New to MELT?

You're ready to feel awesome and be awesome in your body.  You've heard of the MELT Method, but you still have questions. Here are some FAQs with answers you may find helpful. Then Learn To Become Your Own Hands-off Bodyworker® And Eliminate Chronic Pain, Improve Performance, Increase Mobility, And Rebalance Your Nervous System At Beyond Yoga. It's super simple! A little self-care goes a long way.



Who is MELT for?

MELT is for every body. MELT is for anyone who wants to slow down the aging process and live pain-free. For those in their 40s, 50s, 60s, and older who want to stay active, mobile, and independent, MELT is a must. MELT is also for active younger adults and athletes who want to maintain a fit, healthy 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 or hip replacements, or bone disorders, you can still MELT. It's the best starting point for any exercise and wellness program.

What benefits does MELT offer? 

MELT creates results you will see and feel in the first session. Over time, MELT heightens your body's ability to repair and heal itself, which can create remarkable, lasting changes.

MELT Improves:

  • Flexibility
  • Alignment and posture
  • Results of exercise
  • Joint mobility
  • Sleep and digestion
  • Overall well-being

MELT Reduces:

  • Aches and pains
  • Wrinkles
  • Cellulite
  • Tension and stress
  • Headaches
  • The risk of injury

How does MELT work?

Daily living creates stress and tension within your body. Physical stressors may range from sitting at a desk to running a marathon. Emotional, mental, and environmental stressors also put strain on your body.

The repetitive stress of daily living literally gets stuck in the connective tissue, which surrounds every joint, muscle, nerve, bone, and organ. "Stuck stress" accumulates and causes dehydration in the connective tissue, which interferes with the nervous system's ability to regulate itself and slows down the body's natural healing process. This creates a domino effect that 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 medication, surgery, and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle.

When the connective tissue is hydrated and free of stuck stress, your body funcitons more efficiently and natural healing occurs daily. MELT is a breakthrough technique that directly addresses stuck stress and slows down the aging process by rehydrating the connective tissue and rebalancing the nervous system. No other approach directly treats these two systems--including nutrition, exercise, or meditation.

What is NeuroStrength?

MELT Neurostrength is a game-changer as it Reintegrates and Repatterns muscle timing. It simulates highly specialized hands-on therapeutic techniques that are used to erase compensatory patterns and help people live pain free. Although the scientific action of these moves is very complex, Sue Hitzmann has developed a systematic method of getting these results in a hands-off group environment with great success. The cues, props, positions, and movements that MELT NeuroStrength uses allows you to access unconscious neurological pathways to influence the muscular timing required for pain-free stability and mobility. The focus of MELT NeuroStrength is the stabilization of the shoulder and pelvic girdles and the NeuroCore.

What's truly unique about MELT NeuroStrength is it gives you the ability to reintegrate proper muscle timing so that you can then maintain that newfound stabilization during the subsequent repatterning of movement. Repatterning without reintegrating first only yields a stronger compensatory pattern. These two Rs together yield the stable, efficient movement necessary for an active, pain-free lifestyle.

Adding the two Rs of MELT Neurostrength to the four Rs of MELT will help eliminate compensatory patterns many of us have. It is already a life changer for me in a short amount of time, and I know it will be for you, too! Come MELT with our tribe at Beyond Yoga.

What is MELT Performance?

MELT Performance is a revolutionary self-care method that boosts your competitive edge and reduces your risk of injury. MELT Performance brings you highly specialized techniques that are grounded in science. Using a soft 16″ Performance Roller and a Performance Band, MELT Performance improves athletic performance and increases range of motion, core strength, and joint stability.

MELT Performance is the competitive edge you’ve been looking for. This game-changing methodology will transform your body from the inside out!

Is MELT like myofascial release, yoga, Pilates®, reflexology, or physical therapy?

Although MELT is complementary with other treatments, practices, and workouts, it is unlike any other techniques because it directly addresses an entirely different system of the body. MELT is to the Neurofascial System (nervous and connective tissue system) what exercise and rehabilitation are to the musculoskeletal system. The scientific principles and direct self-treatment of the Neurofascial System are being introduced for the first time by Nikole Dufelmeier in Central Iowa at Beyond Yoga in Boone. Even better, adding MELT to your current routine can boost the results of whatever else you're doing.

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. MELT is being used by practitioners in fitness, sports, wellness, rehabilitation, and hospital settings.

Why should I MELT?

MELT quickly rehydrates connective tissue and allows the body to release long-held tension and stress that leads to chronic pain. MELT is easy to learn and offers results you will see and feel the first time you try it. Changes in alignment, flexibility, energy, mood, and performance occur within only a few sessions. Best of all, your body feels great long after you MELT! The results that MELT provides were previously available only through ongoing, costly hands-on therapies. Now you can be your own Hands-off Bodyworker® and be in control of your health.

