Joy In Motion Studio, 4800 Baseline Road D206, Boulder, 720-428-8612, joyinmotion.co, meltmethod.com

Instructor: Jackie Diner, of Gunbarrel, the owner of Joy In Motion Studio. Diner has been teaching Melt Method for about 14 months. She is one of a handful of certified Melt instructors in the state. Diner is trained in both the hand and foot balls and the roller.

She also has 35 years of experience in early childhood and movement. She was the director of a preschool for 11 years, and ran a traveling children's gymnastics program. She has been teaching NIA for 11 years, has been on the NIA faculty for four years and has run multiple trainings in Boulder. She has also taught for the cities of Boulder and Erie and the YMCA.

Diner says she used the Melt Method to help heal an injury in her foot. In fact, she says, that's why the Melt creator, Sue Hitzmann, designed the program — to heal her own foot pain.

What is the workout? Melt Method is a technique that uses rollers and balls to help your body get out of and prevent chronic pain, by bringing the body back into a natural state of stability and balance. You decrease stuck stress, rebalance your autonomic nervous system, rehydrate your connective tissue and decompress the joints to restore space and movement.

The goal of Melt is to teach participants to know how to do it themselves at home for 10 minutes every day.

Connective tissue runs throughout your entire body, around muscles, joints and organs, Diner says. This fluid system can get stuck, which can affect your balance, joints, sleeping and digestion. Melt Method uses balls to rehydrate the connective tissue, by gently compressing, shearing and rinsing it, so it can begin to absorb water again.

Diner teaches two different Melt classes, a roller class and a hand and foot class, which uses gentle exploration of pressure points to release stuck stress.

Jackie Diner, left, teaches the Melt Method workout at the Joy in Motion studio.
Jackie Diner, left, teaches the Melt Method workout at the Joy in Motion studio. (Cliff Grassmick / Daily Camera)

"People think things are permanent; 'I'm getting old.' But that's not true," Miner says. "By taking the tension off things, you can allow for more space and actual change to occur."

What's different? "Balls and rollers have been around forever," Diner says. "Fifteen years ago, I worked on tennis balls and golf balls. That's not anything new." What's new is this specific, comprehensive program and techniques, the Melt Method book and special nontoxic balls.

Cost: A one-time drop-in is $13. Various punch cards available. Workshops cost $30, or $105 for a series.

Level: All levels. For athletes, Melt Method can improve balance, timing and ease, Diner says. She has half rollers for people with scoliosis or back fusions. Elderly people can do techniques in a chair or against a wall. Diner says she uses the soft ball on her mom in her wheelchair or bed. Kids can do Melt Method, too.

When: 11:15 a.m.-noon Thursday (hand and foot); noon-12:45 p.m. (roller); and 10:30-11:15 Mondays (roller). Diner also runs a four-week series 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 90-minute intro workshops on Saturdays.

What to prepare: Wear comfortable exercise clothes — preferably nothing too baggy, because it could get caught under the roller. I recommend going barefoot for the foot exercises. Mats, balls and rollers provided.

Muscles worked: The entire body. The class is designed to give ease to support the muscles and joints.

What I loved: It was fascinating how releasing my body released so much of my mental stress, too. This was an unexpected side effect of the class — and the best part, I think.

I was also impressed by how quickly effective these techniques were. I have had a cramp in my left foot since wearing these (amazing!) (too tall!) H&M booties on New Year's Eve, and just a few minutes on the Melt balls melted the cramp away.

What I didn't like: Most of the techniques in this class feel amazing — but a few were uncomfortable. Probably the things that I need to work on. When I rolled a harder, small ball under my heels, there was so much crunching and tightness that I wanted to barf. It was intense.

Of course, my feet felt renewed afterward — and I recognize that avoiding weakness and tightness is not a solution for long-term health.

But eww, the crunchies in my heels made me shiver.

How I felt after the class: Like I'd just had a full-body, internal power wash. My body felt like I'd just received a great massage, and my brain was so relaxed that it felt like a goosedown pillow. I wouldn't do this class before heading to work.

— Reported by Aimee Heckel.

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