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What makes MAT unique?
MAT does not force change on the body but works with it to make improvements, strategically negotiating changes in motion via improvements in muscle contraction. If any intervention is made and motion decreases, and/or muscle contraction efficiency is lost, then it is interpreted and respected that the body is not ready to accept the change at this time and new decisions are made to move the body towards increased motion, and increased symmetry, with improved contraction.
The individual MAT strategies (See “What is MAT?”) when used together in a systematic format, under its definite methodology, based in the interpretation of the information gained from each strategy, and the relationships established between that information, are unique to MAT. MAT’s intention is not to diagnose or treat pathology but to improve a specific aspect of a muscle contractile capabilities and that aspect’s impact on limb motion and position maintenance as it relates to exercise and physical performance.
MAT is unlike other techniques working to improve muscle function in that the process is not attempting to directly lengthen or change the muscle by stretching, heating, kneading, or foam rolling. MAT is not trying to “relax” muscle – MAT is trying to “activate” muscle – which interestingly enough as a consequence may lead to the relaxation of other muscles. It is truly a new and exciting process.