The Myth of Working on the Pain

Melt Method utilizes principles that are not always relatable, for now anyway. Mainstream fitness and therapeutic techniques teach us that we must go to directly to the area that is causing us weakness or a problem. If you want to strengthen your low back then go directly to that low back by leaning over a bench and lift your torso until those muscles are exhausted. If your neck hurts then go directly to the neck and dig into the muscles. 

Here is one of the principles of Melt Method: 

The Melt Method focuses on the principle that pain or discomfort in the low back or in the shoulder girdle is caused by the connective tissues of the torso body mass (not the organs in the torso) being dehydrated. This means the spinal joints can not ideally align and the shoulder girdle can not align over the pelvic girdle.

Hydrating connective tissues lets the joints align in the torso mass, it relieves the compression in low back and neck. Now low back pain or shoulder pain can go away. Do you see the difference?

Here is another way of describing it. If your neck has compression in the joints it will cause pain. Melt Method perspective is that there is dehydration and misalignment in tissues of torso mass or head/skull mass and causes the compression. Melt Method techniques of hydrating the masses of the head/skull and torso will let joints align which reduces compression in the neck. 

If you’ve had regular bodywork by a chiropractor or massage therapist for example, then this concept won’t be completely foreign to you. You have probably noticed that a practitioner can find a really tight and tender area and work on it in the upper back and then your neck feels better. Occasionally working on the feet and ankles can reduce pain in the neck as well for another example. The area that hurts or is weak isn’t always the area that is causing the problem.

Like exercise and therapeutic modalities one treatment isn’t enough. Our bodies are continually under stress, all kinds of stress. 

Sitting at your desk all day = stress

Bodyweight exercise for and hour = stress

These daily stresses dehydrate the body’s tissues. The heavy masses of the body must be regularly hydrated and aligned to consistently reduce and eventually eliminate pain and discomfort for the long term.

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Sitting causes Stress

What the heck!? We are safer at home right now, but our increased daily posture of sitting is still making our bodies stressed out. 

Besides the stress of no job, very little social life and not enough money even the most active of us is still sitting more than usual. All the sitting around is great for catching up on your favorite TV shows and finding new fave shows, but it’s definitely not great for the body’s backside. And I’m not just talking about everyone’s enemy, cellulite. 

Sitting at your computer, sitting in front of the TV, sitting at the dining room table, sitting for your virtual happy hour. And now you have an over stretched low back and neck, compressed hamstrings, and a forward head, congratulations. Thank you highly developed civilization.

 This is why it feels like your hip flexors are tight, this is why you feel stiff when you get up out of your chair, couch, car and toilet seat. This is why you push yourself too hard in your workout to try to make up for it. This is why you get injured. The cycle of stress to injury, needs to be broken. Break the cycle!

Your fascia is the key. The word comes from latin, it means ”band”. Fascia is defined as “a thin sheath of fibrous tissue enclosing a muscle or other organ”. 

If fascia gets over stretched and compressed it becomes dehydrated, areas of it become obstacles to fluid flow, it is unable to support your muscles, nerves & organs. Fascia covers your entire body and envelops your muscles (and ligaments & tendons), it requires a state of fluidity to do its job optimally. 

Over stretched and compressed fascia means your muscles can’t hold the torso and pelvis in alignment, they have to adapt to a stressful alignment causing the tightness and stiffness you feel after sitting for long periods. Our bodies are really good at adapting to our detriment.

This is why I practice and teach Melt Method, it was specifically created to help your fascia, to rehydrate it. Small, regular doses of Melt Method treatments bring your fascia and therefore your muscles, torso & pelvis back into alignment. Melt Method brings a fluid state back to your fascia making it quick to respond and quick to hold you in ideal alignment.

There are many Melt Method sequences created to address specific issues & activities, including excessive sitting(!) to alleviate daily stress.

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