The Foundation 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 simplified, 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 to help the general public embody cellular and neurological science into their daily life. The intention of this longevity model is to provide an educational tool, a barometer of personal wellness, 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 neurofascial science to the masses through Hands-off Bodywork™. The model and method ultimately offer new opportunities to better define the how and where stress accumulates in the body, 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 foundational concepts of MELT rests in the science, methods and applications, 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 to name a few.
Over the past decade, the research into connective tissue, pelvic and spinal stability, sensory motor learning, and neuroscience has expanded exponentially. Sue has collaborated and studied with, and learned from the world's most renowned educators and researchers in these fields of human science, including but not limited to Thomas Findley, 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. As the science continues to make discoveries, the method and her learning and teaching continue to grow, adapt, and become more refined.
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 a self-proclaimed neurofascial anthropologist. 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 and neurological 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 and technology 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 educational course for personal growth or to become a MELT Instructor. Both general public and professional programs have been developed to educate more people on self-care.