MELT class every Tuesday and Thursday at Timberhill Athletic Club in Corvallis, OR 1:30pm – 2:30pm.
Class is included in your Timberhill membership, non members please pay $12.00 at the door when you sign in to the club.
Please dress comfortably, no jeans or shorts. Hydrate before coming to class and after. All equipment will be supplied at workshops and classes.
*Private MELT sessions are available at Timberhill Athletic club. Please contact Shandra Milstein for details and to set up an appointment. 541-207-8526
The MELT Method is the very first Hands-off Bodywork method developed for the general public as a self-care tool to prevent and relieve chronic pain. It’s an affordable addition to any wellness or fitness routine. The MELT Method is a self-treatment technique that helps people get out and stay out of chronic pain. Using a specialized soft foam roller and small balls as tools, MELT helps mobilize joints, rehydrate your body’s connective tissue and rebalance your nervous system. This Hands-off Bodywork (R) approach will increase joint mobility, improve posture and balance while enhancing your body’s ability to heal. Curious how MELT works, here’s a quick blurb from MELT creator Sue Hitzmann’s blog:
My pain and the desire to resolve it was the catalyst to finding a universal solution and answer to what really causes pain to become chronic. I’ve been privileged to be a part of a growing field of science and research leading the way to figuring out the effects of daily living on our body’s natural ability to remain stable and efficient. What most people don’t know about is something I’ve become a bit obsessed about – cellular stability. What keeps our cells and ultimately our entire body stable? The connective tissue system is what provides our body architectural stability. Our repetitive habits from sitting to training for a sport cause the cells of our connective tissue to become stressed and dehydrated. Think of your connective tissue like a sponge. When it’s hydrated it’s flexible, resilient, and mobile. When it’s dry it’s stiff, and inflexible. You can’t just pour water on a sponge to get all the cells to juice up. You have to “work” the sponge, squeeze it, twist it, and that’s what gets the fluids deep into the sponge. Connective tissue adapts to our posture and movements. This is a good and a bad thing. If you sit all day long your connective tissue will adapt to allow you to sit there with your head carriage forward so you do it efficiently. However, that will mean that for you to do much of anything else will take more energy to yield the demand of other positions or movements. This is where things can go awry. Your nervous system has to work harder and harder just to have you move about and that exhausts your internal resources that provide stability. If your stability system is inefficiently keeping your joints stable, well, you move inefficiently too. This makes life awfully tough to live. Your body simply adjusts to reserve energy. This means slower metabolism, increased weight gain, and slowly both cause low grade inflammation to be a constant state of your body. This type of inflammation decreases your body’s ability to heal and repair cells – accelerating the aging process and increasing your sensation of pain and ache.
*After a serious back injury in 2000, I herniated my L5, S1 in my back. I went through 6 months of Physical therapy, Aquatic therapy and Chiropractic care. This all helped me get back into the teaching game and working with my clients but I could never get deep enough with massage or PT exercises to every take my hip and low back pain completely away. in 2011 I was getting massage about every 2 weeks, teaching my regular fitness classes and was in pain most of the pain. My friend told me about the MELT method in Portland so I went up to take a class… OMG!!!! After only 1 class I had no pain even when I drove back to Corvallis, got out of the car I was not stiff.
I MELT everyday for at least 10 minutes and I am mostly pain free, seriously, it works!!! Shandra Milstein