Do you experience muscle stiffness on a daily basis?
Do you think stretching is a good idea, but never seem to find the time for it?
Would you like to be more flexible, but find stretching to be too painful?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is for you. This method of stretching, developed by kinesiologist, Aaron Mattes, is based on sound scientific principles. Active Isolated Stretching is an effective therapeutic treatment for deep and superficial fascial release. Stretches are held for no longer than two seconds, allowing the target muscle to optimally lengthen without triggering the protective stretch reflex. Each two-second stretch is repeated ten times. In this way, optimal flexibility is accomplished with ease and no strain. Because the client moves their body back to the starting position (“active” phase) between each stretch, there is also a strengthening and detoxifying element to the treatment. When an athlete is very sore from a hard workout, an AIS session moves those acids out of the body and allows immediate recovery. If I hadn´t experienced this myself, I wouldn´t believe it was possible. The therapist assists the client with each stretch, positioning the client to stretch every muscle in the body individually. As we age, the muscles and fascia surrounding the joints tighten, a primary obstacle to flexibility. Before I started using AIS on myself and on clients, I thought that declines in flexibility due to aging were a reality that one had to accept. AIS has disproven this belief. Active Isolated Stretching restores the body´s flexibility more than any technique I have used as a massage therapist for 27 years.
In my practice, clients have the option to schedule a full session of AIS or AIS can be incorporated into a massage session.