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MELT is a self care method designed to get you out of pain

MELT improves performance in any sport, and creates ease in daily activities








Join MELT Instructor Caryn Boyd Diel every Saturday at 10:30am at Barkley Yoga in Bellingham.  3130 Howe st. 

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Learn how the connective tissue in your hands, feet, legs and spine get dehydrated, the common aches and pains it can cause, and how to rehydrate this essential system in our bodies for vibrant health and pain-free movement.

The MELT Method® is an innovative self-treatment program that's being taught in some of the most prestigious health and fitness centers worldwide. 

You will experience complete Foot and Hand Treatments, Upper and Lower back treatments, and other specific rehydration techniques in class that you will be able to repeat at home. Bring a water bottle and a yoga mat.    Bring your own MELT equipment if you have it.  Some items will be available for purchase at class.

Saturday mornings at Barkley Yoga. 3130 Howe place, Bellingham.    

  10:30-11:30am    Bring your MELT rollers and hand/foot kit.  


Caryn has been a MELT instructor for 8 years. 

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MELT is gentle manual self care;  A 10 minute daily routine which hydrates the sliding architecture of the connective tissues

Erase pain and tension in your hands, feet, neck, and low back brought on by everyday stress, overuse, and age.


This simple self-treatment can make your whole body feel better and provide relief from neck and 

low back pain, arthritis, bunions, plantar fasciitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Learn to MELT and discover how the connective tissue in your body gets dehydrated, the common aches and pains it can cause, and how to re-hydrate this  essential system in our bodies for vibrant health, better sleep and pain-free movement. 

Melt is a perfect pre-workout warmup to hydrate your feet, hands, back and legs

Learn to Prepare and Repair for workouts, fun, daily life and Sports events

          Enjoy better sleep and a pain free day.


The MELT Method is a science-backed self-care technique that anyone can use to stay active, enhance performance, and get out (and stay out) of pain. Developed by manual therapist and exercise physiologist Sue Hitzmann, it uses specially designed hand and foot treatment balls and custom made soft rollers (along with your own body and breath) to calm the mind, tap into the autonomic regulators of the nervous system to boost control, and restore the supportive qualities of the connective tissue system to bring stability and balance back to the body.

The restoration happens through rehydration—improving fluid flow throughout the connective tissue system called fascia. With gentle techniques, we help restore fascia’s supportive, supple qualities and release unwanted compression and tension that leads to imbalance and misalignment. The effect helps improve autonomic regulation and efficiency (making you feel in control of your life) which can lead to a cascade of vibrant, healthful effects throughout your entire body—from moving with ease to bright, supple skin to better sleep and more energy.

While we have you here, here’s what MELT is not: It’s not exercise or a workout replacement, it’s not stretching, and (even though we’re technically assisted by soft foam rollers) it’s not your typical foam rolling. We think of it as Hands-Off Bodywork—it’s a technique that empowers you with the ability to treat yourself like a skilled, hands-on therapist.


Learning to MELT is like learning a new language. Once you know the basic language, you’ll easily flow through the MELT self-care experience, making changes you’ll feel instantly and creating lasting results, too.


The nervous system and connective tissue system work together as the neurofascial system, and we believe it’s the missing link when it comes to understanding how our bodies move, function, and maintain overall well-being. We’re going way beyond the muscles and bones here.

So, how exactly are we addressing those systems? When we MELT, we’re performing what we call the 4Rs—Reconnect, Rebalance, Rehydrate, and Release. These 4Rs distill a ton of complex neuroscience and fascial research into an accessible, simple protocol. They’re the essence of what the MELT Method is all about and you’ll experience them in every self-care session using just your body and a MELT tool or two. Let’s take a look at each one and what it does.


Reconnect is taking time to assess and learn where stuck stress lives in your body. Each session begins with some form of Reconnect—assessments are often done lying down or standing, before and after your session. Awareness of the change you’re creating is integral to reaping the full benefits of your practice. You’ll learn to sense imbalances before they cause pain. Reconnect techniques also help restore the aspects of your body that support, protect, and stabilize you – aka The Autopilot in MELT.


