What is the MELT Method?
The MELT Method® (MELT®) is a simple self-treatment designed to help you stay healthy, youthful, and active for a lifetime. Just 10 minutes of MELT three times a week is all you need to become a Hands-Off Bodyworker® and reduce the effects of accumulated tension and stress caused by daily living. This full-body method of self-care can be customized to your particular needs – from improving performance and decreasing the risk of repetitive stress injuries to eliminating chronic pain, regardless of what’s causing your pain in the first place.
MELT is also an education system that simplifies established and new neurofascial science into an adaptable Living Body Model® that self-empowers and self-educates laypersons in a manner that is fun and engaging to encourage lifelong self-care.
MELT hands-off development initially began in the 90’s with the tinkering of PVC pipes wrapped in variously changing padded layers in an effort to create results akin to light-touch hands-on therapy, such as osteopathy. By the time MELT was introduced in group environments in 2004, it was called M.E.L.T., an acronym for Myofascial Energetic Length Technique.
All MELT techniques and protocols were built upon key aspects of these major hands-on therapies and influencers: Neuromuscular Therapy (Chaitow), CranioSacral (Upledger), Manual Muscle Testing (Kendall and McCreary), Lymphatic Drainage (Chikly), Visceral Manipulation (Barral), Anatomy Trains (Myers), Structural Integration (Rolf), the World Fascia Congress (Vleeming, Pollack, Hedley, Stecco et al.), and others.
Who Is MELT For?
MELT is for anyone who wants to slow down the aging process and live pain-free. For women and men over 40 who want to stay active, mobile, and independent – MELT is a must. MELT is also for active younger adults and athletes who want to maintain a healthy body and achieve optimal performance without debilitating wear and tear. Even children can benefit from MELT.
If you are injured, post-surgery, pregnant, overweight, sedentary, out of shape, or have limited mobility, chronic pain, knee or hip replacements, or bone disorders – you can still MELT. It’s the best starting point for any exercise and wellness program. People who MELT regularly find that they want to exercise more often. It’s just more fun to move when your body feels good, has more energy, and is free of pain.
How MELT Works
MELT employs the use of gentle tools and self-care protocols to improve the supportive qualities of the connective tissue system, scientifically called fascia as a vehicle to restore neurological stability and sensory motor control. The ultimate outcome is pain relief, and performance improvement. The specialized MELT balls and rollers allow a person to learn gentle application and specific compression-techniques suitable for anyone, at any age. Unlike heavy compression techniques and tools that can be too invasive for those suffering with a wide array of disorders, injuries, and chronic medical conditions, MELT’s unique method employs a non-traumatizing, indirect approach to self-administered treatments using techniques similar to that of a hands-on therapist. Using active and passive methods that a person can quickly learn, these light-touch techniques help regulate sympathetic to parasympathetic tone, improve heart rate variability (HRV), and fine-tune sensorimotor control.
New research has revealed the missing link to pain-free living: a balanced nervous system and healthy, supportive connective tissue. These two components work together to provide your body support and optimal mind-body communication. MELT directly addresses these two systems of your body in a way no other self-treatment does as its focus is on restoring the fluid flow in fascia – a critical element to our overall health and immune functions. Far beyond a healthy diet and daily activities and exercise, MELT can prepare you for daily life and restore your body after any activity. In doing so, you’ll spend less time repairing your body and recovering from repetitive stress injuries. You’ll see and feel results in the first session.
The ultimate goal of MELT is to improve your body’s ability to restore balance and repair itself, which can create remarkable, lasting changes. MELT offers natural pain relief, allowing you to address the true cause of chronic pain, not just mask the symptoms. Using the 4R protocol of the MELT Restore program: Reconnect, Rebalance, Rehydrate, Release you’ll learn to identify pre-pain signals before they cause symptoms allowing you to become proactive, rather than reactive to pain and discomfort. You’ll eliminate the common culprit to pain symptoms and become your own self-care manager. Using the 2Rs of NeuroStrength and our MELT Performance program, you’ll further gain a full understanding of how to improve your joint stability and reduce your chances of losing strength and performance as you age. MELT on Demand and our vast educational resources will help you become a Hands-Off Bodyworker. You’ll learn to identify your own common imbalances and access your “inner therapist” to save you time and money seeking professional help in your pursuit to lead an active, healthy, pain-free life at any age.
How Can MELT Help You?
MELT is easy to learn and offers results the first time you try it. MELT can help you fall asleep more easily and sleep more soundly, have more energy during the day, improve your posture, reduce stress and tension, shed excess body fat, and even reduce the appearance of cellulite. Best of all, your body will feel great long after you MELT! The results that MELT provides were previously available only through ongoing, costly hands-on therapies. Now you can be your own Hands-off Bodyworker®
“A little proactive self-care goes a long way toward keeping you pain-free and active for a lifetime.”
— Sue Hitzmann