Hi, I’m Rachael!

Activities are an essential part of my daily life, my favorites are climbing, biking and yoga and getting out on the trails. I was not an athlete in school, nor am I very competitive but I’ve always enjoyed exercise and value all the benefits.

In 2004 I found my sport of choice – Rock Climbing. In 2007 I experienced what it feels like to NOT be able to do what you LOVE when I suffered a mild sprain in my medial collateral ligament (MCL) on my left knee. Lucky for me I was going through the Chicago II internship of Muscle Activation Techniques and was able to be treated. It took me some time to get back into climbing mentally and physically, but I am a better athlete and Specialist because of my experience.

As a personal trainer, I experienced and shared the frustrations of how the body deals with injury and muscular breakdown, and how limitations and injuries curb a client’s workout. The workout shifted to accommodate and limit more stress to the injured tissues.

I wanted to directly address the muscular component of the injury and NOT avoid the issues and wait for the muscles to “figure it out” which ultimately IS compensation. I had a few introductions to Muscle Activation Techniques and felt that it offered me the chance to address the muscular issues directly so I did not have to skirt around them anymore as a trainer at my level – I found that MAT addresses the muscular system in a way that was so unique and needed in our industry.

My professional endeavor and passion allows me to provide my clients with the ability to do what they love to do without the baggage and risks that come with muscular instabilities and compensations.

MAT Mastery Educational Courses:

Wrist and Hand, Foot Function, Upper/shoulder, Lower Body, Truck and Spine,

Force and The Nervous Systems

Resistance Training Specialist (RTS) Musculoskeletal Mechanics

Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) Postural Respiration

Past and Current Certifications

Muscle Activation Techniques(MAT)-SpecialistNational Certification for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCTMB)BS in Food Sciences with emphasis on Nutrition and FitnessMinor in PsychologyAmerican College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)American Council on Exercise (ACE)National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)