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The MELT Method: A Breakthrough Self-Treatment System to Eliminate Chronic Pain, Erase the Signs of Aging, and Feel Fantastic in Just 10 Minutes a Day! Hardcover – January 22, 2013

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Release stuck stress with MELT

Over a decade ago, Sue Hitzmann was at the height of her career as an international fitness presenter and instructor. She appeared to be in perfect health, yet she was experiencing debilitating pain in her foot. With a master's degree in exercise science and advanced training in neuromuscular therapy, she thought it would be easy to find out what was going on in her body, but even the most prominent doctors and physical therapists couldn't explain what was wrong. Although she was only in her twenties, Hitzmann's career was threatened and her quality of life was in decline.

Hitzmann learned the hard way that diet, exercise, and muscular strength are not the foundation of a healthy, pain-free body. As she sought the true source of her pain, she radically changed her focus from fitness to hands-on bodywork.

In her quest to live an active, pain-free life, she became fascinated by the emerging science of connective tissue, or fascia, which surrounds all aspects of your body, including your muscles, bones, nerves, and organs. The researchers she met were discovering that connective tissue—the system of the body that supports, protects, and stabilizes—was responsive, adaptable, and renewable. What Hitzmann came to realize is that connective tissue dehydration is the underlying cause of the daily aches, stiffness, and strain that leads to pain, as well as weight gain, sleep problems, and many other seemingly unrelated issues. Through her personal exploration and private practice, she developed the MELT Method, and has since trained thousands of instructors in the science and application of Hands-Off Bodywork. 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 reduce cellulite.

While it may seem too good to be true, it's worked for more than 200,000 people so far. Translated into eight languages, The MELT Method is now helping people around the world. Live your best, most youthful and vibrant life possible. Free yourself of chronic pain and be healthy and active with MELT!

About the Author

Sue Hitzmann, M.S., C.S.T., N.M.T., is the creator of the MELT Method, a revolutionary self-treatment that helps people get out and stay out of chronic pain. A nationally recognized educator, manual therapist, exercise physiologist, and founding member of the Fascial Research Society, Sue has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, The Rachael Ray Show, and Live! with Regis and Kelly. She lives in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (January 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062065351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062065353
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (605 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sue Hitzmann, MS, CST, NMT, is the creator of the MELT Method®, a simple self-treatment technique that helps people get out and stay out of chronic pain. A nationally recognized educator, manual therapist, exercise physiologist, and founding member of the Fascial Research Society, Sue is the author of the New York Times bestselling book The MELT Method®: A Breakthrough Self-Treatment System to Eliminate Chronic Pain, Erase the Signs of Aging, and Feel Fantastic in Just 10 Minutes a Day!, which has helped over 100,000 people lead a healthy, pain-free life.

Sue's journey to help others began in the world of fitness. In 1999, she starred in the Crunch video Boot Camp Training, which has sold more than half a million copies.

Sue's interest in manual therapy began with her quest to find answers to her own debilitating pain. After receiving her Masters in Exercise Science from New York University, Sue went on to attain certifications in manual therapies.

In 2001, Sue was inspired to create "homework" for her manual therapy clients, which led to the development of the MELT Method - the first-ever form of Hands-off Bodywork™. Now with the bestselling book The MELT Method and the products Sue personally designed - including the MELT Soft Body Roller and MELT Hand & Foot Treatment kit - anyone, anywhere, can take steps to restore whole-body efficiency and lead a healthier, more active life.

Sue has personally trained more than 1,300 professionals worldwide and is a leading presenter for national organizations such as IDEA, ECA, and PMA, and a CEU provider for ACE, AFAA, NASM, PMA, and NCBTMB.

Sue has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, The Rachael Ray Show, and Live! with Regis and Kelly, and the internationally translated MELT Method book has been featured in magazines such as SELF, More, and Prevention.

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997 of 1,022 people found the following review helpful By Caliaha TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 18, 2013
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Important note: You MUST have a soft foam roller and very small, very soft ball to use the techniques in this book. And, this therapy is not a replacement for strength training, aerobics, or muscle stretching. The workshop isn't a requirement; you can definitely learn the technique from the book. All you need is 10 minutes a day once you learn the "method. This is an excellent book! It's going to cost about $95 for book and equipment, so check my overview of pricing at the bottom of my review for more info.

I just happened to be watching Dr. Oz and he had Sue Hitzmann on his show talking about and demonstrating her new "MELT" Method. MELT stands for Myofascial Energetic Length Technique and focuses on hydrating your connective tissue and easing pain. Connective tissue is just below the surface of the skin and is a component of the whole body that is typically overlooked. This book will definitely help you understand and work with your connective tissue to improve health and well being.

