Muscular Activation Technique Now Available Wednesdays Downtown!
You can now receive this revolutionary treatment to correct muscular imbalances in our downtown Spa!
How does Muscle Activation Work?
Stress, trauma, and overuse can interrupt the communication between the central nervous system and the muscles. When the communication pathway is altered, muscles can’t contract on demand leaving them “weak” with the inability to contract on demand and setting them and the body up for injury and compensation patterns. M.A.T. is a system of checks and balances that restores the communication of the muscles to the central nervous system and insures proper muscular contraction.
Sessions are done fully clothed on a massage table. The first session is an hour and a half (30 minute assessment followed by treatment). Following sessions are 1 hour.
How Do You Know if a Muscle is Weak?
Something just might not feel right. Joint pain, muscle tension, or instability of a joint, or in other words, tight hamstrings, tight lower back, shin splints, aching knees, or a hyper-extended joint. Any feelings of pain or tightness can be signs of possible muscle weakness.
Who Can Benefit from M.A.T.?
Muscle Activation Technique is effective for EVERYONE, from elite athletes to rehabilitation patients and everyone in between. M.A.T. is a great assessment and prep for those starting a workout program and wanting to get the most from their workouts.
Can M.A.T. Have a Positive Effect on Arthritis and the Aging Process?
Yes! Muscles are designed to stabilize the joints, so any improvement in muscle function may prevent loss of physical performance often associated with arthritis and aging. M.A.T. ensures proper muscle contraction so when you exercise with load, your body will have the ability to maintain or gain muscle mass, which isn’t possible if the communication between the muscle and nervous system is altered.
Melissa was a track and wrestling student athlete before receiving her BFA in Dance. She discovered Pilates after a dislocated knee took her off the dance floor, and she quickly fell in love with the practice, got certified, and opened her own Pilates Studio in Seattle, WA. She has since taken years of wide-ranging continuing education courses and Pilates trainings. Melissa loves to teach Pilates because it helps people feel good and move better – both in their other workouts and daily lives. She is always thinking outside the box and expanding her repertoire to enhance her clients’ experience.
As part of her repertoire expansion, Melissa became a certified M.A.T. (Muscle Activation Technique) specialist in 2017. Her combination of M.A.T. work and Pilates instruction helps clients correct muscular imbalances, joint instability, and limitations within their bodies.
In addition to private sessions, Melissa teaches several Pilates classes a week on our 360 class schedule.