Joyce Schroeder Peirce

Compassion in Action - Self Care with the MELT Method®

Joyce Schroeder Pierce, M.A., Certified Yoga Teacher and Advanced MELT Method® Instructor and Trainer, has been teaching MELT, a gentle practice that complements yoga, for over seven years.

Rudy and Joyce met when they were both residents at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and were married there in 1993, the same year she became a certified Kripalu yoga teacher. In 1998 Joyce went back to school and embarked upon a 15-year career as a Speech Language Pathologist. 

In 2014 she and Rudy began extensive travel schedules, bringing their gentle teachings to yoga studios up and down the east coast. Fast forward to 2020, everything changed, and Rudy & Joyce began teaching from their living room. Enter Zoom.

Today, Joyce not only acts as producer for the Gentle Yogis website and live online classes, she also teaches online, offering the MELT Method, a body-based gentle self-care practice.

She took her first MELT class in 2013 and knew immediately she wanted to teach this specialized system of Hands-Off Bodywork® to help others prevent, and even eliminate chronic pain and move with more ease.  

Joyce trained extensively with Sue Hitzmann, the creator of the method, from 2013-2015, and is recognized as an Advanced Instructor. She has taught MELT in yoga studios in the Berkshires where she lives, and has frequently been involved in the training of new MELT instructors.  

Joyce’s students appreciate her clear detailed guidance, and the soothing pace of her classes. Rudy, has found MELT to be an important complement to his yoga practice to increase flexibility, and for smooth recovery from other physical activities. Many of his students enjoy it too.

What Joyce most enjoys about MELT is that it is a gentle and compassionate approach. MELT helps people feel better and increase their enjoyment of life through ease and comfort in daily living and movement activities. 

She is honored to be able to teach this amazing self-care approach to new people!

Joyce's Education and Trainings

"Joyce is so talented, caring, and patient. I've been to other MELT instructors, and Joyce is one of the very best."

Susan Bellows, Corporate Empowerment Facilitator, Hampden, MA

Enjoyed class tonight as always. Prior to COVID I would get a massage about every two weeks. Of course, that stopped abruptly and I am not sure when I will feel comfortable again getting a massage. So, MELT has been a nice alternative and I like the fact that I can do it on my own and at my convenience. Thank you for helping me learn how to do it.

Sue Ames, Rochester, New York