HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Marshall University Recreation Center will host a special hour of MELT, a workshop led by Susan Robarts for sports-related pain and injury, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21.MELT is a simple self-treatment technique using soft balls and a soft roller to help people get out of and stay out of chronic pain. MELT stands for Myofacial Energetic Length Technique.In the workshop, you will learn how to MELT at home to decrease the "stuck stress" that accumulates in the body from normal activities and daily living, says Robarts.The class is ideal for athletes and anyone with chronic pain.
"It's basically a way to figure out how to relieve the pain in their bodies themselves without having to rely on an outside source, whether another person or another medication," said Robarts, who is a personal trainer, certified health coach and the only MELT Method instructor in the state."Ninety percent of us are walking around dehydrated all the time, and that's why a lot of us hurt," she said. "So there are certain moves we would do using your body weight on the roller that hydrates the tissues and relieves that 'stuck stress.'"The point of MELT is to hydrate your tissues from the daily stress they receive and to prevent long-term chronic pain. Learn more about the technique, developed by Sue Hitzmann, at meltmethod.com.The workshop fee is $20 for rec center members and $28 for nonmembers. Call 304-696-4732 for more information. To sign up, visit the Rec Center Welcome Desk at www.marshallcampusrec.com.