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Grow Old With Me the best is yet to be

Today is the oldest you have ever been and the youngest you'll ever be again.

Eleanor Roosevelt

my decades pale in comparison to their centuries

Age is a funny thing.

When you're young, you can't wait to get older. All those "milestone" birthdays: double digits, teenager, 16, 18, 21. All those magical ages when you believe life somehow gets better.

Then suddenly you're celebrating "significant decades", or you're not talking about birthdays anymore, or even worse, you're dreading them. We begin to anticipate all of the negative things associated with aging, as if they're inevitable.

Back in 2013, I was working as a secretary in a local elementary school. Todd and I took a vacation to Hawaii in November to celebrate our 20th anniversary.

Taking a vacation in November was pretty exciting, since we had been on a "we go on vacation when school is out" schedule for many years.

The day I took this particular photo, sitting on a lovely beach and looking up at the palm trees, this was the day I decided I wanted to age actively.

You see, it was this November vacation that we found ourselves mostly surrounded by retired folks. You know, those people who could travel outside the "school vacation" schedule.

And as I sat there on that beach, I thought to myself that if I kept on the health/lifestyle path I was on, I likely was NOT going to be very active in my retirement, at least not the way I envisioned it.

Three short years later, at the age of 55, I found myself stepping out of my comfort zone and into my first MELT Instructor Training. I was ready to take a leap of faith that I had found something that would not only change my life, but I could help others change theirs too. My one-woman business, Flex Your Ability, was born.

Hand & Foot Training, Portland, Oct. 2016

Back to that aging thing...

Here are some things I've learned in my five years of teaching MELT:

  • Connective tissue is our largest living system and our largest organ.
  • In contemporary anatomy, science continues to unveil a deeper understanding of the human body and the role fascia plays in every part of who we are..
  • You can absolutely re-hydrate your tissue and replenish your mobility and stability.
  • You simply cannot work on one part of your body without impacting your whole body. It's all connected and functions as a 'whole'.
  • Fascia is mostly Collagen, which gives it strength and flexibility.
  • Too much Compression, Tension and Repetition can cause our tissue to lose it's hydration. We call this Stuck Stress which can lead to signals from our bodies that we associate with aging: aches & pains, stiff joints, poor balance, wrinkles.
  • The aging process starts in our 20's, and we may lose 30% of our collagen production by the time we're in our 40's.
  • MELT introduces just the right amount of Compression, Tension and Repetition, which not only rehydrates the tissue but can actually boost collagen production.

So here I am, on the cusp of another "significant decade" birthday. I'm looking forward to my 60's and all the adventure and magic this next decade holds. With my trusty Hand & Foot balls, my Soft Foam Roller and my resistance band, I am determined to age actively, with humor, grace, and a large dose of gratitude.

happy ~ healthy ~ hydrated

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I will be offering an "Introduction to MELT - a Pyramid of Self-Care" series in early 2022!

Credits:

Portland Japanese Garden: S. Thomas Big Trees State Park, CA: T. Thomas Palm Trees: S. Thomas Selfie :-)