The process starts with a complimentary initial consultation (30-60 min) to discuss your specific needs/goals and determine whether or not the program is a good fit. If you decide to move forward, we’ll schedule a complete evaluation.
The evaluation (1-2 hours) consists of a detailed health history analysis, weight distribution measurement, postural examination, and range of motion evaluation. Using Greg Roskopf’s Muscle Activation Techniques ™ (MAT), we’ll check the quality and amount of motion at each joint in your body and evaluate your neuromuscular system’s efficiency at generating force and controlling your joints. The quality will depend on how much stress, trauma, and overuse your body has experienced through the years. Only when we’ve gathered all the information can we determine what the right approach is for you. Your body’s state will dictate what type of roadmap will be developed. Now that the evaluation is complete, you’ll return to review the results along with your plan.
With an understanding of the current state of your physiology, we’ll create your specific plan. This plan will encompass not only your wants, but in some cases needs you don’t know you have. We start by bringing balance back to your muscular system, then appropriately and safely start applying forces on that newly balanced system. The goal with the plan is to address your issues and get you exercising ASAP in a nice progressive fashion.
We want to design a program that matches the needs of YOUR body. If your body has experienced a good amount of issues through the years then we need to address that before we proceed to exercise. To do that we need to use Greg Roskopf’s Muscle Activation Techniques ™ (MAT) as our guide to bring your body back to balance before applying more stress with exercise.
If MAT™ is like the lightswitch then exercise is like the bulb, and they both lie on the same continuum. The bulb doesn’t work if the lightswitch is off. Once the lightswitch is on then its time to microprogressively apply force to the body to create more tolerance to the tissue and increase its ability to resist force. There should be a seamless handoff from MAT™ to exercise.
Our goals for you at this time are to:
- increase or maintain the body’s tolerance for specific forces
- increase or maintain the body’s ability to generate specific forces
- stop, reverse or slow down degenerative orthopedic/musculoskeletal and neuromuscular processes
- foster efficient multi-system homeostasis
- create an environment for healing
- create a sense of well being
Once the muscular system can tolerate many different types of forces while maintaining optimal function, it’s time to apply a long term progressive process. This process is never ending and could be deviated from at any moment depending how your system is handling it. The main goal is to maintain or improve strength for the rest of your life and the key is to do it appropriately and safely.