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Do you want to feel ten years younger?

If you could take a pill that would keep your muscles from being sore, improve your ability to recover, and decrease the likeliness of injury?

Do you know what they'd call it?
AIS. (Active Isolated Stretching)

Whether you're negotiating the uneven sidewalks and streets of Cuenca, bird watching, hiking in the Cajas or an exercise enthusiast or competitive athlete, Active Isolated Stretching can help your training and recovery become more efficient and more fun.

Stretching is an activity that eludes most of us as runners, walkers, and hikers. When I ask my clients, "Have you stretched since I last saw you?" most sheepishly look away and mumble, "Nooo." Stretching is something we all want to do and know it is good for us, yet somehow drop it from our exercise programs.

Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a technique that helps people maximize the effectiveness of stretching without causing the sort of discomfort that keeps a lot of us away from it.

You may be asking yourself, "What is Active Isolated Stretching?" AIS is a specific stretching program helping both professional and amateur athletes become more agile and less injured.

Breathing is an essential component to decrease fatigue in the muscles. Muscles need oxygen to function well. If there is not enough oxygen, lactic acid is created. Lactic acid creates that sore feeling in our muscles. If our muscles are sore, they are less powerful, more fatigued, and more prone to injury.
I've been working in this field since the 90’s I have trained in a wide variety of therapies including Massage Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue Bodywork, Reflexology and Active Isolated Stretching, I have worked with Special Olympics, multiple long distance running and biking events helping people get over their pain. I have spent many years developing an integrated technique and unique philosophy of pain relief.

I also work with an array of conditions including:
• Spinal pain and injuries (e.g. disc prolapse)
• Headaches
• Sports injuries (e.g. ligament tears)
• Fractures (e.g. broken arm)
• Musculoskeletal problems (e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome)
• Post-surgical rehabilitation (e.g. following a knee replacement)
• Biomechanical problems (e.g. “flat feet”)
• Arthritic conditions (e.g. osteoarthritis)
• Neurological disorders and diseases (e.g. stroke)
• Cardiothoracic conditions (e.g. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorders)
• Paediatric conditions (e.g. cerebral palsy)
This is just to name a few!

I am extensively trained in manual therapy which means I am “hands on” with my clients. This may include massage and joint mobilization and manipulation, as well as muscle stretching which we achieve using a wide variety of techniques. To complement manual skills I sometimes make use of different modalities to reduce pain and inflammation including Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) Active Release Techniques (ART) Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) and trigger point therapy is also widely practiced. AIS practitioners are highly trained in exercise prescription and often give clients exercises to do at home to help resolve their conditions.

Find out for yourself how good you can feel.

Active Isolated Stretching (AIS)
Active Release Techniques (ART)
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)

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