In their own words...
Health Professionals Testimonials
“Shawn has used his training in M.A.T. to help many of my patients. I have consistently seen great results after a short treatment program with M.A.T. Shawn has proven to be a great practitioner, and has intimate knowledge of human body biomechanics.”
— Dr. Brian Anderson DC, CCN
"I'm a retired general surgeon, after 40 years of being bent over the operating table and having no real physical therapy or exercise, I have encountered many problems with my shoulder and my back. All of these problems were greatly helped by MAT and strength training. My mobility and strength were greatly improved and pain has decreased significantly. Now I am looking forward to many years of healthy golf. I highly recommend Activation Fitness and believe you should start early taking care of your body, not late like I did."
— David Stern, MD
"After nearly one year of shoulder pain, I felt frustrated because traditional physical therapy was not helping anymore. I even had arthroscopic surgery to diagnose what the problem was; only to discover that my injury was permanent and could not be fixed surgically (damaged cartilage). I felt like nothing would ever help my pain and allow me to exercise the way I used to. My doctor suggested I try MAT to see if it would help. Not only did it help more than anything I had tried so far, but I actually feel that with time and continued strengthening, I will likely get to a point where I will be virtually pain free. MAT helped determine why the injury happened in the first place. I am able to do yoga again with some minor modifications. Yoga was a big part of my life before, but also contributed to my injury. MAT has helped me understand my limitations and strengthen my weaknesses so I can practice yoga safely again!"
— Elaine Sobel
“As an Athletic Trainer I know how important it is to an athlete to get back on the field quickly. With only a few weeks to go before I ran a 5K race, I experienced an injury. Shawn helped me get back on the road, and I was able to run my race.”
— Jason Hall
Certified Athletic Trainer
“Shawn and the MAT techniques helped our cross country program tremendously this fall. He helped our athletes understand their mechanics, explained the reason for injuries, and provided valuable treatment. We were able to sustain high level of training and competition. Shawn did a great job of following up and providing information even after treatments. This is a great addition to any athletic program!”
— Mahesh Narayanan
Head Coach of North Central College
Women’s Cross Country Team
"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
“I compete in triathlons and mountain races and stay very healthy and for the most part, injury free. After competing in a mountain race in Alaska I had injured my quad and could not even bend my knee 90 degrees. I had no idea what I was going to do to help myself so I could continue training for my Half-Iron man that was coming up in a few weeks. Remember I could not even bend my knee 90 degrees and at the end of the ONE session I could bring my heel all the way to my butt without pain. Thanks to Shawn I was able to continue my training and completed my Half-Iron man finishing 6th in my age group! His expertise and expansive knowledge of the body and mechanics make me comfortable to refer clients of mine to him for help.”
— Stefanie Farris
NSCA — Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
"A big thank you to Gary for his work on my son’s injured ankle. During yesterday’s football game, he caught a pass and cut across the field to outrace everyone for an 80-yard score. He followed it up with another 55 yard run that got called back. His ankle seems to fully recovered and his leg is stronger than ever!"
— Michelle Hinca
“Shawn True spoke to the staff at the Personal Training studio where I train. The second I heard what he had to say, it made sense to me. I had been having nagging low back aching for months and with Shawn’s consistent attention and expertise, I can say the ache has subsided. In addition, Shawn is kind, energetic, and possesses a high emotional intelligence. Feeling well, body and mind is very important to me and Shawn supports that for his clients.”
— Susan Newman
Certified Personal Trainer
"I started working with Gina the same week X-rays taken by my chiropractor showed that my spine was extremely misaligned. Day after day, I was experiencing pain in my neck and a general discomfort in my back. I woke up most mornings stiff and achy. These misalignments created pressure and irritation on the various nerves in my spine and I was suffering a wide range of symptoms. The consensus was that my condition was caused by eight to ten hours a day at my desk in front of the computer screen. I was feeling pretty depressed about my situation. Gina took a thoughtful approach to my sad state of affairs. After working with Gina for two months, as well as my chiropractor, my spine was greatly improved. The second set of X-rays showed far better alignment. My chiropractor commented that the improvement was much more rapid than with his average patient. I believe that result is directly related to working out with Gina and her commitment to my well-being. Her workouts are creative, challenging and motivating. Overall, I’m stronger and very encouraged by the change in my physical condition."
"I am a professional violinist and sustained an injury almost 20 years ago to my neck that caused continuous pain. Over the years I saw physical therapists, sports medicine doctors, chiropractors, and a napropath-despite months and years of therapy the pain had never receded until my current trainer recommended MAT and Activation Fitness over 3 years ago. It has changed my life completely. After a few initial weeks of extensive therapy I am now on a flexible schedule with appointments when needed. I am able to practice, teach and workout on a regular basis and even play competitive tennis-things I could never have achieved together prior to Activation Fitness."
— Deb Ponko
“Steve Dam is a student for life. He has demonstrated a commitment to becoming the best MAT Certified Specialist he can be. He is a pleasure to work for as well. When I wanted to find a new place to work at, Activation Fitness was an outstanding fit because of the ethics, equipment, and most importantly, Steve.”
— Shawn True
Muscle Activation Techniques Certified Specialist,
Activation Fitness, Inc.
"Thank you for your comments regarding my recent success at the Ironman World 70.3 Triathlon Championships. I attribute a great deal of my success to the work you and the MAT technique has done for my overall strength and stability. Over the past few years I have been wrought with a myriad of physical problems ranging from sciatica to lower back pain. This seemed to just send me spiraling downward and resulted in further knee and hip issues. After years, I felt like no one was able to get to the true root of my injuries. As an athlete who loved to race and compete in Marathons and various distance triathlons, I was more than frustrated. I had goals. I didn’t feel like slowing down. And, I wanted answers
When we first met, I have to admit I was grasping at straws; looking for someone to put the pieces together. I was in the midst of an incredibly successful racing season. I had just competed and placed in four half ironmans over the summer. This earned me the honor of racing at World’s in November but, my body was breaking down. After a quick painless evaluation you were able to identify weaknesses and limitations. This led to reactivating weak muscles and opening up limited joint movements. Each time we met I noticed dramatic results. For example, the first session we were able to successfully increase the rotation and motion of my right hip. All of a sudden I noticed a marked reduction in hip pain and an increase in overall strength. Over the next few sessions we relieved SI pain, strengthened tweeky knees and, stabilized limited ankle rotations. The bottom line is that not only did I compete at World’s but, set an all time PR (personal best) and placed 6th.
I want to thank Activation Fitness immensely for opening my eyes to the benefits of MAT. And, I look forward to keeping you in my armamentarium of long term strategies that will keep me healthy, strong and racing for years to come. My enthusiasm for what you do is apparent by all the referrals that I have and will continue to send your way."
— Kimberly A. Busch DDS
In their own words...