years of stress
melting in your hand
What Is Melting Muscles?
Melting Muscles is pressing into another person's tight muscle, and holding a steady pressure until you feel the muscle begin to soften, sink, and melt.
Muscles melt because the brain feels safe. The pressure creates muscle sensation to the brain. The sensation creates a puzzle for the brain, as it ponders this question: Why was I holding that muscle tight? You may never know what the reason was, but you know the brain changed it's mind about it, because the muscle begins to soften. Muscle tension indicates the brain is guarding about something. Melting muscles asks the brain nicely, if it would like to let down its guard. When asked nicely, the brain almost always says, Yes!
You may be a person who wants to learn how to melt other people's muscles through workshops, free videos and articles offered here.
You may be a person who wants to receive a melting muscles session. You are welcome to come to my home office in Tucson to receive melting muscles sessions. As you see in the photos, recipients are fully clothed.
In my experience, having provided many types of massage and Ostopathic techniques since 1994, melting muscles relaxes muscles far better than massage done on bare skin, better than deep tissue, better than PNF, MET, any form of stretching, and connective tissue or fascial techniques. I still use craniosacral technique--sort of. I believe cranial motion is caused by gentle muscle contractions. In my experience, unwinding muscles is more effective than craniosacral technique. Melting muscles is not a form of energy work but I am trained in energy work, I do it regularly and teach it. When I do energy work I hold my hands 18" to 24" above the body, so that my hands are not confused by the sensation of body heat or static electricity. I believe the effects of melting muscles are not the effects of energy, as such, but because the recipient's brain feels safe, and lets down the guard.
the spirituality of melting muscles:
While melting muscles is not a form of energy work, I believe it visited me as a sort of spiritual process. I feel that muscles themselves, or brains, want for me to share this information. I think of muscles like loyal dogs. They are only trying to help us and we do awful things to them like mashing and yanking with force.. I feel as if part of my life path is to be a spokesman for muscles, to say, Hey! there is a gentler way to get muscles to relax, a way that agrees with the brain..
When Melting Muscles came to me in an aha moment in 2001, I marveled that nobody had thought of it before. When I teach workshops, other therapists tell me this sinking, melting sensation is familiar to them, that they, too, have discovered it (or been called). So I do not claim to be the sole discoverer of Melting Muscles.
The quotes below show that humans have been thinking about resolving tension as "melting," for more than a thousand years:
"...it was by your grace and mercy that you melted away my sins like ice."
--Augustine of Hippo (354-430)
Confessions, II; 7
“…effects may be ascribed to love… the first is melting, which is opposed to freezing. For things that are frozen, are closely bound together, so as to be hard to pierce. …melting denotes a softening of the heart, whereby the heart shows itself to be ready for the entrance of the beloved.”
--Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
Summa Theologica, question XXVIII
“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.”
--Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)
After my discovery and article published in Massage&Bodywork, people asked me to teach and I said, Yes! I did a whirlwind tour of thirteen States: AK, CA, IA, KS, IN, MD, NC, OK, OH, PA, VA, WA, and WI from 2002-2004. Below is me shooting a selfie with the four participants in the second workshop I ever taught, in Lacrosse WI. Now there are over a thousand graduates.
Workshops for Beginners:
It occurred to me that people do not need previous training in order to learn to melt muscles. In fact, my wife Traci is an excellent practitioner of melting muscles and she has no formal training other than attending the one-day workshop and trading with me.
The workshops for beginners are four hours. You may bring a partner and practice with that partner all day. If you don't bring a partner, you will be practicing with another person at the workshop who you've never met. I will personally screen all participants during at the time they register.
Advanced Topics for Therapists and Educators:
Melting Muscles has evolved:
..and other topics. I offer twenty for or more workshops per year including new topics every year. Many of these will be coming out as eBooks. I do not update this website as frequently as my google calendar and eBook vendor site mentioned above.
Upcoming Workshops are updated to my google calendar which displays at
Workshops for massage therapists are NCBTMB approved. You can check the NCBTMB website to find me and see my accreditation.
all photos on this site were shot by Patrick Moore and are copyrighted.
photos in the banner above were shot by Patrick Moore;
left: Greenlake in Fall (Seattle),
middle, afianced (Sedona)
right, Melting the Atlas and Axis (at the office of Giacinta Vosika LMP in Edmonds, WA)