Why you need to stretch
Let me ask you 3 questions:
How does your body feel ?
Loose, free of restriction, fully mobile or tight, heavy and old?
Do you suffer from back pain, neck pain, tension in your shoulder?
Yes? So did I (and still do occasionally, but now I know what to do to relieve it quickly).
When you look at yourself in the mirror, what do you see?
A straight, confident, dynamic you or someone with a very poor posture that looks – and feels – much older than they are?
REGAIN FULL MOBILITY NOW
Even if you’re already in your 40’s or 50’s, or even 60’s, it’s not too late to start taking care of yourself. I mean, seriously. Being fit is not just being strong. It is also feeling fully mobile, no restriction of movement, free in your body. We don’t lose mobility because we age. We age because we lose mobility. When moving become more challenging, less easy, we take the easiest route: we stop moving. The less we move, the less energy we have. Life is Energy!
We start losing mobility very early on, in our 20’s. By the age of 35, most men need to start stretching if they don’t want to look and feel 10 years older than they are. Women tend to be more flexible than men but they, too, feel the effects of time and a sedentary lifestyle in their general flexibility and well-being.
YOUR BODY IS LIKE A LUXURY CAR
It’s costly to repair but when properly maintained, it lasts decades and can take you far. Proper maintenance means that your body needs regular check ups and care to run smoothly and stay in shape.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF…
at the age of 20, you were told that you can have your dream car, but it would be the only one you can ever get, your ENTIRE life? It is up to you to decide whether you can take it around the world for 80 something years or whether you can only go down the street with it, fearing that it won’t bring you back.
Wouldn’t you take care of it? Wouldn’t you look at fixing it at the slightest sign of tear, before it gets worse, before it’s too late?
TREAT YOUR BODY LIKE A LUXURY CAR
You have been given one and it’s the only one you will ever get. You decide how far it will carry you and how long it will help you live the life you want.
A flexible body, a body that is properly aligned, fully mobile and functional is a lot less prone to injuries. And injury, when you’re 45 is not the same as when you’re 15 or 20. The recovery time is much longer, the pain is much greater and the body never quite goes back to the way it was before.
To help increase the flexibility of our clients, we use a method called Active Assisted Isolated Stretching, a technique that originated in the USA.
HOW IT WORKS
Active Isolated Stretching is the most innovative and safest form of therapeutic stretching and has proven to be particularly effective for postural re-alignment and increasing flexibility. This modality was developed by Aaron Mattes, over the past 40 years and we introduced it to Hong Kong in 1997.
Muscles in the body operate in pairs. Through reciprocal stimulation of muscles that are actively contracted, the antagonist muscles are relaxed and therefore safely stretched so as to increase joint and muscle mobility.
HOW AIS CAN HELP YOU
It relieves pain: 80% of back pain is due to mechanical dysfunction and can be relieved through re-aligning the posture. Active stretching is particulary effective in realigning your posture, and relieving your pain.
It prevents injuries: By increasing your flexibility, mobility and the health of your muscles, tendons and ligaments, you reduce the risk of muscle strain and tear. Regular Active Stretching significantly helps prevent injuries caused by day to day living.
It promotes a faster recovery: We believe in Active Isolated Stretching because it improves oxygenation and nutrition of the myofacial structures promoting growth and repair. So when you are injured, you recover more quickly.
It increases blood circulation: Active Isolated Stretching also stimulates circulation and lymph drainage, which helps eliminate waste.
It increases mobility and flexibility: Active Isolated Stretching allows you to intensify your training, protect you from pain, spasms and tension which will ultimately inhibit your movements.
It helps re-align collagen fibers
We introduced Active Isolated Stretching® to Asia in 1997, and have been specializing in it ever since. We have helped thousand of people, over the years. In the last few years, we have helped people realize how important muscle flexibility is, to assure a better quality of life and we have inspired others to start helping others too.
STRETCH WITH THE EXPERTS
Today, most, if not all, of the practitioners of Active Isolated Stretching, in Hong Kong and Asia, have been trained by us or by a trainer working with us. This includes Mr. Aaron Mattes, the founder of A.I.S, who we invited to Hong Kong in 2004 and 2010. We are recognised as the experts in postural conditioning
Today, more and more people realise the benefits of stretching on the body and our general wellbeing. Some chose to follow a regular yoga practice, some prefer to have the stretching done by a professional that will make it a lot safer and effective.