1. What has been your journey between your area of expertise and biohacking?
The path between my area of solving musculoskeletal problems and biohacking has crossed many times because these so called biohacks used to be part of our daily experience but we have just forgotten them. For example the primal movement pattern of deep squat position used to be our resting position with multiple health benefits (back pain relief, stronger hips and glutes, increased flexibility etc) but has been totally abandoned by our western society. I salute you – wise ancient people!
2. What is your favorite quote?
There´s so many good quotes and lesson learned trough those wisdom but the first one that popped up in my mind was Albert Einstein´s: “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” Sometimes following your gut (or subconscious wisdom) is the best thing to do. Don´t look at everybody else what they´re doing – make your own path. Talking about paths, one quote from Buddha I use often is: “There´s no path to happiness – Happiness is the path.” Being thankful everyday really creates harmony.
3. If there was only one thing you could share with the world, from your knowledge, what would it be?
One thing I would love to share with the world is we are just extensions of our ecosystems – so treating our soil and environment the best way we can is crucial for the future of humankind. Familiarize yourself with the word – MICROBIOM. We are an osmotic membrane with our environment (The lining of our gut is only one cell thick, think about cutting a hair in half in width). Biodiversity is the key for diverse microbiom and that, my friends, is the key for health and success.
4. What’s the most important value you hold yourself to?
The most important value is connection. Staying connected with my body, with my family, the community and nature. Even the science shows the disastrous consequences of loneliness. Even on the cellular level the cells that lost the connection, lose their purpose and turn cancerous. Now I´m begging, don´t trust me in this field – do the research yourselves and one of the experts I can direct you to is Zach Bush, MD.
5. What is your favorite biohack?
My favourite biohack during the summer is the external use of olive oil. Never have I ever been able to enjoy the summer sun more abundantly than now (not even with sunscreens). I actually got this idea travelling in Spain, the Catalonian area, where people rubbed it all over themselves before sun exposure. My always pale Scandinavian skin is a thing of the past thanks to those people! Also olive oil plays a big part in my diet due to the positive effects on longevity it has.
6. What are some of your favorite hobbies?
Barefoot walking, stand up paddling, calisthenics, olympic lifting, trampoline, unicycling, crossfit, slacklining and gardening as more physical hobbies. I love balancing sports because they need your full attention. I try to go to sauna and cold pool at least 4 times a week but I count more as a tradition in Finland. Although it trains your physiology and helps your body in numerous ways it is more of a mental thing for me. Hot and cold – it let´s all the stress out both physically and mentally. I also usually read a book a week and I play some musical instrument on a daily basis to gain the FLOW-state easiest.
7. What’s your favorite book and why?
Once again so many good options but I gotta say my early favourite: “The hobbit”. It was the first book that I had to read multiple times because it took me to another place. Nowadays I read more science based books.
8. What is your must-have biohacking item in your house?
Biohack item I use almost daily is a spike mat. Once again a physical sensory attack to your brain which relaxes the mind. It´s beautiful!