If you are an athlete and want to get the most from your sport, you need to be treating your connective tissue system directly. While movement itself is hydrating to the water based system that supports, protects and stabilizes your cellular body (muscles, bones, and organs); repetitive movements, as required in most sports, contributes to dehydration of these support tissues. When the tissue that surrounds your body parts becomes dried out and brittle (think, dry sponge) your body motion becomes unsupported, inefficient, and pain may ensue. Keep your fascia and all connective tissue healthy with the techniques of The MELT Method.
I had a 25 year career as an athlete and teacher, in dance. Dance requires motion in multiple planes of motion, extreme plyometric capability (jumping) and precision. I had countless hours of hands-on bodywork as I performed and toured around the country. After all this experience I was, nevertheless, bowled over upon meeting Sue Hitzmann (creator) and MELT. The stiffness that had begun to set in and the old injuries that seemed they would never leave me, were gone or alleviated after just a few months of regular practice. Literally, and figuratively, the "spring in my step" was being restored. And what's more, in order for my muscle tissue to be available to my nervous system, the fascial tissue surrounding those muscles better be in tip-top shape as the sensory nerve endings are embedded in this tissue. That's right, they live there! So I am able to be more active with less strain and pain.
Watch a fun, very short video at Sports Illustrated of the creator of The MELT Method working with a woman about to run the NYC marathon. Go to www.si.com, "How MELT Method uses Self Treatment for Body Recovery". Enjoy! And, let me know if I can help you get out, and stay out of chronic pain.