cycle 2.0 Advantages

• Tubeless: The KAATSU B1 does not require connector tubes as with earlier KAATSU models. This allows users to have more mobility and freedom of movement in order to meet performance, recovery, wellness, and rehabilitation needs. The B1 is tangle-free without any risk of tripping on connector tubes.
• Data Capture: Real-time usage data is captured, archived, analyzed, and can be shared on both an individual and group basis.
• Clinical Applications: Medical professionals, therapists, trainers, and coaches can access usage data and provide remote diagnoses and therapeutic and training recommendations to users.
• KAATSU Ecosystem: The KAATSU B1 and KAATSU M3 share a common database so medical professionals, therapists, and coaches can use the M3 in a clinical setting and the user can use the B1 at home or at work with usage data shared across the B1 and M3 platforms.

KAATSU Benefits

• On a cellular level, KAATSU increases vascular elasticity, naturally produces a robust hormonal response and healthful metabolites, and improves oxygen and blood flow.
• Physiologically, these biochemical reactions lead to better health safely and faster.
• Unlike other BFR equipment, there is no occlusion of arterial blood flow which significantly increases its safety profile.

B1 Advantages

• The KAATSU B1 is ideal and easy to use for both active and non-active individuals whether able-bodied, injured, or disabled, users of all ages, coaches, trainers, chiropractors, physical therapists, and physicians.
• Global analyses of multiple parameters is enabled (by gender, age, application, pressure, BMI, etc.). Over time, this aggregated and comparative data will help educate future users and KAATSU Specialists on optimal usage patterns and applications.
• The KAATSU Ecosystem now includes 3 models at three different price points that are attractive for different types of users:
o C3 at $999.99 is the lowest cost model, ideal for individual use
o B1 at $1,499.99 is the mid-range model, ideal for individual and military/team/group use who desire data analyses and individual data storage on their smartphones
o M3 at $4,999.99 is the clinical model, ideal for hospitals, medical clinics, rehabilitation and wellness centers

Dual versus Quad Model Advantages

The primary advantages of KAATSU B1 Quad Model (with 4 Wearable units) versus the KAATSU B1 Dual Model (with 2 Wearable units) are as follows:

• Two people can simultaneously use the KAATSU B1 Quad Model. That is, a husband and wife or 2 teammates can use 2 Wearable units each, enabling them to workout together. In this case, one partner uses the arm bands while the other partner uses the leg bands - meanwhile all the data is captured on each of their own respective smartphones.
• Users do not have to remove and put back on the 2 Wearable units each time they transition from using their arm and leg bands. That is, they just keep the 4 Wearable units on the arm bands and leg bands all the time. The units can be charged simultaneously while the units stay on the bands.
• Users can share their Wearable units and bands with others who might be interested in learning more about KAATSU at the same time the original user is demonstrating the KAATSU B1 with 1 Wearable unit on 1 band. The system also enables single-limb use.
• In the case that 1 Wearable unit is damaged, gets wet, or is not charged, a user has the choice to interchangeable use their other 3 Wearable units so there is no downtime.

KAATSU B1 Package

• KAATSU B1 Wearables: 2 units in the Dual Model or 4 units in the Quad Model
• 2 KAATSU Arm Air Bands
• 2 KAATSU Leg Air Bands
• 2 KAATSU Arm Wearable covers
• 2 KAATSU Leg Wearable covers
• USB Type-C dual charger (to simultaneously charge 2 units)
• Black carrying case
• Android or iOS app
• KAATSU Performance (cloud-based database)
• Online KAATSU Education Program
• KAATSU Magazines
• Optional Masimo MightSat Finger Pulse Oximeter
• Customized training program (if desired)

Differences between the KAATSU C3 and KAATSU B1 Models

• KAATSU C3 has connector tubes; KAATSU B1 does not
• KAATSU C3 was developed to meet the rugged needs of tactical athletes (i.e., soldiers) who occasionally train in harsh, dusty, muddy, rainy conditions
• KAATSU C3 device easily fits in a shirt or pants pocket or be clipped to a pair of shorts, pants, or tights; KAATSU B1 Wearable units are attached to the KAATSU Air Bands.
• KAATSU C3 costs $999; KAATSU B1 starts at $1,299.
• KAATSU C3 and KAATSU B1 Air Bands are not interchangeable

For more information on the KAATSU B1, visit here.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Using KAATSU with Rowing Machines, Stationary Bicycles, and Treadmills

When athletes use KAATSU equipment with a rowing machine, a treadmill, an elliptical machine, a statinary bicycle or TRX straps, they can use their KAATSU equipment before, during, and/or after each training session.

There are numerous options to use the KAATSU Air Bands at the standard pressure settings (Low, Medium, or High) or customized settings (ranging from very low to very high) at different durations.

Before The Training Session
> Use the Progressive KAATSU Cycle function as a warm-up. One standard option is to do 1-2 KAATSU Cycle sets in the Low pressure setting, followed by 1-2 KAATSU Cycle sets in the Medium pressure setting, and followed by 1-2 KAATSU Cycle sets in the High pressure setting, either or both on my arms and legs (if there is sufficient time).
> If time were an issue, then the user can either "double stack" or choose either arms or legs.
> By "double stacking", users can proceed with their daily activities (e.g., working in the office, writing emails, reading, walking the dog, stretching) while in the KAATSU Cycle mode. That is, proceed with a primary activity (e.g., writing emails) while the KAATSU Air Bands are on either the arms or legs in the Cycle mode. Therefore, their primary activities are not being interupted; rather, they are "double stacking" and achieving two things at once.
> The purpose of these Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets is to prepare your vascular system for an optimal workout.

During The Training Session
> Athletes can alternate using the KAATSU Air Bands on their arms or legs as they wish.
> Depending on the type of rowing, running, or cycling workout they do (e.g., at a steady moderate cadence or at an intense pace), the pressure settings can change. However, for most users, either the Low or Medium pressure setting is sufficient. Perhaps over time, the athletes may increase to Medium and High, but this is highly individualistic and depending on the type of workout.
> In general, these in-training sessions with KAATSU Air Bands is limited to 10 minutes.

