Melting away the pain

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(March 23, 2016) -- Arty Clark, a massage therapist located in the Broad Ripple area, understands that the relaxed feeling his clients get from his work doesn't last all that long.  For those with pain, the time seems even shorter.  So he took a class on the melt method, and has found clients are getting some relief.

“I love melt, I probably melt four or five times a week.  It’s usually a starting or ending point for all my massages,” says Clark.

Melt is a self treatment which targets pain.  It was invented by Sue Hitzmann, a well known educator and manual therapist.  She believes stressors and tension get lodged in the body’s connective tissue surrounding every joint, nerve, muscle, bone and organ.  If it goes untreated, the trapped stress will result in connective tissue dehydration and even cellular damage.

To hydrate the connective tissue, or fascia, the melt method relies on the use of several pieces of equipment: a soft foam roller and balls, which can be used anywhere, but work particularly well with the feet.  The soft roller is used to compress the fascia in and around a painful area.  Blood flow from the easy compression increases hydration and within a few minutes, the client usually experiences relief.

“You simply compress the tissue and then move and that opens the space for more blood flow, more fluid to come in. So it can hydrate a joint.  It can hydrate the muscle itself,” says Clark.

Hitzmann claims melt can improve a clients overall health.  And it takes just minutes a day. She claims melt has a positive effect on posture, flexibility, mood, energy and performance.

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