What is Block Therapy?

Block Therapy is a very unique form of Bodywork practice that releases adhesions and restrictions of connective tissue, or Fascia, that is ultimately blocking blood flow and oxygen throughout our entire body, and creating a state of disharmony within. It is the combination of the proper diaphragmatic breathing technique combined with the placement of the Block, that is going to increase bloodflow and oxygen to the area that we are working on, and send heat and energy to release the incredible force of the adhesions of Fascia. Overall, improving bodily functioning.

Who would benefit from attending a block therapy class?

Everyone. It is a health and chronic pain prevention practice. Which reawakens cells within the body that have become trapped within the compression of the tissue. We don’t need to be experiencing chronic pain to have this compression taking place. But, for those that suffer from Health issues related to organ functioning, and Chronic pain and inflammation due to the improper alignment that gravity eventually pulls our bodies into, Block Therapy can help with improved overall bodily functioning. It can help to melt scar tissue, eliminate pain and tension, reduce your size, re-sculpt your shape, detoxify cells, smooth your skin, energize your body and mind, defeat stress, and turn back time, just to name a few.

Why would someone NOT attend a block therapy class?

Block Therapy is generally a very safe body work practice that anyone, any age, can do. However, there are a few situation in which Block Therapy is not recommended:

Pregnancy: for someone who is pregnant, it is the direct contact with the belly and surrounding area that should be avoided. The other areas of the body are safe to practice such as legs, face, neck, arms.

Surgical Mesh: If you have had a surgical mesh placed in your tissue, Block Therapy is not recommended, as the release of tension in the tissue may cause irritation and added discomfort.

Spinal Fusion: Because Block Therapy improves flexibility and range of motion in the tissue, it may cause complications to someone who has had their spine fused.

Serious Medical Conditions: For anyone with serious health concerns it is always important to seek medical advice before starting any new body work practice.

What would a block therapy class look like?

With instruction and full guidance and explanation of how each and every position is helping our bodies, the student will lay on the Block in various positions throughout the entire body. We must stay in each position for a minimum of 3 minutes, as it takes approximately 3 minutes for the release of fascia to actually take place. We typically will hold our classes in a series of 3, dividing the body into 3 different sections and focusing on one section at a time for a period or 90 minutes.

Class #1 would be the Core, in that we mainly focus on the diaphragmatic breath.

Class #2 would be the Pelvis and Legs, and here we will focus on incorporating internal muscles that were meant to help support the body, just like the diaphragm, but have forgotten how to use.

Class #3 would be Arms, Neck and Head. Once again, incorporating muscles we have forgotten how to use, and spend in the most meditative way in this class.

Can you get injured in a block therapy class?

If Block Therapy is practiced with proper instruction, as in with our videos, or the help of our Instructors, then it is totally safe. It is all about connecting to the pain that we are seeking out, and becoming friends with that pain., The pain that we have in our bodies is the bodies way of letting us know that our cells are requiring our attention. As with our Instruction, we always guide our students to ease up on the intensity level if they are unable to breathe in a relaxed diaphragmatic manner.

How is block therapy different from yoga?

Yoga allows us to access the available tissue and keep it open and spacious. Block Therapy goes further as it releases the tissue that has adhered to the bone, thereby giving you more available tissue to work with. With heat and oxygenation of the tissue at the root, we can release the incredible 2000lb per square inch seal. Yoga alone does not get deep enough through the layers of tissue to grant this depth of freedom in the body.

How does block therapy help chronic pain?

The reason we have pain in our experience is because overtime, our ribcage collapses into our Core, placing a lot of compression on our organs and restricting the proper amount of space for them to function efficiently, for us. Then , our Fascia goes into protective mode to try and stop our bodies from falling out of alignment, builds up, and then grips to the bone, and seals us in this negative alignment with a force of 2000lbs per square inch. Our whole body gets pulled out of anatomical positions and therefore our joints are no longer articulating properly and our muscles are no longer utilized to their full potential to help keep our bodies upright. Chronic pain develops eventually, so by releasing that grip we can help the body to re-align itself so that the joints are not experiencing that bone on bone grinding.

Heather McLeod Whitla is a Certified Personal Training Specialist and a Lead Block Therapy Therapist, Instructor, and Certification Specialist. She is an integral part of our circle of care here at Safe Harbour Therapy.

Heather McLeod Whitla

Block Therapist

Who developed this approach?

Deanna Hansen is a Certified Athletic Therapist here in Winnipeg, and is the founder of Fluid Isometrics and Block Therapy. She began her practice as an Athletic Therapist in 1995, always focusing on deep tissue work. She built up a thriving practice and decided to bring Block therapy to the world. She was dedicated to making this practice available to everyone, at such minimal costs, and lifetime therapy. She wanted to make it as simple as possible for anyone to access and practice in the privacy of their own home if they wished. Block Therapy has now gone worldwide, and Deanna has done an incredible job touching thousands upon thousands of lives with good health.

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