MELT Method Classes in Westlake Village, CA

Summer – Fall 2015 MELT Method Workshops, Series and Classes

MELT Method® is an innovative self-treatment program that’s being taught in some of the most prestigious health and fitness centers in New York and now it’s here in Westlake Village and Moorpark, CA !

Learn how the connective tissue in your hands, feet, neck, and low back gets dehydrated, the common aches and pains it can cause, and how to re-hydrate this essential system in our bodies for vibrant health and pain-free movement.   You too can learn to MELT away pain and tension brought on by everyday stress, overuse, and aging.

MELT is an effective means to:

• Align the spine
• Decompress the neck and low back
• Stabilize the pelvis
• Improve digestion by supporting the integrity of internal organs
• Rebalance your nervous system

Treat yourself to a relaxing, healthful, and educational  experience.  Sign up for classes or enjoy a private session today!


Ongoing 60 Min. MELT Method Classes

When: Wednesdays September 2, 9, and 30 and October 7, 14, and 21, 2015
Fee: $20 per class (non-members) -– members $13 per class.
Location:     SEVEN OAKS Physical Therapy & Fitness Center 
                       141 Triunfo Canyon Rd., Westlake Village CA 91361
 To RSVP Contact Maureena Bivins: 
Phone: 818.991.2600 or Email:
Classes limited to 9 participants for personalized attention.  Be hydrated and bring water.

90-Minute MELT for the Low Back Workshop

Got Low Back Pain? Get MELTED!

Got Low Back Pain? Get MELTED!

Come to this 90-minute MELT for the Low Back Workshop and learn easy self-treatments to help you live pain free so you can lead an active lifestyle and return to doing the things you love!
Chronic back pain is exhausting and frustrating. No matter what brought on your back pain, you can learn how to help your body heal and rediscover pain-free living at any age.
MELT is a simple self-treatment technique that boosts your body’s ability to heal by calming your nervous system and rehydrating your connective tissue. Learn how to release the compression of your spine from your neck to your low back.

The MELT Hand and Foot Treatment Balls and the MELT soft roller provide the perfect tools to start to heal your back.
Everyone who registers will receive a customized MELT for Low Back Pain Getting Started Guide, including instructions for a MELT for Low Back self-treatment map.

When: Monday, September 28, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Arroyo Vista Recreation Center (AVRC), 4550 Tierra Rejada Road, Moorpark CA 93021
Fee: $35. To register please phone AVRC directly at (805) 517-6300 to reserve your place in class. AVRC website—

4- Week MELT for the Low Back Series

In this 4-week series you will learn MELT Method moves and techniques that will help you to alleviate painful low back issues by addressing joint pain and muscle tension, rehydrating your connective tissue, and rebalancing your nervous system.

Learn easy self-treatments to help you live pain free so you can lead an active lifestyle and return to doing the things you love!

When: Monday evenings, October 12, 19, 26 and November 2, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Fee: $150. To register please phone AVRC directly at (805) 517-6300 to reserve your place in class.
Location: Arroyo Vista Recreation Center (AVRC), 4550 Tierra Rejada Road, Moorpark CA 93021
AVRC website–


Private MELT Length Sessions by appointment only.

Fee: $65.00

Private MELT Hand and Foot Sessions by appointment only.

Fee: $45.00

RSVP at 818.991.2600

Follow this link to learn more about MELT Method.

Health and Wellness

Freedom, Flow & Function

Health and Wellness–Freedom, Flow & Function

Health, wellness, and freedom from pain–

These are worthwhile goals to pursue because  they make life worth living.  A few years ago, the World Health Organization published a very practical definition of health which is paraphrased here,

A healthy state allows us to do the things we love while giving us the strength to fulfill our cherished roles as partner, husband, wife, father, mother, grandparent etc.  It also supports us in contributing to society in general.

While we all cherish good health, the pressures and challenges we face on a daily basis can cause us to lose our sense of balance. We may even begin to ignore our body’s distress signals.  Failure to heed these signals can lead to a gradual but persistent decline in health.  I know from personal and clinical experience that it can be challenging to maintain and nurture a healthy state of mind and body when under stress.

Signs of decline related to chronic stress may include:

  • chronic aches and pains
  • fatigue
  • failing posture with loss of alignment
  • sleep issues
  • cardiovasular disease
  • digestive problems
  • weight gain
  • loss of well-being

Maintaining and restoring health is a conscious choice and requires informed decision-making. We must also be willing to invest in ourselves–our time and resources–and be willing to make changes.

