Block Therapy is a self-care version of Fluid Isometrics. The individual lies on a therapeutic tool called the Block Buddy for a minimum of three minutes in various positions throughout the body. Wood is used as the therapeutic tool because, unlike artificial materials like foam or plastic, it shares similar density to bone. With gravity and body weight, the Block Buddy is able to sink deeply into the tissue all the way to the bone. This pressure brings increased blood and oxygen into the area warming the connective tissue and “melting” the powerful seal between the layers of unhealthy restrictions. The student is taught to use diaphragmatic breathing to increase oxygen absorption up to 6 times the amount, compared to breathing through the muscles of the upper chest. The combination of increased oxygen, the freeing of adhesions, proper posture and alignment form the basis of the Fluid Isometrics system.
Fluid Isometrics is a body work practice that utilizes either the practitioner’s hands or our therapeutic tool, the Block Buddy, to bring heat into an area and melt frozen fascia, releasing it from the area and thereby promoting increased blood and oxygen flow—both critical to health and healing. Over time, our fascia compresses layer over layer. If we allow this compression to develop, eventually fat builds up, disease settles in, and aches and pains become chronic. Block Therapy is a way to personally harness the power of Fluid Isometrics.
Three Fundamental Components of the Fluid Isometrics System:
- The tool (Block Buddy™/practitioner’s hands)
- Diaphragmatic breath
- Proper anatomical posture
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IT ALL COMES DOWN TO SPACE
When a body is balanced and symmetrical, the space between its cells and their containers is supported. Essentially, the walls and floors within tissue dictate the health and wellbeing of cells.
Conscious posture is necessary to support the cell walls and floors. Conscious diaphragmatic breathing is crucial to feed the body its most vital nutrient – oxygen. People simply aren’t conscious.
When we breathe with the diaphragm, we feed the body 600% more oxygen than it gets when we unconsciously use the muscles in the upper chest. This lack of oxygen starves our cells, causing them to shut down and adding stress on remaining cells to fill in for them.
In a balanced body, blood would freely enter tissue, drop off cellular requirements, and pick up debris for removal on the way out. Cells would have a regular supply of food and be consistently clean creating a healthy environment.
THE BODY IS PERFECT IN ITS DESIGN
Of course we must attend to its external needs. To experience true peace and freedom, we need to focus on our internal requirements. But it isn’t just a matter of standing straight and breathing with the belly. These false walls and floors we create are magnetically sealed with an incredible force that isn’t about to give way to superficial changes of habit. We can only overcome it by putting the space back into our tissue.
We can then proceed to inflate that space with oxygen through diaphragmatic breathing and maintain it with proper posture.
Viewed from this perspective, pain, disease and age take on a new meaning.
Deanna Hansen is a Certified Athletic Therapist and founder of Fluid Isometrics™ and Block Therapy™, a bodywork practice that is meditation, exercise and therapy all in one. Deanna began her practice as an Athletic Therapist in 1995, always focusing on deep tissue work. She built up a thriving practice, as her strong hands could work out the deep knots in tissue. Unfortunately, as successful as her business was, Deanna’s physical health and mental wellbeing were eluding her.
In 2000, Deanna experienced a major breakthrough. Her large, heavy body stored much pain and she felt weighed down and depressed. While experiencing the worst of a series of anxiety attacks, Deanna intuitively pushed her hand into her abdomen and, at that moment, began a path of self-discovery. In a short period of time, Deanna’s body began to change. The weight was dropping, the chronic pain and issues were improving and, most importantly, the depression and anxiety disappeared. She immediately began applying this to her existing patients and the results were immediate and outstanding.
For 14 more years, Deanna owned clinics where she practiced her new technique. In 2006, as word was spreading of the benefits of Fluid Isometrics™, she began teaching other therapists. It took time to create a language to transfer her wisdom she developed through her hands. This continues to be an ongoing and evolving challenge as the connective tissue called fascia remains a mystery to many people.
Deanna considers herself blessed working with countless individuals, who have had remarkable improvements healing current and past injuries and overcoming pain, stress and anxiety. It’s been a combination of transforming her own body, her life and working with others that gives Deanna such a rich understanding of the fascia.
Fluid Isometrics Block Therapy
Deanna’s journey working with individuals has been very rewarding. Yet her true passion is to teach people how to self-care. Developed from personal practice and exploration, Deanna knows that teaching individuals to self-care is of far greater benefit than giving people a treatment. Fluid Isometrics™ Block Therapy™ is the solution. Deanna has taken what she did in the treatment room and translated it into a self-help practice using a handcrafted cedar wooden block, called the Block Buddy™. This simple, efficient, and inexpensive approach is gaining credibility as people around the world are experiencing the benefits of the Block Buddy™ and sharing with others.
Today, Deanna’s goal is to certify as many Block Therapy™ Instructors as possible. She has developed an online teacher-training program so people around the world can teach in their communities and empower others to become their own health advocates.