Get active and MELT!

Something hot and new is nearing our campus this chilly spring semester that can be beneficial for any Coug who is trying to maintain or create a healthier lifestyle for themselves. A new fitness technique called MELT is coming to our fitness center and will be taught by our campus’s information systems manager, Laurel Rea-Bullion.

“MELT is the first neurofascial technique bringing your body back to a more ideal state by directly enhancing body awareness, rehydrating connective tissue, and quieting the nervous system. The sequences work to relieve aches and pains brought on by aging and active living, reduce inflammation, ease chronic neck and low back compression, improve alignment, and teach you how to keep your whole body working in better balance,” said Rea-Bullion.

Sue Hitzmann, inventor of this brand new technique, wrote her first book about this process which will be released on January 22. After completing the full-instructor MELT training last year, Rea-Bullion introduced short sequences while teaching pilates in the WSUV fitness center. With support from the Office of Student Involvement, Rea-Bullion is excited to be teaching three class sessions of the MELT method in our fitness center this spring.

“MELT is truly for everyone. Even if you are pregnant, injured, post-surgery, overweight, sedentary, out of shape, have limited mobility, chronic pain, knee/hip replacements, or bone disorders — you can still MELT. MELT can help you maintain a fit, toned body and achieve optimal performance without debilitating wear and tear,” said Rea-Bullion.

After being a MELT student for several years, Rea-Bullion decided to complete a full-instructor training last year to be able to teach classes herself. According to Rea-Bullion, the MELT method uses specialized foam rollers and small MELT hand and foot balls, providing a technique that simulates manual therapy. Once the manual therapy technique of MELT is understood, it becomes evident that MELT is a practice that can be used by all participants. At home, in the gym and  anywhere.

“You will learn simple self-care techniques you can use every day to make your body feel better and function more efficiently,” said Rea-Bullion.

This semester, on February 4, March 4 and April 8 from 5:15 to 6:05 pm are the three MELT classes will be offered in the fitness center. Lead by Rea-Bullion, these unique, new classes will spark a style of exercise that our campus has never seen before.

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