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Active Isolated Stretching

Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a bodywork modality for lengthening the muscles and releasing the fascia.

What To Expect

Active Isolated Stretching is based on four basic guidelines: 1) Isolate the targeted muscle, 2) Hold the stretch for a maximum of two seconds, 3) Repeat the stretch between eight and 10 times, and 4) exhale as you stretch, inhale as you release. Each AIS position is typically held for approximately two seconds, or enough time to allow the muscles to lengthen without impeding the function of the surrounding structures.

Who should do it: Qualified Active Isolated Stretching providers are often massage therapists, physical trainers, physicians or chiropractors. All AIS practitioners are trained and approved by Aaron Mattes, a renowned kinesiotherapist who established The Aaron Mattes Therapy Clinic. Based in Sarasota, Fla., Mattes has been known to work with and improve the performance of professional athletes.

Duration: Sessions can last between 15 minutes and an hour, depending on the client's individual needs. AIS can also be integrated into a comprehensive bodywork sessions.

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