MELT and acu-organ detox

January 12, 2009 3:20:28 PM PST
Do you want to start the New Year feeling refreshed and rejuvenated? There are two options that can help you feel better, and both require very little effort on your part. For one, you lie back. And for the other, you basically lie back and roll around.

"It's actually nothing like you're ever done before," Sue Hitzmann said.

And Hitzmann is talking about MELT, a program that's an outgrowth of her experience as a manual therapist. In a way, MELT allows you to be your own masseuse, rolling away what's holding you back.

MELT allows you to tap into your connective tissue.

"MELT rehydrates the connective tissue," Hitzmann said. "It gets your joints back more optimally."

Balls are also a big part of the program. You step on them and rub them under your feet.

It doesn't always feel good, but eventually your body melts and softens. And then you become more limber, and that does feel good.

The other technique involves needles. Don't expect a needle to feel good? Well, in the right spots, needles will help you do more than relax.

The acupuncture is the first step in the acu-organ detox treatment created by Obert MacDonald at Exhale Spa. Once the tummy needles come out, castor oil is rubbed on and topped with hot packs to increase circulation. The final part is an abdominal massage that manipulates organ functions and gets things moving along.

You may even notice a flatter tummy.

The acu-organ detox is a 60-minute treatment that costs $150 dollars at Exhale. As for MELT, there are classes throughout our area. Hitzmann also offers private sessions, and she's getting ready to release a DVD as well.

For more on MELT, visit For more on the acu-organ detox, visit



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