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Active Isolated Stretching

Developed by Aaron L. Mattes, Active Isolated-Stretching (AIS) is a broadly-used method of stretching utilized by doctors, therapists and even athletes so to improve the body's potential to not only heal itself, but to enhance performance as well. AIS is a flexibility system that involves working one muscle at a time. By actively contracting muscles opposite of the targeted muscle, AIS automatically relaxes specific muscle in preparation of its stretch. AIS is performed by gentle and quick stretches, and releases the muscle before it has a chance to protectively contract.

Active Isolated-Stretching (AIS) allows the body to become more efficient and enhances range of motion. In utilizing AIS, individuals are more balanced, less susceptible to injury and promotes overall well-being.

As we age, our muscles become increasingly inelastic. AI stretching can make substantial improvements in muscle elasticity, adding renewed life and spring to tired out old muscles. Deep muscle stretching has allowed even Olympic athletes to transform incredible strength into explosive power. AI stretching also can help prevent injury. It reduces the workload in most sports by removing tightness so you can swing your limbs more freely. It transports oxygen to sore muscles and quickly removes toxins from the muscles, so recovery is faster. AI stretching works as a deep tissue massage technique because it activates muscle fibers during stretching

Even if you are an avid stretcher, you will be amazed by how specifically you stretch exactly where you need it most. It is critical to stretch one muscle at a time, and AI stretching does just that; because it is isolated.

Proper stretching should allow muscles to increase blood flow and oxygenation to flush themselves of waste products such as lactic acid. Stretching with bouncing and pulling, such as ballistic stretching mentioned earlier, tightens up every system the muscle uses to heal itself. This can set oneself up for injury.

AI stretching benefits the body by making it:

Another benefit of AI stretching is that it does not take long to perform. Many individuals do not spend adequate time for stretching in their fitness program because "they don't have time." This method allows for more time. It is being used by internationally known personal trainers, athletic trainers, physical therapists, and professional and Olympic athletes. And the benefits are being shown in their performance.

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