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 (Meyers), Structural Integration (Rolf), the World Fascia Congress (Vleeming, Pollack, Hedley, Stecco et al.), and others.

How MELT Works

MELT employs the use of gentle tools for the goals of fascial tissue remodeling, pain relief, and performance improvement. However, the application and compression-quality of the specialized MELT balls and rollers have unique feel and objectives, primarily that of non-traumatizing, indirect, active and passive, light-touch techniques to help regulate sympathetic to parasympathetic tone, improve heart rate variability (HRV), and fine-tune motor control.

New research has revealed the missing link to pain-free living: a balanced nervous system and healthy 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 can, including diet and exercise. 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.

The final aspect of MELT methodology incorporates before and after self-assessment protocols at each step that are key to developing self-empowerment and self-knowledge, and may assist in scientific data collection and tracking.


MELT’s Creator

MELT was created by New York City manual therapist and connective tissue specialist Sue Hitzmann. Using specialized techniques, a soft body roller, and four different balls, MELT is designed to reconnect whole-body communication, rebalance the nervous system, rehydrate the connective tissue, and release compression in joints.

The MELT Method Book

In her New York Times bestselling book The MELT Method, currently published in eight languages, Hitzmann has brought this easy self-treatment to more than 200,000 people around the world – and now it’s your turn.

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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 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

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