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Muscle Activation Techniques® Testimonials


"My Personal Trainer recommended I get in touch with Ryan about trying Muscle Activation Techniques. I had been going to bootcamp sessions where I was doing weights and as such I had experienced a flare up of old back pain. I'd also started a new office job which saw me sitting a lot more.

I was also suffering with planter fasciitis in my right foot and have previously had patella tendonitis in my right knee and I partially ruptured my right Achilles tendon and ended up in plaster 19 years ago so I wondered if it was all linked.

I've tried dry needling and osteopathy on my back in the last 2 years but while it seemed to help in the short term, the problem kept coming back. The last flare up was particularly bad and the pain in my heel made it difficult to walk.

Ryan sorted my back problem out first which allowed me to get back to my bootcamp training and despite all the heavy lifting, 12 months on and I haven't had any back issue at all. We then started on the plantar fasciitis problem and made noticeable progress fairly quickly but the nature of my old Achilles' tendon injury means it's fairy slow progress. We've come a long way though and I always feel better after doing the exercises Ryan gave me to do at home.

If you're in pain and lucky enough to live in the same area as Ryan then I'd highly recommend you get in touch to see how he can help you." Louise Mimnagh


"I had been suffered with pain in my back and weakness in my left leg and ankle for 5 years. My leg and ankle would just give way during any sudden movements. I couldn't walk for very long because everything just got so tired and painful and I had to stop exercising all together. I was so unstable on my feet that I couldn't even wear high heels anymore and because I couldn't move properly or exercise I gained weight and was feeling really depressed. I'm only 30 years old but felt like I was 80!

I'd seen different Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Physios which sometimes helped the pain for a while but sometimes made me feel even worse. Stretching helped in the short term but the pain would come back again. I knew all these things weren't really helping but I didn't know what else to do. I had MRI's done at the Montefiore Hospital which showed there were no structural problems with my spine, pelvis or ankle. Nobody could find what was wrong with me, I felt hopeless and feared I'd be like this forever.

Then my friend told me about Ryan and Muscle Activation Techniques and that I should give it a try. When Ryan started testing my muscles it became obvious that all my problems were coming from my muscles being too weak. During the first MAT treatment Ryan activated some of my back muscles and I could already notice a difference in how I felt. All my hip muscles were weak and inhibited so over the next few sessions Ryan activated my hip muscles and then my foot muscles and after a few more sessions I was back to walking completely normally again, my back pain went away and I felt more stable on my feel. I'm even going running now which I've never done before. It took 18 sessions in total to get me back to normal again but it was worth every penny and I can't thank Ryan and his Muscle Activation Techniques enough for literally giving me my life back!" Holly McKerrell


"Ryan has been treating my husband Reg who has had long standing back pain due to 3 prolapsed discs. Reg has been to countless physio's with next to no good results. Reg is going back to work tomorrow after 2 months off with his back and now pain free, thanks to Ryan and MAT. Ryan is very knowledgeable and his treatment is absolutely amazing to witness as the results are fantastic. We both can not thank and praise Ryan enough. He has sacrificed 3 Sunday afternoons to treat Reg as this was the only day we could make the appointment. In our opinion, anyone in pain should go and have an assessment with Ryan. It worked for Reg and I now have a happy hubby again." Gail Brake-Regan


"Ryan is fantastic! Very knowledgable and really sorts your problems out by getting to the root cause. MAT is fantastic, no pummelling/cracking or pain! And it works!!!" Sara Cahill


"I was in real pain with my left hip and thigh when I started personal training. After several weeks of trying to work through the pain alternating with periods of rest, the pain was travelling down my left leg and I was in agony. My trainer recommended Ryan's MAT to me and he responded very quickly with an appointment the same week. Ryan was able to re-activate a number of muscles in my back during my first appointment which immediately alleviated the pain I was in. Over the next few sessions, the pain completely went and it was easier to train. I've used Ostepaths and Chiropractors in the past but I've found MAT quicker and more effective and will probably be visiting Ryan again in the future." Angela Savage