After The Training Session
> Post-training is an ideal time to do recovery KAATSU Cycle sets.
> After the workout, the athletes can simply relax with the KAATSU Air Bands on either their arms or legs (whichever felt the most fatigued) in either the Low, Medium, or High pressure setting.

This may sound like a lot of KAATSU Cycle sets, but it is not always necessary to do KAATSU before, during and after each training session. Seriously minded and elite athletes can, but mixing up the duration, intensity, pressure, and use on the arms or legs enables flexibility.

However, if given a choice, doing Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets before the training sessions may be the most beneficial over time for many people. Alternatively, doing post-training KAATSU sessions could be either a primary or secondary priority depending on the needs and focus on the athlete - which can change depending if the athlete is in the off-season, pre-season, in-season, and championship season.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Utilizing KAATSU On The Sand and In The Water

Los Alamitos High School girls water polo team trains hard, utilizing innovative means during their dryland and in-water workouts to develop stamina, increase upper and lower body and core strength, and enhance speed, leading up to the 2022-2023 CIF Southern Section water polo playoffs.

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Sunday, February 5, 2023

How Extreme Sports Athletes Can Use KAATSU

Many extreme sports athletes use KAATSU for enhanced athletic performance, injury rehabilitation, and post-workout, post-competition recovery.

These extreme athletes include cylists, marathon swimmers, mountaineers, big-wave surfers, ice swimmers, ultrarunners, triathletes, channel swimmers, motor sports athletes (car + motorcycle), acrobats, divers, and many others in a wide variety of athletic endeavors.

The athletes utilize KAATSU for the following applications:

Athletic Performance
* KAATSU can be used either as a finisher in a workout or for an entire strength-building session in the gym.
* KAATSU can be used in combination with any fitness equipment (e.g., treadmills, stationary bicycles, rowing machines, barbells, dumbbells, TRX straps, Bosu Balls, vibration plates, or resistance bands)
* Always be well hydrated before and during a KAATSU session.
* If used properly (e.g., never with heavy weights or resistance), there should be either little or no post-workout muscle soreness (DOMS) or potentially injurious strain on your musculoskeletal system.
* A pink or rosy color, or even a beefy red, with vein distention should be visible on your arms or legs during KAATSU. Always check that your Capillary Refill Time (CRT) is faster than 3 seconds (as in "one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two, one-thousand-three").
* There should be no whiteness, grayness, or blueness in your limbs or clammy skin during KAATSU. This is an indication of occlusion where arterial blood flow is impeded - which is exactly what KAATSU is not intended to do.

Injury Rehabilitation
* With muscle tears or strains, connective tissue (ligament or tendon) tears or strains, and bone contusions, cracks, or breaks, the Progressive KAATSU Cycle modality - both single-limb KAATSU and double-limb KAATSU - is a proven means to enhance and speed up recovery from injuries.
* Ideally, 2-3 KAATSU sessions are performed daily.
* Each session should include 3-6 KAATSU Cycle sets on the arms and the legs.
* The KAATSU Cycle sets can be performed on the injured side or injured limb only (i.e., 'single-limb' KAATSU) or on both sides or limbs (i.e., 'double-limb' KAATSU).
* The first set should always be on the Low SKU pressure setting. Subsequent sets can be either Medium or High SKU pressure settings.

Post-workout or Post-competition Recovery
* In order to effectively and efficiently remove metabolic waste after a workout or competition, the Progressive KAATSU Cycle mode should be performed as soon after the workout or competition.
* Always start off the first set in the Low SKU pressure setting.
* Subsequent Cycle sets can be either Medium or High SKU pressure settings.

Additional information can be heard on the following podcasts:

* Open Water Swimmer's Podcast with Steven Munatones (listen here)
* Marathon Swim Stories: Deep Dive at SCAR (listen here)
* Talking Open Water Swimming With Steven Munatones (listen here)

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The Hare & The Tortoise - DIfferent Approaches of KAATSU

Many KAATSU users want to know the benefits of, and the differences between, the KAATSU Constant mode and the KAATSU Cycle mode.

The KAATSU Constant mode is a means in which the KAATSU Air Bands (narrow, stretchable, elastic, oval-shaped pneumatic bands) are inflated to a certain pressure and then maintained for short periods up to 10 minutes.

The KAATSU Cycle mode is a means in which the KAATSU Air Bands are repeatedly, progressively, incrementally, gently, and briefly inflated for brief periods (up to 60 seconds, with 30 seconds being standard) and then deflated (up to 20 seconds, with 5 seconds being standard).

More specifically, KAATSU users want to know if the hormonal response to KAATSU is a function of intensity? Or, asked differently, does the hormonal response differ between easy sets of KAATSU Cycle sets versus harder sets using the KAATSU Constant mode?

The answer to these questions can be partly explained using the fable of The Hare & The Tortoise.

The hormonal response can be a function of intensity, but it is also a function of time under tension. That is, some KAATSU users like exerting maximum all-out intensity with weight training or strength building exercises. These types of users can very specifically feel the muscle burn (i.e., the lactate build-up) while they exercise in the KAATSU Constant mode. This form of KAATSU generates both a satisfying sense of physiological and psychological accomplishment.

This KAATSU Constant workout directly leads to a significant and quick lactate increase that serves as a well-documented catalyst for a robust secretion of Human Growth Hormone and other related hormones. But this intensity is generally short in duration (even assuming a user's tolerance for pain is off the charts like 15-20 mmol/L of lactate). In these cases, the hormonal response is clearly significant.

This is the Hare approach to KAATSU: quick, fast, to the point.

But users can compare this total volume of hormonal secretion in a maximum effort, albeit relatively brief and intense (i.e., "The Hare" approach), to the total volume of hormonal secretion in a slow, gradually incremental, repeated, relatively gentle, sustained effort using the KAATSU Cycle mode (i.e., "The Tortoise" approach).

That is, with the KAATSU Cycle mode - even while doing relatively easy movements (e.g., walking, typing on a computer, reading, stretching, yoga) - the total hormonal response is comparable (even greater) simply because the time during tension (while the KAATSU Air Bands are repeatedly inflated and deflated) is much longer.