Who created MELT? 

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, she has helped more than 200,000 people around the world lead a healthy,  pain-free life with the creation of MELT. 

Do I need to use the specially designed MELT balls and foam roller?

To get the most of MELT and your investment in feeling awesome in your body, the short answer is yes. Here is Sue Hitzmann's response in a blog post from November 2013 to this common question:

The right tool for the job

It’s taken me years to finally have the ability to develop products that were truly developed for MELTing. The new and improved MELT roller is unique. It’s smaller in circumference and much softer than a traditional foam roller making it easier to use and gives a more precise touch to achieve the ultimate outcome of MELTing - restoring stability and function when it’s been lost and improving the quality and integrity of a person’s body for a lifetime. After working on thousands of people of all ages, those who have practically every known disorder and disease defined by medicine, as well as witnessing people try to self-care for their body using a roller and balls, it became clear to me what was missing. The texture, size, and composition of the MELT body roller and balls gives the right amount of compression so you can’t go too deep too fast into the body where you would cause pain or negative results from trying to help your body resolve imbalance. The thing I love about MELT the most is it actually feels good when you are doing it and gives identifiable and immediate results to empower a person to sense the changes for themselves! What’s been profound are the lasting results people write in and share with me after using it for months.

People ask, “Can’t I just use a foam roller and a golf ball to do the same thing?” My answer is NO. Trust me, I tried that as it would have been easier for me to develop the method, less costly to do so, and it would have taken a LOT less time. Although you can use some of the compression techniques using another roller, before you do, you should know how and why you are using a roller in the first place or jamming your foot on a ball. What’s your intention? Those of you who have used a foam roller know… it hurts! Why cause pain to get out of pain? Why cause more distress in your body to eliminate accumulated stress? Sometimes we do things and, honestly, it’s not allowing you to achieve the outcome you are wanting. And, sometimes we do things and we haven’t even thought of why nor what outcome we want to achieve in the first place!

How do I get the deep discount for the series offered at Beyond Yoga?

Because I want to help everyone feel awesome and be awesome in their body, I am committed to making it as economical as possible for everyone. I offer a deep discount for the various series offered at Beyond Yoga. It is super easy! Click on the blue "Feel Better Now" MELT banner at the bottom of most pages on this website ( It will take you directly to the MELT Store. Purchase whatever items you would like, but I highly recommend the Super Bundle as it offers the best savings for you. Notify me that you purchased your products through the Beyond Yoga website and I will follow-up. When all is confirmed, you will receive the discount.

Is Beyond Yoga accessible by elevator?

Yes. There is an elevator accessible from ground level for anyone who wishes to use it. Let me know ahead of time and I will guide you to the elevator entrance.

How do I get started?

Beyond Yoga welcomes all levels, abilities, disorders, and conditions. The first step to getting out and staying out of pain and feeling awesome in you body is to make an appointment with me or attend the Taste of MELT Workshop. This 90 minute workshop is open to everyone of all abilities and conditions. Contact me today to make personalized appointments.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothing in which you can easily move around, but nothing baggy.

What should I bring?

Come hydrated, bring water to drink, and a little curiosity to learn new things. It's going to be amazing!

Are there helpful links I can go to?

Yes. There are many. Here are a few:

Skeptical reporter tries MELT: "MELT Method self-massage treatment injects new feeling into feet and arms: Stretching Out"

For athletes. Win at the X Games: "Secret Scientific Method to Win Competitively"

Had surgery? Have internal scars? This is for you: "Internal Scars Cause of Pain"

Does our mood affect our pain? Does pain affect our mood? "Feeling Bad Hurts"

For athletes. Great for Olympic Gold Medal Winners and great for you, too. Get the winning advantage: "Gold Medalist MELTed Her Way to Winning"

For fitness folks. Injuries are high in the gym. What do do about it: "What to do if injured in CrossFit"

Do not use a hard foam roller: "Do not foam roll your IT Band"

Lululemon:  "Our issue in our Connective Tissue"

Article for clinicians, practitioners, scientists, laymen, with a 14:37 bonus video of lecture of Dr. Robert Schleip, PhD, Ulm University:  "How a Mysterious Body Part Called Fascia is Challenging Medicine"

For athletes and everyone: "Top 5 Ways Fascia Matters to Athletes"

Fascinating piece for laymen and practitioners on the Vagus nerve and it's importance:  "Function of the Vagus Nerve"

What is the connection of the mind and body?  Is there a connection?  "Creating Change:  Tom Myers on Yoga, Fascia, and Mind-Body Transformation"



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