Meet Sarah Kuindersma
Let’s get to know Sarah
BYCfitness: Tell us about yourself.
Sarah: Being active has always played an important role in my life. Growing up, I participated in hockey, baseball, triathlons, field lacrosse, track and cheerleading, just to name a few. More recently I discovered a passion for rock-climbing, hiking, trail running, mountain biking and ski touring.
At age 19, I was confronted with some hard challenges within my body that lead me to really question where my future was headed as an athlete.
When my performance in sport seemed to be on a consistent downhill slide, I started to seek out specialists to try to manage my body that seemed to be falling apart. I knew something wasn’t right when getting out of bed in the morning started to feel like a chore, and my 90-year-old great grandmother moved better than I did.
What I didn’t realize was that high intensity training was more of a detriment to my body’s health than a benefit.
As I started seeking answers, I felt isolated and misunderstood as I was passed from one specialist to another who suggested that my lack of progress was my fault. They stated “you didn’t do your exercise” or “you’re making symptoms up” or “you’ll just have to cope with this”
BYCfitness: Then you discovered MAT. How did it help you?
Sarah: Thankfully, I discovered MAT and was able to reduce my muscle pain and discomfort, which allowed me to get back to the activities I love doing. More importantly, it restored my faith in my body’s ability to perform at a high level.
BYCfitness: What exactly is MAT? Why did you decide to study it?
Sarah: MAT stands for Muscle Activation Techniques. MAT helps you restore your body’s ability to utilize all your muscles to their best capabilities.
After seeing first-hand what a difference MAT made in my life, I decided to make it my life quest to help others get back to good health and enjoy their favorite activities.
My passion is to help anyone who was active or is currently active that has been experiencing setbacks due to compensation patterns that have led to stiffness, loss of range or pain.
Together, we can develop a training regime that’s based on quality not quantity.
BYCfitness: Why would someone come to see you?
Sarah: If you are looking to move with more freedom, improve your mobility, and get back to feeling like your true self, without restriction due to pain and tightness, MAT is the right tool for you.
MAT is a great way to jumpstart your current routine and help you reach your mobility and movement goals. MAT can also be used as a way of maintenance and injury prevention. MAT got me back to moving again, and now I use it for regular tune ups to ensure I never have to feel limited by my body again.
BYCfitness: Do you have an underlying philosophy?
Sarah: I’m a firm believer your body knows exactly what you need to get back on track. Instead of being frustrated by how you think your body is limiting you, we should listen to what the body needs and address those concerns. It’s truly amazing how the body feels when it’s able to function the way it was designed to.
By listening to my body, and working on my movement patterns, I was able to get back to feeling healthy and fit again. Now as I take on fun fitness goals and adventures, I’m more attuned to when I need rest to ensure my body is healthy for life. After all we are only guaranteed one body, it’s important to take good care of it.
BYCfitness: Explain the name of your business and why you chose it.
Sarah: My business’s name is Dynamism, and I contract under Active Sports Therapy, which is a boutique full-service sports injury, health and performance center in Calgary.
I choose the name Dynamism for the definition “ The theory that phenomena of matter or mind are due to the action of forces rather than to motion or matter” in other words, our mind is what controls motion, and if we are able to get the mind body connection, our motion will improve.
MAT works by clearing up the brain map we have of our body, to help it move with more ease and efficiency.
BYCfitness: How can clients contact you?