if you take anything away from this read, know that I am a firm believer in laying it out there for all to see.
I have two bits, quick bits but important pieces that stuck with me over the past two days. The first, was my favourite show Departures on Netflix. For a quick synopsis on the show, it’s a couple of Canadian dudes that travel the world and live life to its fullest, immersing themselves in entirely uncomfortable situations and brand new cultures and lifestyles. It’s an amazing theory and they document the whole thing along the way…incredible show. Anyways, the one guy Scott – terrified of Bungee jumping finds himself at the top of the 3rd highest Bungee jump in the world in New Zealand. He does it. It’s crazy, and he hated every moment leading up to it but the reward he felt after getting over one of his biggest fears was indescribable.
Parallel story. I’ve only been taught a few methods all my life being in the high performance athlete state of mind. My world was blown open at first when I acquired my Holistic Lifestyle Coching Certification back in 2012, and now again after a MELT workshop I took in just yesterday.
MELT is myofascial tissue manipulation, the theory being fascial tissue cannot be stretched or strengthened, only hydrated and dehydrated and often times we are subject to dehydrated fascial tissue leading to injury. Especially in athletes (we beat the eff out of our body’s with little to no regard for proper recovery). In any case, the gentle approach to fascial care was not something I had ever experienced, but the reward I felt afterwards changed my thinking on some theory of foam rolling and fascial care I will have to adjust for my own training and that of the fine folks I take care of.
Moral of the story? I would never have grown had I not stepped off the ledge in trust.