Since I have been a MELT Instructor, I have a different take on stretching. MELT works on lengthening the connective tissue. People are encourage to assess and re-assess before and during MELT; the goal is to bring the body into better alignment using specific techniques. As such, I recommend to MELT after cardiovascular exercises and before strength training. You will find that your flexibility is increased greatly through MELT, and you can actually use a stretch as an assessment tool.