Metabolism is defined as the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy. During this complex biochemical process, calories in food and beverages are combined with oxygen to release the energy your body needs to function.
Most of us are aware that as we age, it is harder to maintain a healthy size and weight. In essence, our metabolism slows as we age. The common belief is that this has to do with the amount of lean muscle mass we have when we are younger compared to the older version of ourselves. It is stated that the only way to keep metabolism high is through exercise.
I have a different understanding of the body and what it needs to maintain an optimal metabolism – it is space within the tissue. The cells are what use the nutrients broken down from food and beverages. When we are young, there are more cells available and working on our behalf to keep us moving and alive. Over time as we age, the body compresses under the constant force of gravity.
This compression from incorrect posture and breathing, and scar tissue from injury and surgery, blocks flow to cells, shutting them off from the life giving nutrients. Essentially this means there are fewer mouths to feed. This, in turn, would be a body requiring fewer calories to sustain it. Also, as a result of compression, the body is pulling in less oxygen – that which is needed to convert the food to energy. Therefore, slowing down the process over time.
Unfortunately, many people will work out extra hard to keep the lean muscle mass at a high so as to prevent the slowing of their metabolism, but this can speed up compression in the body, especially if your focus is weight training. Repetitive concentric contractions create a shortening and density to the tissue. If there isn’t a balancing factor to lengthen the tissue and put the space back, this can do the opposite to what is intended.
Block Therapy is an exercise, therapy and meditation built into 1 simple practice. The 3 foundations of Block Therapy work together to increase metabolism – no matter your age or the health of your tissue when you begin:
1 Create Space – the physical act of lying on the block as instructed puts the space back into the tissue that time has taken away. This improves circulation to cells and increases metabolism.
2 Inflate the Space – instruction of proper diaphragmatic breathing takes the breath to the base of lungs where the majority of the oxygen receptor sites reside. This creates an increase in oxygen absorption up to 6 times – a game changer for increasing metabolism.
3 Maintain Space – through strengthening proper foundations in the body, we can maintain the space in the tissue to keep flow to cells optimal.
We have been led to believe that aging is a normal part of life – and to a degree it obviously is. However, there is a lot that can be done to prevent and even reverse the years in your tissue by learning this simple practice and making it your lifestyle. To learn more, connect to our Private Facebook Group – Block Therapy Members and join the conversation today. Those who do are here to share their knowledge.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Breathe & Believe!