What’s the Science of MELT?

The Science of MELT: lab beakers


Connective Tissue (fascia):

Connective Tissue was largely ignored in medical studies until 2007, when the first International Fascia Research Conference met at Harvard Medical school. This sold-out conference brought together scientists, medical professionals, researchers and practitioners from a range of therapeutic disciplines. (The Fourth Fascial Research Conference will be held next month; it’s an active field of research!)

If you are a MELT student or practitioner, you’re among the first to put the research into practice. MELT founder Sue Hitzmann realized that working with our connective tissue system - the three-dimensional fiber and fluid-based web that surrounds, supports, and stabilizes every structure in the body (including our organs, muscles, bones, and nerve fibers) - is critical to our well-being. It's the stuff that holds us together!

What else do we hire our connective tissue to do?

 Maintain an upright stance
• Hold organs in their proper position
• Disperse external force throughout body (with an elastic spring-like quality)
• Provide a gel-like matrix allowing muscles and organs to easily glide with contact
• Prevent or minimize localized stress on the structures that it supports

Sound like a vital body system? It’s also our largest sensory organ. Housing 6-10x more nerve endings than muscles; connective tissue is fundamental to our sense of proprioception (knowing where we are in space), which leads to easy, graceful movement.

> Click here for video: Faszien: What is Fascia? (beautiful, graphic)

Fascia a type of connective tissue

Connective tissue x25


The Challenge:

Whether we sit-too-much, engage in repetitive-use hobbies or professions, train for sports, or are recovering from injury, movements and postures from daily living cause stress and dehydration in the connective tissue system.

Our mobility, integrity, and resilience are largely determined by keeping our connective tissue system well-hydrated.

The Fix?

Connective tissue responds favorably to gentle and brief compression and lengthening techniques. Using consistent and tolerable pressure, MELT Techniques:

 Stimulate connective tissue cells to yield a fluid exchange, rehydrate areas of dehydration, and restore fascial elasticity (improving glidability of muscles) 

 Release compression in joints (which can contribute to chronic pain, inflammation or discomfort) 

 Rebalance and de-stress the nervous system 

 Address common alignment imbalances, and help promote healing

MELT is a proactive approach to maintaining a healthy, pain-free, active lifestyle.

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