The Hidden Power Behind Block Therapy

Have you ever wondered what those funny blocks are for in the shop at Lead or how such a simple object could possibly have a significant impact? Here to share her wisdom is @LeadPilates Block Therapy Instructor, @MichelleForand with golden nuggets of Block Therapy genius.

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Block Therapy


I first experienced Block Therapy (created by Deanna Hansen, Certified Athletic Therapist) when Jana introduced it to Lead Pilates a few years ago.  It didn’t take long for me to appreciate the multitude of benefits this unique therapy provides.  Better posture, breath and digestion, less back and neck pain, more energy and yes, less stress!  


Fascia is a tissue in our body that has the job of holding things together (muscles, bones, joints) and it works to stabilize our posture.  We can’t live without it.  But over time, gravity and slouching forward cause our ribcage to ‘freeze’ and we collapse through the core.  Fascia, unfortunately, freezes us into this position at a force of 2000 lbs/in2!  This leads to poor circulation and the accumulation of wastes and toxins in our tissues. Our health deteriorates and we begin to develop chronic pain.  Stretching, while very important for good health, isn’t enough to fix the problem.


That’s where Block Therapy comes in.  


In the 75 minute Block Therapy class we focus on a different area of the body in each class:


  1. Core
  2. Legs/Pelvis
  3. Neck/Head/Arms


We use a cedar block and place it in a variety of positions depending upon what part of the body we are working on.  These positions in combination with conscious diaphragmatic breath create heat (like turning on a ‘furnace’ in the core).  This heat works to release fascial restrictions and compressions, improves blood flow and melts fat cells. After class, you will feel so warm and relaxed!  


Come and see what the buzz is all about.  


We offer Block Therapy classes on Tuesdays at 7:45pm, Wednesdays at 10:15am and Saturdays at 11am.  Your first class is free – you don’t have anything to lose – well, I guess you could lose your neck pain and back tightness!


Stay tuned as my next blog will feature the block from an aesthetic perspective as it can reduce the appearance of cellulite!!        


Register for your next block therapy class here:


Cheers to your health,


Michelle Forand,

Instructor at Lead Pilates, Cycle, and Fitness