Kris Sullivan – Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT) Practitioner

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Podcast Episode 2 – Kris Sullivan – A Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT) Practitioner, Licensed Massage Therapist, and Certified Personal Trainer with a Commitment to Learning


My second guest on the Engaging Muscles Podcast has been a licensed massage therapist for 12 years, and a certified personal trainer for 10 years.

Kris is also a certified Active Release Technique™ (ART™) provider.

More recently, Kris has gone on to complete the Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT) Specialist Certificate Program. Kris is also a certified KINSTRETCH™ Functional Range Conditioning (FRC™) mobility specialist.

Two years ago, Kris asked me if I thought the Muscle Activation Techniques Jumpstart Program would be a worthwhile investment. Not long after that, we touched base again. Having first met Kris as a student in my advanced kinesiology class at the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in Westport, CT, I wasn’t surprised to hear he had not only completed the MAT Jump Start Program, he was also well on his way to completing the Muscles Activation Techniques Internship.

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A passion for learning, Kris has gone on to complete the Muscle Activation Techniques weekend courses that focus on foot function and hand and wrist. He’s currently working on completing the MAT Mastery Program.

We touched on a lot of things in this episode.

Including how powerful Muscle Activation Techniques® is for performance. Not only in sports. But also the activities of everyday living. We also touched on shoes that are actually minimal, the mechanics that contribute to plantar fasciitis, and much more.

It was great to catch up with Kris.

Enjoy the show!

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Show Notes

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Products Mentioned

Jenn Scwartz’s Movement Pathways Program – A Mindful Exercise Masterclass for Pain-free Exercise (Get $50 off at checkout with code: engagingmuscles)

The Gray Institute’s Functional Video Digest Series

Naboso Neuro Insoles

Merrell Vapor Glove

Merrell Trail Glove

Vivobarefoot Primus Lite

Personal Training Certification, Fitness Related Organizations, and Techniques Mentioned

National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Personal Training Certification

IDEA Health and Fitness Association

The Resistance Training Specialist (RTS) 

The Gray Institute (See “Products Mentioned)

Active Release Techniques


Muscle Activation Techniques® (MAT®) (See links for “Specialists Certificate Program” and the “Jumpstart Program” in the main text above.)

People Mentioned

Joshua Lewbel, MAT practitioner and personal trainer in Glastonbury, CT

Gary Gray and David Tiberio, The Gray Institute

Greg Roskopf, Muscles Activation Techniques®

Tom Purvis, The Resistance Training Specialist (RTS)

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