Rebalance works to restore whole body balance and core stability. You may work on diaphragmatic, multidimensional breathing while using the roller or your grounding and alignment with hand and foot treatments using a soft ball—these are examples of subtle, simple Rebalance techniques that are incredibly profound when it comes to restoring balance and the neurological core system we call the Neurocore.


Rehydrate is where we’ll use gentle tension and compression techniques to help restore fluid flow in your fascia, usually with the aid of a MELT tool. We’ll gently compress your body using Gliding, Shearing, Rinsing, and Friction techniques. Far beyond foam rolling, you won’t iron yourself like a shirt or cause pain to get out of pain—the key to rehydration is maintaining tolerable pressure or tension, never more. You’re in control of the process. Cells, collagen fibrils, and fluids are all stimulated and create a rehydration effect like a good session of hands-on therapy.

Release is all about powerful decompression techniques that relieve tension and pain. We always prep the tissue with Rehydrate work before decompressing. Release is key when it comes to living pain-free and staying active. You’ll feel a difference right away when it comes to range of motion and your posture. Hand and foot treatments use the MELT balls to mobilize the joints of the hands and feet and improve neural signaling from head to toe and, using the soft body roller, you’ll learn the neck and low back release techniques—game changers for your overall sense of spinal mobility and pelvic stability.

The 4Rs sound very much like a recipe, and in many ways it is—the recipe for stability, mobility, and a healthy, active life.



MELT is both “prehab” (a method you can use to prevent pain and issues before they start) and a practice that can help ease aches or imbalances that have already set in. While some modifications may be necessary, there’s never a wrong time to MELT. While of course people with chronic pain or demanding athletic training will find a multitude of benefits through MELT, the actual answer to the “who and when” question is “everyone, every day.” Here’s the thing—daily living (the kind we all do) creates repetitive motions, whether it’s swatting a tennis ball, chopping up veggies for dinner, sitting at your office desk using a computer, or texting a friend. And over time, these repetitive motions can lead to repetitive stress injuries, chronic aches and pain, and joint decentralization causing imbalance and a loss of structural integrity in the body. So if you’re alive and breathing—no matter what your age or activity level—MELT should be an integral tool in your self-care kit. And more good news: the commitment is pretty minimal. Just 10 minutes, three times a week has been clinically proven to help ease pain and restrictions.


The idea of Hands-Off Bodywork holds true in the experience, as the soft, grippy rollers and treatment balls were actually designed to mimic a therapist’s thumb, hand, elbow, or forearm.

MELT classes move slowly, intentionally, and always gently. This makes them accessible to any age or ability—and there are many modifications that can be made for anyone who needs additional aid.


Another incredible feature of MELT is that you’ll feel an immediate difference after every session when reassess your self-care work and value the changes it makes—people often report feeling lighter and freer when they move, more balanced in their body, and (depending on the session) either relaxed or energized.

Private Sessions available

Private MELT sessions will address your specific needs

Bring a yoga mat and water bottle. 

to schedule call  505 670-3538




MELT for Postpartum Moms

Offered at Barkley Yoga in February 2024

A 3 part series will be offered in the future.  This unique series of MELT classes are designed specifically for Postpartum moms.   


Learn how the connective tissue in your hands, feet, legs, shoulders, pelvis and spine get dehydrated, the common aches and pains it can cause, and how to rehydrate this essential system in our bodies for vibrant health and pain-free movement. The MELT Method® is an innovative self-care program that's being taught worldwide.


You will experience a complete MELT treatment in each class that you will be able to repeat at home. The 3 part series will build on information taught in the previous class.

Week 1 intro to MELT self-care, with hand and foot treatments

Week 2 upper body hydration, back and shoulders

Week 3 Rediscovering the Pelvic floor


Call 505 670-3538 for info

and Register at



Caryn is a Certified MELT instructor and has helped many people get out of pain

She has been practicing and teaching MELT since 2016

call to schedule a class or a private appointment  505 670-3538

*Watch the creator of MELT,  Sue Hitzmann, on YouTube

For those of you who want to MELT at home you can subscribe to MELT of Demand.  go to 

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