Create Space - Creating space in the body and melting through restrictions in the tissue is important for correcting posture and improving blood and oxygen flow to the cells, keeping them fed and clean.
Inflate Space - Instruction of proper diaphragmatic breathing turns on the internal furnace optimizing the melting of adhesions in the tissue. In fact, diaphragmatic breathing increases oxygenation in tissue up to 6x.
Maintain Space - Understanding how to use your body properly and strengthen correct foundation is crucial to maintaining proper cellular alignment. Block Therapy addresses this to give you a full body program and teaches you how to bring proper posture into daily activity.
After completing my Physical Education Degree from University of Manitoba, I started a part time job teaching group fitness (1992), until I could figure out 'what I wanted to do when I grow up'. That part time job and passion for continued education has expanded to a diverse career with specialties including Pilates, strength training, aquatic exercise, spinning, yoga, and most recently, Block Therapy. The thorough Anatomy training from the degree has given me a great advantage to understanding the body and its mechanics.
My Stott Pilates training (2000) had a profound impact in my knowledge and approach to fitness. The gentle yet challenging approach to restorative movement has spilled over into all of the programs I get to share with my participants. One of the greatest benefits I hope all my clients will gain from their experience in Pilates is understanding their bodies. Not just posture in standing, but in movement, as well as the ability to gain some instincts about what their bodies need. I feel that Block Therapy shares a similar philosophy, the relevance of posture and learning to interpret the language of the body.
In my quest to keep my knowledge up to date, I have taken the time to try a few different approaches to treating the fascial system. My personal experience was that I found the Block Therapy method to deliver the best 'bang for buck'. As I invested more time with the block, my personal interest was to lose inches, my professional interest was to relieve injury sites for my clients. I can honestly say, the Block has met both those needs, particularly for my clients, as I have been sprinkling it into their existing Pilates classes.
The greatest thing I get out of teaching Pilates, is the joy of knowing my clients quality of life is improved as they are experiencing less pain, or improved mobility. I am very excited to add this simple and effective method of self care to further their benefits in their wellness efforts. Although I am really looking forward to hearing even more of their success stories, my only fear, is that they won't need me anymore!
Founder of Block Therapy
Founder of Fluid Isometrics
Certified Athletic Therapist
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.
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.
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.
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