If I were to ask you to think of a word that proceeds “Stability”, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
I bet if I were to take a poll, the most popular word would most likely be “Financial”, with the next being “Mental” in a close second.
I have been thinking a lot about this word lately, mostly because in my line of work, stability is something I rarely see. When I refer to stability, I am talking about joint and muscular stability on a neurological level.
As a massage therapist, the majority of people who come to see me have pain and they don’t know why.
I do. They are unstable.
Why? Because our modern world has made our bodies comfortable in one position for several hours in a row. Unfortunately, the human form is meant for movement, not stationary positions. The body gets stuck, joints become unstable and pain ensues.
Sadly, I can’t massage stability back into a body, but I can teach someone how to use a resistance band, a soft body roller, and very specific body positions & movements to recreate the stability that was lost through habitual patterns.
I learned how to do this from my teacher, mentor and friend, Sue Hitzmann, creator of The MELT Method. Over the last 12 years I have taken and re-taken a training called NeuroStrength, which is the most advanced in all the MELT curriculum. It was my deepest desire to not only regain stability in my own body, but to also be able to teach it to others as expertly as I could.
Since those trainings, I have gone on to assist Sue in more trainings I can count, and it’s a good thing because I learn something new every time. The human body is so complex. It would be great if all we had to do was hit the gym after 8 to 10 hours of sitting at a desk all day, sweat it out on some machines, throw a few weights around and magically return to ideal alignment.
However, the human body doesn’t work that way. It takes proactive care to maintain a healthy, active and (relatively) pain free body.
The body of a career massage therapist gets beat up pretty significantly, so on top of MELT, I make the twice a week commitment to OrangeTheory Fitness.
OrangeTheory is a great concept. It uses the HIIT model while participants wear a monitor, so they can see their heart rates and how many calories they are burning, earning “splat points’ to determine the maximum calorie burn for that workout.
What is good about this is that it pushes participants to work hard. What is bad about it is that participants are so focused on splat points, they sacrifice stability for calorie burn.
I personally don’t wear a monitor and I don’t care about splat points. I still push myself, but where most are racing to do 3-4 rounds of 3-4 exercises with 10-15 reps on the weight floor, I take my time, use appropriate weight, 10 reps max and darn near perfect form.
I may not be the fastest or the strongest of the group, but I can guarantee you I am the most stable.
At 48, I feel pretty darn good and as far as my joints go, I can say with confidence that I have good stability. Of course, I am human, have a physically demanding job and as such, have pain from time to time. Yet, I have a tool… an incredible gift of a tool that Sue has taught me and continues to year after year.
Sue is sharing this gift as her new book, “MELT Performance” gets ready to launch like a rocket out into the world at the end of this month. In it she dives deep into the concepts of neurological stability on all levels.
You will need this book… you will need to go to one of her events or those of the other instructors all over the world.
You may even want to take a training like me, so that you can one day be able to say with confidence at the gym, “I am the most stable body in this room”.
To buy the book, click here: https://amzn.to/2ZGj8aa
To see where Sue will be on her book tour, click here: https://www.meltmethod.com/store/category/events/
To begin your MELT training journey, click here: https://bit.ly/2VxbLz4
Be Awesome In Your Body.