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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is MAT?

A: MAT stands for Muscle Activation Techniques and it is the systematic assessment and correction of muscular imbalances. We get muscles working by “plugging them back in” to the nervous system. An analogy here would be the action of turning on a light – you can turn or flip the switch as often as you want but there will be no light if the electrical cord is not plugged into the outlet. The same applies to the muscular system – you can work a muscle over and over in the gym and/or through rehab exercises but if it is not “plugged in” to your nervous system, your body will simply work around it. In short, stress shuts the connection down and MAT restores it.

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Q: How is MAT different from traditional rehabilitation?

A: MAT considers muscle weakness or inhibition to be the main problem. Your muscle has lost power because it is not plugged into the source of that power (i.e.: your nervous system). This weakness creates the need for protection or protective tightness. MAT restores the connection so that weak/disconnected muscles can contract optimally and the need for protective tightness goes away. There is no longer a need to constantly stretch to relieve those tight muscles.

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Q: How is Apana Bodywork different?

A: At Apana, healing is the key. You will be assessed on several factors every time you walk in our door, with the goal being to optimize healing while minimizing stress. Sometimes, relaxation is the main goal of a particular session and MAT will take a back seat. Whatever the treatment or combination of treatments that you need, it is all orchestrated to optimize the healing process.

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Q: What is the overall process at Apana Bodywork?

A: The initial consultation is an hour and a half where we complete a health history as well as a full body assessment in terms of range of motion and strength. A follow-up visit is scheduled for one week after the initial consultation to see if any change/progress has been made. A course of treatment is then recommended. Most people need one treatment a week and then taper off to one maintenance treatment every two to four weeks. Some clients reach their goal and only return on an ‘as needed’ basis.

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Q: How many sessions will I need?

A: This will vary based on several factors:

  • length of time that the challenge/issue has existed
  • severity of symptoms
  • history of surgery
  • trauma

When a client presents with a chronic or persistent pain or imbalance Trame Vibrational Therapy is recommended to speed the healing process. We’ve found the combination of Trame with MAT gets much faster results despite all the above factors that are at play.

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Q: How much do the sessions cost?

A:Sessions range from $90-120 (incl.tax) per session depending on the package you chose. We accept payment in the form of cash, cheque, and Debit/Interac. At our Newmarket location, we accept all forms of payment with the exception of American Express credit cards.

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Q: Is MAT covered by insurance?

A: At the moment, MAT is not actively pursuing coverage by insurance plans. The reason for this is that, once MAT is regulated, there could be many restrictions implemented which can and will negatively impact the one-on-one type of care that we want to provide to our clients.

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Q: Why should I try MAT?

A: MAT bridges the gap between traditional rehabilitation and optimal function. As an example, when you are discharged from the hospital after surgery, you are sent for either physiotherapy (PT) or occupational therapy (OT) and from there, when you are able to function well enough to take care of yourself, you are sent home. The goal with MAT is to take you from just being able to take care of yourself to being able to play with your kids, play sports, or get back into the gym or to yoga without worry of injury or pain. MAT takes you that extra step in your healing process so you can feel like yourself again and return without fear to activities you previously enjoyed.

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Q: Is MAT painful?

A: Unlike some traditional therapies, MAT does not dig into the painful spot and keep going until you can no longer stand the pain. The hands-on aspect of MAT is specific to where muscles attach to bones so there is no pressure applied to/lingering in the painful areas. We typically avoid treating a painful area to prevent any further irritation.

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Q: How does MAT work?

A: The effect of MAT is on the muscle spindle itself and in restoring its role in communicating with the brain. Once we treat an area, MAT restores the necessary communication between muscle and the brain which then allows the muscle to contract when it is required to do so. The muscle spindle is responsible for communicating muscle length to the brain and without such information, proper muscular contraction will not occur.

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Q: How is MAT different from traditional rehabilitation?

A: MAT considers muscle weakness or inhibition to be the main problem. Your muscle has lost power because it is not plugged into the source of that power (i.e.: your nervous system). This weakness creates the need for protection or protective tightness. MAT restores the connection so that weak/disconnected muscles can contract optimally and the need for protective tightness goes away. There is no longer a need to constantly stretch to relieve those tight muscles.

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Q: What does Trame Vibrational Therapy do?

A: Trame quickly clears out blockages that impede the flow of energy in the body. It is particularly successful at helping alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety.

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Q: How often do I have to do this therapy to see results?

A: Trame can only be done once every 3 weeks maximum because: One treatment is powerful

  1. It continues to work on you for 40 Days
  2. Your body is adjusting to its new alignment
  3. Emotional detox
  4. Physical detox
  5. Subtle changes in the spiritual/mental aspects of self and others

Recommendations for Number of Sessions required:

  • Acute issues/symptoms: 3-5 sessions are recommended for issues/symptoms lasting less than 6 months.
  • Chronic issues/symptoms: Between 5-8 Sessions for issues/symptoms lasting over 6 months.

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Q: What causes blockages in the first place?

A: blockages can be caused by:

  • Stored EMOTIONS that have not been expressed or released. Release emotions and feel the relief. Your shoulders drop and you feel calm for the first time in a while.
  • Stored MEMORIES from past trauma or negative experiences. Memories can be great but when they’re traumatizing, they seem to linger in the worst way. It can affect your dreams, drain your energy and make you feel downright crummy. Feel the burden lift as you clear out those blocks that are keeping you stuck in the past.
  • Stored NEGATIVE BELIEFS that create your reality. Negative beliefs are like magnets, attracting more of the same. Change your beliefs, change your perspective. This can alter your relationship with yourself and others in your life empowering you in the process.

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Q: What is involved in a Trame Vibrational Therapy?

A: the whole session lasts 1.5 hours

The first 15 minutes we sit down and talk about where you’re at so we can measure progress. After this, you lie fully clothed on a massage table and a series of 16 hand positions are placed on your body.

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Q: What can I expect to feel during a session?

A: You may feel:

Tingling, warmth, cool, numbness. You may experience twitching, emotional release or nothing at all. It doesn’t matter if you’re open to it or if you feel anything, this therapy will work regardless. The improvement is immediate and continues to work on your for 40 days after the treatment.

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Q: Who developed Trame Vibrational Therapy?

A: Patrick Burensteinas developed trame based on his work in alchemy and quantum physics. He practiced this technique on 20,000 people before teaching his technique to other practitioners.

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Q: How much does a session cost?

A: : A session is $120 and is 90 minutes.

*Payment plans are available upon request.

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Client Testimonials

"I had trouble going even for short walks and I felt like I had to kick my left leg out in front of me so my daughter recommended me to Madeleine. After four treatments I walked 3 km and for the first time in 11 months I felt pretty comfortable. After a subsequent session I was walking 5 km comfortably and didn’t feel like I had to kick my leg out but like it was doing it on its own. MAT treatments, the gym exercises recommended as well as the corrective exercises all combined to get me here"

Geoff

Stratford, ON