How’s your Self Love Month going? I just got back from a romantic weekend and made sure to do something that always fills me up…look at art. We went to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago…heaven. Just incredible.
Well, part of self love and self care is…health. And for me, part of keeping myself durable and ‘in the game’ is visiting with my friend Amber who is a Muscle Activation Technique specialist.
When something goes awry in my external physical body (not my digestion or inside stuff) she is one of my first calls. She’s helped some things that have chronically bugged me – my neck from an old injury, my shoulder from an old injury.
To be clear – and I tell everyone who I refer to Amber, MAT doesn’t tickle. Sometimes there is bruising. It can be painful…in a good way because the results have been, for me, worth it!! Here is the lovely Amber – who is able to smile, tell engaging stories, and distract you while causing you discomfort.
Some background – here’s some FAQ’s about Muscle Activation Techniques:
Ok let’s get to it.
Sarah: In a nutshell and in your own words, what is MAT?
Amber: Muscle Activation Technique (MAT) is a revolutionary approach to the assessment and correction of muscular imbalances in the body (which can cause joint and muscle pain). It’s a straightforward, non-invasive technique providing tools to evaluate an individual’s ability to produce muscle contraction and “jumpstart” the muscle to function with maximum efficiency.
Sarah: Why did it call to you as a healing modality?
Amber: I discovered MAT at a fitness conference and was drawn to it within the first 5 min of the lecture! After researching MAT, I signed up. I’ve been treating clients for 8 years now and am so grateful for being able to have this tool, as I see how it impacts so many people in such a positive way!! Such a rewarding career!
Sarah: How does it help people?
Amber: It helps many to continue or get back to a lifestyle they enjoy. Many suffer from aches/pains/injuries/unknowns and get frustrated because it limits how they are living their lives. MAT helps peoples bodies work like they are meant to work and a lot of times this helps to reduce or eliminate the pain.
Sarah: What can people expect when they come?
Amber: When people first come to see me we go through a full history to see what’s all going on and what their goals are regarding MAT. I then assess the body with range of motion tests. Next I test and treat individual muscles, opening the ranges and continue on from there.
Sarah: Why would you tell someone to try it?
Amber: Many people think they just have to deal with some level of pain, they’ve tried everything else or many throw it into the “aging” category. You don’t have to live with pain. There are also others that want to take their fitness level to the next level. It’s a newer technique and is helping everyone from elite athletes to the elderly to rehabilitation patients.
Sarah: Do you have to be ‘hurt’ to see you?
Amber: MAT can work for anyone, even people who don’t have any “issues”. It’s an amazing tool that helps your body work and function how it’s supposed to so you can feel great and do what you want to.
Amber doesn’t know this, but one of the most fun things is connecting with other people who have been treated by her. We need to start a support group or a Facebook page. We compare stories, “Has she done anything in your feet?” “AAAHH! Yes! Feet are the worst!” It’s like we’ve survived something together. I had a client who called me and said, “IT DOESN’T TICKLE!?! THAT WAS HOW YOU PREPARED ME FOR AMBER??” Haha! Hoo boy. Good stuff.
But then, you notice that you have full range of motion in your shoulder again. Or that you can actually see over your shoulder without having to turn your whole body. Or that…whatever…doesn’t hurt anymore.
Much peace, love and joy to you!