My goal is for you to leave my office feeling way better than when you came in every time I see you. It makes my day to hear my clients say, “Definitely better!” as they re-test a previously painful position.
Muscle Activation Technique (MAT) pinpoints and corrects the muscular weaknesses that lead to tightness, pain, decreased performance, and injuries.
MAT treats the body as an interconnected whole, and treats the underlying source of muscular weakness, rather than the symptom. (For example, foot mechanics have a profound effect on lower back function.) This creates an Muscles work in synergy to produce movement at every joint. When one muscle is weak, other muscles have to compensate. Over time, this stresses muscle and tendon tissue, which can result in tightness, spasms, inflammation or tears.
Compensation can also alter joint motion and place unnecessary stress on the joints’ structure, predisposing you to injury. Ligament tears, arthritis, and bone spurs are symptoms of joint misalignment caused by muscular weakness and repetitive use.
Maintaining the strength gains, flexibility, ease and stability we may achieve in the session is dependent on you doing your homework program.
And, I recommend doing your homework for a week and engaging in your life’s activities, so you can expose your body to your normal physical/mechanical stressors prior to coming in for a follow up session.
In an hour follow up session, we will go through the same 5 step process, re-assessing all of the range of motion and strength tests and re-activate any muscles that may have weakened under the stress of your lifestyle and current activity level, as well as make any adjustments to your customized exercise plan.
The follow up and any successive sessions are based on need and 60 minutes ($195) or 30 minutes ($97) in length.
Let me know if you have any questions.
I would be happy to get on a quick call to answer them.
Cheers to you feeling better!
A few years before the end of my major-league baseball career, I was diagnosed with a ruptured disk. Unbearable pain finalized the need for an operation. The surgery was a success, but despite strenuous workouts, I never fully recovered. Pain was a constant factor and I had flexibility limitations that kept me from being able to bend at the waist. A decade of frustration was erased after just two sessions with Lara Riggio. Her application of Muscle Activation Technique produced incredible results. The day after my first session, I woke up without pain for the first time in over twenty years.
While working in NYC on a launch, I was incapacitated by intense lower back pain. The pain was so intense I thought I was going to have to cut my trip short to return to Spain for medical attention, fearing I needed surgery. I was amazed when I saw Lara; in less than 40 minutes I could bend and move normally again without any pain. I am so grateful - I have no idea how she did this so quickly when I felt ready for the hospital!
While playing ball in high school, I fractured one of my lumbar vertebrae. My low back was a constant source of frustration. Over the last ten years, my situation worsened. Pain prohibited me from running and from playing basketball or golf. Sitting in a car for more than an hour also triggered my symptoms. I had been seeing a chiropractor for three years and had received minimal relief. After four MAT sessions with Lara, I started playing hoops again, driving to and from the Hamptons weekly, golfing frequently, and began to run long distances again!
I thought I didn’t have a choice but to have surgery, since I was no longer willing to live in pain. The morning of my second opinion I went to see Lara; she was able to quickly assess the muscular compensations and the emotional stress driving my pain. Just three sessions later, I was pain free, had my flexibility back, and had a new outlook and life direction as well!
A week before I was supposed to run the New York City Marathon, my right knee hurt constantly and made a clicking noise when I bent it. After a long run, my entire right leg would go numb and my right hip would start hurting. After waking up each morning, it would take four or five hours before I could walk normally. Lara saw me limping through the gym on a Monday. When I told her that I was going to run the marathon that Sunday, she insisted on helping me. She worked with me for about an hour and a half. When she was finished, my knee pain and clicking were gone, and the numbness had disappeared. I ran the marathon completely pain-free.
Lara is a deeply caring person who will not quit until she has found just what works for you. Thanks to her tremendous knowledge of various techniques, I have found relief with injuries and physical limitations that keep me from doing the things I love to do. After wasting tons of time and money going to doctor after doctor without receiving much relief, I found Lara, who always gets to the root of the issue and fixes things quickly
When I found Lara, I was not walking, no longer working, and my physical and emotional state was in bad shape. Lara helped me stay positive while we rebuilt my body. With a clear mind, an open heart, and an energized body, I found my way back to the stage in Hair on the West End in London. There is no one like her who does what she does, and I am eternally grateful for her guidance!