What is MELT? Good Question! Do you ever wake up in the morning with your body feeling stiff? Do you stand up with your tension in your feet and your joints feeling tight? The answer for most of us is “yes!” No, this isn’t because you haven’t had your morning coffee, it is because your connective tissue is dehydrated from your everyday lifestyle. Do you notice how after a few steps or several shoulder rolls those tired feet and joints start to wake up and loosen up? This is your connective tissue being rehydrated. This is what MELT aims to do.
The tightness we feel comes from “stuck stress” or dehydrated connective tissue, and those signs are precursors for chronic pain! When your connective tissue is dehydrated, the nervous system cannot send a clear signal. MELT, or Myofascial Energetic Length Technique, is a self-treatment for the connective tissue. It utilizes a soft foam roller that has a massaging affect when you glide your body on it (opposed to hard Styrofoam rollers that can cause your muscles to tense up and become tighter). MELT also has specialized balls that are used on the hands and feet, which work like reflexology and follow the same meridians as acupuncture.
MELT was composed and perfected by manual therapist Sue Hitzmann, whose methods have been highlighted on a number of health outlets including Dr. Oz. MELT’s broad spectrum of benefits including flexibility, posture, improved exercise, help with sleep and digestion have lead to its overwhelming approval among both experts and everyday people who are trying to improve their health.
Whether you have chronic pain, pre-pain symptoms (stiff joints, sore muscles, fatigue, or headaches), you’re sedentary or you’re an elite athlete, MELT can make a dramatic difference in your life. This unique practice aims to alleviate a broad spectrum of pains through a natural method, opposed to resorting to medication and surgery. MELT provides the way for your body to heal itself, release tension, and return to balance.
Additionally, MELT Strength is the “add-on” to a regular MELT (Length) practice. Through Strength you will repattern mechanizing muscles of the shoulder and pelvic girdle as well as the deep core muscles teaching them to fire first instead of the big muscles movers (i.e. biceps, hamstring, etc.). By doing so you will strengthen those muscles to prevent injury or help to your body to recover from injuries all ready in place.