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12-06 Pain Relief and Enhanced Mobility

Pain Relief and Enhanced Mobility for Everyday People to Million Dollar Athletes!
by Sheila Lee

In recent years a revolutionary new process has evolved called Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT). Muscle imbalances in the body can lead to limitations in movement, decreased ability to perform daily activities, pain and even injury. MAT is a hands-on technique that allows the specialist to assess an individual, identify muscular imbalances and correct those imbalances. The goal of MAT is to identify the root cause of a problem, not just treat symptoms. MAT is unique in that it incorporates a checks and balances system which can determine where each individual’s imbalances may lie.

MAT can be used to treat a wide variety of muscular issues including:  pain of the neck, back, shoulder, hip and knee, sciatic pain, rotator cuff injuries, plantar fascitis, tendonitis, foot problems, ankle sprain, and any chronic muscular tightness. MAT can also help recovery times post surgery, enhance your current physical therapy, chiropractic or massage therapy sessions or be used as a stand alone rehabilitation program. 

MAT is a great precursor to exercise because you are preparing the body for what you are asking it to do.  MAT can enhance exercise programs, sports performance and acceleration programs.  With MAT you can perform at a higher level while protecting yourself from injury. MAT is safe for all individuals regardless of age or activity level.

MAT is also used amongst a variety of sports teams including:  Denver Broncos, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, Indianapolis Colts, Indianapolis Pacers, Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Blackhawks, and New York Giants.  There are also a number of individual athletes nationwide that are utilizing MAT from Olympians to high school athletes.  MAT is elevating sports performance and career longevity in all types of competitive athletes.

MAT's unique drug-free therapy quickly restores pain-free movement so you can enjoy all of your daily activities.   The following is one client’s experience with MAT.

"I was rear-ended at a high rate of speed three years ago. This accident left me only a shell of what I once was. Constant pain, loss of movement and strength in my neck, back, legs, and arms and migraine-like headaches rendered me useless at work and in my personal life. "I can't do that" became common phrase for even the smallest tasks. Doctors and physical therapists treated me for years. They treated the symptoms, pushed pills for the pain, but never addressed and or solved the problems.  Thank goodness I found Sheila and MAT. I began experiencing results and relief in just one visit!  She single-handedly solved the above-mentioned problems within months through MAT. I have my life back now and it's all thanks to Sheila Lee!"

D. Driscoll

To learn more about MAT, visit or contact Sheila Lee at or at 859-866-0739. 

Sheila Lee, B.S. Exercise Science, MAT Certified Specialist, CSCS, is the owner of Life Without Limits LLC.  She began her business three years ago for the purpose of treating clients using Muscle Activation Techniques.  She works with high school, college and professional level athletes in a variety of sports.  She also works with a wide range of adults, varying in ages, activity levels, and orthopedic and muscular issues.

A Note from Dawn:  I personally have seen MAT as an important component to overall activity, function, ability and performance, especially if you have a continuous ache, pain or repetitive injury!

Homemade in the Kitchen:
Holiday Spa Gifts to Make and Give

Rita Nader Heikenfeld, CCP, CMH
Macy's Regional Culinary Professional & Family Herbalist
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Try these natural spa products to restore your skin to summer silkiness. These make great gifts, as well. Don’t forget to make extra for you! And for even more great holiday recipes, visit my website!


  • 1/4 cup almond or jojoba oil
  • 20 drops essential oil of your choice or 1 tablespoon dried fragrant herbs

Pour oil into sterilized jar, or rinse jar out with cider vinegar, let dry and then proceed. Cider vinegar kills any bacteria in the jar.

Add oil or herbs and shake well.  Let steep in a dark place for about  a week to mature. Add 1 tablespoon to bath or use a small amount on skin. If using fresh or dried herbs, strain before using. This makes a nice gift in a pretty decanter.


  • 1/2 cup  your choice of oil: almond, jojoba, grapeseed,
    apricot kernel, unscented baby oil, sunflower or avocado
  • 1/4 cup mild, unscented liquid soap like Ivory,
    or baby shampoo
  • 10 drops essential oil of your choice

Stir together gently and let set a few days to mature.  

Why these are good for you:

  • Jojoba oil is most like the oils your skin produces
  • Ivory soap and baby shampoo are natural with no additives
  • Cider vinegar restores acid balance to your skin.

Add a splash of organic cider vinegar to your bath for a body tingling experience

The two ingredients that are key here are sea salt and epsom salt. I developed this recipe as my "signature," copyrighted bath salt recipe.

The dry milk is a soothing ingredient. Epsom salt is soothing to sore muscles and is found in the pharmacy aisle. A little more or less of any ingredient is OK for both salts and soap. And if you want to really make it just like the expensive versions at the bath & body shops, add a tablespoon or so of fine granulated sugar or powdered stevia and pack a few vitamin E tablets in which will melt in the hot bath water. The sugar is antiseptic and scrubs your skin and makes it soft, while the vitamin E acts as an anti-oxidant and is soothing to cuts and scrapes.

Master Recipe:

Mix together:

  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • ¼ cup sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda


  • 1 tablespoon dry goats milk
  • 1 tablespoon regular  (not instant) oats, run through a blender (opt)
  • 1-2 tablespoons bath herbs of your choice, finely ground or not, your choice, or a few drops essential bath oil of your choice
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • Vitamin E capsules
  • Wheat Germ capsules
  • Primrose capsules
  • Vitamin C tablets

Mix together. You can add food coloring – depending upon how thorough you are in mixing, all the crystals won’t be colored, but you’ll get pretty “dots” of color here and there. To use, pour ¼ cup into a hot bath.


"Thanks to Dawn's meal plans and food guides, I have increased energy and endurance in and out of the pool. When I swim at meets, I finally have enough stamina to swim well not just in the first two events–but I can swim all four with the confidence that I will be fueled and ready to go. My meet performance has risen substantially just from getting enough food and being properly hydrated. It is like all of the hard work that have been logging for the past four years in the pool is finally paying off–and it's paying off big."

Joe Deters

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Speaking Engagements
Dawn Weatherwax and staff have assessed over 150 wrestling athletes for the state of Ohio.

Dawn Weatherwax is a Master Assessor for wrestling in the state of Ohio.

Dawn Weatherwax spoke at New Richmond High School on Nov '06 about "Fueling for the Competitive Edge."

Dawn Weatherwax spoke at Akron General Sports Medicine Symposium on Caffeine, Protein and Carbohydrates: How they Affect Hydration and Performance on Dec 2nd '06.

Dawn Weatherwax will be speaking at the NSCA National Conference for Personal Trainers in Las Vegas in March 07’. This is sponsored by Sports Health.

Dawn Weatherwax will be speaking at the IHRSA National Conference in California '07. This is sponsored by Propel.

Dawn Weatherwax will be speaking at the Middletown Regional Symposium in Ohio '07. This is sponsored by Gatorade.

Dawn Weatherwax has picked up another sponsor—SPORTS HEALTHfor presentations.

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