Benefits of Block Therapy For Runners

By: Joanne Holt - Block Therapy Specialist Aug 07, 2015
Benefits of Block Therapy For Runners, Joanne Holt

Block Therapy is a wonderful complement to any exercise practice

Block Therapy is an exercise, therapy and meditation all in one. With it you are improving blood flow, increasing metabolism, working muscles and strengthening your heart. The work can be done in a passive manner or the intensity can be increased for a more dynamic workout.

Having said this, Block Therapy is a wonderful complement to any exercise practice because it is incredibly effective at improving blood flow. This benefits tissue in general and increases the benefits of whatever else you are doing. You will also find that post-workout recovery is much faster as the bi-products of exercise will be taken away from the cells with greater efficiency, e.g. lactic acid, decreasing the time the muscles experience stiffness.

After a workout along with and sometimes instead of stretching, I use my block and the next day have very little, if any delayed onset muscle soreness. I have created a “melting” affect and have a better blood flow in the areas I use the block on and the soreness simply does not exist for me anymore. For example, when I have a runner as a client I have them use the block on their quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, iliotibial band and piriformis muscles and they body just “sinks” so deeply into the block and works out restrictions that the normal post workout soreness just does not come.


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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