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it all adds up October 2020

Whether you think you can, or think you can't - you're right. Henry Ford

I had this quote hanging on my refrigerator for a lot of years. I thought it was a good reminder for my kids to read as they were growing up. Truth is, it's a good reminder for us all, no matter our age.

Learning something new takes courage. Sticking with it takes commitment. Figuring out what works for you takes persistence. Starting over again (because you're human) takes acceptance.

When I was five years old, I started taking piano lessons. Pretty sure it wasn't my choice, but we had a piano and my parents thought it was a good idea.

Did I start out playing Mozart? Nope - and that statement would hold true whether I started lessons at five or forty-five.

I ended up taking lessons for over ten years. There were bumps along the way for sure. Countless arguments about practicing and oh how I hated recitals, but you know what? I still play piano to this day. Christmas music mostly, but every once in a while I dust off my book of Mozart's "Piano Sonatas" and give it a whirl. What truly amazes me is the memory my fingers hold is nearly as fresh as it was all those years ago.

Decades later, I am grateful for all those hours spent sitting on a piano bench.

Creating your MELT routine is going to take some courage, commitment, persistence and acceptance.

Whether you are just starting out or coming back to MELT; remember, the moves sound simple but you may be surprised at how much brain power it takes.

You'll need to accept that it's going take time to make lasting changes. The magic of MELT is that it's also immediately beneficial, so you'll feel changes every time you practice.

Because maybe it took days or weeks or months or years to be feeling those aches and pains. Your knee hasn't always ached, your neck hasn't always felt tense, your feet haven't always tingled ~ until one day the pain comes and stays.

You see

STRESS ADDS UP

We simply can't ignore the impact of stress on our physical and mental well-being.

Thankfully

SELF-CARE ADDS UP TOO

We must also recognize the importance of self care on our physical and mental health.

Your MELT practice is going to take some courage, commitment, persistence and acceptance.

Here are some tips to get you started or keep you going:

  • make your self-care a priority.
  • set a timer on your phone as a reminder to MELT.
  • create a space in your home for self-care.
  • leave your equipment out so you can see it - put those MELT balls in a pretty dish.
  • have realistic goals: 10-15 minutes each day is a great goal.
  • you can do short MELT maps or sequences throughout your day.
  • attend a weekly class to keep things fresh, learn new moves, and get some feedback.
  • give yourself grace. stay committed even if you miss a day or two.
  • have an accountability buddy - MELT is always better with a friend. heck, most everything is!

Consistency is the key to creating lasting change.

Our bodies need our attention and care. I encourage you to actively participate in your well-being. Because next week or month or year or decade, you will be grateful for the time you've spent MELTing.

Remember, MELT is unlike any other technique because it addresses an entirely different system of your body. MELT is to your Neurofascial System (nervous and connective tissue systems) what all other forms of exercise are to your Musculoskeletal System.

Created By
Shelley Thomas
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Credits:

Created with images by Geert Pieters - "Taken during a party of a choir." • Luis Villasmil - "Young man covered in sticky notes, work overload" • engin akyurt - "Woman wearing face mask during coronavirus outbreak" • Max van den Oetelaar - "Walkarounds in Amsterdam."