MELT Method Classes in Westlake Village, CA

Spring – Summer 2015 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!



Four-Week MELT by The Book Series

Learn all the moves from the best-selling book, The MELT Method: A Breakthrough Self-Treatment System to Eliminate Chronic Pain, Erase the Signs of Aging and Feel Fantastic in Just 10 Minutes a Day!  

Discover simple self-treatments you can do to remain active, health, and pain free for life.  Hitzmann-Melt-Method

You will learn how to identify “stuck stress” in your body, improve Body Sense and notice changes as your body effortlessly finds greater balance and alignment, and activate your core strength and stability.

Learn to use a MELT Soft Body Roller to rehydrate the tissues of your body for greater mobility and ease of motion and safely and effectively decompress your own neck and low back, and more!

When: Monday evenings, June 22, 29 and July 6 and 13, 2015
Time: 6:30-8.00 p.m.
Fee: $150
Class is limited to 12 participants (Wear comfortable active wear. Bring water and a yoga mat)
Where: Arroyo Vista Recreation Center, 4550 Tierra Rejada Road, Moorpark CA 9302
Phone: (805) 517-6300
Note: You must register directly with Arroya Vista Rec Center to reserve your place in class.


MELT Length Class

In addition to rehydrating your connective tissue, MELT Length two-directional techniques work to counteract connective tissue shortening as well as loss of space in the joints. Loss of length and joint space occurs gradually due to gravity, compression, repetitive activities, aging, habituated postures, and exercise.


Rib Length

RSVP today to learn how to help your body restore optimal joint space, flexibility and balance!

When: Wednesday July 8, 2015
Time: 10:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
Fee: $25 non-members, $15 members
Location:     SEVEN OAKS Physical Therapy & Fitness Center 
                       141 Triunfo Canyon Rd., Westlake Village CA 91361
 To RSVP Contact Maureena Bivins to reserve your place in class: 
Phone: 818.991.2600 or Email:


 MELT Core Strengthening Class

In this class you will rebalance and strengthen the neuromuscular core system to keep your belly flat, back strong, and body functioning well. Traditional abdominal exercises do not improve core stability.

When: Wednesday July 22, 1025
Time: 10:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
Fee: $25 non-members, $15 members
Location:     SEVEN OAKS Physical Therapy & Fitness Center 
                       141 Triunfo Canyon Rd., Westlake Village CA 91361
 To RSVP Contact Maureena Bivins to reserve your place in class: 
Phone: 818.991.2600 or Email:
Classes limited to 9 participants for personalized attention.
NOTE: No makeups for missed classes when purchased as a package.

MELT for Sciatica Two-Week Series

This two-week class features MELT moves to strengthen and build stability in the pelvic girdle towards alleviating sciatica issues.
Wear comfortable active wear and bring water.

When: Wednesdays August 12, and 19, 2015
Fee: $40 for the 2-class series or $25 per class (non-members) -– members $26 for the 2-class series or $15 per class.
Location:     SEVEN OAKS Physical Therapy & Fitness Center 
                       141 Triunfo Canyon Rd., Westlake Village CA 91361
 To RSVP Contact Maureena Bivins to reserve your place in class: 
Phone: 818.991.2600 or Email:
Classes limited to 9 participants for personalized attention.
NOTE: No makeups for missed classes when purchased as a package.


Intro to MELT 90-minute Workshop

Come to a MELT Intro workshop and experience changes in how your body looks and feels. Learn simple, self-treatments you can do at home to remain active, healthy and pain-free for life!

This workshop uses specialized MELT Soft Body Rollers and small MELT Hand and Foot Treatment Balls to simulate the results of manual therapy, reducing inflammation, easing chronic neck and low back strain, improving alignment, enhancing athletic performance, and keeping your whole body feeling great.

New day, time and location for this workshop!
When: Saturday, August 15, 2015
Time: 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $35   –   Class is limited to 12 participants (Wear comfortable active wear and bring water and a yoga mat)
Where: Arroyo Vista Recreation Center
               4550 Tierra Rejada Road, Moorpark CA 9302
Phone: (805) 517-6300
Note:You must register directly with Arroya Vista Rec Center to reserve your place in class.


Hand & Foot Treatment Classes:

This simple, elegant system of 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.

Foot Rinse

Foot Rinse


When: Tuesdays 1:00 – 2:00 pm   
Class size limited to 5 participants.
Fee: $15.00
Location: Westlake Plaza Building
                     31255 Cedar Valley Dr.
                    Suite #219/Suite #307
                   Westlake Village, CA 91362
To RSVP contact Maureena Bivins to reserve your place in class: 
Phone: 818.991.2600


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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