Testimonials


In their own words...
  • Health Professionals
  • General Health and Wellness
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Runners / Bicyclists / Swimmers
  • Activation Fitness
  • Mind/Body Methods
  • Foot and Knee
  • Low Back / Hips
  • Shoulder / Neck / Upper Back
  • Hand and Wrist
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    Foot and Knee Testimonials
    “I had a complex injury and went the doctor route and through physical therapy but I kept complaining of nagging pain and the feeling that something just wasn’t working right in my lower leg. The doctors looked at me like I was nuts and although my physical therapist was great, he was stumped too! I did my research and found MAT therapy. What an eye-opening experience! After my second visit I was convinced I had found my answers. And after only four visits, I turned the corner in my recovery and I’m doing things that I thought I might not ever do again! I can’t believe how well it worked! .... MAT is definitely is the next generation for injury rehab.”
    — Debbie Syler

    “I play Division I college soccer although after having ACL surgery on both my knees, I played in considerable pain. My mom told me about Shawn so I went to see him. This past fall was the first season in years that I have played pain free. Thanks, Shawn!”
    — Laura Murphy

    "A year ago I developed plantar fasciitis in my heel. I was put in orthotics and they did help the plantar fasciits. Unfortunately because they changed my gait, I developed knee problems a year later. I had orthopedic surgery and it helped very little. Now after having MAT with Steve for 4 sessions, for the first time in 6 months I am able to do the elliptical, walk, and lift weights again. I was using the orthotics the entire day but now do not use them at all and my foot still feels great. I no longer have the daily pain and I am sleeping good again!"
    — Laurie Cook

    "My feet were the motivation for giving MAT a try. The heels had become so tender over the years that to walk was painful. Cyndi Burman worked tenaciously over several sessions on the many muscles/joints within each foot, the muscular alignment of my hips/legs to my feet and balance between both sides. I also became more cognizant of how I placed my feet when I walk and practice yoga. Gradually the tenderness subsided to where I am today, 12 months later. My feet are no longer an issue. I have made the decision to continue to work with Cyndi on other parts of my body because I believe that MAT is important to my graceful aging process. The muscles sometimes need to be reminded of how they connect to and interact with each other and their respective bones. MAT has become an important part of the overall health plan to keep me strong and happy in my active life style."
    — Katherine Nagler

    "I started coming to Activation Fitness when I had some nagging knee pain. I wanted to get ready for a ski trip and searched on line for something effective and non-invasive. After just a few sessions of MAT, my knees were pain free. It really was a God send. I was impressed enough to encourage my mom to start coming. She had several car accidents and had become much less active with increasing pain and tightness. She started with some MAT but now does strength training mostly and has been a regular client for a couple years. It has changed her life and she can now enjoy active exercise and walks regularly without pain for first time in years. Now I even convinced my dad to start coming in finally for a chronic shoulder issue.. he was skeptical but is seeing some big increase in his strength and flexibility. He is finally starting to sleep better at night and feeling optimistic again about the golf season coming up!
    — Arpie Petkus

    "I came to Steve with a pretty severe plantar fasciitis case to the point where I could not run at my kids soccer practices. Was pain every step. After 6 sessions, the pain has gone away, my flexibility and my athleticism has come back. Now I look forward to this spring and being able to help with the soccer team again and run a 5K again soon."
    — Kevin MacLean

    "I had double knee surgery almost 2 years ago. I had a short stint of physical therapy. When I finished that, my doctor recommended I go to Activation Fitness. He said I would strengthen the areas around the injury with a knowledgeable trainer using strength training and MAT. I am now very much on the road to recovery and my experience here has been perfect. I am in my 50's but still very active playing golf and skiing. Activation Fitness has kept me doing the things I love and feeling great. I highly recommend it."
    — David Olson

    “Impending osteopenia and fear of heart disease prompted me to begin working out about 10 years ago. I saw results in weight loss and my bone density improved, but I often struggled with motivation. I also began spinning but suffered upper back pain. Running and some machines became out of the question due to knee and lower back/hip pain as well. Other trainers and a physical therapist told me that running, the treadmill, and open chained machines would aggravate my problems more. Still I continued my weekly regiment.

    Then I met Steve Dam about two years into this process. Steve changed my entire attitude about fitness. It became more about strengthening my body and understanding what I COULD do as long as it was done properly. Fitness became my passion and I became leaner and stronger and looked forward to training.

    Steve is a knowledgeable, forthright and caring person. His training style and MAT skills are a combination that truly work. I would enthusiastically recommend training and doing MAT at Activation Fitness, if you want to feel strong and overcome physical limitations that have held you back.”
    — Linda Gold
        Small Business Executive



    In their own words...
  • Health Professionals
  • General Health and Wellness
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Runners / Bicyclists / Swimmers
  • Activation Fitness
  • Mind/Body Methods
  • Foot and Knee
  • Low Back / Hips
  • Shoulder / Neck / Upper Back
  • Hand and Wrist
  • AOOH