If you want to restore optimal body function, reduce stiffness and decreased mobility, you may want to try Block Therapy.
According to its founder Deanna Hansen, Block Therapy is a self-care version of fluid isometrics– a body work practice she developed aimed at reducing restrictions in tissues by increasing blood and energy flow to various affected areas. The technique involves lying on a cedar wooden block known as a Block Buddy. Placement of the Block Buddy is specific to key areas of the body. Each pose is held for approximately 3 minutes and during that time, the participant practices diaphragmatic breathing. Just as with a deep tissue massage, it is not uncommon to experience some pain – but you are in control and can back off on the intensity. This practice is contraindicated if you have a surgical mesh or have had a spinal fusion.
If you are pregnant, any of the belly positions are contraindicated. (Anyone with any serious health concerns would be wise to seek medical advise before starting any new practice.)
Some of the benefits of Block Therapy include improved posture, increased energy, increased flexibility and increased metabolism. It is an excellent compliment to any exercise practice and is like exercise, meditation and therapy all in one.
Block Buddy classes are being offered at various fitness facilities and are an excellent way to introduce yourself to this type of therapy. For more information check out www.blocktherapy.com