Active Isolated StretchingJulie Ashlock performing Active Isolated Stretching

Stretching is an activity that most of us skip. When we ask our clients, “Have you stretched since your last session?” the typical response is a long sigh, followed by a resounding, “No.” Stretching is something we all know is good for us and we all want to do, yet somehow we drop it from our exercise programs and daily routines. We often hear people say that they would stretch more if it weren’t so painful and if they could see a difference in their flexibility. We are here to tell you that stretching doesn’t have to be painful and you should feel a difference in flexibility after stretching.

Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a technique that helps people maximize the effectiveness of stretching without producing the levels of pain and discomfort that keeps most people away from it. AIS involves targeting specific muscles with short, assisted stretches. With AIS, Muscles are stretched with assistance through their range of motion through a pattern of repetition.

What is Active Isolated Stretching?

Developed over 30 years ago by Aaron Mattes, AIS is a vigorous system for improving your flexibility and overall well-being. Stretching your muscles reduces your chance of injury, strengthens your tendons, and improves your circulation. AIS is phenomenal for individuals of all ages and fitness levels to prevent injuries and increase performance.

AIS involves four basic principles:

  1. Isolate the muscle to be stretched.
  2. Hold each stretch for no more than two seconds.
  3. Exhale on the stretch and inhale on the release.
  4. Repeat the stretch eight to 10 times.

Why should I pay for Active Isolated Stretching when I can stretch on my own?

While stretching is something we all want to do, it can be difficult to fit quality stretching time into our daily life. Using our Active Isolated Stretching techniques, we can pinpoint the areas and muscles in your body that need to be stretched. With AIS, we can help you recognize the imbalances in your body and help you achieve more flexibility and ease of movement. For example, if you work at a desk all day and tend to slouch forward, your upper back may be tight due to overstretched muscles. AIS can help alleviate the pain, getting you back to peak performance in a few sessions!

Benefits of Active Isolated Stretching

The AIS method of muscle lengthening and fascial release is a type of Athletic Stretching Technique that produces effective, dynamic, facilitated stretching of major muscle groups. More importantly, AIS provides functional and physiological restoration of superficial and deep fascial planes. This physiological improvement ultimately enhances the range of motion, flexibility, and overall health and well-being of your body.

Active Isolated Stretching will:

  • Reduce muscle tension
  • Increase range of motion in the joints
  • Enhance muscle coordination
  • Increase circulation of blood to various areas of the body
  • Prevent injuries
  • Improve posture
  • And more

Active Isolated Stretching vs. Prolonged Static Stretching

In the past, prolonged static stretching technique was the industry standard. Prolonged static stretching involves moving your muscles just past their comfortable range of motion and holding the stretch for 20 to 30 seconds. Recent studies and research have found that prolonged static stretching actually decreases the blood flow, which can lead to localized ischemia and lactic acid buildup. Similar to the effects and consequences of trauma and overuse syndromes, this can cause irritation or injury to various parts of the body (i.e. muscular, tendinous, lymphatic, and neural tissues).

Ideal for athletes and those who suffer from chronic aches and pains, AIS isolates and effectively targets each and every muscle and joint, working it to its maximum potential. If you are interested our Active Isolated Stretching in the Tampa Bay area, we encourage you to reach out. Together, we can formulate a customized regimen to alleviate your aches and pains and improve your daily routine.