Gelf-Care 30-Day Challenge Day 5: I've Got Big (and Small) Balls

I like to think of myself as a nice and at times ballsy, person. See yesterday’s self-care example for the ballsiest thing I’ve ever done.

Today I was ballsy in two ways.

1. I tried a MELT (Myofascial Energetic Length Technique) method class and holy shit, was it awesome!

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Now I’ve taken restorative classes before, but this class was different. You use a very soft foam roller and small balls to work through different muscles by stimulating the connective tissue in the body (pressure points in the fascia), loosening it up and reducing inflammation.

As someone whose worst subject in school was science, your science lesson will end there, but I will channel my inner 13-year-old and say this. I rubbed balls on my face. ;)

Now this full-body method is for anyone who wants to reduce the negative effects of the aging process and live a pain-free life. Who doesn’t?

It improves things like alignment, posture, sleep and digestion. It also reduces aches and pains, wrinkles, cellulite, tension and headaches and more. Say no more.

What I love about it is that it is natural pain relief. Yup, no pills.

It is all about improving performance and decreasing the risk of repetitive stress injuries to eliminate chronic pain.

In just over an hour, I noticed a huge difference in my body. I felt more even when lying on the floor and waaaay more grounded. I was truly amazed and I can’t wait to go back!

Check out all of the benefits and watch a clip of the MELT method.

And if you’re in the NYC area, try a class on the house with Marissa!

2. I Said No

She, like me, is a girl who can’t say no.

She, like me, is a girl who can’t say no.

As Annie Oakley once sang, “I’m just a girl who cain’t (correct spelling) say no.” My mom used to rehearse that song when I was a kid. I had no idea she was singing about resisting the temptations of a man. (Oy.) I took the song literally.

The same holds true for me. I hate to say no and I hate to go against my word. Loyalty means everything to me.

A friend was moving cross country and I swung by his going away party. I could only stay for about 40 minutes and within a few minutes of my arrival, I learned they were going to another bar shortly. I told them I would meet up with them later and then I realized what I had done.

“How the hell are you going to get in bed by 9 if you meet them after your show?”

I didn’t want to go back on my word, so I didn’t say anything. Instead, I chatted with them for a bit before they headed to the next place. Then, I went to my show.

Afterwards, I wanted to go home, but I hated to not stay true to my word. I texted to find out where they were and learned that one of them (the one who wasn’t moving) had already gone home because he was tired.

I wrestled with it, but then decided that it didn’t make sense for me to swing by this place only to say one last good-bye and leave right away. I had gotten to spend lots of one-on-one time with him on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day and that felt great.

Ultimately, I said no to going out and yes to me and that felt like an incredibly ballsy move because it’s something I never do. For once in my life, my Jewish guilt lost and to that I say, “Mazel tov!”

Do you have a hard time saying no? Are you worried about letting people down even if it means not taking care of your own needs? Tell me below!