Yoga is wonderful for improving balance, flexibility and muscular strength, but like any physical activity, it can also cause compensation, compression, and even pain when done incorrectly. And while some of us struggle with inflexible bodies, others are hyper-mobile. So how do you go deeper in your practice and become more grounded and centered while reducing the risk of injury?
Whether you are just starting out, or have been practicing yoga for years, a great compliment to your practice is the MELT Method. MELT is a simple self-care technique that eliminates chronic pain and improves physical performance. It does this by rehydrating your connective tissue system (which houses 6-10 times more sensory nerves than muscles) and rebalancing your nervous system. New research has revealed that these two systems work together to provide whole-body support and mind-body communication, and can provide the missing link to pain free living.
Connective tissue (or fascia) is a fluid-based system that surrounds every muscle, bone, nerve, and organ in the body, like a 3-dimensional architectural support system. With aging, repetitive movements and active living, connective tissue becomes dehydrated, and like a dried out sponge, it becomes shrunken and less resilient. This causes stiffness in muscles, compression in joints, and a disconnect in the communication required for efficient balance and movement.
The good news is that connective tissue is responsive and adaptable. By using MELT soft balls and rollers, we can actually restore the fluid state of our connective tissue. This brings your body back to a more ideal state by enhancing body awareness, improving balance, and releasing stuck-stress that often causes stiffness, pain, headaches, insomnia and digestive problems.
Here are some specific improvements that are applicable to your yoga practice:
Improved balance and body sense
Greater flexibility in the hamstrings and low back
Increased wrist comfort
Greater opening in the shoulders and upper back
Improved stability in the shoulders, hips and core
Deeper breathing and a calmer nervous system
When your fascia is well hydrated, it is springy and resilient, and how your body balances and senses itself in movement is greatly improved. MELTing before doing yoga, can improve your alignment, flexibility, stability and even your breath in surprisingly quick and easy ways. Come to a class and experience it for yourself!