Imagine an 8 man rowing crew as you would find in a boat race pictured below.
Now imagine that half way through the race 4 of the crew decide to stop rowing and sit admiring the view. What happens to the boat?
First of all it becomes unstable and more than likely begins to drift off course. As the race progresses the four rowing no doubt begin to complain as they are forced to work harder.
So what is the solution to this situation?
Do you focus your attention on the four that are complaining? Finding a way to calm them down and encourage them on. Or do you get the four taking a tea break to start contributing again?
This analogy largely explains the discomfort felt in your muscular system when some of its members lose their ability to contract. It also explains why the muscles that are causing you the most discomfort may not be the problem.
By ensuring everybody in the boat is pulling their weight, you keep the boat moving faster with less effort. You also reduce the risk of injury to those that are doing the most work.
Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT) enables us to precisely locate and activate muscles that are simply admiring the view. This keeps your joints stable and gets you moving faster with less effort and less pain.