Making the most of Strength Training

Strength Training and MELT
As a Personal Trainer, I have always known the importance of strength training for both men and women. Many of my clients are women over 40 and they are often told about the benefits of strength training as they head into the peri/post menopausal stage of life. However, a lot of people aren’t aware that going head first into a strength training plan can create some issues for our bodies, as this is a time of change for us. It is not unusual for injuries to occur, which means that we get despondent and stop exercising. This blog looks at how we can make the most of strength training.
Step 1
I believe the best way to make the most of strength training is by combining MELT and strength training and is in fact one of the reasons why I became a MELT Instructor. By performing MELT exercises before we begin the strength training section of the class, it prepares the body which ensures that we are using the correct muscles when performing any strength moves / lifting weights. Through MELT compression, lengthening techniques as well as neurostrength moves (all MELT terms) we can prepare our bodies and get ready to perform the moves correctly, allowing improved results. In addition it means that we are not trying to exercise with stiff, immobile bodies which creates compensation in our bodies which could lead to injury.
Step 2
The middle section of the class concentrates on the strength moves, once are bodies are properly warmed up and fully prepared for strength training / lifting weights.
Step 3
We then finish the class with more MELT moves, because quite often, my clients are surprised how they have more tension in their backs and necks, once they have lifted weights. By adding in some MELT moves at the end of the class, it means my clients leave the class feeling stable and strong.  My clients are always telling me that the MELT/Strength classes are a game changer for them, which makes me very happy indeed!
One of my clients recently told me that her preferred exercise is aerobic/high intensity classes which also means high impact, “So joining Lisas MELT/Strength classes didnt seem like my cup of tea. However I am pleased to confess that the MELT and Strength class is perfect for rehydrating tissue whilst preparing me for the weights/strength work as well as ensuring that my body positioning is correct.  Love it!”
My Strength and MELT classes run every Friday morning at 9.30 at The Pavilion, at Crowthorne Tennis Club on Nine Mile Ride. After each class, you receive a recording so you can repeat the class in your own time. If you’d like to find out more, or have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch via You can find out more about MELT here. You can find details of all of my classes here.
Strength Training and MELT Class

Balanced Wellbeing and working with other Therapists

Balanced Wellbeing, joining of hands
I feel very lucky to be able to say, that I really do love my job. However, as the famous quote from English poet Jon Donne says “No man is an island.” I believe that is true of the work I do. I’d like to share the way I work with some other local therapists for overall balanced wellbeing.

As a MELT Instructor, I am able to help clients lead a more active and pain free life. I love seeing the changes that can be made to both my client’s bodies and their wellbeing.  However as we always say, MELT is not a cure and sometimes my clients will need to see other healthcare professionals to achieve the best outcome for their bodies and I am very privileged to work with many talented and experienced healthcare professionals.

When I first see a new client for their introductory 1-2-1, we will go through their medical and health history and this gives me the opportunity to talk to them about how MELT works, but sometimes, it can become apparent that the client may need help from another healthcare professional. This is the time that I can then recommend the most suitable person for them.

It is also very rewarding to know that a number of my clients are also healthcare professionals who come to my classes and will also refer their clients to me  for balanced wellbeing. By having clients who understand the science behind MELT, it does mean that once again clients really do get the best out of all of their treatments.

One of my clients, Barbara Gornall is a Cranial Sacral Therapist and I asked her how she feels MELT fits with her work. She told me “I absolutely love MELT! It has been life changing from being stiff achey and compensating for dysfunction in my body to being able to move better. I also feel it is the missing piece of the jigsaw when it comes to my clients. As a Craniosacral Therapist, I see lots of clients with tension and dysfunction in their body. I release that tension and improve function during a treatment, but it is important for clients to be able to help themselves between their treatments and I often recommend MELT. In fact, I am so passionate about how MELT links so well with Craniosacral Therapy, I am taking the MELT training, so I can teach these techniques to my clients.”

As well as Barbara, I also work with Sharon Cole, a massage therapist and EMMETT practitioner. Sharon is a great advocate of MELT and has referred some of her clients to me. She told me “combining MELT and Emmett, is the best of both solutions. By releasing the tightness and re-tensioning the whole body, it helps to alleviate pain and mobility issues.”

It’s great to have a directory of professionals who care as much as I do about the health of the people they treat.  Other therapists I work closely with include Sue Harrod, a scar tissue therapist.  Some of my clients who I have referred to Sue have seen greater results from their MELT practice as a result of Sue’s amazing work.  Sometimes, a client will require a hands on treatment and Amanda Waters of Back to Motion and the Wokingham Chiropractic Centre are always my first place to refer clients to.

I love the fact that I have a network of great people at my finger tips and it’s great to know that if I can’t help someone, I know someone who can. If you are wondering who I work most closely with, here are their details:-

Barbara Gornall – Cranial Sacral Therapist
Sharon Cole – Massage therapist and Emmett Practitioner –
Amanda Waters – Chiropractor –
Wokingham Chiropractic Centre –
Sue Harrod – Scar Tissue Therapist –
Amanda Morris – Massage Therapist and Reflexologist
Camilla Chawner-Davis – Holistic Therapist –

How great to be able to offer clients a balanced approach to their wellbeing. If you have any questions or would like to find our more, then please get in touch.