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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!

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  641 ratings  ·  83 reviews
In The MELT Method, therapist Sue Hitzmann offers a breakthrough self-treatment system to combat chronic pain and erase the effects of aging and active living—in as little as ten minutes a day.

With a focus on the body's connective tissues and the role they play in pain, stress, weight gain, and overall health, Hitzmann's life-changing program features techniques that can b
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 22nd 2013 by HarperOne (first published September 4th 2012)
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Jul 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: sold
Interesting method. I give the method itself 5 stars.

Unfortunately, Sue HItzmann cannot write. The book is a hot mess. It's repetitive (play a drinking game for every mention of "hydrated", die of alcohol poisoning midway through) and convoluted (how many times are we shown the same damn pictures of the foot treatment or hand treatment?).

Shallow thinking rears its ugly head early on when we read on p. 25 "In the year 2000, an Internet search using the keyword fascia yielded only 1,500 results. T
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health-fitness
I found the presentation/writing style off-putting, initially. It seemed that the first several chapters were just a lot of words and paragraphs that didn't tell/teach me anything. Being a group fitness instructor and personal trainer for the past 20 years, I'm quite accustomed to reading and comprehending anatomy, physiology and medical jargon. While the theories and information made sense to me and were consistent with thingss I'd learned at the feet of a few bodyworkers I had the privilege to ...more
Feb 11, 2014 rated it liked it
took a long long time to reach the section on what to actually do.
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: topical
Last year I spent many months with a therapeutic masseuse who released the effects of years of broken bones, sprains, an old whiplash and concussion injuries through what I now know was myofascial release. I have been relieved of so many aches and pains that I didn't even know I had because they had always been in my body.

This book and the exercises have allowed me to more fully understand what happened to me and how I can continue to feel relief without an expensive appointment every week. Now
Aug 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
I get tired of authors who claim to have invented a way of exercising, or eating, or even breathing! The majority of the book tries to convince the reader that the author's discoveries about body awareness and rolling are to be followed in a strict sequence, when, really, I find that the rolling exercises themselves can be found in many places, and explained much more succinctly. The exercises themselves are fine, but all the blah-blah was just a waste of time. There are much better books (and i ...more
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
I think this book might be useful for those with more patience than me. I saw the author on a health show - can't remember which, and she was so interesting and informative that I immediately requested her book from my local library. She did these facial exercises that were really impressive. Unfortunately for me, her engaging manner didn't translate well to paper. I didn't realize that there's special equipment required and that I would find much too much information on the human anatomy. The e ...more
Apr 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: medical-info
A book that describes how to use balls and other simple techniques to overcome pain and fatigue. I like the book but feel the author spends alot of time talking about the MELT method rather than how it is a tool in a broader way of regaining heatl and strength.
Jul 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-read-again
Poorly written. Too much focus put on arguing why "the melt method" is important and the author's struggle to impress its importance.
Lacking and redundant.
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, health
I am not thrilled with the presentation of her information. It is highly repetitive and I had to power through this book. The author is obviously proud of her journey to this point. It is highly repetitive and I had to power through this book. It could have been shorter in length, with no loss of information and I would have been gratefully thrilled. It is highly repetitive and I had to power through this book. I am intrigued by the information and will be giving the protocol a go, but I am reli ...more
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A freind mentioned this book so after forgetting and remembering a few times, often not recalling the acronym, I got it from the library then found my yoga studio was offering a class in MELT. Reading the book was interesting as it shows the authors awakening to an important part of the human body's systems that has been largely ignored, and something I have been working with in yoga classes for several years. This put a punch in my own development with some specific practices that so far have h ...more
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book provides useful lessons in effective self-massage for those who will take the initiative. I use the foot-rolling technique all the time - it makes a world of difference for my bunions, esp after wearing heels! The leg massage technique is also highly effective for me. I gave the book four stars because I found the author's description of her discovery process too lengthy and distracting from the power of her product.
Jan 14, 2017 rated it liked it
This seems intriguing and I would like to try it out but I don't have a foam roller. So I can only give it 3 stars. I successfully used a racquetball for the hand/foot exercises. The writing was a tad over the top in some places ala sham wow infomercial, but the theory seems solid as I am a fan of bodywork overall (Rolfing and Bowen). Likely good reference material, but I think I would prefer to watch a video first and the consult the book for specific treatment plans afterward.
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Although the information could be highly useful, it reads more like an advertisement for her personal program. You can (sometimes) find the rollers, etc, elsewhere for cheaper, but for the most part, the expense is such that I'd not likely benefit from this anymore than just going to a yoga class at the local rec with a decent teacher.
Mar 03, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was interesting and enlightening. The book showed good visual instructions and addressed many health issues. Hopefully when I actually start to do these stretches/exercises I will more pain-free and stress free!
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Added this to my daily habits, just wish the maps and instruction were easier to reference. I added my own tabs to each section of the book.
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: health-nutrition
Interesting theory (and it's just a theory) about connective tissue (fascia) and how it affects health. It made good sense to me, so I took a few classes and borrowed the book from the library. The classes were super boring, but I felt great afterward. The book was interesting.