"If you're wondering whether MAT treatment is for you, then my story might help. I have a painful foot injury caused by my posture/gait. I've tried lots of physio and massage therapy to get me back to 'normal' but nothing so far has helped. I tried MAT, through Ryan, because the theory behind the treatment made a lot of sense to me. When I saw Ryan, he showed me that my left leg was 1cm shorter than my right, simply through my muscles being out of alignment (my words, probably not the words Ryan would use). This was likely to be the cause of my foot injury and the reason it wasn't getting any better. By the end of two treatments my legs were the same length and my stability was much greater. I found that I was standing straighter and not twisting my legs to stand and walk more comfortably. There's still some way to go, and I have some 'prescribed' exercises to do for a while but the treatment was so much more effective in such a short space of time that I now feel I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and that I'll be back to being able to run and walk without pain and discomfort. I really think this is the sensible way to treat injury and body dysfunction and it's working for me, so I'd urge you to give it a try. You have everything to gain!" Emma


"I saw like 20 different therapyst from the area of traditional physioterapy, different acupunctures, regular doctors in Sport Hospital, different massages, chiropractors and I've made more progress since I saw you [1 session] than any time during the past 1.5 years. The race went very well, I finished 3rd overall, and won the age group above 40 with course record. Physically, I had no problem before, during and after the race. Since the treatment I have had no tightness/pain around my right TFL area when turning my right leg inwards. After 1.5 years it is strange/unusual, but good! I've checked it several times if it comes back but fortunately not :)" Zoltan


"Ryan is very dedicated personal trainer and MAT specialist. After my back injury (my hernia exploded and I was paralised from the waist down) he massively helped me in recovery and after he treated all my week muscles so I could get back to gym. Not mentioning that with his help in nutritional advice i lost all that extra weight i gained during I was recovering from the injury. Now I do cardio in the mornings and weight training including deadlifts and squats in the gym and most importantly I can wear high hills again. So thank you Ryan for your patience, dedication and expertise." Maria Abramjan


"I can't say enough about the MAT therapy Ryan can provide for you. I was inactive for over 16 years due to a heart issue. When I finally wanted to be active again I ran into so many obstacles. From collapsed arches to angry IT bands, sore hip flexors, and massive muscle loss from knee surgery. Many would have given up a long time ago. But I kept at it, and luckily was in Ryan's boot camp. Our personal training sessions became MAT sessions out of necessity and I can say, with much happiness, that yesterday I ran a HALF marathon! To sustain running for over two hours is a huge accomplishment, and I have no doubt the MAT sessions are what got me through this long run with little pain. I'm committed to working on "fixing" the lingering issues through more intensive MAT therapy with Ryan." Debra Bonson


"I had been suffering from lower back pain for years on and off but for the last 6 months it was more on than it was off and really getting me down. With MAT, Ryan had me pain free within 30 minutes of my first session. Since then, Ryan has taught me the exact exercises to do to do if I overdo things, which feels very liberating. If you suffer from back pain or any other pain for that matter I would highly recommend you book in with Ryan and get it fixed." Chuck Henrich


"I've had bad posture for years due to my office job and this has taken its toll on my back. Pain and stiffness in the lower, middle and upper parts of my back and despite stretching and massage, the tightness always comes back. Ryan proved to me how the stretching was actually making my back muscles weaker and he got to work on activating all my weak muscles. I can honestly say that now my posture is much better, I can stand up straight with little effort and I actually feel taller. I would definitely encourage anyone with pain or tightness to get in touch with Ryan for some MAT treatment." Richard Holmes


"Besides improving my swing technique, I found my range of motion was very restricted and my body lacked stability during the golf swing. Therefore, I had to make a variety of compensations in my swing to counter these effects. I found MAT very beneficial as it addresses the joint instability and weakness. As my body gained more stability it released the tight muscles. As a result, my torso rotation improved ie I could swing more freely compared to before which gave me greater swing consistency and greater joint stability adding power which enabled me to hit one club longer. Moreover, I also felt I wasn't as tired after a game/practice session compared to pre-MAT." Gearoid O'sullivan


"my core stability has now hit 100% and my back pain has practically disappeared, something that I did not imagine was possible. I no longer have to deal with back ache on a daily basis and I feel better than I have done in years." Angela Dunk


"I decided to try MAT because to me it made perfect sense; it seemed to present the solution to the problem I had identified. Spending time with Ryan has only reinforced that perception. When Ryan tests a muscle, demonstrates a weakness and then fixes it, you can't argue with that. I'm still in the early days of applying the comprehensive rehabilitation programme Ryan prescribed, but I have no doubt it will help me enormously - both with the problems I knew about and the ones I didn't!" Andy Large


