For cells to be healthy, they need to be fed and clean. As long as a cell is receiving all the cellular requirements and having the toxins and by-products of functioning removed, they will do their job and not complain. It is when a cell or grouping of cells has a limited supply of nutrients that problems start to arise and the health of the cell is of concern.
There are approximately 100 trillion cells that make up the average body. Each of these cells, first and foremost, requires oxygen to function, which is carried to them by the blood. In fact, the brain will die in as little as 5 minutes if deprived of this vital nutrient, and cells are no different. Yet the oxygen supply in the average body is dramatically limited, causing rapid aging, pain and suffering.
So what is the cause of this oxygen deprivation?
We have an incredible muscle in the body called the diaphragm. It is the most unique muscle in the body as it is under both our conscious, and unconscious control. This means that even if we don’t think about breathing, the body will still work to pull in oxygen, however, when we are conscious breathers, the amount of oxygen we take in and absorb into the body is 6 times greater. Here’s why…
When we consciously practice abdominal diaphragmatic breathing, the air is brought to the base of the lungs, where 70% of the oxygen receptor sites, called alveoli, live. We also have a full release of carbon dioxide and waste when we exhale fully, from the diaphragm. The problem is that few people are conscious breathers and the muscles of the upper chest are doing most of the work. When we breathe this way, the air is only taken part way into the lungs, missing out on the majority of receptors for oxygen absorption. This leaves the body starving for this vital nutrient, and cells suffer.
As most people haven’t been practicing conscious breathing, the foundation of the rib cage, which is the diaphragm muscle, isn’t strong, causing a collapse of the rib cage into the core. This, in turn, causes a squishing of the abdominal organs, heart and lungs and an inability for them to function well. As we lose this internal space from the rib cage collapsing, tissue bulges outward giving many the appearance of a big belly. Adding insult to injury, the connective tissue, called fascia, will hold the body out of alignment with a force up to 2000 lbs/square inch, literally freezing the body in this negative state. As gravity is the driver of this aging process, the thicker and denser the body becomes, the faster the aging and degenerative processes occur.
Block Therapy is the solution for this lack of oxygenation as the root focus is to tap into the power of conscious breathing. For this to happen, the frozen fascia, which has sealed the rib cage in this negative alignment, needs to be melted and released. Block Therapy is a program that very safely and efficiently teaches you how to melt through the areas in the tissue that are holding the body in the negative state, thereby creating space in the tissue. Instruction and application of proper breathing, as instructed, inflates that space, creating a lightness and freedom, and education of proper posture maintains the space. As long as there is space in the tissue, between the cells, blood can freely reach each cell, drop off nutrients and pick up waste to keep the tissue fed and clean. Cells which are fed and clean, are healthy, functioning efficiently and happy.
Some of the key health benefits that many have experienced with Block Therapy include:
Joanne is a Certified Personal Trainer, Group Resistance and Active Older Adult Exercise Instructor, Nutrition and Wellness Specialist and a Certified Fluid Isometrics Block Therapy Instructor at JMH Wellness Centre in Winnipeg, MB.
Joanne applies her extensive knowledge and experience toward helping people achieve a higher level of fitness and improved quality of life. As a personal trainer, it is Joanne's mission to share her enthusiasm, experience and motivation towards health and fitness goals that can help her clients live their lives the fullest.
Adding Fluid Isometrics Block Therapy to her repertoire of specialties has given her a great understanding of proper diaphragmatic breathing and she is looking forward to adding the practice to the health and fitness regimes of her clients. Joanne Holt says, "Fluid Isometrics Block Therapy has completed the package of what I was missing and so much about that was the proper diaphragmatic breath, which is now such a huge part of my daily life. There is so much enjoyment about teaching this work to others and watching the changes that take place in flexibility, range of motion and even strength."
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