Why should I care about my fascia?

Fascia is a connective tissue that infuses every cell of our body. Although fascia can be divided into classifications, the level most studied and known about are the myofascial layers that infuse every muscle in the human body. It’s easily preserved and dissected anatomically and has been studied for over a century. However, beyond the myofascia, the ligamentous formations, and tendon attachments, the remaining fascial network is only recently discussed.

If you want to know what lies beneath the skin and how it applies to your wellness, it’s smart to examine the fascia as a three-dimensional system in its structural organization.

Understanding its dynamic anatomy may help improve traditional therapeutic and medical intervention widely used today. After all, it affects functional stability, integrity of your form including posture and alignment, and longevity of your youthful, vibrant energy.

The movement in the fascial network, the tissue’s ability to create the sliding surfaces and interconnected unions must be more closely looked at and understood if we are to develop models and protocol beyond the confines of these traditional approaches. This has been my focus now for nearly two decades. Over the past 10 years, with the emergence of studies, research, and networks in the fascial community, I’ve applied both histological and clinical practice into what I call the MELT Method.

I’ve combined what I know about the autonomic nervous system’s ability to endure and manage stress with my study and research of the vast fascia system to better define and simplify the Neurofascial System. Although these words are not seen in texts beyond the past two years, the understanding or idea of this system has been around in some degree or other for decades. The problem is the disconnect still held by both the neurological and fascial communities. Although they are separate systems, they are interconnected and this connection lacks research or applicable models and intervention modalities.

Bridging the gap

MELT is the bridge of both systems. I’ve applied these ideas for the past 10 years into this simple method of self care. Although in the New York Times best-selling book The MELT Method, I was only able to give a starting point to the method, it was the right thing to do. If you give too much of an idea out in one gulp, the general public would choke on all the vast elements. However, the sequences applied and the concepts discussed in the book are easy to self-administer and digest—one chapter at a time. To write the book, it took me two years. Today however, I’ve been able to introduce these self-care techniques to over 100,000 people – far more than I ever could have helped in a one-on-one setting in my private office!

It is the brain that produces pain. It’s your brain that operates to manage stress. However, within the supportive environment of your connective tissue system, all of your nerve endings live. So learning how to keep the sensory environment supple, juicy, and stable and decreasing stress accumulation in both the body and mind, it’s this simple.

MELT! It’s simple, takes just a few minutes everyday and makes immediate changes and lasting results. The science of pain and stress is complex. Getting out of either being a chronic state in the body takes simple steps to begin. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

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