MELT™ with Mary French

MELT™ is the new technique that is delivering amazing results for people with self-managing their pain by hydrating their fascia and soft tissues.  Come to learn the effective techniques yourself with Mary!

Come join us for the next MELT™ workshop on July 11th at 11:00 am at Healthymotion!

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Mary French’s Bio:

A fully certified STOTT PILATES™ certified instructor for fifteen years,  an AFAA certified trainer and for over 30 years, and a TRX trainer for 5 years, and PE teacher; Mary has had a lifelong passion for health and fitness. Two years ago she became a MELT Hands & Feet trainer to help ease her own plantar fasciitis and back pain and was hooked!   Last summer, she flew to Utah and stayed for 6 days to learn about the MELT roller from Sue, the MELT creator. Now she loves educating others about the benefits of MELT & Pilates. Along with teaching fitness to adults, she is excited about educating our children how to care for their bodies by exercising each day. 

Here is the background on the MELT™ method

The MELT Method® (MELT®) is a simple self-treatment technique that reduces chronic pain and helps you stay healthy, youthful, and active for a lifetime. Just 10 minutes of MELT three times a week is all you need to reduce the effects of accumulated tension and stress caused by daily living.

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. Over time MELT heightens your body’s ability to repair and heal itself, which can create remarkable, lasting changes. MELT offers natural pain relief, addressing the true cause of pain, not just the symptoms.

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 small balls, MELT rehydrates the connective tissue, rebalances the nervous system, and restores space to compressed joints.

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.

MELT is for anyone who wants to slow down the aging process and live pain-free. For those in their 40s, 50s, 60s, and older 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 fit, healthy body and achieve optimal performance without debilitating wear and tear.

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. As a founding member of the Fascial Research Society, 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 SchleipJean-Claude Guimberteau,Tom MyersDiane LeeElaine 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.