Active isolated stretching (AIS) is a technique to lengthen muscles and release fascia by using a series of stretches held for two seconds, then relaxation, and repeat. Both Gretchen Johnson and Kevin Pierce are trained in this technique. It provides effective, dynamic, and facilitated stretching of major muscle groups. More important is that it provides physiological restoration of both superficial and deep fascial planes.
Traditional stretching taught for many years emphasized the holding of a stretch position for up to 60 seconds. Everyone was taught to stretch this way, with the belief that prolonged stretching was better for muscles. Over time it was discovered that this method decreases blood flow to the muscles and allows for the buildup of lactic acid. This can result in damage and injury to the muscles and associated tissues similar to what occurs when muscles are overused.
Keeping stretching to less than two seconds with AIS prevents triggering of the protective stretch reflex and resulting muscle contraction. The result is a gradual lengthening of the muscle groups without trauma or injury.
Active Isolated Stretching can also be performed one-on-one as a training session. Your trainer will take you through a series of stretches depending on your physical goals. We work with you individually to ensure the training targets your needs, the stretches are performed safely, and you are gaining the maximum benefit from Active Isolated Stretching.