While the experience of health is unique to each person, it can always be improved. We must choose health, for ourselves and our loved ones.   It is my mission to cheer you on in this worthwhile endeavor, to affirm to you that great health is possible!

In addition to the pages on this site that describe the services available at my clinic, I hope you will find the information posted in the blogs useful as well.  Since I am utterly intrigued by the human experience and the amazing research that is coming to light, I look forward to endless discussions, from a holistic point of view, which I trust will enrich your appreciation of the complex and multifaceted experience we call health.

Good health to you!


Successful Aging Through Movement

Have you made healthy aging a priority?  We’re never too young or too old to begin.  That being the case, I thought you might enjoy going off the beaten path to consider a novel developmental perspective of successful aging discussed within the field of somatic psychology, a sub-discipline of psychology.

Researchers within this field recognize and explore the role of first-person experience in the development of a social, emotional, mental, and internalized sense of self.  Thomas Hanna, a pioneer in the field, advocated the inclusion of a somatic perspective in the human sciences in order to understand and circumvent the aging process.  He studied the link between habituated, contracted bodily movement patterns associated with decrepitude and formulated a method for restoring structure and function, Somatics.  In his book, Somatics: Reawakening the Mind’s Control of Movement, Flexibility, and Health, he proposed the following,

The reason that physiology and medicine have failed to perceive the myths behind aging is that they have failed to recognize the fundamental fact that all human beings are self-aware, self-sensing, and self-moving . . . By adding the somatic viewpoint to our human sciences, we not only become capable of overcoming many health problems mistakenly attributed to aging, but we are capable of overcoming many of the major health problems that plague all of mankind.

While most of us understand the concept of self-awareness and self-sensing, what is meant by the term self-moving and how does it relate to health?

Self-moving is the term Hanna used to describe the ability humans have to work consciously with  reflexive, unconscious, and involuntary muscular bodily movement patterns in order to restore structure and function.  He demonstrated how muscular patterns form in response to chronic experiences, like stress, which interfere with the ability to completely relax contracted muscles.  In time, this can lead to chronic stiffness, soreness, aches, and pain.  Internally sustained states of tension can lead to hypertension and cardiac disease.

Hanna also recognized the role of early social experience in the childhood development of habituated movement patterns which can impact a child’s health long-term.  This important topic has been widely studied in somatic psychology and will be discussed in future posts.

The good news is, no matter what the cause, chronic contracted muscular patterns can be released and reversed, leaving you feeling more alive and vital.  You don’t have to look and feel old in your senior years! To achieve lasting results will require time and effort, but aren’t you worth it?  Many people have had good results dealing with stress and undoing chronic muscular patterns by engaging in movement practices such as Feldenkreis, the Alexander Technique, Tai Chi, yoga, Somatics, and Qi Gong.  It’s never too early to start, so what are you waiting for?  Get moving!

Have you ever considered that optimal movement patterns could be the basis for long-term health? Have you engaged in a movement practice that had positive effects on your health?  

Early Childhood Experience and Long-Term Health

The topic of early childhood experience as it relates to long-term health is rather personal for me and has been my chosen topic of research for many years.  In some ways, it has been a search for meaning. Having been raised in a very scary environment fraught with intermittent bouts of rage, alcohol, and domestic violence, my sense of safety and security were fleeting at best.

I really get it, why my father was so abusive and tormented or why my mother was unable to formulate a plan to protect us.  I’ve come to understand that part of my experience as a piece of a puzzle in the all too common multi-generational transmission of interpersonal trauma.

What I have struggled with is understanding my enduring response to adverse childhood experience and how it has impacted my sense of self, my beliefs, and my general health and well-being.

Last century, fundamental advances were made in medicine, both in studying the disease process and in developing methods and treatments to overcome disease which have led to the present model of the adult onset of disease and chronic illness.  In this model, once you hit 50, all kinds of things start to go wrong in the body.

Adult Onset of Disease Model

As a health care practitioner, I find this perspective somewhat limiting since more recent research is now exploring the link between  adult health status and early childhood experience.   In fact, in 1999, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) invited scientists and researchers specializing in early childhood experience to form the Early Experience, Stress Neurobiology & Prevention Science network.   Their task has been to correlate data from animal studies of early life experience with data from human psychosocial research in the study of emotional and stress-related disorders.  Their findings suggest that the effects of early life stress are cumulative and far-reaching, giving us insight into the role of early life experience in long-term health.  This series will explore this fascinating and relevant topic in more detail so stay tuned!

Have your ever thought of stress as cumulative?  Do you think that early childhood experience, positive or negative, can impact adult health?

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