My main gripe with most books about health and wellness is that so few of them need to actually be a book. They are often padded with dozens of photos (as was this one) or recipes. This book could easily be a pamphlet or
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been taking a MELT class at my gym once a week and have found it to be quite amazing. I bought this book so I would have some of the processes in front of me to be able to MELT at home. I appreciated her detailed explanations of how our bodies get to this point and what MELT does to resolve the aches and pains we experience. Her explanations of the processes are very detailed and her photographs are very helpful. I'm so glad I bought this book. I have now been MELTing in my living room fo ...more
May 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
I really don't get what the hype is all about. I tried hard to like this book, but the author's unending self-congratulations about her supposedly miraculous insights and discovery eventually just got too unbearable. Hitzmann insists that every type of pain can be solved with foam rollers and the annoyingly termed MELT method--even though it's scientifically well established that neuropathic and nociceptive pain experiences are fundamentally different, requiring different therapies. Although the ...more
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I heard about this from a lady in a mall store who suffered from terrible wrist pain. She had tried everything and then found this method and raved about it. It is very interesting, and sounds great. I bought the roller and read the book cover to cover, highlighting as I went along like I was in College. It is just so detailed and I couldn't keep up. For anyone interested in alternative forms of healing for pain, I would recommend it.
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health
Living with chronic pain is no fun. This year I was determined to do something about it, and I came across this method of self-treatment on youtube. After talking to my massage therapist, I found a class to take locally. I ordered the book and read it before the class. I was a bit skeptical, but after the class just yesterday, I think this will help! I encourage everyone in pain to at least investigate this method. Why not?
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy Anatomy and Physiology, this book has some interesting insights. I enjoy Pilates and stretching; this system is similar in movements. It is helpful that I've been treated by a manual therapist - the concepts were not completely new. Great at working out the tender points I get with my Chronic Fatigue. This is now part of my maintenance program.
Terra Wolski
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
We did a workshop about this at a local yoga place a couple months ago - so I wanted to know more ! This would be a good one to have on hand so the maps/instructions would be easily accessible Too bad it’s a library book!
Stephanie Jackson
May 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I ran out of steam as I read this. I'm not sure if I believe in her theories but I would say that the ones I tried at least felt good.
Diane Eno
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Took awhile for me to get into this book, the concept makes sense but I unfortunately ordered a very hard roller, therefore I hurt myself more than helped. I may go back to trying it again.
Lanny Wilson
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very insightful
Bonnie P Sedivec
Best self help method for dealing with aging and chronic pain. I have been practicing for over 5 years now and the difference is life changing.
Recommend to all
Mar 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm hoping the method is a 5 but the writing could have been done in half the amount of pages.
Maria Ryan
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sue Hitzmann des an impressive job of culling the science behind her theory behind her unique method of compressing, releasing and rehydrating connective tissue in a hands-off approach that works with the body, not against it. I have known anecdotally for years that “ironing myself like a shirt” to borrow Sue’s phrase, on a hard foam roller and creating even more pain to get out of pain doesn’t work and is a stupid idea to boot. Yet, how many health and fitness professionals would advise us to d ...more
Although I found the writing style rather annoying with all its superlatives - a large part of the book deals with how great the author is, how hard she worked to develop the program and the fantastic changes she observed in her clients - I could not possibly give this book anything less than 5 stars. After giving birth, I went to several medical practitioners and hands-on body workers (physiotherapists, a massage therapist and a chiropractor) for the injuries I sustained, but they weren't able ...more
Dec 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Hmmmm...well to be honest I did not read this start to finish. There was a lot of skimming, because it was scientific and self helpy and I just finished my first semester of school in 15 years and I was sort of over the whole reading to better oneself. That being said, I did skim it and she isn't a bad writer and her theories are interesting. I love anything where pain can be treated without medicine or surgery. I tried a lot of the exercises and I think they could be helpful. I would probably n ...more
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