MUSCLE ACTIVATION TECHNIQUES
FINE TUNING THE BODY
Chris is an advanced personal trainer with over 20 years of professional training experience (who "recently relocated" from New York City). He is a Muscle Activation Techniques practitioner and specializes in several areas of health and fitness including postural correction, work space ergonomics, low back health, prenatal/postpartum fitness, and post-rehab conditioning. Additionally, he is an expert in exercise programming, able to manipulate exercise variables to achieve specific strength and body composition changes.
What is MAT?
MAT Practitioners have a deep understanding on how isolated muscle function can contribute to the total body integrated system. MAT looks at the integrated system by breaking it down into its isolated parts. Through assessing the function of each individual muscle and its relationship to total body function, MAT is able to address those isolated weaknesses in order to improve total body muscle performance.
MAT does not force change on the body but instead works with it to make improvements, causing changes in motion via improvements in muscle contraction. An MAT specialist listens to your body’s responses and changes their treatment decisions based on these responses. Each client is treated as an individual with their own muscular weaknesses and compensation patterns. Therefore, no treatment session is ever the same.
MAT does not diagnose or treat pathology, but works to improve a muscle’s contractile capabilities and the resulting range of motion and strength of that muscle/limb. By improving these aspects, a person will see an increased ability for exercise and physical performance.
MAT differentiates itself from other techniques because it never attempts to directly lengthen or change the muscle by stretching, heating, kneading, or foam rolling. MAT is not trying to “relax” muscle, but instead tries to “activate” the muscle, so that your body is better prepared to handle the forces that come from exercise and every day movements.
MUSCLE ACTIVATION TECHNIQUE
FINE TUNING THE BODY