I was introduced to the Melt Method a few years back, and if you had told me back then that a little blue ball would have such a big impact on my life, I wouldn't have believed you. Then, a couple years passed by, and much like most things in my life, I had to (re)discover it in my own time. If I’ve learned anything, it’s that we have to trust the timing of things.
So, here I am, passionate about sharing the Melt Method (MELT). Why? Because, quite simply, I love how it makes my body feel. I’ve dealt with bouts of chronic pain since my late twenties, and I've used a lot of different natural approaches to help get out of that pain and stay active: massage, myofascial release, chiropractic, acupuncture, exercise, stretching, yoga and a number of other traditional, self-care tools. All of these things have their place and have helped me throughout the years, and most still do.
But then, in 2015 I felt called to start learning about a system of our bodies that we don’t hear much about: the connective tissue system, or as some call it, the fascial system.
Photo Credit: Jean-Claude Guimberteau
At the time, I didn’t know why I was being led to learn about the fascial system, but I now know that my body needed a more gentle approach to start healing on a deeper level, and that's what led me there. I learned that the secret to working with fascia is that in order to get out of pain, you don’t have to inflict more pain on a body that’s already in pain.
This philosophy is at the core of MELT, and it's one of the reasons I love it so much - and rely on it. MELT is not only gentle, but it’s simple to learn and accessible. I appreciate that I can do it at home and that it helps me tap into what I’m feeling in my body, I love how I notice right away the changes I’ve made, I'm in awe of how it helps me restore balance and stability, and I love how it supports my body’s ability to heal on a daily basis.
You’ve surely heard this saying:
“Time heals all wounds.”
But if that’s true, how can pain ever become chronic?
Well, pain originates for a lot of reasons: accidents, illness, injury, heartbreak, complications due to surgeries…and so on. But we know the body has a beautiful, innate ability to heal itself. So, when pain becomes chronic, it may indicate that you have an issue in your connective tissue. And MELT is a gentle way to help your connective tissue return to its natural state of balance.
So what is connective tissue?
Well, connective tissue is the supportive three-dimensional system under your skin that supports, protects, and stabilizes everything: skin, bones, nerves, blood vessels, and so on. Every cell in our body relies upon this flexible scaffolding to remain stable.
Since most folks don’t really know what connective tissue is, most of us have never really learned how to take care of it. Recent science now recognizes that simple daily living causes connective tissue to become less supportive and responsive due to repetition that causes tissue dehydration, or in MELT what we call ‘stuck stress.'
And even if you don’t have chronic pain, you’ve probably experienced stuck stress when you feel stiff or achy getting out of bed, or when standing up after sitting for long periods of time. This feeling is what we call a pre-pain signal.
Think of connective tissue like a river, daily living causes sediment to accumulate in the river, and over time that begins to cause noticeable issues in the body like stiff joints, poor posture, strained muscles, and mid-day fatigue.
Even bigger issues can arise if you don’t address this stuck stress. Pretty soon you may start to notice nervous system inefficiency such as fatigue during the day, yet trouble falling asleep at night. You may find that you have to wake up to pee most if not all nights, and you may experience low metabolism and have poor digestion. ALL of this accelerates your aging process and increases your risk of injury and chronic pain.
But there’s a solution!
It’s called the 4 R’s of MELT: Reconnect - Rebalance - Rehydrate - Release. This is the recipe to get out and stay out of chronic pain!
Are you someone who experiences neck or low back pain?
Would you be surprised to learn that if you have neck stiffness or low back pain, a lot of that pain can be alleviated by simply treating your hands & feet? It can!
I can help you assess stuck stress living in your hands & feet that may be causing your neck and low back pain. Because if you’re anything like me, and you’ve accumulated some stuck stress along the way, you’ve got some work to do!
Join me for a Melt Intro Workshop or Series to learn the 4R's of Melt protocol.
Or, is 1-on-1 more your thing? If so, you can Schedule a personal session where we can start to focus on your body's specific needs!