Assisted Stretching: ACTIVE

Toms River Campus: April 4, 2024 • 9am-6pm
West New York Campus: Future Dates TBD • 9am-6pm

Presented by Jim Earley, LMT

Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a stretching technique developed by Aaron Mattes in the 1970s. It is a specific form of stretching that focuses on improving flexibility and range of motion in the body. AIS differs from traditional static stretching by using brief, active movements to stretch a specific muscle or group of muscles.

The key principles of Active Isolated Stretching include:

  1. Active involvement: The client being stretched actively participates in the stretching process by contracting the opposing muscle group for about two seconds, which helps to relax the target muscle.
  2. Isolation: AIS targets specific muscles or muscle groups, allowing for more focused and precise stretching. This approach helps to avoid unnecessary strain on other muscles and joints.
  3. Controlled movements: The stretches are performed in a slow and controlled manner, usually with the help of a partner or a device like a strap or towel. The controlled movements prevent sudden jerking or bouncing motions that can lead to injury.
  4. Short duration: Each stretch is held for only 1-2 seconds, which helps prevent the body's stretch reflex from engaging and causing the muscle to contract and resist the stretch.
  5. Multiple repetitions: Each stretch is typically repeated 8-10 times, gradually increasing the range of motion with each repetition. This repetition helps to gradually lengthen the muscle fibers without causing excessive strain.

The benefits of Active Isolated Stretching include:

  1. Improved flexibility: AIS aims to increase the length and flexibility of muscles and connective tissues, helping to enhance overall flexibility and range of motion.
  2. Enhanced athletic performance: By increasing flexibility, AIS can help athletes perform better, reduce the risk of injury, and improve their overall sports performance.
  3. Injury prevention and rehabilitation: Regular practice of AIS can aid in preventing injuries by maintaining proper muscle balance and flexibility. It can also be used in injury rehabilitation programs to regain or improve flexibility during the recovery process.
  4. Improved circulation and muscle function: Active Isolated Stretching promotes blood flow to the stretched muscles, which can enhance oxygenation and nutrient delivery, as well as improve muscle coordination and function.
  5. Reduced muscle soreness: AIS may help alleviate muscle soreness and stiffness that often occurs after intense workouts or physical activities.

This class will cover the following aspects of Sports Stretching: ACTIVE ISOLATED STRETCHING (AIS)

  • Types of Stretching/When to Stretch
  • Athletes and Stretching
  • Stretching for Clients and Self Care (stretching strap included)

AIS (Active Isolated Stretching)- dynamic, short hold, muscle lengthening way of stretching. Upper and lower body based on Dr. Aaron Mattes principles of AIS. Great for pre and post event.

This class is open to all, with proof of liability insurance.

  • Presented by Jim Earley, LMT, Michael Phelps massage therapist, Olympic Team Sports Massage master
  • 8 CEs for LMTs
  • $225 per person; Registration & payment received one week in advance of class date
  • Late registration fee afterward if space allows = $250
  • Does not include: kits, sheets, lotions or creams. Supplies can be purchased separately in our retail shop or you can bring your set if you already have one.