Benefits of Active Isolated Stretching
The benefits of stretching are substantial. Stretching liberates your body of tensions and restrictions, keeps your joints moving, prevents injuries and even helps children and teenagers grow with a healthy spine.
WE DON’T STRETCH ENOUGH
Let’s face it. Unless you’re guided and assisted, chances are, you do very little stretching on your own; certainly not enough to keep their bodies limber and pain free. Either because they lack the motivation, or the time. To really make a difference, a yoga practice is a daily commitment and unless you develop a routine that works for you, you’re better off hiring someone to do it for you. It costs more but you will save precious time and efforts for better results.
WE STRETCH INCORRECTLY
We all have heard of people getting injured whilst stretching, or practicing yoga, either because they were instructed by a teacher with insufficient training or experience, or they were assisted by a trainer who lacks the qualifications of a certified Stretch Trainer. Stretching is safe and feels incredibly good when done properly.
The form of stretching, we specialize in, at Stretch Asia, – for over 17 years now – is Active Isolated Stretching (AIS), the safest form of stretching, developed by Aaron Mattes, over the past 40+ years.
Assisted AIS, has the great advantage of getting impressive results in a very short amount of time. The advantage of this practitioner-assisted technique is that you can stretch safely and at a level you could not reach on your own. Because it is done to you, you are not the one doing the hard work – your therapist is 😉 – and you’re the one reaping the benefits.
Regular Active Assisted Isolated Stretching can enhance the quality of your life in many ways:
JOINT MOBILITY & MUSCLE FLEXIBILITY
One of the greatest benefits of Active Assisted Isolated Stretching is how quickly it will increase your mobility, in the safest possible way. As we age, our bodies loose flexibility and mobility. Our muscles tighten, our joints no longer move freely. Movement becomes more strenuous, the risk of injury from our normal daily activities increases and we do no recover as quickly as we did when we were younger. You have most probably noticed already. We can however slow this ageing process through functional flexibility.
STRETCH RELIEF & A QUIETER MIND
Stress is what triggers our “fight or flight” response to danger. So in a way, some level of stress is good. Stress increases our level of cortisol, an hormone produced in our adrenal glands. Excessive stress, however, is detrimental to our health and all areas of your live are affected; your relationships, our ability to think clearly, our well-being, putting us at risk of heart attacks, cancer and other serious medical conditions. By relaxing our muscles and releasing tensions in our bodies, A.I.S reduces our level of stress. The quickest way to relax the mind is by relaxing the body first.
LOWER BACK & SHOULDER PAIN RELIEF
80% of back pain is due to poor posture. Postural imbalances force the body to compensate in order to keep us fairly straight. However, it puts enormous strain on our muscles and our spine. Most lower back pain is due to a mis-alignment of the pelvic, that will be quickly corrected with a proper application of Active Assisted Isolated Stretching treatment.
A great posture exudes confidence and success. But not only that. Having a correctly aligned posture is essential for maintaining optimum energy levels, ensuring muscles function efficiently, and avoiding lower back pain which is often the consequence of prolonged structural imbalances.
INCREASED BLOOD CIRCULATION & DECREASED WATER RETENTION
Stretching, and more so when assisted, helps the blood circulate faster, delivering more oxygen to your tissues and organs, helping them function more effectively. This will also mean, that if you are suffering from water retention or swelling in the legs, due to poor circulation, your condition will greatly approve as you stretch more.
Everyone needs to stretch. Start before it starts hurting
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