Here is a Great Self Care Tool
Have you been looking for an effective way to help relieve pain at home? If you’re like me, you’ve tried a ton of different methods from using foam rollers, foam balls, cork balls, tennis balls, old fashioned stretching, CBD creams, hot baths or showers, massaging yourself or pushing yourself into the edge of the counter, you name it.
Like most people, I am also guilty of only focusing on the pain when it is present, then using the above methods to try to alleviate the pain. Sometimes it works, but sometimes it may take outside help from a professional. But once we are feeling better, we forget about it, only to have it come back days, weeks or months later.
What we need to be focusing on is the fascia, or connective tissue. Due to old injuries, surgeries, life in general and unconscious posture & breathing, restrictions in our body form and adhere to anything in the way, including bone. These adhesions will pull the body out of alignment blocking cells from oxygen and blood flow. Fascia can hold the body out of alignment with a force of up to 2000lbs per square inch.
Block Therapy is a fascia based system that teaches you how to become your own health care advocate.
The individual lies on a therapeutic tool called the Block Buddy for a minimum of three minutes in various positions throughout the body. The block is made from bamboo because, unlike artificial materials like foam or plastic, it shares a 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 root of your issues. The 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 Block Therapy/Fluid Isometrics system.
If you are interested, there are two ways to get started with Block Therapy.
With the SAMPLER Program there are 9 videos for $9.00. The videos range between 8-20 minutes in length, and we combine blocking techniques using a rolled-up towel, as well as strengthening exercises to share the benefits of isometric training and foundation building. This is a good way to check it out for those who want to sample the benefits of Block Therapy, without diving right in.
The Starter package is the introduction program to Block Therapy! This includes Introductory & Explanatory Videos, 9 Day Full Body Fascia Program, Introductory Positions & Descriptions, and access to a 14 Day Block Therapy Membership Trial.
7 Ways you may benefit from Block Therapy
- Chronic tightness or pain, ex. plantar fasciitis, knee pain, hip pain, low back pain, headaches
- Need to improve your posture including “knock kneed”, scoliosis or “tech neck”
- Need to improve your core strength
- Could benefit from a quiet, meditative activity for anxiety and stress relief
- Want to lose inches by improving circulation pathways, facilitating moving waste out of your cells
- Want to support gut health or have a sluggish digestion / elimination system, like constipation
- Fitness enthusiasts – use this as your recovery day, self care to reduce overuse injuries
Aromatherapy, Essential Oils, and Oil Blends
The therapeutic use of aromatic plant extracts or essential oils. These oils
and extracts have a wide variety of uses, such as in bath salts, massage oils and even
fragrances, which can be therapeutic to the mind, body and soul.
There are a wide variety of aromatherapy products to choose from and each serves a
different purpose. For example, lavender has a calming effect, while oils from the family of
mint – such as peppermint and spearmint – offer a stimulating effect.
These oils can be found in numerous vehicles, such as soaps, air fresheners, candles, and
The pure essence of a plant, otherwise known as essential oils, provides physical and
psychological benefits when used correctly and safely. These benefits can come from both
inhalation and physical application.
Essential oils are not meant to be swallowed.
Essential oils are obtained through distillation ( by water and/or steam) or mechanical methods, such as cold pressing. Also the way the oils are made is important. Essential oils obtained through chemical processes are not considered true essential oils.
Oil blends combine two or more oils, giving you a more complex fragrance experience and well-rounded benefits. For example, you can use a mixture of lavender and geranium if you want a relaxing experience. There are oil blends for healing and beauty as well.
Check out these websites:
amoils.com – essential oils and healing oils
theayurvedaexperience.com – exercise enhancement, rejuvenation, relaxation & massage, energizing & stimulating
mountainroseherbs.com – aromatherapy and essential oils
Drinking tea has many health benefits!
Tea is a popular beverage all over the world. It’s a hydrating beverage that comes in a variety of types, flavors and blends. Tea is an important beverage in many cultures around the globe. Tea has no calories and is an excellent addition to a natural plant-based diet. Tea contains substances linked to a lower risk for heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
The caffeine content of tea varies depending on the type, but in general, tea contains far less caffeine than coffee. Caffeine content in an 8-ounce cup of black coffee is 96 mg. Green tea contains only 28 mg, and black tea contains 47 mg. Herbal teas such as ginger, mint or hibiscus do not contain caffeine.
However, there may be many other nutrients and minerals in tea that you are unaware of that contribute to various aspects of your health:
- Polyphenols and
- Magnesium to name a few.
CBD infused teas are a great way to combine the benefits of both tea and CBD.
Weather you are a newbie or a seasoned pro, yoga is a a great way to promote physical and mental well-being. Here is a quick overview of some of the benefits of practicing yoga:
- can mean more energy and brighter moods
- improves strength, balance and flexibility
- helps with back pain relief
- benefits heart health
- promotes better self-care
- helps you manage stress
- relaxes you, to help you sleep better
For the newbies out there HERE is a good place to start. This bundle has it all: 1 yoga mat, 2 blocks, 1 eight foot strap and a one year online subscription so you can practice in the comfort of your own home!!
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