About Sue-Anne Watkins
Sue-Anne is a Certified Muscle Activation Technique (MAT) specialist. She studied under MAT Founder Gregg Roskopf in Denver Colorado and received her certification in this exciting new technique in 2009. Having taught yoga and pilates for 10 years, Sue-Anne has deep understanding, and an abundance of experience working with movement and muscle control. Through this experience Sue-Anne has developed an acute understanding of the difficulty and frustration experienced by people when range of motion and weakness limits their performance in daily activities.
What is MAT?
MAT's premise is that human movement and exercise are fundamental to human health and that a muscle's health (demonstrated by its ability to contract efficiently) is important for normal movement. Any loss of a muscle's ability to contract efficiently may be demonstrated as a loss of motion and decreased physical performance. In turn, these may lead to subjective complaints and/or the loss of physical capabilities.
If an asymmetry in motion between the two sides of the body exists then the side that moves less is interpreted as having lost its potential for muscle activation. Then comes the puzzle of figuring out which muscle(s) have lost their ability to contract. The Muscle Activation Specialist determines whether a muscle has lost its ability to contract through a series of assesment techniques. Then, precise forces are applied manually to restore muscle efficiency.
As muscles are restored to efficient contractile levels, MAT uses a system of checks and balances to ensure that any increases in joint motion and symmetry are accompanied by appropriate muscle contractability.
Benefits of MAT
MAT increases range of motion and strength which helps to decrease the limitation of performance. The technique is gentle and non-invasive and instatly demonstrates how critical a muscle'a ability to contract is to any type of movement.
What can you expect from a session
The muscle activation technique session takes place on a massage table and begins with a series of assessments through various movements and gentle palpations by the MAT Specialist. Then the interplay between gentle manual muscle activation and assessment begins. For some people the technique feels too subtle to be effective, until they stand up and check range of motion, then the results feel profound.
Her professional attitude and commitment to help her patients impressed me a great deal. I knew I would be in good hands from the start. From the first analysis of my needs, through the various sessions to “activate” troubled muscles, to my “homework exercises” I can’t thank her enough for restoring a complete life back to me. I am much more confident now in my personal and public relations.