Belly

Duration: 3-5 minutes

The Block Buddy™ is on the belly button and will directly affect the intestines, liver, gallbladder, stomach and pancreas. As, over time, we lose our inner space due to tissue compression, this area becomes backlogged with undigested food, waste and inflammation. You may feel a pulse, the aorta, as you lie in this position and will likely feel discomfort and/or pain.

As long as you are breathing you are feeding and healing the tissue. If you cannot lie in this position and breathe fluidly then try lying with the block on a mattress to give you some cushioning.

We always need to stay for a minimum of 3 minutes to get the desired “melting” effect and to breathe more space and life back into the body.

If you only have 5 minutes/day to focus on your health, this is what I recommend as breathing diaphragmatically feeds the body 600% more oxygen than breathing through the chest muscles.

Inhale and exhale through the nose.

Right Lower Ribs

Duration: 3-5 minutes

The Block Buddy™ is positioned under the right lower ribs and the focus is to exhale fully. This directly affects the liver, gallbladder, diaphragm and right lung.

As the tissue of the liver and gallbladder begin to freeze from years of incorrect posture and breathing, fat isn’t broken down and distributed throughout the body. Every system in the body requires metabolized fat molecules to function optimally, so heating up this area through conscious breathing and compression with the Block Buddy™ is of paramount importance to our health and appearance.

You want to search for pain and melt through restriction with the Block Buddy™ and full conscious exhalation. Unconscious breathing and the resultant collapse, causes the ribs to freeze together. To have freedom of movement and function, the ribs need to be flexible. Take care and exhale fully when coming off the Block Buddy™. The lower ribs are like pokers in the tissue so to avoid excessive pain you need to be conscious as you come out of this position.

Inhale and exhale through the nose.

Right Side Ribs

Duration: 3-5 minutes

This position directly affects the liver, right lung, shoulder blade and lymph nodes and the focus is on the exhalation.

Due to the forward, unconscious collapse of the rib cage, the shoulder blades roll up and out, causing a rounding of the upper body. The shoulder blades freeze to the ribs and block the lymph nodes from receiving energy and blood flow. Any pain or symptoms in the arm and hand is directly connected to this alignment as well as issues with breast tissue.

The liver is also directly affected and as many have fatty liver disease, this is an excellent area to melt. Fat, when heated, becomes a liquid. Lying in this position with the Block Buddy™ while massaging the organs with proper diaphragmatic breathing is a very efficient way to melt the fat.

Search for pain and melt through restrictions with the full, conscious exhalation. You are creating space between the ribs and melting the tissue that is holding the shoulder blade out of alignment. To get deeper between the ribs you can extend the arm above your head. Take care when coming off the Block Buddy™, ensuring you fully exhale with the movement.

Inhale and exhale through the nose.

Sternum

Duration: 3-5 minutes

This position directly affects the heart, lungs, mid and upper back.

As the rib cage collapses forward over time, the heart and lungs get pushed to the back of the body, squishing the organs so they don’t have the space to receive optimal amounts of blood and energy flow. The forward collapse also stresses the mid and upper back as these muscles are fighting the 2000lbs/square inch force of the frozen tissue that is holding the body out of alignment.

Place your sternum over the Block Buddy™ in whatever position you prefer. Anyone with allergies, asthma or a heart condition will greatly benefit from this position. As 70 % of the alveoli, the receptor sites for oxygen, live at the base of the lungs, we need to melt the restrictions in the rib cage and focus on exhaling fully by squeezing the belly small. This will allow the breath to be pulled deep into the lungs so the body can receive optimal amounts of oxygen.

Inhale and exhale through the nose.

Left Upper Ribs

Duration: 3-5 minutes

This position directly affects the lungs, thyroid, major lymphatic drainage sites, heart, neck, jaw, upper back, carotid arteries and all the structures in the head.

The Block Buddy™ is directly positioned on the muscles that we unconsciously use, to breathe. As we tax these muscles with a job they are not designed to do, they exhaust and become hard and frozen. This affects everything in the head and neck and the result is devastating to our health and appearance.

You can rest your head on the ground or extend your neck forward to get a stretch in the front of the neck. This is a very hard area and significant pressure, with the breath can be applied. This area for some is very painful, for others, it feels good as the hard tissue is screaming for energy and blood flow. Respect your limits and use your breath as your guide. As you exhale the pain from the body, smile and notice the difference in sensation.

Inhale and exhale through the nose.

Left Pectoral

Duration: 3-5 minutes

This position directly affects the left lung, heart, lymph nodes, thyroid, left carotid artery, arm and hand, neck and jaw and breast tissue.

This area is especially important if you sit in front of a computer throughout the day. The forward slump most people have creates congestion and blockage in this area and has a devastating effect on our health and appearance.

