Be Activated FAQs

What is Be Activated? Developed by South African Physical Therapist Douglas Heel, Be Activated uses a system of reflexes throughout the body that wakes up muscles. Once muscles are awake, they can function at their maximum potential in strength, power, endurance, and flexibility.

How can Be Activated benefit me? This technique releases tight structures throughout the body that cause pain and dysfunction. Once released, most people experience decreased pain and tension, and increased strength and flexibility.

Does it hurt? While the deep “activation” of the muscles can be a bit painful for 5-10 seconds during the releases, few people experience any residual pain or discomfort.

What should I expect on my first visit? Your first Be Activated session will include a series of simple strength tests to see how/if your muscles are firing properly. These quick muscle tests will provide your Therapist/trainer with information about how your body functions.

How often will I need to “be” activated? Although there is not a standard as far as how many times someone should Be Activated, we recommend discussing follow-up plans with your Therapist/trainer. In theory, you will learn to activate yourself using simple techniques and the Activate & Dominate stick so you can always make sure your muscles are firing properly. *Sticks available at CORE, $10.

What is the Research? While studies are just being done, the anecdotal evidence regarding the benefits of the technique is astounding. This article, however, shows research-based evidence of how the technique reduces the risk of injury and enhances performance. You can also visit Douglas Heel’s website, Slow Guy Speed School, and the Activate & Dominate site for more information and testimonials.