Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I did it!!! One of the proudest moments of my life! Muscle Activation Techniques™ (MAT) Master Specialist!

One of the proudest moments of my life!  
When I started on this journey back in 2010, I started down this road for personal interest to enhance my personal training business.  The concept of "activating" muscles to help "balance" the body to move better just made plain, old sense to me.  I had thought I was doing that anyhow as a personal trainer so heck yes, this totally made sense to me.

September, 2010 - Enrolled Denver XIX Internship with Greg Roskopf's Muscle Activation Techniques (www.muscleactivation.com) 
In my mind, I thought, how tough could this be.  I know the muscles; I understand bio mechanics; Simple.....so I thought!!!  WRONG!!!   Little did I know that I was about to go through one of the biggest life changing experiences.  
  • Class #1, September, 2010 - Returned back to Calgary and cried my eyes out and questioned why did I want to learn this stuff.  My head was spinning and it had challenges that I had in no way expected.  Kevin calms me down and encourages me to carry on.  So I did!  Best thing was there was another person from Calgary there so we were able to travel and study together.  This weekend, the positives out weigh the negatives!  
  • Class #2, October, 2010 - Another mind blowing weekend!  The stress and the panic set in, along with self doubt and fear!  How can I learn all of this information?  How can I keep working with the knowledge I know plus learn this new information?  Once again, my friend and classmate Heather encourages me to keep moving forward.  Kevin tells me not to give up.
  • Class #3, December, 2010 - An awesome weekend and it seemed the information I learned on class #1 finally sunk into my head.  I felt a sense of calm.  I needed this class now.  My mind loved what it was hearing and the more I learned the more I wanted to learn!  I know decide that this is the right pathway for me.  Don't get me wrong....it was a challenge!
  • Class #4, January, 2011 - It seemed I just got my head wrapped around everything and I finally accepted the path I was going down and I had a little set back.  This time, it was the emotional challenges of studying, working, and travelling along with the health of our dear girl, Georgia Peach, who was going downhill fast.  We knew her life on earth with us was soon going to be coming to an end.  I didn't have the mental or emotional toughness to keep on going.  The thought of losing her after 12 years ripped my heart out.  Kevin and I spent alot of time crying, hugging and laying there doing nothing for several days.  It was the toughest moment in my life!  The thought of school was "who cares" about learning.  I knew I didn't.
  • Class #5, February, 2011 - The toughest travel weekend in my life!  I had to leave Kevin alone.  Georgia Peach wasn't there for him this time.  Unfortunately this was our midterm weekend and frankly, I was not prepared in the least.  Every time I would try to study, I would cry.  Frantically, I called one of our MAT Assistance, Suzanne Grosse, to help me study the night before the exam.  Thank you Suzanne for being there for me!  Suzanne was amazing and calmed my nerves and helped me realize that all I could do was the best that I could do.  The day of the midterm, I looked blankly at the sheet and took a deep breath and "tried".  Thankfully, Ian Van Kooten was the MAT Assistant who I had to do my practical test with.  With the stress of the day, I started to cry as Ian had known that we had to put Georgia Peach down and he understood as he loves his dogs as much as we love ours.  Once again, he calmed me down and I did my best.  I didn't do very well with my midterm today, but honestly looking back, I am grateful for the events of that day.  It helped me learn more and I understood more about myself and what I needed to focus on.
  • Class #6, April, 2011 - Wow, time is flying!  Almost done!  I really like this stuff and realize it is time to get more serious!  Study, study, study!
  • Class #7, May, 2011 - This was the point where I realize the path I went down was perfect and the right one.  The concepts of MAT made sense; the theory made sense; the applications made sense.  I knew I was on the right path!  Yippee!
  • Class #8, June, 2011 - Extreme sadness now comes with this weekend!  I have made new friends and my extended family has now grown.  I love these people!  We have all grown as individuals as well as personal trainers and MAT Specialists.  The process of MAT was more than I ever expected!  It was now graduation day!  We have completed the MAT Internship and have to do the exam to be a specialist.  So much knowledge and so many more questions!  
  • July, 2011 - Muscle Activation Techniques™ (MAT) Specialist Exam - Heather and I fly down to write our exam and do our practical exam.  The tears of joy when we complete two days of written exams and one hour of practical exams come to an end.  Now we wait to hear if we pass.
  • August, 2011 - Muscle Activation Techniques™ (MAT) Specialist - PASSED THE EXAM!!!  I get the phone call while on vacation in Palm Springs and we are driving down the street to go to TJMax.  I cry like a baby!  I did it!  At this point, I never in a million years thought of going further or continuing on more in the program.
  • October, 2011 - I start to realize that I miss learning!  So at this point I decide to continue on with learning more about MAT and enroll in the MAT Master Classes and the RTS Programs.  The more I learned, the more I wanted to learn.  I love this stuff!
  • February, 2014 - At this point, I have just realized that I have now completed all the MAT Mastery Courses and did them a couple of times plus started doing other courses.  What????  I couldn't stop learning!  Learning is like an addiction I have now!  The more I learn, the more questions I asked.  On this journey from September, 2010 to February, 2014 never once did I even consider going for the MAT Master Specialist exam.  Who me?  No, never!  I "thought" I didn't want to be a "Master".  That was something that only smart did.  Once I realized that I had completed these courses, I realized I love the challenges of life.  So I called the MAT office to book my exam.
  • March, 2014 - After severe panic attacks and asking myself, what the hell did I just sign up for, I take the plunge and I walk into the MAT office to proceed with my MAT exam.  I had knots in my stomach and head bigger than I have ever had!  I had skyped with my study buddies that day and they both strongly suggested that I go put make up on so I looked better.  Yup....the stress showed on my face!  Thankfully, Matthew is a smart man!  He totally could sense that I was stressed and showed self doubt.  The end result was I failed my MAT Masters exam.  I had thought I would be embarrassed about failing but it was the opposite!  I was okay with failing.  I know some people don't believe me when I say that but it is true!  I once again learned a ton about myself and I totally respect the process of the MAT Mastery Exam now.  They expected 100% from me and I didn't do it 100%.  It was close, but not 100%.  I respect that more now.  After this day, I had said to Kevin, I don't think I'm going to try again to which Kevin said, you are so close and I believe in you.  You have to believe in yourself Sheena.  When those comments, I booked my rewrite for my masters.
  • May 7, 2014 - This time was different!  I felt calm.  I felt ready.  I felt relaxed.  I knew I was going to pass my Masters exam this time.  After two hours with Matthew, I just did what I know to do.  I did my best that I could at that time.  I felt confident!  We just talked about the session and finally Matthew said so do you want to know how you did.  For a split second, I had forgotten that I was there to do the exam.  All the sudden, my stomach ended up in my throat and then he said, "Congratulations!"  Well, the water works began and I cried.  Deep down, the best gift I could have given to myself for my 50th Birthday was to pass my MAT Masters Exam.  Guess what - I DID IT and I am proud of all I have accomplished!


Sheena Denscombe, MATms

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