The science of self-care
'Discover pain-free living'! Bold statement, but from personal experience, I have found the Melt Method extremely effective. The first time was to relieve a persistent painful headache that wouldn't ease using pain relief or mobilising stretches. After 10 mins on a soft Melt roller, my headache disappeared. As a regular hiker, I find at the end of a long walk, my feet and hips ache. Using the Melt large soft ball for 10mins every day has eased my foot and hip tension.
I supply all props for classes and private sessions, or you can purchase your equipment and learn the routine to complete at home. To manage your self care book a Melt Method class private session.
The Melt Method
What is the Melt Method? The Melt Method is a simple, gentle and subtle self-treatment approach that uses soft rollers and soft balls to ease stuck stress and improve stability and mobility in your body. The Melt Method is very easy to learn, and you will experience a positive outcome after the first class or 1-2-1. Melt Method can improve your sleep, ease digestive issues, reduce stress, and improve mobility, stability and posture.
We use a mix of soft rubber rollers, the complete opposite of any other roller you may have used, and soft large and small balls to release stuck fascia stored in your body.
'The issue is in your connective tissue', otherwise called fascia; Fascia is a 3-dimensional fluid-filled architectural matrix that resides under our skin. Fascia is mostly collagen, and it assists with muscle control and joint alignment; in addition, it supports and protects blood vessels, nerves and organs. In other words, it's our own flexible scaffolding! This fluid-filled matrix is much like a river; this fluid or interstitial fluid should ebb and flow. Unfortunately, our repetitive patterns, such as sitting at a desk, can cause a sediment effect which results in stiffness and pain if left unaddressed,
Science has recently discovered something called cellular dehydration, or this can be described as 'stuck stress'! It's a natural process that occurs to all of us as we age, waking up in the morning with a stiff back or painful shoulders if you've been sitting at your desk all day. Often we ignore these pre-pain signals by popping a few painkillers; as time progresses, we ignore digestive bloating or reaching for the chocolate bar or coffee during our mid-afternoon slump.
All of these are indicators of stuck stress; let me teach you how you can become your own hands-off bodyworker!
I will teach you movements incorporating the 4Rs of Melt - Reconnect, Rebalance, Rehydrate and Release. Using these techniques will improve the sliding and gliding of your fascia whilst enhancing the support and stability of your joints.
Melt Method releases stuck stress that's held in your shoulder girdle, diaphragm and pelvis. Stuck stress held in these areas of the body can give rise to tight hamstrings, restricted calves and feet, lower back pain, upper shoulder pain, neck pain, and digestion issues, elevated anxiety and or stress levels.
Melt Method will improve how you feel, release pain and ease tension.
What my clients say
"I suffer with fibromyalgia, living with daily pain and fatigue. I have tried getting relief from many other therapies, but nothing ever really gave me much lasting relief. When I was recommended to try the MELT technique with Kim, I began to see a difference within weeks. My pain flares are now less frequent, and my daily pain levels are much lower than they had previously been. I am able to move more freely. I have been Melting with Kim for a year now, and I honestly look forward to my sessions every week. She tailors all of the movements to ensure that they work best for each individual, which is where the beauty of her small classes pays dividends. Melt and Kim have changed my life for the better, and I am so grateful to have this in my life."
Melt Method - Reconnect, Rebalance, Rehydrate, Release
We have already seen how persistent chronic stress and anxiety can create tension in the body, shortening and tightening muscles as they learn to adapt to a new, limited range of movement.
Emotional stress can bring its own health issues, and you can read more here about the connections between emotional stress and physical pain.
Giving yourself time to rest and restore helps bring balance to the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems. Which in turn reduces pain, stress, and chronic inflammation and enhances our mood, our immune system and general well-being.
At Complete Balance, I offer small group classes and individual tuition
in both Melt Method and functional movement, often combining the best of both. The classes are small, personal and held in my private studio in Worthing, West Sussex. The classes and private sessions are tailored to meet individual needs, and the classes suit the young and old, the experienced or inexperienced.
My focus is on enhancing your well-being by improving your range of movement, reducing pain and breaking the stress cycle. By providing you with the tools, we can restore healthy movement, which is beneficial to your quality of life. Our aim is to improve joint health, increase the range of movement, and reduce pain and inflammation. Feel strong and confident, enhance your immune system and feel great!
Why is stress such an issue?
Today’s lifestyle patterns often leave us feeling stressed, anxious, physically tense or in pain and suffering from a number of different autoimmune issues.
Our bodies have become used to excessive sitting, running, texting, and carrying children, for example, and this can create poor repetitive movement patterns.
In turn, these patterns can give rise to injury or discomfort felt in the body. This may be either through lack of movement or repetitive movement. The fascia (connective tissue) becomes sticky, causing healthy movement to become compromised. Our natural efficiency of movement becomes challenged, and our body adapts to an altered state, causing pain and discomfort.
Alongside these physical compromises, our brains frequently process information at high speed, leaving us unable to relax at night. Insomnia or a restless night’s sleep leaves us ill-equipped for the challenges of the following day, as well as inadequate healing from the physical stresses of the previous day.
Stress is increasingly viewed by researchers as a potential factor in the development of autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes and psoriasis. Its effects are stealthy and subtle but can be far-reaching.