In fact, at the 2022 World Congress of Sports Medicine, sports scientists from the University of Brighton gave a presentation on the differences and outcomes of these two approaches (i.e., KAATSU Cycle versus KAATSU Constant). They wanted to compare the psychophysiological and perceptual responses between KAATSU Cycle and KAATSU Constant modes.

Their conclusions were as follows:

* The KAATSU Cycle mode leads to similar hypertrophic muscular adaptations to the KAATSU Constant mode, but with lower perceived pain and exertion compared to the continuous BFR mode.
* The blood lactate values were significantly higher following the KAATSU Cycle sets compared no KAATSU and were similar to the KAATSU Constant sets.
* The perceived pain was significantly higher in the KAATSU Constant mode. That is, the KAATSU Cycle induced less pain and discomfort.
* The perceived fatigue was significantly higher in the KAATSU Constant mode. That is, the KAATSU Cycle induced less fatigue.
* The KAATSU Cycle enhance cognitive responses to a greater extent that the KAATSU Constant mode.

Within KAATSU Global, all its employees daily and frequently use the KAATSU Cycle mode because they can "double-stack" (i.e., easily, gently, and repeatedly do KAATSU Cycle sets as a secondary activity while focusing on a primary activity such as typing emails, participating in conference calls, walking and/or talking or reading) - while generating a similar or greater hormonal responses with much less perceived effort and pain.

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Saturday, February 4, 2023

Soreness, DOMS and KAATSU

New KAATSU users often ask if KAATSU protocols will help relieve or minimize muscle soreness from (non-KAATSU) exercise or work. They wonder if using KAATSU helps speeds the healing process.

The answer is yes if they follow the standard KAATSU Cycle recovery protocols as follows:

* Start doing Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets as soon as possible after the exercise or work that induces DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).
* Note: Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets gradually increase SKU pressures every 5 minutes. That is, use Low SKU pressure settings in the first few KAATSU Cycle sets; then proceed to Medium SKU pressure settings in the next few KAATSU Cycle sets; then proceed to High SKU pressure settings (if tolerable) in the last few KAATSU Cycle sets.
* It is important to do these Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets on both your arms and legs because the effects are systemic (impacting the whole body).
* Ideally, users cando 3-6 sets on their arms, followed by 3-6 sets on their legs. So, for example, experienced users do 1-2 sets on Low Pressure, 1-2 sets on Medium Pressure, 1-2 sets on High Pressure. Of course, users can modify this progression as is appropriate for them. That is, if High pressure is too high, then they can do additional Low and Medium Pressure sets. If Low pressure is too low for them (after the initial set), then they can move quickly to Medium pressure and High pressure. This Progression is a matter of personal preference and practical experience with KAATSU.
* Be very well hydrated before and during the Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets.

Users also ask if they can develop muscle soreness with KAATSU. They can, in numerous ways:

* Do a certain type of exercise for the first time with KAATSU equipment on. For example, older users who normally do not do Heel Raises occasionally complain about soreness in their calves when they do Heel Raises with KAATSU equipment on for the first time.
* Do not be well hydrated or well rested (e.g., jetlagged) while doing a longer (sustained), highly intense KAATSU session.
* Do KAATSU with heavy weights or the same level of resistance that they would do without KAATSU.
* Do intense body weights movements with KAATSU (e.g., burpees, running uphill, or running in soft sand at the beach, many push-ups, holding planks for sustained periods)
* Do KAATSU twice per day during the first week of KAATSU usage or at inappropriate high pressures.
* Do KAATSU with inadequate Capillary Refill Time (CRT). That is, never do KAATSU when your CRT on the hands or on the legs is slower than 3 seconds. This is an indication that arterial flow is being impeded - which is not a proper form of KAATSU.
* Never use the KAATSU Cycle mode while doing KAATSU.
* Never start off in the Low SKU pressure setting before starting a KAATSU session.
* Never do Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets as a form of warm-up.
* Do the KAATSU Constant mode after long periods of inactivity or immobility (e.g., after being bedridden with a serious injury), leading a sedentary lifestyle, after removing a cast, or coming off of rehabilitation while limited to a wheelchair.

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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Military Amputees Appreciate KAATSU to Help Improve Quality of Life

For who? amputees For what? pain mitigation, strength building, functional movement Justin Sponaugle is a US Marine whose lower left arm was recently amputated.

Operation Healing Forces granted him a new KAATSU C3 and Sponaugle is putting it to good and immediate use.

John Doolittle, a retired Navy SEAL captain and CRO for KAATSU Global explains, "The mission of Operation Healing Forces (OHF) is to help active-duty and recent veteran wounded, ill and injured Special Operations Forces and their families with mental, physical and emotional healing. Its goal is to help them return to the fight or transition successfully into civilian life."

Sponaugle is one of those individuals with a specific need.

Sponaugle said after his initial use of KAATSU, "After only two KAATSU Cycles (about 12 minutes of pressure on and pressure off on the KAATSU C3 unit), the bone doesn't hurt as much and I can definitely move it with a whole lot less pain.

KAATSU improves the circulation on my amputated arm which results in better sensor contact inside my prosthetic - which enables me to move my prosthetic much more efficiently.

At night, before bed, my neuropathic pain is significantly reduced after the KAATSU Cycle sets.

I have better circulation, better control, and it feels good. This is absolutely amazing and impressive. KAATSU Strong

Sponaugle is part of a niche group of KAATSU users among the military veteran amputee population that experiences residual limb pain, phantom pain, and neuropathic pain. This population includes special operators including Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, Green Berets, and those in other branches due to injuries suffered during military conflicts.

There are four concurrent stimuli that help the significant alleviation of pain for these amputees with the KAATSU C3 and B1 equipment and its Progressive Cycle protocols:

1. Gradual, repeated, and incremental engorgement and release of blood in the capillary beds due to the automated Progressive KAATSU Cycle modality.
2. Production of serum lactate with mild and relaxed movements (e.g., hand clenches) performed during the automated Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets.
3. Effective and gentle activation of the peripheral nerves in the residual limb due to the engorgement of the capillary beds.
4. Post-KAATSU production of β-endorphin results and functions to decrease physical stress and maintain homeostasis resulting in pain management.

