A strange thing happens when you learn something new: it makes you want to learn something else new.
Six years ago I was suffering from chronic pain due to a herniated disk in my neck. Frustrated, angry, and depressed, I embarked on a journey of researching and trying holistic treatments to find a solution to my pain. (Traditional therapies had failed to help me).
That’s when I discovered MELT, and even more exciting, that’s when I learned about the amazing world of Connective Tissue. I learned how this fluid tissue system protects, supports and stabilizes the body. I learned how all the other systems in the body rely on the Connective Tissue in order to function efficiently. I learned how the tissue surrounds every muscle, nerve, organ, and bone in the body. I learned how it does everything from keeping our skin lifted, to keeping our organs tucked in our bellies, keeping our muscles balanced and giving our joints shock absorption. Amazing, right?
I learned all these things from MELT creator Sue Hitzmann, who often spoke of this inspiring and brilliant man, Gil Hedley. Gil Hedley runs human dissection courses throughout the year. Some are fixed (preserved) and other are unfixed (unpreserved). Gil runs these courses for non-medical professionals interested in learning about how the human body functions, whether it be due to curiosity or, like me, a desire to be an excellent practitioner with a deeper understanding of how my work really influences the different layers of the body.
Gil refers to his participants as somanauts: people who’ve come together to explore the awe and mystery of inner space. I found myself with an inspiring collection of colleagues. There were 18 of us from all over the country, from a vast array of professions. Among us were cranio-sacral therapists, structural integrationists, chiropractors, college professors, massage therapists, yoga instructors, students, retired police officers, Pilates instructors, and MELT instructors.
Each morning we gathered to center ourselves and set the intention for the day. We all had our own list of things we wanted to know and learn, and we later gathered at our forms to help each other grow and understand as we explored the body, layer by layer.
It’s been nearly a month since I took Gil’s class, but I’m still reflecting and jotting down my findings. I’m gathering a growing list of additional questions as well, which means, I guess, I’ll need to learn something else new. 🙂
We believe living healthy is living well, and we aim to support others as they work to stay beautiful, active and pain-free, no matter what their age.