MAT For Massage Therapists
Mat Is A Checks And Balances System That Allows Massage Therapists To Cater To Their Clients Individual Unique Needs Prior or Post Session
A common issue for Massage Therapist is losing clients to unresolved pain or issues. New client acquisition can be one of the hardest parts of that job! If clients are dropping sessions due to excessive pain, not getting any relief from pain or have unresolved issues/tightness, how can a Massage Therapist help them in their road to recovery? With adding MAT, the practitioner would be able to assess each client prior a massage session and post massage session – therefore they would be able to find and focus on the muscles that are not contracting efficiently.
The result of addressing muscular imbalances is an increase in range of motion. This ROM increase is from the increase in overall strength of the neuromuscular communication of that muscle/limb/body segment.
When clients have muscles that have been weakened due to stress, trauma, or overuse, the resultant inflammation alters the communication between the nervous system and the muscular system. This results in a neuromuscular weakness that cannot be corrected by general massage or deep tissue work. In order to help relieve the pain and reduce inflammation to allow the body to heal, one must first activate the individual muscular imbalances which in turn improves the necessary communication for these muscles to function optimally. Once activated, then one can get the full benefits from a relaxing massage but if individual muscles are left unactivated, one could have temporary relief in pain or tightness but likely it will come back.
- Massage Therapist & MAT Practitioner
MAT Has An Unique Perspective On Muscle Tightness Which Gives Massage Therapists With A MAT Certification The Advantage
MAT looks at muscle tightness as being a symptom that relates to underlying weaknesses. When muscles can’t contact efficiently, they cannot shorten effectively and they actually weaken due to lack of neurological input. This causes opposing muscles to tighten up. Many massage therapists focus on trying to loosen up the muscles that are tight through excessive force such as deep tissue massage, Graston, or general massage techniques.
MAT differentiates itself from other techniques never attempts to directly lengthen or change the muscle by stretching, heating, kneading, or foam rolling.