MELT Method 3D Book ImageSue Hitzmann-smallMELT® is a unique and simple self-care system created by somatic-movement educator and manual therapist Sue Hitzmann, MS, CST, NMT. (The acronym stands for Myofascial Energetic Length Technique®.)

Sue Hitzmann’s best-selling book, The MELT Method, features step-by-step instructions as well as explanations of the MELT method and some of the science behind the work.

The MELT Method uses a set of specially designed small balls and a soft body roller to stimulate the healing power of the connective tissue, with the goal of making the body feel vibrant, healthy, and free from physical discomfort at any age.

MELT has shown to improve flexibility, alignment and posture, the results of exercise, joint mobility, sleep and digestion, and overall well-being, while reducing physical discomfort, wrinkles and cellulite, tension, stress and headaches, as well as the risk of injury.

You can typically notice results from MELTing in the first session. Over time, MELT heightens the body’s ability to repair and heal itself, which can effect lasting positive changes.

For more information about the MELT Method and to shop for MELT tools, workshops, events and trainings, visit Answers to frequently asked questions can be found in the MELT Method brochure. An article about the MELT Method, published in the June/July 2013 edition of OnSite Fitness Magazine, is available by clicking here.

MELT as an Anti-Aging Tool—The 50-Second Facelift

MELT Facelift

In her May 2014 appearance on the Rachael Ray Show along with Dr. Oz, Sue Hitzmann demonstrated  the MELT 50-Second Facelift, using one of the large soft MELT balls from the Hand and Foot Self-Treatment Kit. To watch the video, check out Sue’s blog.

MELT Hand and Foot Treatments use a set of small balls, which provide a whole-body tune-up through five techniques based on manual therapy and the emerging science of connective tissue:

  • Position-Point Pressing
  • Gliding
  • Shearing
  • Rinsing and
  • Friction MELTing.

Position-Point Pressing applies direct, tolerable pressure to specific points on the hands and feet, mobilizing the joints and rejuvenating them with essential fluid. It is aimed at improving not only the mobility of the hands and feet, but also the neurological connection between your extremities and every other system in your body.

Gliding uses slow, bi-directional movement with consistent pressure to explore the tissue for restrictions. It introduces compression without overstimulating the tissue and prepares the area for the more distinct pressure of Shearing.

Shearing combines small movements with specific pressure to stimulate fluid production deep within the connective tissue, which is vital to joint mobility. It also directly addresses areas of tension and connective-tissue dehydration and improves the flexibility and stability of the joint spaces.

Rinsing is done in a single direction with consistent pressure to optimize the flow of connective-tissue fluid throughout the entire body. It restores hydration to all three dimensions of the connective tissue. As an added benefit, Rinsing helps relieve tension in the neck and low back. The key to Rinsing is the direction and consistency—not the depth—of the pressure applied.

Friction MELTing involves rubbing the ball in light, random patterns to stimulate the most superficial layer of the connective tissue and encourage fluid movement in the lymphatic system. This helps to reduce inflammation in the hands and feet.

While these hand and foot treatment techniques will benefit anyone, they will be especially helpful to those working at a desk and/or on a computer for extended periods of time. Watch Sue Hitzmann demonstrate some specific examples in the video below:

Mountain Light Healing offers private sessions focused on learning and practicing the MELT Hand and Foot self-treatment techniques.
Find out how MELT can help you transform your body in as little as 10 minutes a day!

Watch MELT Method® creator Sue Hitzmann on a recent (April 2016) episode of the Dr. Oz Show!


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