Frequently Asked Questions
Are your therapists certified, what certification do they have?
Our stretch therapists are trained in active isolated stretches and orthopedic modality. They must hold national personal training certifications, college degrees and/or massage certification. Many have a kinesiology, physiology or orthopedic background. Every therapist has over 100 hours of hands-on training before they work in the studio.
How is stretch therapy different from physical therapy?
Physical therapy assists recovery by working with the affected area directly through a variety of modalities. Stretch therapy is a kinetic chain approach utilizing active range of motion training, we are not restricted to specific body parts but we work with the entire muscular system as a whole. By working with the entire body, we may uncover something deeper that is causing your pain or your restricted movement. Our approach engages the nervous system and increases blood flow to actively assist the body’s healing process and to also re-teach the body its natural range of motion.
How are AIS and Yoga different?
In Yoga, you stretch groups of muscles at the same time while our AIS-trained therapists isolate the stretches and stretch muscles individually. AIS stands for Active Isolated Stretching.
It is almost impossible to avoid compensation in Yoga while AIS avoids compensation through proper stabilization. Therapists use belts to hold hips firmly to the stretching table and assist with stabilizing other areas when necessary.
All stretches in AIS are active, which means a more effective and safer stretch. This happens through reciprocal inhibition: the active muscle “turns off” the muscle being stretched. Some yoga stretches are active, some are not.
AIS stretches the muscles for no more than two seconds, that prevents the myotatic/stretch reflex to trigger, which might lead to injury.
Instead of holding a stretch for a long time (like some Yoga modalities), repetitive, short stretches in AIS avoids muscle fatigue and enhances oxygen resupply and waste product elimination.
How can AIS improve my Yoga Practice?
Our AIS-influenced stretching increases the range of motion of individual muscles, which translates to increased flexibility in Yoga poses.
Because there is a balanced approach to our stretch protocols, the result is less compensation in your Yoga poses, which leads to a safer practice.
You will have better muscle stability, which is critical for proper joint function.
AIS allows you to feel muscles individually, which will help to increase muscles awareness and mindfulness in the yoga practice.
AIS increases strength through the WHOLE range of motion. (It is very common to be strong in the mid range of motion but weak at the end of the range.)
Why can’t I just stretch myself?
Our assistance, precision and knowledge allows you to get a deeper stretch than you could achieve on your own. Our techniques reach many hard to get muscles, and muscles you probably don’t know you have! Our approach balances joint and body segments to create symmetry so nothing is forgotten.
Our stretch therapy is based on AIS principles and 30 years of experience, mastering and teaching these techniques. We use a systematic approach that not only delivers a feeling of relief but also retrains the neuro-muscular system and brain function, resulting in maximum benefits.
Do you take insurance?
We do not accept insurance. Check with your insurance company as they may reimburse you through an HSA, FSA or any wellness coverage they may offer.
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