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MELT in a nutshell:


M.E.L.T stands for Myofascial Energetic Length Technique, and it is the first self-treatment method for the connective tissue, also referred to as fascia. MELT has elements of several techniques such as reflexology, lymph drainage, trigger points and myofascial release in its use of balls and rollers for a structured self-application. Through this, MELT elicits adaptive changes in the body to improve posture and well-being. MELT is a mind-body modality as it constantly invites the user to assess and re-assess in order to evaluate the results of its application.


Okay, now what exactly does that mean?


Imagine seeing a massage therapist who uses her body (hands, fingers, elbows, sticks, stones, maybe even feet) to work on you. He finds areas of tenderness, stiffness or limited mobility and uses various techniques to rub, knead, stretch or press the spots she identifies to release the tension on those areas. With MELT, you use little balls for hands and feet and a foam roller for the rest of the body to take the place of the massage therapist. You apply pressure onto the balls and rollers in a very specific way to elicit the same results that a manual therapist tries to bring on.


What happens in a Hand and Foot Treatment class?


The MELT Hand and Foot Treatment is the foundation of MELT. Your connective tissue is an interwoven fabric that covers the entire body and through which a fluids runs that connects the entire body. As you stimulate the fascia in your hands and feet, you affect not only those areas but also the upper and lower body regions. It is very common for people to report that their entire legs and even low backs feel better after having done the foot treatment. And often the same happens after people have finished the hand treatment and notice that their neck and shoulders feel better.


And what about those pink or blue rollers?


If you ever sneaked a peek through the windows and watched a MELT Roller class in progress, you could not help but notice those pink or blue foam rollers. What makes them special is that they are a little softer than the regular foam rollers that you may have seen around the gym. It makes the MELT experience quite a bit more comfortable as you spend most of the hour with the roller along your spine, under your hip or under your neck.


Why do you constantly assess and re-assess in MELT?


MELT is a self-treatment, and if you want to become a good self-treater, you have to become a good assessor first. Regardless of whether you do hands, feet or the whole body, it is important to assess the imbalances in your body first in order to determine if the changes that you notice after you MELTed are bringing you positive results. It also allows you to identify the areas you want to work on and which techniques to use.


What happens in a MELT foam roller class?


After you have evaluated your body through an assessment, you will learn several techniques to treat the connective tissue. In some cases, you use the roller to roll over parts of your body; sometimes you move yourself on the roller. In other instances, you lie on the roller as you learn to move your pelvis and rib cage independent of one another. You will also learn to stabilize the core part of your body as you move arms and legs in small controlled movement.


In a class, you will learn techniques for the decompression of the low back and neck, lengthening of the ribs as well as other movements for hips and shoulders.


Looking from the outside in, the movements in MELT are small and discrete, and it is probably difficult to imagine that the participants are doing much of anything at all. However, MELT takes a lot of concentration because of the controlled manner in which the body is instructed to move.


Here are some images from a class showing Charman Driver; photographs by Mark Petko.










What can MELT do for me?


Depending where you are in your life’s journey, you may have accumulated a few aches and pains. After the MELT classes, people have reported to me a variety of positive changes, and they always say that they feel so much better. Most often mentioned is an improvement in the lower back, greater neck range of motion and better mobility in the hip and shoulder girdle. Foot problems can also be alleviated with MELT, most notably plantar fasciitis, but even peripheral neuropathy. Arthritic hands often feel better after MELT and have greater mobility.


And the most important thing: you can learn to do this yourself.


I am in good shape; why should I MELT?


If you are in good shape and nothing hurts you: congratulations! You are among the few. As I was recently giving a demo to a group of instructors, one of them told me after class: “I felt pretty good at the initial assessment; I had no idea how much better I would feel after MELT.”


Who came up with that idea?


MELT was created by Sue Hitzmann, MS, CST, NMT, a nationally recognized somatic-movement educator and manual therapist. Her decades of practice, research, and study of anatomical science and alternative therapies have culminated in the creation of the very first self-administered neurofascial treatment technique - a revolutionary approach to pain-free fitness and longevity. To find out more about Sue and the science behind MELT, please visit her web site


In 2009, she presented MELT to a wider audience at the IDEA World Fitness Conference in Anaheim where I had the good fortune of meeting her and being introduced to the MELT method in her lecture.


What is fascia?


I use the term ‘fascia’ throughout this site, and I like to give some illustrations of it that will help with the understanding of this special type of tissue.


To do this, I have here links to videos on Youtube which explain and show fascia.



Gil Hedley: Fascia and stretching: The Fuzz Speech


Be warned that this video shows a disection of a cadaver.


Click here for the link to YouTube.

Strolling Under The Skin


This is a second clip of the amazing images of living fascia made by Dr. Jean Claude Guimberteau. This clip is from the video shown in the first fascia congress showing fascia & tensegrity


Click here for the link to YouTube.

Also check out more detailed information on the philosophy behind MELT Length and MELT NeuroStrength.

Below is a 90 second video clip on MELT prepared by Rex Healthcare.

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Fascial Research from German Television with English Subtitles


This is a 30 minute video with fascinating information about the role and importance of connective tissue in the body.


Click here for the link to YouTube.

MELT and me

I discovered the MELT Method in August 2009. I knew immediately that I had found the missing link of fitness and well-being. I have watched people in pain despite their efforts of improving their bodies through exercise. Something was missing, and it was the regard for the needs of the connective tissue. In December of 2009, I became the first person in North Carolina to be fully certified in the MELT Method.

I chose not to rest on my MELT laurels and have further enhanced my knowledge in corrective exercise by studying The BioMechanics Method. I am proud to say that, in 2014, I became the first person in North Carolina to be certified in TBMM.