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I want to thank you, Angel Tortoriello-Umbach, for an incredible session! My body, balance and alignment feel in perfect harmony. Amazing work....Thank you! You are an angel...xoxoxoxox
- Tony Meredith
Professional Ballroom Dancer and Choreographer


- Ayla Rain
Ballet Dancer at Walnut Hill School of the Arts

Angel is a passionate and compassionate therapist who works tirelessly with her patients to improve their health and well being. I was diagnosed in late September of last year with herniated discs L4 and L5 in my lower back. This was very distressing to someone that worked out, ran and biked for 30 years. I attempted physical therapy which I thought was helping me but in reality my condition was not improving but getting worse to the point where I was incapacitated and unable to walk in December. I was basically bed ridden for an entire month and unable to work. I finally came across an article that spoke about muscle activation and I sought the services of Angel. She began with an extensive and comprehensive examination. We began treatments and I was able to start working part time and subsequently able to return to the gym for light workouts. After a few months I was able to cross country ski and ultimately return to my passion of running and biking. She is a great motivator who is dedicated to her craft and excels at it. I would highly recommend her to get you on your feet and get you back in the game.
- Mike
Runner, skier, loves to be active


-Chris K.
At Muscles In Balance LLC, we specialize in assessing your muscular imbalances which is often the cause of most injuries, pain, or strains.

From this assessment we are able to create a personalized treatment plan to teach you how to manage and understand your recovery process so you can get back into action as soon as possible.


Explanation of Muscle Activation Techniques


Angel works with active and sedentary individuals, athletes, and fitness enthusiasts to help treat their muscle imbalances and reach their fitness goals.

Active and Sedentary Adults

If you have ever experienced back and neck strain, bad posture, hip tightness, limitation in flexibility, etc., associated with your daily work routine, Angel can help correct these discomforts and teach you how to prevent them from happening in the future. Her techniques have also been used to slow down or even reverse the aging process and aid in the prevention of arthritis.

Athletes and Dancers

Athletes are prone to injuries caused by repetitive movements from their specific sport. Until recently, athletes had to work through aches and pains. But now, Angel can use multiple techniques to test the muscles, get to the root of pain or injury, and treat the problem so that you are back on the playing field or dance floor in no time at all! Angel's techniques are especially used on dancesport competitors to increase flexibility and range of motion, increase stability and balance, increase power and foot speed, reduce and eliminate soreness, and prevent injuries. Her techniques have been known to help some of the best ballroom and ballet dancers in the world recover from injuries and improve their natural abilities.

Fitness Enthusiasts
Whether you want to be the top athlete of your sport, or you just wish to maintain peak muscle performance, Angel's muscle techniques can help improve your mobility, stability, flexibility, and speed of recovery. A well-balanced body prevents injuries.

Angel is a wonderful therapist who’s unique approach to working with the body is extremely effective. She works on and clears the neurological pathways to the muscles which allows them to become activated. One of the things that I had learned from my education in kinesiology was that oftentimes, the problem with a muscle wasn’t really in the muscle itself, but in the blockage of the pathways from the brain to the muscle. In other words, the signal can become blocked due to injury, repetitive stress, or a variety of other issues. Then, because the muscle doesn’t receive the signal from the brain, it shuts itself down and other muscles start taking over the work which can cause imbalances in the body. This often starts a chain reaction resulting in inefficient movement and poor control over the body. As the imbalances worsen, it can lead to pain.

I began taking Martial Arts class again after a long break and I found that I just couldn’t quite activate my lats which resulted in poor motor control and lack of power. I decided to work with Angel because it seemed that no matter how much I tried, I just couldn’t get my lats to “wake up”. She did a full assessment on me and discovered several imbalances. After working with Angel, she gave me some exercises to help me “find” my lats and my instructor noticed a big difference in the power of my punch. 

I would highly recommend Angel to all dancers and athletes to help their performance. Her approach is very unique and very targeted. and she is very thorough in her assessments. You won’t be disappointed!!
- Maria Hansen


Angel is one of the most unassuming, humble and knowledgeable professionals when it comes to understanding the complexities of the body. She possesses the knowledge (or more), of a doctor in regards to its’ inner workings. Her ability to diagnose and provide effective solutions to get you healthy is her passion. Being a professional dancer herself offers a first hand understanding of the injuries “World Class” dancers can develop.

Having had severe shoulder trauma from years of improper technique combined with using excess weight during weight training in midlife, had me thinking surgery was the next and only step to recovery. Yet, within minutes, Angel was able to isolate smaller supportive muscles which were not utilized (exercised), during my training regimen causing an imbalance and consequently, pain! Most importantly, she treated the compromised area and provided the appropriate exercises to accelerate the healing process. By following her strength and conditioning exercises, I have had no recurrence to this date; 5 years later.

If you are serious about living an enriched life from a healthier perspective, Angel will help get you there; regardless of where you are health wise. This “Lil Dynamo” is one of “NJ’s Best Kept Secrets!” I now embrace working out more than ever with a better understanding of my body and what it takes to live an energetic, healthier and more fullfilling life. Thank you, Angel.

- Ed Niemiec
Owner - ProActiveImage