Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a stretching technique used for muscle lengthening and fascial release that provides an effective, dynamic and facilitated stretch of major muscle groups. Simply stated, AIS is a method of muscle and connective tissue release based on working with the body's stretch reflexes. It involves holding each stretch for only two seconds which allows the body to repair itself and prepare for daily activity. This method of stretching works with the body's natural physiological makeup to improve circulation and increase the elasticity of muscle, joints and connective tissue. Most importantly, AIS provides functional and physiological restoration of superficial and deep fascial planes.
Virtually everyone who wants to improve health, wellness, and activities of daily living. From 8 to 80 years old!
A few prime examples are:
Injuries caused by trauma, overuse and/or repetitive motion lead to tight muscles and fascial restrictions that limit range of motion and impair circulation. AIS helps to restore and rehabilitate joint health and function. AIS applied regularly to regions of the muscle skeletal system can also serve to prevent injury and enhance performance to achieve a competitive edge!
The following are common conditions for AIS:
Joe Gajnos is a leading practitioner of AIS. This system of stretching exercises has been developed to isolate muscle groups that provide specific joint movement. Central to the AIS technique is this reciprocal innervation and inhibition activity - While certain muscles work, the muscles on the opposite side relax.
Through the stretching of specific muscles and supportive connective tissues, optimum blood circulation is achieved. Stretching also maximizes oxygenation, relaxation, lymphatic circulation, nutritional deliverance and tissue elongation. All are critical to a healthy state of flexibility.
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