The Progressive KAATSU Cycle enables the body to replicate conditions as if a limb still exists. This modality is the catalyst to produce a variety of hormones and metabolites that help alleviate pain, albeit temporarily (i.e., 2-4 hours). However, multiple sessions per day can be done with ease and convenience, so the veteran’s lifestyle is not interrupted, but rather enhanced.

Benefits: The impact leads to a pain medication reduction, improved and easier control of prostheses, a reduction in the continuous fluctuation of the residual limb size, and improved mental positivity.

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Sunday, November 27, 2022

Dealing With Pain, Managing With KAATSU Progressive Cycle Sets

One of the most important - and non-intuitive - movements that KAATSU inventor Dr. Sato has advocated for decades is Hand Clenches.

The standard KAATSU protocol is to repeatedly open and close your hand(s) while the KAATSU Air Bands are on your upper arms in the KAATSU Progressive Cycle mode (i.e., Low Pressure to Medium Pressure to higher pressures).

This is especially helpful for people who are in pain, missing a lower or upper body limb (and experiencing phantom pain and neuropathic pain), or recovering from surgery .

Hand clenches are part of the standard KAATSU 3-Point Exercises. The KAATSU Cycle mode very effectively, efficiently, safely, and gradually engorges the capillary beds in the lower arms in blood while the Hand Clenches are sufficient to build up lactate. As the Cycle sets and Hand Clenches continue, a dark pink or beefy red color appears and your veins are distended. The effect is similar to the photo shown below where one arm is impacted with inflated KAATSU Air Bands and the other arm is normal without KAATSU Air Bands on.

Dr. Nakajima found and explained in a paper (to be published in Q1 2023) that simple Hand Clenches while performing KAATSU Cycle sets are a highly efficient catalyst for producing β-Endorphin (Beta-Endorphin)and serum lactate. The β-Endorphin is produced in the brain's pituitary gland that blocks the sensation of pain. Dr. Sato explains, "You can use a Hand Grip or just repeatedly squeeze a tennis ball or squeeze ball in the Progressive KAATSU Cycle mode. The phenomena starts when the automated pneumatic compression starts at lower pressures and then very gradually builds up to higher pressures. As you repeatedly and slowly squeeze your hands, lactate builds in your forearms. With the lactate build-up, growth hormone and IGF-1 (insulin growth factor) are also produced."

Meanwhile, the very tiny capillaries in the injured (or amputated) limb gradually and efficiently become fully engorged with blood. The skin in the injured limb (or amputated stump) becomes pink, rosy, or even a deep red. The engorgement of the capillaries in blood leads to a hormonal response, a decrease in C-reactive protein, and an activation of the peripheral nerves. The C-reactive protein helps reduce pain while the activation of the peripheral nerves tricks the brain to think the amputated limb is intact in some way.
The number of KAATSU Progressive Cycle sets can be repeated throughout the day in several different sessions (in the morning, afternoon, and evening) in order to effectively manage the pain.

The photos below show the effect of engorgement of blood on the right hand and forearm due to the wearing of the KAATSU Air Band on one arm and not the other. The KAATSU Progressive Cycle mode repeatedly, progressively incrementally, slowly, and gently leads to this engorgement.

Other phenomena aid in the reduction of pain.

Dr. Nakajima explains, "Exercise-induced hypoalgesia (EIH) is a reduction in pain sensitivity and/or perception of pain intensity to noxious stimuli following acute exercise. This is a temporary effect that occurs as a result of neurophysiological effects.

One hypothesized mechanism is the enhancement of descending pain. Inhibitory effect through activation of the endogenous pain inhibitory system that secretes antinociceptive substances. These substances include endorphins and endocannabinoids, both of which have been found to increase circulating concentrations after exercise. Although the mechanism is not well established, exercise that clears a single bout of either resistance or aerobic exercise causes hypoalgesia for up to 30 minutes in healthy, pain-free individuals.

EIH responses are more variable in individuals with chronic pain who are pain sensitive. The intensity may be decreased, unchanged, or even increased in response to exercise (i.e., hyperalgesia). Nevertheless, exercise is widely used as a therapeutic strategy for individuals with chronic pain. Movement with KAATSU also has the ability to reduce pain and reduce sensitivity in muscles and joints.

Experimental pain studies demonstrate that focal joint pain leads to decreased muscle function, impaired motor control, and fear-avoidance behavior patterns (i.e., avoidance of painful activities). Collectively, this can lead to a spiraling vicious cycle of bodily function that can increase the risk of developing chronic and degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis. Exercise interventions that can properly load the injured area, relieve pain, and increase muscle strength are presented as effective management systems that target the multiple factors in these complex conditions. Exercise has the ability to reduce pain and increase muscle strength, but this form of training can also increase the load on the injured area, exacerbating symptoms.

There are several studies investigating BFR and hypoalgesia. Additionally, many KAATSU Specialists in Japan have noticed about this phenomenon. A landmark study by Vasileios Korakakis in 2018 (Low load resistance training with blood flow restriction decreases anterior knee pain more than resistance training alone. A pilot randomised controlled trial) investigated the use of BFR in 30 male patients suffering from anterior knee pain. Their pain scores were significantly reduced while performing three common functional tasks in response to BFR.

Although there are increasing applications and growing evidence supporting the use of KAATSU in pain management, how and why KAATSU is effective remains, admittedly, a matter of speculation.

A 2019 review by Luke Hughes and Stephen David Patterson (Examination of the comfort and pain experienced with blood flow restriction training during post-surgery rehabilitation of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction patients: A UK National Health Service trial) investigated some of the potential mechanisms by which BFR affects pain. This includes Conditioned Pain Modulation where the simplest way to describe conditioned pain regulation is the phrase 'pain cures pain'. Although BFR is characterized by low-intensity training, the literature consistently reports pain and discomfort comparable to high-intensity exercise.

Secondly, it also includes the recruitment of fast-twitch fibers. This is a key mechanism behind BFR and hypoalgesia and may be a key factor in BFR and hypertrophy.

