Active Isolated Stretching and Strengthening(AIS) was created by Aaron Mattes, who is known as the " Father of Stretching", he is Registered Kinesiologist and Massage therapist from Florida. I have mentored under Aaron and am one of the only people in the west coast certified to teach and do his methods.
AIS helps to fully restore our physiological functions. Here we believe that like any skill new to us that we are willing to learn, repeating the proper movements will get you the exact results you are looking for in a safe and conservative way. This is a pain free, gently approach to changing the way our bodies think and move by using a 2 second hold on the stretch with less than 2 ounces of pressure for a programmed 1-3 sets. This concept is the same as a wonderfully programmed training & rehabilitation regime by repeating certain movements at specific speeds to get the proper results.
This method of muscle lengthening and fascial release is a type of Athletic Stretching Technique that provides effective, dynamic, facilitated stretching of major muscle groups, but more importantly, it helps to getting functional and physiological restoration of superficial and deep fascial planes.
Performing an Active Isolated Stretch of no longer than two seconds allows the target muscles to optimally lengthen without triggering the protective stretch reflex and subsequent reciprocal antagonistic muscle contraction as the isolated muscle achieves a state of relaxation. These stretches provide maximum benefit and can be accomplished without opposing tension or resulting trauma.
AIS uses active movement and reciprocal inhibition to achieve optimal flexibility. Using a 2.0 second stretch has proven to be the key in avoiding reflexive contraction of the antagonistic muscle. Without activating muscle group contraction, restoration of full range of motion and flexibility can be successfully achieved.
As San Diego's stretch therapists trained to identify and treat your unique musculoskeletal issues, our team employs a series of stretches and joint manipulations to help relieve tightness and pain while optimizing personal flexibility and performance. The results are proven to be substantial, immediate, and longer than those of massage or other stretching routines.
What makes AIS different is that included with the session we also perform strengthening exercises during the session. The stretches help to relax the tissues, where the strengthening helps to maintain its effect. The goal of our sessions is to help you feel better and to also educate you the easy ways at home how to maintain the success gained from the session. Sessions can vary from 30 minutes to 4 hours as requested.