We get a lot of questions about our MELT Foam Rolling class. Your MELT instructor, Sandy Brady, is here to help you learn all about it! Be sure to catch her 75-minute MELT Foam Rolling classes every Saturday at 11:30am and Wednesdays at 11am.
What is MELT?
MELT® is a method of self-care based on advanced massage and bodywork therapies, and the techniques are grounded in cutting edge scientific research. Most importantly, the MELT Method is something you can do on your own, at home, to reduce the effects of accumulated tension in the body, and restore ease of movement in the joints. MELT teaches you to become your own bodyworker!
Who should do MELT?
MELT is for everyone. People often come to MELT when they are experiencing long-term chronic pain and are desperate to find relief. And MELT can definitely make a tremendous difference. I’d also like to teach MELT to more athletes, because MELT techniques are also designed to prevent injury. For adults of all ages who are NOT experiencing chronic pain, MELT helps to slow the aging process and keep the body healthy and pain-free.
How will MELT help me in my day-to-day life?
The real purpose of MELT is to prevent the accumulation of stiffness and tension in the body through frequent practice of the techniques. For example, if you work all day in your yard or spend several hours driving, fifteen minutes of MELT will reduce the stiffness and achiness from those normal but stressful activities.
How often do I need to MELT for it to make a difference?
Because MELT is intended to eliminate accumulated tension and stress, it’s most effective when you do it frequently, especially following physical activity (MELT after Restorative Movement on Saturdays is the perfect way to do this!). For healthy maintenance, a few times a week for 15-20 minutes at a time is fine. For a person with decades of accumulated tension, stress, and pain, a few minutes daily practice over time will yield the best results. It’s like bodywork – one therapy session won’t erase all your past tension. But MELT gives you the tools and techniques to create your own treatment plan!
What do I need in order to participate in a MELT class at The Studio?
All the tools you need to participate are available at The Studio. Dress comfortably and bring a water bottle if you can. MELT is not exercise, so you don’t need to be physically fit. Ideally, you are able to get up and down from the floor since we work on a mat. If you think you need special accommodation, the instructor is happy to do individual sessions. If you’re not sure, feel free to call or email her with any questions.
Foam rolling has been really painful to me. Do I need a high tolerance for pain?
Absolutely not. MELT should never hurt. The foam rollers we use are soft, not like the hard rollers you may have experienced in exercise classes.
What do you hear most from MELT students?
First time students are amazed by how much benefit they feel from just one class. Many are also surprised to find that they weren’t aware of the amount of tension they were holding in their bodies. We emphasize learning body awareness so that we can identify the positive changes we feel after a MELT class. With regular practice, students learn which techniques work best to address their individual needs on any given day. They really do become their own bodyworkers!
Imagine how different you might feel and how comfortably your joints would move if you came to a weekly MELT class, or even twice a week! Our new Wednesday class begins on January 16 at 11am. Save your spot in the next MELT Foam Rolling class with Sandy at tinyurl.com/visitthestudio!