Thirdly, through the opioid and endocannabinoid system (that bind distinct receptors that co-localize in areas of the brain involved with the processing of pain signals), experiments with the KAATSU Cycle sets induce serum β-Endorphin

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Rachel Roberts Uses Her Creativity With Recipes and KAATSU

Houston native Rachel Roberts is a well-known chef, social media influencer, podcaster, and regular KAATSU user.

With her tagline, "Eat Clean, Drink a little Dirty!", 49-year-old Roberts leads an active lifestyle inside her home, at her studio, and outside entertaining clients and friends.

Her days and nights are filled with being creative in the kitchen and on the road.

However, the stunning Texas beauty admits to not being a fan of exercise. "I like being in shape and enjoying being fit, but I prefer to have a nice glass of red wine in my hand rather than a dumbbell. I would have work with a skillet than a jump rope."

But after an unanticipated introduction to KAATSU by renowned architect Michael Chiarelli, her perspective of health and fitness was completely transformed. "Michael taught me that by doing KAATSU Cycle sets, even while we are sitting down creating new recipes or designing new spaces for a restaurant or hotel, we are actually working out. And by working out, I do not mean doing burpees or push-ups. I mean exercising on the cellular level. I mean exercising by increasing the elasticity of our vascular tissue and producing a healthy hormonal response in an incredibly easy way."

Roberts' ingenuity in presenting healthy nutrition to people of all ages and backgrounds is a part of her DNA. Since an early age given her Italian mother's passion for cooking and her Texarkana father's love of grilling and barbequing, she has nurtured a wide variety of colorful dishes with a variety of flavors based on her deep-seated philosophy of "eating what you grow".

That same ingenuity that she taps into with her recipes is mirrored by her incorporation of KAATSU in her daily lifestyle. "I eat what I grow and I use what I have," she explains. "With KAATSU equipment, I can go about my daily life and use the natural movement of my arms and legs to increase my strength and stamina as well as maintain and improve my muscle tone and skin elasticity. It is so easy and convenient. The results just come about naturally. And just like my recipes, I want to share it with the world."

To learn more about Rachel Roberts, visit here. To listen to her podcast, visit here. To watch her on TikTok, visit here. To follow her on Instagram, visit here. Her YouTube channel is here.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2022

KAATSU For An Aging Baby Boomer Market

The KAATSU Progressive Cycle mode is an effective, convenient, and safe means to prevent and reverse sarcopenia, as thousands of Baby Boomers are currently doing in 49 countries around the world.

Sarcopenia is the loss of muscle mass and is a major problem especially among older individuals.

Among both males and females, muscle strength decreases with age and muscle volume quickly decreases (0.45 kg per year) as individuals age past 50 years old. That is, fast twitch muscle fiber decreases on average to 50% by the age of 80 years.

To prevent it, physicians and physiologists understand that high-intensity resistance exercise (e.g., weight training or body weight exercises) is required. But this type of training is usually not possible - or even desired - by the elderly.

But with KAATSU, individuals up to the age of 104 can perform low-load or no-load, non-impact exercise with KAATSU equipment following the KAATSU Cycle modality to induce muscle hypertrophy and strengthen muscle even with short-term, low-intensity exercise. With the KAATSU Air Bands, the KAATSU no-load, non-impact exercise physiologically and safely equals outcomes produced by high-intensity, high-load training. In both cases (KAATSU and high-intensity, high-load training), the muscle and brain are stimulated to induce muscle hypertrophy and strength.

Elderly KAATSU users are strongly recommended to use repeated (3-6) KAATSU Progressive Cycle sets on their arms first, and then subsequently on their legs. Ideally, this is done sometime in the morning or afternoon. Users can then do a few KAATSU Progressive Cycle sets on either their arms and/or legs during the evening hours, optimally less than hour before bedtime.

The KAATSU B1 is the next-generation model that can be used safely, effectively, and conveniently by users over the age of 50 years.

It is well-established that an increase in muscle strength and mass leads to quality of life improvements like getting up and out of a chair or bed, and lifting objects.

Former University of Tokyo Hospital cardiologist Dr. Nakajima explains the process leading up to muscle hypertrophy due to traditional resistance training. "Typically, an individual needs to perform at least 65% of 1RM to create mechanical stress, metabolic stress, Hormone (cathecholamine) secretion, Growth factor, Cytokin (IL-6), nerve factor, local circulation, hypoxia and cell swelling that leads to adaptation and an increase in protein synthesis and decrease in protein degradation.

In contrast, KAATSU leads to several mechanisms that cause KAATSU's hypertrophic effects: recruitment of fast twitch muscle fibers, increase in Growth Hormone and IGF-1 (Insulin Growth Factor), amino acid uptake, increase in protein synthesis and a decrease in myostatin.

He described the process. "Maintenance of skeletal muscle mass is dependent on the relationship of muscle protein balance - protein synthesis and breakdown. A negative protein balance induces muscle atrophy, whereas a positive balance induces muscle hypertrophy.

After muscle disuse, during long-term bed rest and simulated models of no-bearing activity, severe skeletal muscle atrophy develops due to altered protein metabolism leading to decreased muscle contractile protein content.

To prevent this, resistance exercise, an established and potent stimulus for enhancing muscle protein synthesis and subsequent muscle hypertrophy, is traditionally used.

Conversely, skeletal muscle is a plastic organ that adapts its mass to the different conditions by affecting pathways that regulate protein and cellular turnover. Repetitive KAATSU appears to be a novel stimulus for skeletal muscle to induce a net positive protein balance and prevent atrophy especially with patients with orthopedic diseases or injuries or those with disuse syndrome, sarcopenia and cachexia (weakness and wasting of the body due to severe chronic illness)

The video below shows the before-and-after effects of KAATSU Cycle on a 104-year-old female from Kawasaki, Japan who shows what is possible with KAATSU under the guidance of her physician Dr. Odagiri.

The patient was bedridden and uncommunicative for two months with severe dementia. She was transferred from her local hospital to Odagiri Hospital where she was treated with KAATSU. Initially for the first month, she simply did KAATSU Cycle as she remained in bed. Gradually, she became communicative and was able to get out of bed. Eventually, over the course of two months, she was able to do a variety of exercises and found herself wishing to live to be 200 years old [see English translation in video above].

