About the MELT Method
The MELT Method® (MELT) is a self-treatment technique that helps prevent pain, heal injury, and erase the negative effects of aging and active living. MELT simulates the hands-on techniques that manual therapist and crator of The MELT Method, Sue Hitzman, uses to eliminate stress, pain, and dysfunction in her private clients. This unique Hands-off Bodywork™ approach is the first treatment that simulates the techniques – and the results – of manual therapy.
MELT is the first neuro-fascial technique. This patent-pending method brings your body back to a more ideal state by directly enhancing body awareness, rehydrating connective tissue, and quieting the nervous system. The first time you MELT, you see and feel a difference – and over time, you can transform how your body looks and feels.
MELT is changing the way people care for their bodies. This proactive approach to maintaining a healthy, pain-free, active lifestyle is the best solution for living longer…better.
What does MELT do for you?
Adding MELT to your life will help improve your efficiency and performance in your fitness routine, while enhancing daily life by improving your digestion, sleeping, and reducing inflammation, accumulated stress, and chronic pain symptoms.
The MELT classes taught at Blossom by certified MELT instructor, Debbie Lichter, will introduce you to the MELT Hands-Off Bodywork™ and allow you to experience how easy it is to create change in your body regarding misalignment, chronic pain, and the negative effects associated with aging. Different from going to a therapist for bodywork, MELT empowers people with simple, self-care tools for long-term wellness. We will explore how to reacquire whole-body balance by directly affecting the cellular hydration of the connective tissue matrix using Hands-Off Bodywork™. Find out the root cause of body aches and experience immediate changes! The MELT Techniques are easy to learn, and will help you remain active, healthy and pain free for life!
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The Science of MELT
Sue Hitzmann, MS, CST, NMT, has spent two decades seeking answers to her own questions about the health and longevity of the human body. Like many of her teachers, Sue is a clinician and educator. Although her brainchild – MELT – is a simple self-treatment technique, it is based upon a complex intersection of interdisciplinary science, research, and clinical practice.
Sue has taken emerging brain and body science relating to systemic balance, stability, and function and created a new, dynamic reference point—the MELT Living-Body Model™. This applicable model is a shorthand view into the complex subsystems, stabilizing mechanisms, and history of a body. The intention of this longevity model is to provide an educational tool, a barometer of health, and a platform from which more complementary methods can be brought into the mainstream in an effort to provide proactive options to medicine and surgery.
The MELT Method® is the application of this model and a vehicle to bring new science to the masses through Hands-off Bodywork™. The model and method ultimately offer new opportunities to better define the neurofascial system and provide more precise applications to maintain optimal function and health for a lifetime. Both have been created in close consultation with Sue’s network of mentors and collaborators.
MELT offers the opportunity for anyone, regardless of age or fitness level, to improve their longevity through self-treatment. The consistent results MELT yields are remarkable and undeniable. Previously such results were available only through ongoing, costly bodywork from multiple practitioners.
The foundation of MELT rests in the science, treatment techniques, and pioneering research of a variety of hands-on modalities, including Leon Chaitow’s and Judith DeLany’s Neuromuscular Therapy, John Upledger’s Craniosacral Therapy, Ida Rolf’s Structural Integration, Bruno Chikly’s Lymph Drainage Therapy, and Jean-Pierre Barral’s Visceral Manipulation.
Over the past decade, the research into connective tissue, pelvic and spinal stability, sensory motor learning, and neuroscience has expanded exponentially. Sue has partnered, collaborated, and studied with the world’s most renowned educators and researchers in these fields of human science, including Robert Schleip, Jean-Claude Guimberteau, Tom Myers, Diane Lee, Elaine DeBeauport, and Gil Hedley.
As the research emerged, Sue assimilated histological studies and neurological and connective tissue research, and has participated in numerous human cadaver dissections. She has integrated her discoveries with her manual, movement, and kinesthetic therapy education and conducted empirical research with thousands of clients and students.
Sue’s pursuits have unexpectedly led her to the profound discovery of the intersection of the nervous and connective tissue systems. Based on her understanding of the inseparable link between these two systems, she has become the first self-proclaimed neurofascial specialist. Addressing the balance within and between the nervous and connective tissue systems is central to MELT.
Exciting research continues and new scientific discoveries consistently support Sue’s findings, yet there is still much work to be done. In late 2007, at Harvard Medical School, the first International Fascial Research Conference brought together some of the most esteemed researchers, therapists, and educators from various scientific, medical, and therapeutic disciplines to collectively explore current research and future goals.
Fascial research continues to be driven by the need for evidence-based practice, the findings of which will likely revolutionize the fields of conventional and complementary health care, fitness, and wellness in years to come. As scientific equipment allows us to look at the body on a cellular and molecular level, we will continue to learn more about the vast universe within the human body and solve the mysteries of aging, pain, and the longevity of the human organism.
To learn more about emerging brain and body science, the neurofascial system, and the MELT Living-Body Model™, you are invited to attend Sue’s seven-hour course: the New Science of the Human Body.
MELT Treatment Techniques
MELT incorporates a variety of direct and indirect patent-pending techniques that each fall under one of the 4 R’s of MELT: Reconnect, Rebalance, Rehydrate, and Release.
Reconnect: To create global, lasting changes in your body, you have to assess your body’s current state before and after doing any technique. This is the cornerstone of MELT: self-assess, MELT, then reassess. The Reconnect techniques quiet the nervous system to destress the body and heighten your body sense and mind-body connection. Taking a moment to self-assess your imbalances allows you to identify which areas need your attention and to sense improvements and whole-body changes.
Rebalance: These techniques focus on the diaphragm, the NeuroCore, and the autonomic nervous system. Specific MELT Rebalance techniques contact and expand the diaphragm’s three-dimensional range of movement, which is essential to preventing or reducing any type of body pain and maintaining optimal organ function.
Other techniques Re-balance the NeuroCore system, which provides whole-body balance, gut support, and spinal stability. Imbalance in this system is a common cause of back pain, gut issues, lower-belly paunch, and more. Traditional core exercises do not address – and often inhibit or impair – this neurological core system. MELT Rebalance techniques return the NeuroCore to optimal function and balance.
Rebalance techniques de-stress the body’s Autopilot – the aspects of your autonomic nervous system that provide stability outside of your conscious control. Reset your Autopilot to save energy rather than working inefficiently and exhausting precious internal energy resources. Go green in your own body!
Rehydrate: MELT rejuvenates connective tissue hydration and relieves trapped tension in our bodies. Dehydration causes body pain, joint ache, toxicity, poor posture, wrinkles, cellulite, muscle misuse, and loads of stress on our mind and body. Aging, exercise, and repetitive activity at work and at home all cause connective tissue dehydration. The specialized techniques of MELT stimulate the receivers in the connective tissue to keep your entire body responsive, hydrated, and ready for all life has to offer!
Release: Decompressing your neck, low back, and the joints of your spine, hands, and feet is essential to maintaining a pain-free, active lifestyle! Release the joint compression that contributes to chronic pain, inflammation, and discomfort with these powerful techniques.