Active Isolated Stretching

Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) was developed by Kinesiologist Aaron Mattes to enable individuals to stretch properly without endangering the joints, muscles or connective tissues.
Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) has been incorporated into a therapeutic myofascial technique termed The Mattes Method. The Mattes Method promotes functional and physiological restoration of muscles, tendons, vertebrae, ligaments and joints facilitating healthier superficial and deep fascia planes.
The Mattes Method incorporates a key concept, which states that only relaxed myofascial structures will allow themselves to be optimally stretched. Adhering to Wolff’s and Sherrington’s Laws, The Mattes Method facilitates optimal myofascial stretching of isolated muscles without activating a protective myotatic reflex contraction. The Mattes Method utilizes a gradual stretch of no greater than 2.0 seconds promoting full range of motion and flexibility without activating antagonistic muscle group contraction.

Active Isolated Strengthening

Active Isolated Strengthening is intended to develop specific muscle support and help acquire local joint stamina. These exercises enable the performer to work and develop strength in the office, small clinic or home environment.
These exercises will assist in overcoming weakness, postural problems, local joint stamina and pain. Specificity is important for exactness of results. Resistance may be increased one pound or less, specifically accommodating the ability of the participant.
Resistance upward during the shortening movement is called “concentric contraction” or positive resistance. Movement lengthening the muscle downward to the starting position is called “eccentric contraction” or negative resistance. Both concentric and eccentric contractions should be performed slowly with exactness of technique. A good rule of thumb is 2-3 seconds for each repetition during the concentric contraction and 4-5 seconds for each repetition during the eccentric contraction.
Active Isolated Strength training should precede functional strength training.

Massage Services

  • Sports Massage
    A contemporary western massage which addresses the specific needs of athletes, during training, or before or after events, to enhance performance or promote healing post injury.
  • Deep Tissue Massage
    A massage technique in which fingers, thumbs and elbows are used to release chronic muscle tension, using slow deep strokes and friction. The therapist may work perpendicular to the fibers of the superficial muscles, with the intent to massage muscles lying underneath. The therapy borrows from other bodywork including cross fiber friction massage, deep tissue sculpting, rolfing and others. It is believed to increase blood flow and to be of greatest use in problem muscles for pain, rehabilitation and arthritic complaints.
  • Therapeutic Massage
    The therapeutic manipulation of body tissue by a trained practitioner, by systemic stroking, kneading or application of pressure, to effect a beneficial physiological response such as pain reduction, improved circulation or muscle relaxation. 

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  • Lower Hamstring Strain or Tear
  • Groin / Adductor Strain
  • Osgood-Schlatters Disease
  • Medial Epicondylitis (Golfers Elbow)
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • TMJ Syndrome
  • ITBand Syndrome
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis