Fibromyalgia - Can MELT Help?

MELT classFibromyalgia affects 2-4% of the population – mostly women. I’ve spent many years helping people manage the acute pain and tenderness in the body that this troublesome disorder creates. Sadly, there are no blood tests or x-rays that are used to diagnose this disorder. However, doctors run these and many tests to rule out other diseases and health issues that have the same array of symptoms. The primary symptoms I’ve heard of are wide-spread pain caused by pressure or touch, basic movement, and even certain types of clothing. Because widespread pain is the main symptom of fibromyalgia, doctors will run through a question and answer list to help determine or perhaps rule out things like an underactive thyroid, hormonal imbalance, polymyalgia rheumatica, rheumatoid arthritis or lupus – all which create the same type, or similar pain symptoms among other things.

Most of these disorders cause severe inflammation in the joints that literally eats away the supportive connective tissue and most of them can be tested through blood and x-rays.

One unique factor of fibromyalgia is that the pain can move to differentDr Oz show body parts from day to day and some clients say it’s “everywhere” pain. For many, the pain and tenderness comes and goes but for most, this chronic symptom causes radical fatigue, flu like symptoms, and although they are exhausted, they can’t seem to sleep. With the lack of sleep, most of my clients also have depression, migraines, tension headaches, issues digesting food or food intolerances, acid reflux, they pee all the time and also have pelvic pain.

Because Fibromyalgia is hard to diagnose, there is very little research as of yet on this disorder. Some doctors have said it’s genetic and it’s in the family. I disagree to a great extent. Part of the reason it occurs in women more than men is the hormonal imbalance that occurs as we age. We have a menstrual cycle. For many women as I discuss their history will tell me they had irregular periods most of their life, some are in peri-menopause (a time when there are fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone), and most, if not nearly all of my clients have a history of emotional or physical stress that seems to have an association with their symptoms. The level of chemicals and how neurotransmission from gut to brain operate also seem to play a significant role in the disorder.

classesSo let me tell you what I feel in my hands when I work on a client with fibromyalgia. It feels like a stagnant, irritated, frustrated, confusion type energy. It’s an internal struggle as if the body is trying to figure out why the brain isn’t able to decode what the body is saying. I feel I become the Segway for my clients. I simply intervene in the conversation and help the brain decode what the body is saying. Once I can get my client’s body and brain matching up I’m able to guide the conversation and help the brain and body communicate more appropriately.

Using MELT has been a blessing because it keeps the conversation going long after my client leaves my office. I teach them to keep the dialogue open and try to explain it how I am explaining it now. It’s like the body is speaking English but the brain is speaking German. They are trying to converse but neither is understanding the other. So how do you translate the conversation from body to brain? MELT! It’s a slow process and the biggest issue I run into with my fibro clients is that they have to SLOW DOWN when they do it on their own. Sometimes they rush through their self-care because they feel so “good” after they MELT, they want to do it longer in duration than I prescribe.

I explain it like going out on a first date. You don’t bring your overnight bag and start talking about marriage and babies on a first date. You simply want to get to the second date. You can’t make a relationship last a lifetime if you rush into it thinking you’ll get all of your answers on the first date. You simply want to get to the second date. Don’t rush the relationship. You are learning a new language. You are “getting to know” your own body that somehow is like a new mate. You must go slow. Don’t look for a cure or an instant elimination of your symptoms. Instead, develop a relationship with your body in an entirely new way. Just like a new relationship with a new person. Don’t judge them or compare them to old lovers. It’s a NEW relationship. Treat it with care, caution, and LOVE! I’ve used MELT like a dating or a courting of a new lover. Don’t stay too long, get in and get out. Don’t tell them your darkest, deepest thoughts in the first few dates… just get to know them. Get to know your body. Even if you think you know it really well, it’s time to gain a new relationship.

What’s been interesting is, my fibromyalgia clients feel immediate changes and then they simply do too much! They stay too long. It’s like moving in when you have only been dating a couple months! “Don’t settle down just yet” I say! Give your body time to fall in love with YOU! I know it feels good but if you stay too long or push too hard to make it work, it simply will fail.

So, if you have fibromyalgia, I want you to do what my other clients who have had amazing success using MELT do. SLOW DOWN. Follow the directions in the book and it will be the best new relationship you have ever had! No more than 10 minute MELT sessions for at least 2-4 weeks! It’s like going out on the first few dates. Just have dinner, maybe brunch, a walk in the park… but that’s IT! No inviting them home with you just yet. Just give your body and brain time to mate!

If you have fibromyalgia, start with EITHER a hand OR foot treatment everyday for two weeks. You may not feel any change but it’s how you start. It’s that simple. Then add the REBALANCE sequence to your weekly routine 2-3 times a week. You are going to spend more time on this relationship than you would with another person but there is one thing for sure. This relationship will last the rest of your life! So take your time! Enjoy the immersion into your body and cultivate a new relationship with your body! This is a relationship that will last your lifetime. I will be happy to be a part of it with you.

With any good relationship, it takes time to really get to know the person you want to be with. Desire to be with yourself and MELT everyday. Give yourself time to adapt, grow, respond, and change. It will.

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