May 31, 2013
I've been doing a lot of "de-cluttering" in my home due to my daughter moving home. The reason for this was to make space in my office closet for my yoga clothes they had previously been in my daughter's bedrooms closet. It forced me to clean out a closet that hadn't been touched since we began our remodel (4 years ago!!). Oh the stuff that was "stuffed" in there! Why do we hold on to things that we don't need and aren't using?
Boxes of CD's, DVD's, and framed pictures that haven't been missed in 4 years. Time to let them go. Once the space was cleaned out, there was ample room for not only my clothes but also for other teaching related items to be stored. My office is now truely my office! This is a big deal because I spend a good majority of time in it. My husband also put a nice sounding water feature right outside the french doors - it brings tranquilty into the space.
Think about doing some "de-cluttering" in your home. Maybe it's a drawer or a closet that you've been thinking about for a while. I challenge you to not put it off any longer and "just do it". Maybe even burn some sage in the space afterwards to free up any negative energy that may be lurking there. By de-cluttering your home you de-clutter your life :)
What is MELT? Good Question! Do you ever wake up in the morning with your body feeling stiff? Do you stand up with your tension in your feet and your joints feeling tight? The answer for most of us is “yes!” No, this isn’t because you haven’t had your morning coffee, it is because your connective tissue is dehydrated from your everyday lifestyle. Do you notice how after a few steps or several shoulder rolls those tired feet and joints start to wake up and loosen up? This is your connective tissue being rehydrated. This is what MELT aims to do.
The tightness we feel comes from “stuck stress” or dehydrated connective tissue, and those signs are precursors for chronic pain! When your connective tissue is dehydrated, the nervous system cannot send a clear signal. MELT, or Myofascial Energetic Length Technique, is a self-treatment for the connective tissue. It utilizes a soft foam roller that has a massaging affect when you glide your body on it (opposed to hard Styrofoam rollers that can cause your muscles to tense up and become tighter). MELT also has specialized balls that are used on the hands and feet, which work like reflexology and follow the same meridians as acupuncture.
MELT was composed and perfected by manual therapist Sue Hitzmann, whose methods have been highlighted on a number of health outlets including Dr. Oz. MELT’s broad spectrum of benefits including flexibility, posture, improved exercise, help with sleep and digestion have lead to its overwhelming approval among both experts and everyday people who are trying to improve their health.
Whether you have chronic pain, pre-pain symptoms (stiff joints, sore muscles, fatigue, or headaches), you’re sedentary or you’re an elite athlete, MELT can make a dramatic difference in your life. This unique practice aims to alleviate a broad spectrum of pains through a natural method, opposed to resorting to medication and surgery. MELT provides the way for your body to heal itself, release tension, and return to balance.
Additionally, MELT Strength is the “add-on” to a regular MELT (Length) practice. Through Strength you will repattern mechanizing muscles of the shoulder and pelvic girdle as well as the deep core muscles teaching them to fire first instead of the big muscles movers (i.e. biceps, hamstring, etc.). By doing so you will strengthen those muscles to prevent injury or help to your body to recover from injuries all ready in place.
A question asked by Deepak Chopra in his 21-day meditation challenge was to ask yourself, "who am I?” What an interesting question. I had some very interesting answers to that question come up for me while meditating at an acupuncture session a few months back. Deepak says to ask and then ask again (and again) and then listen. I did just that. The first thing that I heard was, "I am a healer". Huh? Wasn't sure what that meant….so I asked again and this time the answer was, "I am a teacher". Yep, I'm a yoga and MELT instructor. Ask again…"I am a friend", I agree, I have lots of friends. The last time I asked the answer was "I am a pilgrim"….what??
As my session came to a close, Dr. Randall, my acupuncturist and wise friend entered the room and I shared with him what was revealed to me during meditation. I asked, “What the heck about the healer and pilgrim?” He smiled and said, “You are a healer. You help people heal with both yoga and MELT and you are definitely a pilgrim. You are one of the first instructors teaching the MELT modality”. Yes, those answers worked for me.
Several weeks later I left for 10 days of intense training (100 hours to be exact) in Joshua Tree from Nischala Joy Devi. The training is called "Yoga of the Heart" and it is a specialized certification to work with people with cancer and heart disease. I had known that I wanted to follow down this path with my yoga training from the very beginning and it was time to make the pilgrimage. Lucky for me, my good friend Mary Baker shared this same strong desire. She and I share the common bond of losing parents to cancer. We embraced the long hours: starting with a 6:30 a.m. yoga practice, lectures during the day, guided classes in the afternoon and then practice with partners until about 9:00 p.m. We persevered. Focusing in, and soaking up all the new knowledge Nischala lovingly shared with us.
On the trip home Mary and I decided that we absolutely had to share this precious gift of "self-healing" with others. Sad with the knowledge that we were not equipped with these skills in time to help our parents, we became even more resolved to share it now so that others can benefit. Having these new loving skills to share now with the world brought comfort to us and a certain added sweetness to our memories of our parents. We knew this was our dharma, to share this knowledge that we had received.
One definition of dharma is "a unique gift that we can do better then anyone else on the planet. One clue that we’ve discovered our dharma is that we lose track of time and experience timeless awareness whenever we’re doing that particular thing. We enter a state of bliss." This is how I feel when I am helping others. I often loose track of time during classes and/ or private sessions because time ceases to matter. What I am doing is what I love and the clock is just a time piece.
Mary and I have since started a business called Be Well. We help people to reduce stress in their lives through gentle yoga practice, deep relaxation, meditation and guided imagery. We specialize in helping those with cancer and heart disease. Who am I? I am a healer. I help people through the techniques I have learned to self heal. Who am I? I am a teacher. I teach and guide people to self-heal and to learn self- love. Who am I? I am a friend; a friend to those that need a friend. Who am I? I am a pilgrim. With my partner Mary, I am venturing into a new area of alternate care for those living with disease and I am following my dharma, what I believe I was put on this earth to do.
Full-time Yoga/Melt Instructor