The major lymphatic drainage sites are under the collarbones, as are the carotid arteries, the roadways supplying blood to the brain, eyes, skin, ears and hair. You can simply rest on the Block Buddy™ in this position with the breath, or you can move the arm around, allowing a deeper melting of the frozen tissue to occur.

As there are so many layers of interlocking frozen tissue, we can be quite aggressive with the tissue, but your breath is your guide. As long as you are breathing, you are feeding and healing the tissue. If you move in with so much force that you can’t breathe in a relaxed way, you need to approach this area more gently.

Inhale and exhale through the nose.

Left Armpit

Duration: 3-5 minutes

This position directly affects the lymph nodes, shoulder joint, neck, jaw, left arm and hand.

Due to the collapse of the upper body, the shoulder blades roll up and out, causing the alignment of the arms and hands to be incorrect. Overuse injuries such as tennis elbow and carpal tunnel result as incorrect alignment creates a wear and tear on tissue.

The incorrect shoulder alignment also causes a tugging on the neck and jaw resulting in tension and pain. Melting through the restrictions allows the body the release back to a more correct alignment, relieving pressure and tension, and improving blood flow.

You can rock forward and backward on the Block Buddy™, searching for restrictions and melting them with the exhalation, and you can move the arm around, slowly, to get even deeper into the layers of frozen tissue.

It is common for the hand to go numb when in this position, and would be an indicator that the roadways for blood and nerve flow are blocked. By melting this tissue, the flow will improve to the arm and hand.

Inhale and exhale through the nose.

Left Deltoid

Duration: 3-5 minutes

This position is going to improve blood flow to the arm and hand, as well to re-align muscle tissue. The humerus, or upper arm bone rolls in due to the collapse of the rib cage and subsequent mal-alignment of the shoulder blade, and the tissue in the arm freezes to the bone, blocking blood flow. This freezing of tissue changes the function and appearance of the muscles, causing a restriction in range of motion of the shoulder joint and creating poor tone in the upper arm.

Please note the positioning of my arm in relation to my body. You want the elbow to be beneath or even behind the body, not in front as that will congest the tissue and structures in the armpit. You may want to get some pillows to prop under your head so you can be in a relaxed position.

You can move the Block Buddy™ down the arm to affect as much tissue as possible, using your breath as your guide to how much pressure you can handle. You can also rock forward and backward searching for pain, thereby melting through the restrictions in the area.

Inhale and exhale through the nose.

Left Neck

Duration: 3-5 minutes

This position directly affects the neck, shoulders, jaw, upper back, thyroid and all the structures in the head.

As the rib cage collapses into the core, the head and neck are pulled forward out of alignment, placing incredible pressure on the upper back, neck and jaw. Not only does this affect the range of motion in the neck but the carotid arteries, thyroid, and lymphatic system becomes congested and blocked. This impairs their ability to function and blocks blood and energy flow to the structures in the head, including the brain.

Settle into this position on the Block Buddy™ and then, slowly rotate the neck. The slower you move, the deeper you go. Focus on exhaling the breath fully. If you find an area of significant pain, stay with it for 3 full exhalations. You are learning to become friends with your pain. This is an excellent, relaxing position and is wonderful to help alleviate headaches.

Inhale and exhale through the nose.

Left Forearm

Duration: 3-5 minutes

This position will directly affect any issues with the elbow, wrist, and hand.

As the collapse of the rib cage into the core causes a mal-alignment of the shoulder joint and upper arm, it also affects the alignment of the bones in the forearm, wrist, and hand. Everything is interconnected. The area becomes frozen, hard and congested from unconscious posture so this placement will help to create the space that was lost from years of misuse, and overuse.

Take note of the placement of my forearm. You want to position the Block Buddy™ between the rib cage and forearm, using the weight of the body to create the pressure necessary for the arm. You can open and close the fist to move deeper into the tissue while exhaling fully in order to get the most efficient melting effect.

Sometimes the hand may go numb temporarily and there can be significant pain and tension here. Respect your limits with how much pressure you apply, using your breath as your guide.

Inhale and exhale through the nose.

Left Hand

Duration: 3-5 minutes

This position directly affects the hand, forearm, upper arm and shoulder.

When doing this position, the goal is to have your hand in line with your shoulder to get the most pressure with the least amount of force. You are working to flatten the palm and create space between the bones in the hand.

Move from the thick muscle below the thumb – the Thenar muscle, to the muscle below the pinky – the Hypothenar muscle. When applying pressure into the area, twist slightly in either direction to dive deeper into the thick layers of fascia.

This will benefit issues such as carpal tunnel, arthritis in your hands, Dupuytren’s Contracture – to name a few.

Inhale and exhale through the nose.

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