During the Japanese-language video, she was asked how old she is and she answers as 104, holding a document confirming her age and birth date. She is shown doing a variety of exercises with her KAATSU Air Bands on (at an Optimal SKU level of 120).

Her doctors also documented her muscle gains in her upper legs (quadricep + hamstring) via before-and-after comparative computed tomography scans (3 months apart):

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Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Siim Land Talks KAATSU

Siim Land is an author, speaker, high performance coach and biohacker who talked about KAATSU with John Doolittle and Steven Munatones this week on his podcast.

Who is Siim Land? Learn more below.

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Monday, October 24, 2022

KAATSU B1 and KAATSU C3 Presented at the 2022 AUSA Exposition


The Bluetooth-enabled KAATSU B1 and the ruggedized go-to KAATSU C3 were presented at the annual AUSA (Association of the US Army) Meeting & Exposition in Washington, D.C. "Building the U.S. Army of 2030" was the theme of the exposition attended by over 33,000 people from over 80 countries.

Hundreds of military representatives tried the KAATSU B1 and KAATSU C3 models for the first time.  They were pleasantly surprised and intrigued by the resultant physiological effects and outcomes of the KAATSU Air Bands and myriad protocols explained by the KAATSU Master Specialists.

Navy SEAL Captain John Doolittle and KAATSU Master Specialist Chris Morgan showcased the  KAATSU B1 model along with the KAATSU C3 model and clinical KAATSU M3 model. They  demonstrated and explained the effects of the Progressive KAATSU Cycle modality with the B1, C3, and M3 on metabolism, perceptual, mood and cognitive responses to resistance exercise and its practical applications on jet lag mitigation and post-exercise recovery.

As the sports scientists and military community both delve deeper into the advantages, profound simplicity, and unheard of outcomes of the KAATSU technology and our non-intuitive protocols, their collective knowledge and acceptance will help many others around the world better understand the numerous applications that can improve athletic performance, rehabilitation, recovery, balance, and strength gains for tactical, elite, competitive and recreational athletes - as well as for those of any age and walk of life," said Steven Munatones, CEO of KAATSU Global.

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KAATSU Protocols Decision Trees

Experienced KAATSU Master Specialists use various KAATSU decision trees to determine what kind of KAATSU program their patients, clients and players use.

Fundamentally, there are four distinct areas where KAATSU can be effectively used: Athletic Performance + Rehabilitation + Recovery + General Wellness. The various decision tress are posted below.

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Friday, October 21, 2022

GI Joe Repeats KAATSU History

Dr. Yoshiaki Sato of Tokyo, Japan invented the KAATSU concept in 1966 and fine-tuned the KAATSU Cycle modality in 1973 as a result of breaking his ankle and tearing ligaments in a ski accident.

While Dr. Sato pioneered the use of elastic, stretchable, narrow bands and specific protocols for muscle and strength building in 1966, it took an unexpected bone break to serve as the catalyst to create the concept of KAATSU Cycle sets - that has since been used for athletic performance, rehabilitation, and recovery.

Dr. Sato had to modify the existing KAATSU Constant modality when he was suffering from a broken ankle. He was able to rehabilitate from his injuries by doing repeated Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets without placing his foot in a cast or doing traditional physical therapy.

Dial forward to the summer of 2022 where Green Beret and Purple Heart recipient "GI Joe" Lowrey feel and broke his ankle and tore his ligaments. The orthopedic surgeon set his bone, but did not order a cast because GI Joe wears braces due to a previous war injury resulting in hemoplegia.

GI Joe recalls his injury and rehab, "I used my KAATSU B1 device to help heal my fractured medial maliolus after suffering a fall with the passive Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets as it’s known.

It has helped my ankle heal quickly as it was very swollen and painful after this injury. This was very important because I was told I couldn’t be on feet or to stay in my wheelchair. How can someone accept this diagnosis?

Being that the Department of Veterans Affairs was not able to see me for a long time and without a actual physician, this is very important to me to not only to have outstanding friends at KAATSU Global, but also folks who continue to provide health care for me and my healing needs.

I very much need the assistance in my life at this time to regain my quality of life. Thanks to and mostly with the help of Christ Jesus and his healing powers, I’ve been able to miraculously heal from this terrible injury that had put a damper on my mood. Any rehab setbacks tend to do this for folks like myself, hard chargers.

I can’t say enough about this simple piece of KAATSU equipment, but the technology is a game changer in the rehab space. I’ve been under rehab for a long time due to my underlying traumatic brain injury due to a gunshot wound to my head that forced me to live in rehab hospitals for many years before finding KAATSU.

Once I was discharged and able to rehab at home, I have been using KAATSU equipment and following the KAATSU protocols for several years. It has enhanceed my overall well-being - ranging from sleeping better when I use KAATSU Cycle sets passively at night to how it has helped reduce my spasticity in my affected limbs. Additionaly, it has helped me rebuild muscle loss due to atrophy from paralysis.

All these remarkable benefits stem from using this training device that I would highly recommend it to anyone seeking to enhance their quality of life after any injury they may have sustained wether it be an acute injury or just trying to improve their well-being

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KAATSU Changes - Big And Small

KAATSU can be used extremely effectively and efficiently by millions of people - in creating physiological changes big or small.

When many elite coaches who work with professional and Olympic athletes start doing KAATSU, they are generally not initially interested in building raw power or strength. Rather, they are more focused on slight improvements in various key movements that are impossible to develop or enhance in the weight room. This focus on slight improvements in movements is also true with Olympic runners, swimmers, divers, skiers, bobsledders, gamers, shooters, fencers, MMA fighters, wrestlers, boxers, pionists, violinists, etc.

In other words, a few centimeters change in body position, hand movement, foot placement, hip agility, ankle rotation, or finger reaction speed can significantly help these athletes improve their level of performance. The coaches know that raw power and strength can be achieved in many different ways: in the weight room, with resistance exercises, and over many hours of intense training using a variety of equipment and methodologies. Of course, KAATSU can help in these areas, too.

