My long-time yoga teacher/mentor/friend became a certified M.E.L.T. Method instructor a while back and has been teaching classes for at least a year now. She had invited me several times to come check out a class and experience the benefits of the practice, commonly known as self-myofascial release (runners call it “foam rolling”), but I never made the time for it until today!
Honestly, I was really wanting a straight-up yoga class. I’m in some serious need of some mind/body/breath recalibration, if you will. But on Wednesdays, she teaches the M.E.L.T. class and knowing that it would probably do me some good too, decided to go (finally!) check it out.
So before I share any further, I have a confession to make. I sort of… kind of… had NEVER foam rolled before. *GASP*
I know. I know. I preach about the importance of self-care and I know how beneficial rolling is. Especially for runners. I truly have no real excuse other than I don’t own a roller. And, well maybe I just assumed that my yoga practice was good enough.
Anyway, this rolling is good stuff. Damn good stuff I tell you! I definitely had some blockages that were pretty intense when I rolled over them. But overall, it felt really wonderful and post-class, I felt like I had just had a full-body massage!
Even though I learned about fascia (the connective tissue that supports muscles and surrounding structures) years ago, I never really gave it much thought in terms of how it may play a role in some of my ongoing issues. Today really opened my eyes and I’m not going to miss an opportunity to add foam rolling, in whatever form it takes, to my regular self-care practices!
Looking around online, I found a few links that have some more information about the M.E.L.T. Method and foam rolling that I think will be helpful as I get started exploring them on a deeper level.
Learn more about the M.E.L.T. Method here.
10 Self-Myofascial Release Exercises for Runners from Active.com
Self-Myofascial Release Techniques from Perform Better
And, if you so happen to reside in my neck of the woods and are looking for a class or instructor, check out the Yoga Loft in Scappoose.