There is a system of connective tissue called fascia that runs throughout your entire body, giving it support, structure and stability. When your fascia becomes dehydrated, which it does through the course of your day, regardless of how you stretch, eat, or exercise, it stiffens. With a loss of elasticity, the fascia is no longer able to interact with your muscles the way it is designed to, leaving those muscles prone to injury, pain, and inefficient movement.

One way to rehydrate your fascia, ideally before doing any morning stretching routine, is to incorporate a series of movements designed by Sue Hitzmann, an exercise physiologist who created the Melt method. Hitzmann recommends starting your day with a short treatment focusing on your feet. Since your fascia is a complete system, what you do in one area of the body will transfer benefits to other areas as well.

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