The MELT Method is a science-backed self-care technique that anyone can use to stay active, enhance performance, and get out (and stay out) of pain. Developed by manual therapist and exercise physiologist Sue Hitzmann, it uses specially designed hand and foot treatment balls and custom made soft rollers (along with your own body and breath) to calm the mind, tap into the autonomic regulators of the nervous system to boost control, and restore the supportive qualities of the connective tissue system to bring stability and balance back to the body.
The restoration happens through rehydration—improving fluid flow throughout the connective tissue system called fascia. With gentle techniques, we help restore fascia’s supportive, supple qualities and release unwanted compression and tension that leads to imbalance and misalignment. The effect helps improve autonomic regulation and efficiency (making you feel in control of your life) which can lead to a cascade of vibrant, healthful effects throughout your entire body—from moving with ease to bright, supple skin to better sleep and more energy.
While we have you here, here’s what MELT is not: It’s not exercise or a workout replacement, it’s not stretching, and (even though we’re technically assisted by soft foam rollers) it’s not your typical foam rolling. We think of it as Hands-Off Bodywork—it’s a technique that empowers you with the ability to treat yourself like a skilled, hands-on therapist.
MELT® Performance: Gain a competitive edge by learning what’s missing in athletic training programs and why even professional athletes suffer from joint pain and repetitive stress injuries.Restore shoulder and hip stability, release neck and low back tension, and improve your athletic performance.These simple and effective pre-training and recovery sequences can help you avoid rehabilitation with self-care!MELT Performance is the only proactive training approach that’s ideal for athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and anyone looking to improve overall balance, performance, and control while being protected from injury and free from chronic pain.***You will need a MELT Soft Foam Roller, MELT Hand & Foot Treatment Balls and a MELT Performance Band***
MELT Method® Express: A 30 minute Self-Care MELT Map designed to keep you feeling great from the inside out. Learn to quickly rehydrate your connective tissue system, decrease stuck stress, support your immune system and give your nervous system a well deserved break. A perfect ‘expressway’ pre or post yoga or Pilates practice.***MELT Soft Foam Roller and MELT Ball Kit needed for this class***
Learning to MELT is like learning a new language. Once you know the basic language, you’ll easily flow through the MELT self-care experience, making changes you’ll feel instantly and creating lasting results, too.
The Neurofascial System is the missing link
The nervous system and connective tissue system work together as the neurofascial system, and we believe it’s the missing link when it comes to understanding how our bodies move, function, and maintain overall well-being. We’re going way beyond the muscles and bones here.
So, how exactly are we addressing those systems? When we MELT, we’re performing what we call the 4Rs—Reconnect, Rebalance, Rehydrate, and Release. These 4Rs distill a ton of complex neuroscience and fascial research into an accessible, simple protocol. They’re the essence of what the MELT Method is all about and you’ll experience them in every self-care session using just your body and a MELT tool or two. Let’s take a look at each one and what it does.
Reconnect is taking time to assess and learn where stuck stress lives in your body. Each session begins with some form of Reconnect—assessments are often done lying down or standing, before and after your session. Awareness of the change you’re creating is integral to reaping the full benefits of your practice. You’ll learn to sense imbalances before they cause pain. Reconnect techniques also help restore the aspects of your body that support, protect, and stabilize you – aka The Autopilot in MELT.
Rebalance works to restore whole body balance and core stability. You may work on diaphragmatic, multidimensional breathing while using the roller or your grounding and alignment with hand and foot treatments using a soft ball—these are examples of subtle, simple Rebalance techniques that are incredibly profound when it comes to restoring balance and the neurological core system we call the Neurocore.
Rehydrate is where we’ll use gentle tension and compression techniques to help restore fluid flow in your fascia, usually with the aid of a MELT tool. We’ll gently compress your body using Gliding, Shearing, Rinsing, and Friction techniques. Far beyond foam rolling, you won’t iron yourself like a shirt or cause pain to get out of pain—the key to rehydration is maintaining tolerable pressure or tension, never more. You’re in control of the process. Cells, collagen fibrils, and fluids are all stimulated and create a rehydration effect like a good session of hands-on therapy.
Release is all about powerful decompression techniques that relieve tension and pain. We always prep the tissue with Rehydrate work before decompressing. Release is key when it comes to living pain-free and staying active. You’ll feel a difference right away when it comes to range of motion and your posture. Hand and foot treatments use the MELT balls to mobilize the joints of the hands and feet and improve neural signaling from head to toe and, using the soft body roller, you’ll learn the neck and low back release techniques—game changers for your overall sense of spinal mobility and pelvic stability.