Since I have my own home yoga, fitness, and meditation practice I was intrigued by Sue's theories and purchased the Kindle version of the book right away. I also got on her web site meltmethod dot com to find out more and was pleasantly surprised that she was having a workshop/class right here in Portland Oregon the same weekend! I signed up for the Sunday noon, 1.5 hour class with book signing afterwards.

Workshop: I attended Sue's workshop which was well attended by many people in my same age group 40-65, both males and females. Sue came in and with her high-energy she explained in very simple terms the theories behind her MELT method. She is a very captivating speaker!
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376 of 394 people found the following review helpful By Kevin W. on January 28, 2013
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For starters, there are a few things you may find helpful to know about the MELT Method. First, MELT is an acronym for Myofascial Energetic Length Technique. In other words, the method works to bring our connective tissues back to health--a key to healing many tension based ailments. Developed from her own her intuitive gifts and an impressive dedication to healing sciences and bodywork, Sue Hittzman has created "exercises" to help hydrate and restore your connective tissues, which eases or eliminates your pain.

I put "exercises" in quotes because the MELT method isn't about exercises in the aerobic classes or Pilates sense, but think more along the lines of relaxation and self-massage techniques. Sue Hitzman's goal was to create a self-help method which had similar results to her hands-on sessions. You should also know it does require a relatively small investment in equipment to get started; namely you'll need a soft foam roller and a small ball.

Sue Hitzman to re-create the effectiveness of her hands-on work in a self-help format. MELT restores the supportiveness of the body's connective tissue to combat chronic pain, improve performance, and decrease the accumulation of stress caused by repetitive postures and movements of everyday living.

My physical therapist introduced me to the Melt method several months ago. I had suffered from severe anxiety and insomnia and it was beginning to morph into chronic muscle tension that was, at the very least, debilitating. At one point I was told by a practitioner that this could possibly be a precursor to Fibromyalgia. That's when I got really worried and took up the physical therapist suggestion to try the Melt method.

Almost immediately my insomnia began to improve and my muscle tension began to ease up.
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166 of 184 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 29, 2013
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I was first introduced to the MELT Method over a year ago, and it has made such a difference in my own body. My feet and hands had become very stiff and painful at times and now I have zero foot and hand pain. I also became a certified instructor in the method and I love sharing this work with my clients. What is so unique about the MELT Method is that you can feel and notice changes immediately! And the more you do it, the more profound those changes are. This book is such a wonderful present to give to yourself or someone you love. These are simple techniques that you can do every day to make yourself feel better and live better longer!
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145 of 164 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on January 22, 2013
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I had low back pain for about a year that no massage therapist, chiropractor or workout at the gym could fix. I was a fitness professional and a bad example of one at that!
MELT was literally THE thing that set me straight. My low back issues are no longer an issue. It is also a great pre and post workout addition to help with recovery and improve performance.

I crave my roller and Hand & Foot Balls in the mornings and at the gym!
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By An Amazon Shopper on August 4, 2013
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First up, I sought out this book because there's just no way I'm going to pay someone else to give me a massage. Lots of reasons for that, but that's the bottom line. I wanted to find some relief from aches and pains that I thought must be due to tension and built up stress, and this seemed a likely starting place that would be more comfortable than trying to work with a hard roller.

People are complaining that it seems too hard to get to the meat of things in the book. (There really isn't a quick-start section in the book, though she does walk you through a few things early on, those exercises aren't the main lessons, and they're just an introduction.) In some ways I agree that this not quite ideal, but then again she's crammed a memoir, textbook, and workbook all in one volume, and intersperses bits of each as you go along. Towards the end, there are more specific sections saying, essentially, 'if you want to treat this specific issue, do this, then this ...', and there's a lot to absorb before you get there. Working gently, with focus and attention is pretty much essential. Without learning what you're doing, why and how, I think it would be awfully easy to work sloppily and inattentively, which would probably decrease the effectiveness of the work. (That's my experience, at least. I have to be focused on what I'm doing, and paying attention.)

Me? I'm just glad the book EXISTS, whatever quirks of presentation it might have. I don't live in a part of the world where Sue might visit for workshops or anything else, and I don't have the freedom to travel, so this do-it-yourself technique is pretty much my only option. Better to flip through some pages, than do without.

Unlike some reviewers, I was not much annoyed by her writing style.
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