But when KAATSU is used by very weak people, those with disabilities, paraplegics, quadriplegics, or amputees, the efficiency and effectiveness of KAATSU is a clear and evident outcome. Incremental improvements in their movements, strength, ability, balance, and coordination are quickly seen and appreciated. These slight improvements - over time - enables these individuals to dramatically improve their quality of life.

For example, if a person has a stroke and has lost their ability to legibly sign their name, put on makeup, or comb their hair, they use the Progressive KAATSU Cycle while practicing that particular movement. This repetition leads to their vascular tissue being engorged in blood and a robust hormonal response to be generated. This dual biochemical reaction in their bodies gradually enables them to achieve their quality of life goals.

In the same way, a competitive or elite athlete can make those incremental improvements in critically vital movements that are key to their success in whatever sport or activity they are focused on.

When a specific muscle, ligament, or tendon is injured, torn, ruptured, or sore, KAATSU users should always and only use the KAATSU Progressive Cycle mode and do some minor movement with that injured body part, if possible.

For a hamstring pull, for example, simple KAATSU Walking while doing KAATSU Cycle sets is most effective. Sitting still while doing KAATSU Cycle sets is also effective, but not optimal.  If a KAATSU user cannot move their limb or body (for whatever reason), then the second option is to repeatedly contract the muscle.

If the muscle cannot be moved or contracted at all (for whatever reason), then the next best option is to move the other non-injured limbs.  For example with a hamstring pull, the KAATSU user can apply KAATSU Air Bands to their legs or arms and focus on doing upper body exercises (e.g., biceps curls or turning the pages of a book).

In summary, KAATSU benefits and movements can either be big or small.

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Saturday, October 15, 2022

KAATSU Protocols for Pre- and Post-Hip Surgery

For who? Baby Boomers, retirees or athletes who have hip surgeries

For what? prehab and rapid rehab recovery in order to regain mobility and flexibility, and maintain strength

Some surgeries are minimally invasive and others are much more so, like hip surgeries.

The fundamental post-surgerical KAATSU protocols for those who have had hip surgery involve traditional physical therapy combined with Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets performed before, during, and after each physical therapy session.

Before Physical Therapy

Before a post-surgerical patient begins their traditional physical therapy, they can do 3-6 sets of the Progressive KAATSU Cycle mode (from low pressure to higher pressure), both on their arms and legs.

This is due to the systemic effects of KAATSU and the biochemical reactions that occur as the result of Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets.

During Physical Therapy

During physical therapy, the patient continues to do the traditional modalities that their therapist prescribes. They can do these movements and exercises with the low-to-medium KAATSU Cycle pressures on (i.e., 30 seconds of compression followed by 5 seconds of decompression, as the compression gradually and incrementally increases).

Key Points

* The decompressed KAATSU Air Bands are manually placed on the limbs with standard one-finger tightness
* The decompressed KAATSU Air Bands are then inflated slowly, gradually, repeatedly, and incrementally
* In the beginning of the session, patients can do the following KAATSU 3-point exercises during the compression and decompression phases: toe curls + ankle dorsiflexion + ankle plantar flexion
* As they warm-up, patients can do KAATSU Walking, gradually increasing the distance during each session
* As they heal and progress with their physical therapy, they can add quarter squats and calf raises and other movements and exercises, as well as increase their walking distance
* The session can continue after removing the KAATSU Air Bands as they finish with traditional physical therapy
* The patients can use their KAATSU equipment at home or at the facility after their physical therapy session is over, doing low-to-medium Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets on their arms - and their legs, if they wish
* In the early stages of intervention, only one KAATSU Air Band is placed on their affected leg. As they heal and progress, both KAATSU Air Bands are placed on both their affected and healthy legs.
* Throughout the rehabilitation and recovery period, patients can use the KAATSU Air Bands are both their arms without restriction, doing standard training movements in the Progressive KAATSU Cycle mode placed on both arms

These Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets help enhance the natural healing process due to the systemic effects of KAATSU.

Steven Munatones says, "One thing that we have seen time and time again with surgeries on the upper and lower limbs is how quickly the patients' skin and wounds heal. The skin around the wound heals so quickly with repeated KAATSU Cycle sets that the skin grows over the sutures - much faster than what is normally expected by physicians.

When physicians schedule the normal removal of the sutures, patients utilizing Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets will often experience faster than normal healing of wounds and incisions. So, a patient should inform their attending physician of this phenomenon

Additional Helpful Hints

* Patients can augment their traditional physical therapy with Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets up to 3 times per day in the comfort of their home or before or during their physical therapy sessions in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings.
* Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets consist of repeated 30 seconds of inflation of the KAATSU Air Bands followed by 5 seconds of deflation. There is a slight increase in pressure during each subsequent inflation interval.
* 3-6 Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets are first done on their arms and then followed by 3-6 additional Progressive KAATSU Cycle sets on their legs.
* All standard KAATSU protocols (i.e., Do's and Don'ts) should be strictly followed:
-- remain well hydrated before and during the KAATSU sessions
-- 'one-finger tightness' is recommended when applying the KAATSU Air Bands on your arm and leg bands
-- always start KAATSU on the arms, then do KAATSU on the legs
-- arm and leg skin tone should turn darker than the normal skin color (i.e., pinker or redder) as the limb's vascular tissue becomes engorged with blood
-- breathe normally while doing KAATSU; holding of one's breath is strictly prohibited
-- always feel comfortable doing KAATSU; never feel uncomfortable or lightheaded
-- always start off with conservative pressure and gradually increase
-- do simple movements during KAATSU Cycle sets; intense, vigorous exercises are not required
-- do Single-limb KAATSU Cycle sets on the affected leg in the initial stages and then incorporate the Standard (Dual-limb) KAATSU Cycle sets on both legs later
-- do simple Standard KAATSU 3-Point Exercises on the arms (e.g., Hand Clenches, Biceps Curls, Triceps Extensions)
-- Additionally, isometric exercises and muscle contractions can also be performed
-- avoid any painful or sudden movements. KAATSU is best done with slow, easy, gentle movements
-- The skin and underlying tissue quickly repair and recover - so much so that patients who do post-surgery KAATSU will have to get their stitches removed much more quickly than those patients who do not do KAATSU

"You always want to start off with your arms," said Munatones. "That is key for optimization of the effects on your lower body, although that may seem counter-intuitive. Also, seemingly counter-intuitive is to start slowly with the KAATSU pressure. There is no need to start off with high pressure; in fact, that is not recommended. You always need to start with light, conservative pressure. You can start off with low pressure on the first one or two sets - each set is between 5-6 minutes. Then you gradually increase the pressure on the subsequent sets.

