Does it Work?

Don’t you hate spending your hard earned money on products that don’t work or don’t do what they promise? I’m with you. This is the product testing page. Some of my own choosing, some that people have asked me to test. I will never guarantee a positive review in exchange for free stuff. That’s just not how I roll. You’ll get the good, the bad, the ugly. Maybe I can save you some money or turn you on to a product that can help make you be the superhero you want to be. What is a BEMER? It’s not a BMW. It’s a German made wellness product that promises to “effectively stimulate restricted or defective microcirculation, supporting one of the most important regulation mechanisms in the human body for prevention, healing, recovery and regenerative processes.”

Looks a lot like a camp sleeping pad. About six feet long and a half inch thick. Hooked to an electronic box.

The Set Up I’ll admit the packaging was a tad intimidating with all these parts but the set up was fairly simple. Took about 20 minutes, mainly because I double and triple checked to make sure I wasn’t going to break this super expensive thing!

Looks more complicated than it is

The 'Brains' of the Bemer

The ‘Brains’ of the BEMER

Why am I using the BEMER?

A friend introduced me to Dr. Lari Young, who was looking for “a middle aged athlete, optimally with a high stress job. Someone who lives life full out, burns both ends of the candle, open to alternative medicine, believes and practices mind-body-spirit health.” Yep. That’d be me. I’m 46 with a 60 hour a week job. I train 80-100 miles a week on my bikes and race mountain bikes on the weekends. I’m healthier than most 40-plusers I know. I do have a cranky knee, a history of inflammatory bowel issues, and mild lower back pain. I’m interested in whether the BEMER can counteract the effects of high stress on my body, enhance my athletic performance and aid in muscle recovery. So, I’m a BEMER-tester.  I agreed to use the device for several months in exchange for my feedback: positive, negative or neutral.

Week 1

You have to acclimate your body to the BEMER. The first few nights will be just eight minutes for a treatment. It feels almost imperceptibly tingly on the lowest setting. After the first night, I slept a full 9 hours and popped awake, rested and alert. I normally sleep 6-7 and awaken groggy and tired. Is that a “result” from the Bemer? Well, that day I rode for 3 hours and had a pretty exhausting week, so maybe I was just tired and slept well! I’ll keep you posted.

Week 2

Can the Bemer energize your body?

Can the Bemer energize your body?

While I don’t usually wake up feeling rested, I’m one of those people who can sleep through a hurricane. Once I’m horizontal, I’m out. I don’t wake up to pee or change positions. My partner can do somersaults next to me and I’ll sleep right through it. Don’t hate me. Having said that, I often go to bed too late because my mind is too busy to feel tired. So, I only sleep about six hours, which is clearly not enough given my active lifestyle. I often awaken groggy and tired and, late afternoon, the yawns move in. I train 5 nights a week which puts me home after eight, which means I’m eating dinner at 8:30 or 9:00. This is not a good recipe for putting your body down for the night!

So, one of the intriguing things about the Bemer for me is if it could calm my body at night and awaken my body in the morning. I’ve moved up from P1 to P2, increasing my time on the mat from eight to sixteen minutes per usage. Most days, I’m using it in the morning just after I wake up and at night just before bed.

Today is day 7 and I woke up with my kidneys and ovaries hurting. My joints are sore. I feel swollen. I know the evil cause: SUGAR.

I follow a gluten, dairy, soy, and red meat free diet and eat very little processed sugar. It was a stressful work week and I gave in to a few too many free chocolate opportunities. When you don’t eat much sugar, you can really feel it in your body!  Those of you who struggle with inflammatory conditions should try reducing processed sugars (sodas, candy, ice cream, cookies, cake, sweet tea) and see if you feel a difference.

The BEMER promises support for the immune system, so this is a good test.

I spent 16 minutes on the BEMER while using biofeedback glasses, listening to the ULTIMATE ATHLETE 20 min meditation (more about the glasses in another post!) I’m amazed the difference in my body. My abdomen is released and free, before it was tight and bloated with my ovaries feeling like heavy rocks. My back is relaxed. I feel great. This is the most obvious result I’ve felt since I started the program a week ago.

I’d love to hear from you if you’ve used the BEMER! Please leave a comment on your experience.

Note about Dr. Lari Young: In her practice, Dr. Young utilizes a functional medical approach to address the root causes of chronic illness and, in particular, chronic pain. She employs a mind-body-spirit approach and emphasizes the importance of patients taking an active role in improving and maintaining their health.