Guest Blog Post by Shelley Thomas, owner of Flex Your Ability

Flex Your Ability Carlton OregonWhat is MELT?
MELT is a revolutionary approach to pain-free longevity that helps you stay healthy, youthful and active for a lifetime. This patent-pending, pro-active self-treatment technique is backed by science and acclaimed by thousands of devoted MELTers.

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 whole-body support, protection, and mind-body communication. Exercise physiologist and connective tissue specialist Sue Hitzmann has transformed groundbreaking neurofascial science and hands-on therapies into a one-of-a-kind treatment method called MELT.

Flex Your Ability Carlton OregonHow does MELT work?
Day-to-day living creates tension within our bodies. Physical stressors range from sitting at a desk to running a marathon. Carrying children and heavy bags creates trapped tension, as does even the gentlest form of exercise. Emotional, mental, and environmental stressors such as processed foods, medications, environmental toxins, and daily worries all build tension in the body.

Recent science reveals that this “stuck stress” is literally trapped in our connective tissue, which surrounds every joint, muscle, nerve, bone and organ. Unaddressed trapped stress causes connective tissue dehydration and cellular damage. This creates a domino effect which begins with aches and stiffness and leads to common health issues such as neck and low back pain, headaches, insomnia, digestive problems, and injury. Accelerated aging and chronic health problems can follow…leaving us with limited options such as medicine, surgery, and a sedentary lifestyle.

Drawbridge with equipmentHowever, when the connective tissue is hydrated and free of roadblocks, our bodies function at a more optimal level. MELT is a breakthrough technique that keeps our connective tissue and nervous system in top condition and slows down the aging process. MELT rejuvenates tissue hydration and relieves the tension of day-to-day life that gets trapped in our bodies. No other proactive approach directly treats the connective tissue including nutrition, exercise, yoga, meditation, or vitamins.

MELT is easy to learn, backed by cutting-edge research, and offers immediate results that you will see and feel the first time you MELT. Changes in posture, flexibility, energy, mood, and performance occur within only a few sessions. Best of all, your body feels great long after you MELT!

MELT improves:
Flexibility and Mobility
The results of exercise
Sleep and Digestion
Overall well-being

MELT reduces:
Aches and Pains
Wrinkles and Cellulite
Tension and Stress
Risk of injury

Who is MELT for?
MELT is for anyone who wants to slow down the aging process and live better, longer. For those in their 40′s, 50′s, 60′s and older who want to stay active, mobile and independent MELT is a must.

MELT is for active younger adults and athletes who want to maintain a fit, toned body and achieve optimal performance without debilitating wear and tear.

MELT is truly for everyone! Even if you are pregnant, injured, post-surgery, overweight, sedentary, out of shape, have limited mobility, chronic pain, knee/hip replacements, or bone disorders- you can still MELT.
It’s the best starting point for any exercise program.

How often should I MELT?
MELT a minimum of 10 minutes, three times a week to experience immediate and long-lasting benefits. And if you want to MELT every day, that’s okay too!

MELT before strength training to improve muscle performance or after a cardio workout to erase joint compression and stiffness.

People who MELT regularly find that they want to exercise more often. It’s just more fun to move when your body feels good, has more energy and is free of pain.

Is MELT like yoga, Feldenkrais, Pilates, or physical therapy?
No. MELT is unlike any other technique because it addresses an  entirely different system of the body. MELT is to the neurofascial system (nervous and connective tissue systems) what all other forms of exercise are to the musculoskeletal system. The science of the neurofascial system is being introduced to the health and fitness arena for the first time by Sue Hitzmann and MELT.

Has MELT been reviewed by experts?
Yes, MELT has been reviewed by internationally respected doctors, neuroscientists, and connective-tissue researchers, including Ben Domb, M.D: Tom Myers; Gil Hedley, Ph.D. ; Robert Schleip, Ph.D.; and Jean Pierre Barral, D.O. Each expert has recognized that MELT is grounded in scientific principles and offers extraordinary benefits.


My name is Shelley Thomas, I am a Certified MELT Instructor, and own Flex Your Ability, LLC. My journey to The MELT Method began more than 40 years ago, although I didn’t know it at the time. As long as I can remember, I’ve had aches and pains. As a young adult, I dealt with chronic back pain that found me driving for hours to seek medical diagnoses in the hope of definitive answers. Eventually, a more holistic approach led me to some relief through chiropractic treatments, massage and acupuncture. Still, the lingering aches and pains left me wondering if I could ever be truly healthy and active.

In 2016, I discovered The MELT Method. Just one “Introduction to MELT” class was all it took to change my life in ways I couldn’t have imagined. MELT first taught me how to become a “hands-off” body worker and restore health and hydration to my own connective tissue system (also known as fascia) and restore balance to my nervous system. After experiencing MELT in my own body, I quickly began my training to become a MELT Instructor.

I have recently completed my Level Three, MELT Performance certification and have also been a Teaching Assistant for Sue Hitzmann, creator of The MELT Method.

I currently teach MELT classes on Zoom several times a week and have Introduction to MELT workshops and focus series on an on-going basis. In MELT class, I teach you to use our Hand & Foot Treatment Balls and our Soft Foam Roller to create lasting changes in your body.