These protocols and recommendations are standard no matter what KAATSU equipment is used (i.e., KAATSU Cycle 2.0, KAATSU Master 2.0, KAATSU C3, KAATSU B1, KAATSU M3 models).

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Wednesday, October 12, 2022

KAATSU Can Help Save The Future Of Humanity - It's Time To Give A Sit

Sedentary lifestyles and physical inactivity are significantly increasing, leading to a global surge in obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and a wide variety of chronic diseases.

Schools and children are decreasing their amount of required and desired physical activity.

Commercialism is also a significant driver of reduced physical activity. Homes, offices, schools, are public spaces are being re-engineered to minimize human movement and muscular activity. Companies and society offer elevators, escalators, moving sidewalks, electric bicycles, microwaves, bread makers, air fryers, rice cookers, blenders, nail drivers, farm equipment, smartphones, Roomba, walk-in bathtubs, factory robots, smartphones, and many other devices.

These all serve to create a culture of convenience where the need for movement and the desire to exercise dramatically decrease as a result.

Sitting is the new cancer of society: sitting at work, to work, at home, while shopping.

As a result, society is facing a 90% increased risk of death from cardiovascular events, 112% increased risk of diabetes, 147% increased risk of cardiovascular events like heart attacks and strokes.

Prolonged sitting is the #1 contributor to chronic diseases. The need for manual labor is being significantly reduced in all phases of human existence. Mankind’s increasingly rapid transformation from a physical demanding life to lifestyles with few physical challenges has consequences.

And the transformation will only continue throughout the 21st century.

It is time to give a sit...with KAATSU

KAATSU is quick, easy, convenient, effective. It is almost too good to be true, but KAATSU is our best health and wellness alternative as sitting has become the most prevalent activity of the human race.

How does KAATSU work while we sit?

The KAATSU Air Bands are not a tourniquet or blood pressure cuff, although they may look like cuffs or tourniquets.

The KAATSU Air Bands serve to achieve the opposite than blood pressure cuffs; KAATSU equipment safely and conveniently allow the arterial blood flow (from our torso to our limbs) to naturally continue to flow unimpeded. At the same time, the position and inflation of the KAATSU Air Bands slowly, gradually, repeatedly, temporarily, and gently slows down the venous blood flow (from our limbs back to our torso). When the blood engorges the capillaries and veins of our limbs, this replicates the physiological effects of exercise, both from a vascular and hormonal perspective.

KAATSU is a brilliant, simple solution to a growing pervasive problem.

How does KAATSU work in reality - in a work cubicle, office, or at home?

At the recent 37th annual World Congress of Sports Medicine, scientists, corporate executives, and Olympic coaches were astonished and fascinated when researchers reported, "KAATSU leads to positive adaptations for muscle mass, muscle strength, functional capacity, quality of life, and muscle mitochondrial function are achieved for people of all ages and walks of life with minimal movement and minimal effort."

KAATSU equipment can be placed on the upper arms or upper legs while sitting and offers is a convenient, easy-to-use, safe modality that leads to muscle toning, increased calorie burn, and positive hormonal responses.

This is extremely important and effective when people are unmotivated, unwilling, or unable to exercise - or when conventional training (e.g., weightlifting, running) is contraindicated due to the stress of exercising with high resistance or intensity, especialy for people facing obesity, musculoskeletal conditions, and chronic disorders.

Below are examples of simple KAATSU exercises for the upper body that can be performed in the office or in the comfort of your home.

Below are examples of simple KAATSU exercises for the lower body that can be performed in the office or in the comfort of your home.

Healthy does not have to be hard.

KAATSU provides the convenience, ease, and positive outcomes. As a result of regularly doing KAATSU for 20-30 minutes per session while doing office work, writing emails, or reading at work, the effects of a sedentary lifestyle can be effectively reversed without requiring vigorous, intense, or prolonged exercise.

These KAATSU users are actually working out while simply sitting and relaxing at their home, office, or while reading.

The Progressive KAATSU Cycle mode is automatic; the bands are inflated for 30 seconds, followed by a deflation of the bands for 5 seconds. This “cycle” is repeatedly done, starting at a low pressure and increasing to higher pressures. This incremental and repeated compression and decompression of the KAATSU Air Bands safely and comfortably leads to the increased elasticity of the vascular tissue – essentially replicating a warm-up and workout for those who lead sedentary lifestyles or who are older or injured or otherwise compromised or unmotivated to exercise as the medical community recommends.

As a result, the effects of a sedentary lifestyle are conveniently reversed without requiring vigorous, intense, or prolonged exercise.

Workplace wellness programs often involve employees going to corporate gyms or visiting offsite fitness centers or doing runs, walks or other preferred physical activities outside the office. These corporate wellness programs are widely accepted health promotion activities and organizational policies designed to support healthy behavior among employees in companies and organizations.

Instead of going outside the office or outdoors, instead of changing out of your work attire, instead of potentially messing up your make-up or hair, instead of wrinkling or perspiring in your work clothes, KAATSU technology presents the ultimate in convenience and effectiveness.

KAATSU enables workplace wellness to take place in work cubicles, offices and on business trips anywhere from hotels or airport lounges with its myriad portable products from the KAATSU Nano to the PERL Wearables.

Similar to standard corporate wellness programs that support healthy or motivated employees to exercise or conduct stress-reducing behavior that is considered a risk factor for poor health, either at on- or off-campus locations, KAATSU offers a unique, innovative means to obtain the benefits of everything from easy stretching to vigorous exercises within work cubicles and at the employee's desks as shown below:

Simple KAATSU exercises using KAATSU devices can be performed by anyone anywhere anytime, including in offices and work cubicles in addition to in hotels and airports during business trips.

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