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Discovering the power active isolated stretching

The field of massage therapy and bodywork encompasses a wide range of different styles and approaches. Each brings a unique combination of skills found to be effective of years of study and practice — in areas ranging from sports medicine and orthopedic massage to relaxation massage, craniosacral therapy. There are few experiences more exciting than dramatically improving the client’s wellbeing.

I’ve found that Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) adds to the efficiency and effectiveness of bodywork in four different areas: general health enhancement; injury prevention; pain and injury treatment; and improvement of degenerative conditions. General health enhancement while many clients seek out massage therapy to help with particular pain or injury problems, these conditions are often tied in with deeper health issues. For most clients I see, regaining full healthy functioning requires not just healing a few isolated tissues, but helping to restore balance and resilience to the entire body. AIS can play a central role in that process by enhancing flexibility, strength, and the overall health of both joints and soft tissues. It should come as no surprise that AIS improves flexibility; that’s the least we can expect from any stretching program. What’s remarkable is the amount of improvement it can bring, particularly for those who have experienced severe limitations due to aging, arthritis, or chronic injuries.

For pain and injury treatment, AIS makes the healing progress much more rapidly. For instance, I recently treated a woman who had fairly severe tears in her sacroiliac ligaments, injuries that would generally take 6–8 weeks to heal. I applied the AIS protocols for the hips, legs, and low back (a total of 58 separate movements). After three sessions over the course of a week and a half, this person was out of pain and functioning completely normally. Not only do these stretches prevent adhesive scar tissue from forming, but they also help break down adhesions that have already formed. One client with an injured infraspinatus tendon (one of the rotator cuff tendons) recovered fully with just two sessions of AIS. Typically I would expect it to take at least 10 sessions of friction therapy and massage for this type of injury to heal. One great advantage of AIS is that it enables therapists to treat structures that simply cannot be reached with the hands (such as the piriformis attachment to the sacrum). For years I had a nagging pain from one of the tiny ligaments deep in my foot that would come and go from time to time. No practitioner had been able to treat it successfully. Ever since I began having AIS work done on my feet, it has completely disappeared.

I've been working in this field since the 90’s I have trained in a wide variety of therapies including Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue Bodywork, Reflexology and Active Isolated Stretching, I have spent many years developing an integrated technique and unique philosophy of pain relief.

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)
Massage Therapy
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)
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Don Bosco y Fernando de Argon.