I am glad to be joining Seattle Athletic Club Downtown and looking forward to working with clients in the pool teaching swimming or water fitness, and on the floor working on issues of balance, coordination, strength, stability, and overall functional fitness. I am also looking forward to working with clients and members on the table using Muscle Activation Technique to help assure that the distribution of work between muscles is in proper alignment to the bodies needs.
So what is MAT? Gregg Roskopf, the founder of MAT describes it in part like this:
“MAT looks at muscle tightness as a form of protection in the body. Weak or inhibited muscles can create the need for other muscles to tighten up in order to help stabilize the joints. MAT gets to the root of pain or injury by addressing muscle weakness rather than muscle tightness. This helps to restore normal body alignment, thereby, decreasing pain and reducing the risk of injury.”
A good analogy is one of a tent. The tent is made stable by a series of tent stakes that strap it down. If one of those stakes gets pulled up then the even tension between the ropes becomes distorted. Some ropes will tighten to compensate the missing rope. But that will cause other ropes to loosen because they do not have to work as hard. The end result is that the tent is no longer reliable in its strength and stability. That’s what happens when a muscle looses its ability to do its job, when it is inactive. Other muscles will compensate and become tight while other muscles weaken. Then the risk of injury increases dramatically. Muscle Activation Technique is a non-invasive and testable protocol that tests muscles throughout the body for specific weaknesses. And it as a process to go about re-activating those muscles so they can begin pulling their own weight, as it were.
If this sounds like it is something that you need to experience or if you are having issues with muscle imbalances or just don’t feel like you are moving at quite the same capacity as you used to please feel free to contact Personal Fitness Trainer Nathan Palmer.