Addressing the Stress Crisis with Mindfulness – with Jose Maresma
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Exercise Physiologist, Sports Scientist, and Wellness Consultant
Jose has been a practicing Exercise Physiologist and Sports Scientist for over 28 years. Jose spent 9 years as the Director of Athletic Performance at Polar Electro where he was in the first wave of sport scientists that were able to use HRV outside of a clinical setting.
His career has given him the opportunity to work with high performing athletes and coaches spending an amazing time working with The US Olympic Training Center, US Ski Team, USA Cycling, NFL, NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, US Special Forces Selection & Training, Federal Law Enforcement and over 150 Division One college sports teams.
As he gained more experience and training his field of practice grew in the area of preventive medicine, functional nutrition and mindfulness training. He came to the realization that LIFE was the most demanding “sport” that anyone could ever play and required a healthy mind & body to meet its demands, yet few people were exposed to the tools that would help them meet the challenge and live at the upper range of human experience.
He has dedicated his life to help other rediscover their best self! He currently spends his time teaching and consulting on well-being, performance and incorporating mindful attention training as a foundational principle. His clients include large health plans and hospitals, high performing organizations like Clif Bar and the juvenile justice system, as well as several college athletic programs and UFC competitors.
Website(s): Embodied Spirit Therapies
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In This Episode
0:00 Jose’s background and career
5:00 Jose’s evolution from coaching elite performance to coaching life
12:00 mental stress burden is the elephant in the room to address
15:00 introducing mindfulness services to corporate and institutional leaders
18:00 a crisis? 60% increase in perceived mental stress, 50% increase in clinical depression
20:00 why is there a crisis?
23:00 “stress” is not automatically the enemy
26:00 “resiliency” is the solution.. behaving like a Jedi to perceive stress differently
30:00 mindful attention training: cultivating awareness to presence to discernment to decision
34:00 how to transfer this perception training to life’s challenges
40:00 a cultural shift is beginning to happen: training positive psychology and practice of gratitude
47:00 where to learn more about Jose