"I'm a keen golfer, playing currently off 20.7, on a path to, hopefully, 18 or less by the end of the current season. I used to continually revert to the exact same numerous 'swing faults' every season - mainly a really stupid insistence on a 'chicken wing' swing, with my right elbow pretty much all over the place. Ryan and I started to work on MAT (muscle activation techniques), in a nutshell, almost all my muscles were either totally, or partially, inhibited. After 3 of circa 5 reactivation sessions, I feel like I have a new body and my swing is now very stable and orthodox. The golf swing is a major variable but, to be honest, my general well being and posture is almost as important. I can be reached at matty.ryan@t-online.hu if you would like to chat about Ryan's MAT services and the associated benefits." Matty Ryan


"Can't believe how much better I feel today after our session yesterday. You know how important this weekend is to me and my success of training for and completing my first half marathon on Sunday will be possible because of your expertise, guidance and MAT work. I said yesterday, and I'll say it again, MAT has changed my whole perspective of having a fit, working body. I'm just so thankful I've found you, and have someone so dedicated to work with moving forward. It sucks I had to become injured to learn this valuable lesson, but I'm thankful nonetheless! Thanks for everything Ryan Phillips :)" Debra Bonson


"I had been suffering from pain in my right Achilles tendon and calf for some time and it was getting progressively worse. By the time I went to see a Physio I was in constant pain not just when I was running, despite stretching out my muscles before and after every run. The Physio said that I was very close to snapping my Achilles it was so tight and treated me with a combination of massage, ultrasound and stretching exercises. These gave me an initial improvement, however, before long my symptoms of pain and tightness just seemed to be getting progressively worse with my Achilles and calf becoming tighter and more painful even though I was doing even more stretching. Eventually I had to stop my running, due to the pain becoming unbearable.

I booked a Muscle Activation Technique (MAT) session with Ryan and within this first session I noticed some improvements, less leg pain and not as much tightness. Ryan found lots of muscles around my hips that were not working properly and explained that when muscles are inhibited due to trauma or injury, other muscles tighten up to compensate for the weak ones. This all made so much sense, as I was involved in a terrible bike accident almost 30 years ago where I suffered damage to my ankle/leg, so much so that the doctors said I'd never be able to exercise properly again! Luckily I did manage to eventually get my leg working again so that I could continue to exercise but my body had been compensating for this injury for all these years and things were just tightening up protect these weaknesses from the injury. This is why the stretching and the physio I was having, wasn't working.

I've been seeing Ryan once every fortnight for about 14 weeks now and during that time I've been able to get back to my running at least 3 times a week and can now do so, not only completely without pain but for longer, 50 minutes at a time instead of 30! Thanks to Ryan's MAT treatments I have eliminated all the weaknesses in my legs which has resulted in me being able to finally do my running pain free.

Thanks Ryan for helping me get back to doing what I love to do - RUN! : )" Caroline Sowter


"I decided it to give the MAT sessions a try. A month onwards and the sessions have helped tremendously. Some results were virtually instantaneous, while others are taking a bit more patience! However, the overall outcome is that I became able to confidently perform the resistance routine that Ryan formulated for me. Plus, now I can properly complete my workout, without the fear of injury, I am seeing steady, week-on-week weight loss and gain in strength. Not only that, but I have definitely experienced an easing in the general discomfort to which I had become accustomed." James Bishop


"Im a fire fighter who has been struggling with lower back problems. It was keeping me from carrying out my full duties, stopping me from taking part in all the sport that i've always done and just basically hampering my life in a way that i had never experienced before. During this difficult 9 months i had seen physiotherapists (both private and NHS), received treatment from an osteopath, been scanned by an orthopedic specialist, had acupuncture treatment and also seen an occupational health advisor all of whom failed to diagnose and successfully treat my problem. I needed someone who was going to have vast experience and an ability to use intelligent methods of working. I had developed serious sciatic symptoms down through the legs and had totally lost faith in the advice i had been given. Since our first session of MAT i have not looked back. 

When you've had a long term serious problem like mine it takes a lot to go into a gym and do things that you fear may hurt but thats exactly what i do and our sessions are still on going. Ryan's experience and knowledge puts you right at ease and he has not let me down once due to his careful but progressive methods. Each session i get improvements and because of his attention to detail he knows exactly what i need to work on most and how he wants to do it.

Im on the cusp of returning back to full duty now and i have a lot to thank Ryan for. He is one of the most forward thinking trainers i have come across and you really get the full package with him. He has the answers for anything i throw at him and i would recommend him to anyone." Jay Avery


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