121 Steven Munatones: KAATSU- A Tool to Help Live Younger Longer

Sep 11, 2023 | Podcast, Podcast Episode, Science, Wellness

IN THIS EPISODE OF GROWING OLDER LIVING YOUNGER we discuss how KAATSU: a training technique that uses bands or cuffs to restrict blood flow to muscles during exercise (also referred to as Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) training) may help promote healthy longevity.

Today’s featured expert is Steven Munatones, the bilingual (English and Japanese) CEO and co-founder of KAATSU. We discuss how he studied kaatsu, while living and working in Japan, as the only westerner on a Hitachi R&D team of 6500 Japanese.

Episode Timeline:

[0:11] Introduction to this episode

[4:38] Steven’s journey from watersports superathlete, to working in Japan

[7:14] Looking 100 years ahead- The 22nd Century Medical Project in Japan

[11:18] How a simple thing changed the lives of young factory workers in China

[17:13] What is  KAATSU

[21:38]  The physiological mechanism of KAATSU and its benefits

[23:22] KAATSU and muscle mass

[27:24] How blood flow restriction can reduce phantom pain

[32:34] Wearing a KAATSU band

[37:23]  Steven’s key takeaways

Speaker Bio:
A Harvard grad in engineering, Steven worked in Japan for 8 years – as the only American in a Hitachi R&D campus among 6,500 Japanese.  He was mentored for 13 years by KAATSU inventor Dr. Yoshiaki Sato and a team of cardiologists at The University of Tokyo Hospital, as part of the 22nd Century Medical Project. Today, Steven has taught KAATSU applications and benefits to thousands including Navy SEALs and Olympic and Paralympic gold medalists as well as people in their 80’s and 90’s, quadriplegics, amputees, and individuals from all walks of life. Steven  introduced KAATSU to the Department of Defense, NASA, dozens of NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and MLS teams, and over 80 universities.

 Prior to his time in Japan, Steven was an NCAA Division I water polo player and swimmer, a Guinness World Record holder, an inductee in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the Ice Swimming Hall of Fame, and he received the Poseidon Award from the International Swimming Hall of Fame. He coached the USA Swimming national team at nine international competitions, including four world championships, served as an NBC commentator at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and founded WOWSA, the World Open Water Swimming Association.

Learn more about Steve Munatones and KAATSU at these links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kaatsu/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kaatsuglobal/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPSSPu8A5LWsYEoQ0Cz4iBw

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KAATSUGlobal and https://twitter.com/OriginalBFR

Blogger: https://www.kaatsublog.com/

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