Years ago, I couldn’t handle the sun. As much as I loved to be in it, I would burn quickly, then peel and go through the process again. One of the things I have come to understand is that my skin was lacking space, so I wasn’t absorbing the heat, it was frying on the surface, each time adding layers of adhesions that continued to thicken it.
I compare this to putting a steak in a frying pan on high heat and having it burn, compared to having a lower temperature that can cook the meat throughout without burning the surface. My skin was so dehydrated and dense, there was no penetration of the amazing benefits of the sun, only the damaging effects as the heat remained on the surface and seared the top layer. This was always the result in my younger years, but fortunately, things have changed.
It was about 15 years ago that I first noticed that I was getting a tan. It shocked me as I never loved my skin, yet from the work I was doing on myself, I had noticed other improvements that made me happy, especially the feel of my skin. It had become super soft, smooth and silky to the touch. Then when I saw that I had a nice colour and glow, I began to realize what made the change. It was the space that was being created from decompressing my fascia.
I hadn’t yet developed Block Therapy at that time but was spending hours a day working on my body with my hands -- Fluid Isometrics. Years into this self-care practice, I had seen so many changes in my body, and I was thrilled that my skin was also reflecting those changes. The broken capillaries on my face had faded, the crack in my nail on my big toe had disappeared, the colour of my skin in general had changed from having a bluish undertone to being a warmer colour and the rough areas on my elbows had become smooth. These were just a few things that I was thrilled to experience, and when the summer came and I saw myself for the first time ever with a tan, I realized I had created changes that would impact how my skin would age.
When it comes to aging with grace and ease, it’s not about looking 20 when you are 50, it’s about cellular alignment. I wouldn’t forgo the signs of experience and wisdom that come with time, but I also want to have the ability to maintain cell health so that as I do age, I know my cells are being taken care of. Like everything, there is a position that each cell has that is considered optimal. Each cell has a home. If we take care of our fascia with conscious posture and breathing, throughout time, the cells stay at home so they can always be taken care of. However, if our lives have been spent unconscious in this regard, then compression sets in from the effects of gravity and the cells get pulled away from their home.
When it comes to aging with grace and ease, it’s not about looking 20 when you are 50, it’s about cellular alignment. I wouldn’t forgo the signs of experience and wisdom that come with time, but I also want to have the ability to maintain cell health so that as I do age, I know my cells are being taken care of.
Deanna Hansen - Founder
Cells that have migrated lack space. Imagine a balloon that is only half full of air. If you compress the balloon, the shape becomes flat with bulging happening out the sides. As we age, we typically become shorter and wider. This is the same thing that is happening. In an aging body, there are not more cells, just cells under pressure as they have been displaced due to the heavy hand of gravity. The cell that once sat in the center is now forced to the edge and beyond. The further it sits from its natural resting place, the less connection it has to your life force. Blood circulating and reaching the cells is the key to health, but if the cells are so far from home that they can’t get fed, they suffer.
Whether you are focused on your skin, your organs, your muscle tone or your shape in general, keeping your cells fed and clean is the key to aging with grace and ease. We have an unbelievable ability to heal and regenerate, but we need to address the fascia system and put time and attention to how we breathe and how we use the body. It’s not just about what we put into the body that matters. We are an incredible machine, but we need to learn to drive it responsibly in order to keep it functioning and looking healthy and youthful lifelong.
Embrace the understanding that you have more control over how you age than you think. I always say -- Youth is for the Wise.
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