Exercises

I have great news. The IRB (Institutional Review Board) approved the very first MELT Low Back Pain Away Study. In the upcoming months NJIT (New Jersey Institute of Technology) will embark with us to initiate this study.  It’s a big step for MELT as I’ve spent so much time and energy over the past two decades learning and researching anything related to pain, fascia, aging, and the nervous system. This has led me down an amazing path to helping...
Back in the ‘90s I was hired by Kirk Moore, exercise/fitness manager extraordinaire to work at Sports Club Company as an aerobic instructor. Who would think that nearly 18 years later I would still be working for this company?  There was a time when I taught about 16 classes at this one club each week. In 2003 as I started developing MELT I shared the ideas with the members at this club—a decade later it has become a thriving business and...
Iyengar
With the recent passing of B.K.S. Iyengar, this might be a great time to take a look at his contributions to how we can improve our health and how yoga can potentially help with pain management. Iynegar is generally credited with bringing yoga to the Western world. He became a student of yoga due to his own health problems which included being a sickly boy living in India who had to overcome diseases like tuberculosis, typhoid, and malaria. The...
Toronto, Canada is one of my favorite cities. Earlier this month I had the pleasure of spending time with one of my favorite Canadian ladies, Marilyn Denis! Today’s episode is my third time doing a segment for her show (though we have actually done four shows together, this one will make an additional two).  Everyone knows me as the obsessed “fascia-nista” dedicated to educating people on how to eliminate or avoid chronic pain from overtaking...
Back Massage
It might be helpful to divide your pain treatment strategies into two categories- active and passive. Coming up with the right balance between these two types of approaches just might be the tipping point that you need to successfully control your pain and gain that boost in quality of life that you are looking for. 
Leanne Bourassa and Susan Shelton represent the Detroit, Michigan-area contingency of The MELT Method nation and both have a strong background in Pilates and have found ways to incorporate MELT into their clients’ lives. Leanne and Susan are both certified Stotts Pilates and MELT instructors at Townsend Street Pilates in Birmingham, Michigan. We had the opportunity to interview them on how they discovered The MELT Method and how it has affected...
Here's more about the science behind the segment I did recently on "The Rachael Ray Show," where I discussed the 50-Second Facelift: Collagen plays a very key role in maintaining our skin’s structure and tone. So we all want this to be as healthy as possible. The cells in our connective tissue called fibroblasts are the producers of this essential molecule. What we certainly know about collagen is, as we age, we produce less and less of it. Why...
I believe coming here to learn about pain treatments should be a special experience. This should be a place where you can be confident of receiving straight talk with an emphasis on scientific studies and outcomes from experienced providers. We recognize that there are many ways of treating pain problems which can make it challenging for the individual looking to find high-quality and meaningful treatments that deliver impactful results....
Man shoveling snow
As most of the country is suffering from bitter cold right now, that probably means many of you are looking out your windows at snow, sleet, and ice and wondering if you should go out and start shoveling. Think through this carefully before you run out there with good intentions and a hearty shovel in tow. Each year, shoveling snow is a major source of injuries and health problems like heart attacks, and it leads to tens of thousands of doctor...
Woman resting head against tree
For many, this time of year can mean feeling the blues more than usual. The holiday season can be a time of great joy, but it can also be a time of feeling lonely, financially stressed, and burned out. A decrease in sun exposure during the dark and dreary winter months can be associated with a mood disorder known as seasonal affective disorder. Seasonal affective disorder is associated with symptoms of depression, low energy, sleepiness, weight...

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