What would you say is one of the most used things in our daily lives that often gets overlooked? The case could be made that the top answer is our muscles. Whether you do 500, 50, or 5 crunches a day (or haven’t thought of doing a crunch in a while) it is easy for humans to ignore the messages their muscles are trying to send them - much less act to improve these underlying aches! Muscle Activation Techniques (or MAT) is a popular non-invasive method to provide our body the support it deserves. 

Muscle Activation Technique is recommended for just about anyone, and can be found in health-centered spaces like Birmingham’s Aero Joe Pilates in Pepper Place. MAT is a simple and stress-free way of assessing each individual’s motion range and weak points, which can then be addressed in a more precise manner. 

When a muscle becomes weakened, the body will act accordingly to compensate for this new liability. This often puts more pressure on other muscles while still not addressing the source of the initial problem. Having a specialist find your specific focal spots to work on, then having a muscle activation therapist use their learned and highly impactful talents to ensure that known and previously unknown muscle conundrums are addressed accordingly. This process deviates from a lot of previous lines of thought that would center around relaxing the muscles instead of working in them. 

Many cases of tightness and muscle instability can be traced back to a weak area in the body not being addressed, even if that may not seem like the case at first. The MAT process tackles these nuisances at the source which is why it’s been favored by professional athletes, Pilates instructors, and other top health-focused industries. It’s also used by individuals who play recreational sports, jog for exercise, or simply want to improve their muscle quality. 

It’s safe to say that we are in an exciting new era of muscle therapy, and Muscle Activation Techniques captures the true impact of what can be done when we learn to listen to our body before attempting to heal it. 

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