Myoskeletal Alignment Therapy (MAT) is a combination of Head to Toe Massage that works with the relaxation & body alignment and proper movement.
While this may seem similar to a therapeutic massage it is vastly different. The client and therapist work together for the best outcome. Joint movement, range of motion testing, muscle firing and deep breathing are implemented within the first 90 minute appointment.
This therapy is highly recommended for the person with concerns of
- Chronic Pain
- Increased Sports Performance
- Postural Issues
- Improve Balance
- Tingling, numbness
- Range of Motion issues
- Post – Surgery
- Post Physical Therapy
- Hyper Flexibility
Book an Appointment or Book a 15 min FREE Phone Consultation if you are not sure if MAT is for you.
Tammy Shaw-Sykes is the only Master of Myoskeletal Alignment Therapy in Minnesota and one of 30 MMTs as of 2018. Read more about Tammy’s expertise.
Frequently Asked Questions regarding Myoskeletal Alignment Therapy
What can I expect with my first appointment?
The first part of the appointment is discussion. We review the client history information you filled out and ask questions. Usually about 15 minutes.
Please wear athletic wear or tighter clothing as photos and a video of walking are taken for review.
Full body massage is done in most cases.
Another set of photos are taken.
Review of findings.
Some walking or moving to incorporate muscle retraining for quicker brain re-education.
Why do you do a full body massage instead of other assessments I have done at another place?
Using my experience as a Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM) and Functional Movement Specialist I have found that with these techniques combined with MAT which can stretch used muscles & strengthen weaker muscles. This can advance a client by 4-6 weeks from traditional corrective exercise or personal training.
Is Myoskeletal Alignment Therapy (MAT) like Rolfing?
Erik Dalton was a student and teacher of Ida Rolf’s training and enhanced those teaching to incorporate techniques combining massage, Rolfing, anatomy, comples impact of the nervous system on muscles and fascia and Osteopathy.
Rolfing has been know as a Ten Session Protocol which involved first session of head, neck and moving downward throughout the sessions.
MAT is unlike that.
At SHIFT I use Phases.
Phase I – 1 time a week with the focus out of pain and proper movement patterns. These session can be 4-8 times depending on client some exercises using body weight will be given moving out of pain or disfunction.
Phase II Option 1 This can be shorter appointments 2 times a week as we are in the strengthening and stretching mode. Some table work may be done.
Option 2 1 longer appointment every other week as they are doing the exercises regularly on their own so table work incorporated with exercises are done.
Phase III Maintenance. This is a 90 minute 1 time a month or every other month to make sure that the proper movement patterns stay in balance and keeping out you out of pain.
What are you not more specific on how many times to come in?
Everyone is unique and different. Things to consider. For example: client with injury from 15 years before that wants to improve range of motion on shoulders. Her results and length of time may be different from the person that has a frozen shoulder for 3 months.
I like to run and now it hurts to walk. How can this help?
I was trained in massage & personal training by 2 instructors that were Ironman participants and Ironman coaches and went on to train trainers to coach Ironman athletes. In this case MAT is the first place to start to make sure muscles are moving and firing in proper order. Running on the treadmill can then indicate a specific area to go back to focus on to get you back to doing the things you love as quickly as possible.
I have chronic migraines would MAT help me?
Yes, the focus is on you. Assessments are done visually and on the massage table. Testing to see what area it encompasses. Disc facets not opening, TMJ misalignment, nerve impingement can all be worked on with these gentle techniques.
Why have I not heard about MAT before?
Myosketelal Alignment Therapy (MAT) has been around since 1997. Erik Dalton the founder lives in Oklahoma and only teaches 2 times a year. With the availability of DVD & Web Training more therapists are investing their time & money on these advanced training techniques. I am sure that you will be hearing more about it.
Where you trained only online in MAT?
To be a Master of Myoskeletal Alignment Therapist you have to attend at least 2 workshops and 1 must be with Erik Dalton. I have done 2 OKC workshops and 1 with Paul Kelly, Sr MMT in San Diego and will be attending a 1 week Intensive MAT Training in Costa Rica in 2019 Over 225 hours of training has been reached for my MMT Certification.
Why did you decide to do MAT work?
I myself had pain, tingling and it was a massage therapist not medications that helped the most. I appreciate that MAT incorporates all of the body. I am able to incorporate the best of massage, personal training and yoga into each session.
Is it only massage therapists that do MAT?
No, Athletic trainer, personal trainers, physical therapist and chiropractors in addition to massage therapist are being trained in Myoskeletal Alignment Therapy.
About Tammy Shaw-Sykes, MMT
Master of Myoskeletal Alignment Therapy from Erik Dalton’s Freedom From Pain Institute. Renowned myoskeletal therapist Erik Dalton, PhD, has a broad therapeutic background in massage, Rolfing and manipulative osteopathy. Read more about Tammy’s approach.