Active Isolated Stretching (AIS)

Active Isolated Stretching is a very successful technique used by professional athletes and fitness coaches to increase flexibility and treat injuries.

• Combine AIS to your next massage for a more complete athletic treatment

For instance, book an hour massage appointment followed by a 30 min AIS session.

• Gain flexibility, treat problem areas, prevent injuries

Especially if you are not prone to stretching on your own!



The movement is initiated by the athlete then deepened by the therapist, to go beyond
what the athlete would normally do on their own. The active participation favors muscle
awareness and relaxation for more efficiency.


Stretches isolate specific muscles for more precise work than general stretching (for
example, there are 6 different stretches for the 6 muscles that comprise the hamstrings).


The stretch allows for increased range of motion by lengthening muscles, fascia and
increasing joint mobility.

How it works:

Stretches are held no more than 2 seconds, and repeated up to 10 times. After a session, the
therapist teaches specific stretches for home self-care.


Stretching has many benefits:

– Increases range of motion in those muscles that need more mobility thus reducing the risk
of injury

– Participates in the reduction of knots and muscle tightness, also reducing risks of injury

– Provides more mobility, comfort and better posture, reduces asymmetries.

Try your AIS session with Don today, and discover the efficiency of this technique for

About Phila Massages

Phila Massages is the only company dedicated to delivering sports specific massage in Philadelphia. Our mission is to facilitate recovery and improve athletes’ performance using targeted and innovative massage techniques, and our unique PTSM (Phila Tandem Sports Massage) won “Best of Philly” in 2011 Philadelphia Magazine. Phila Massages is a massage therapy company specializing in sports massage. Since 2010, by teaming up with local clubs and volunteering in Philadelphia active events (including being official massage providers for the Philadelphia Marathon for four consecutive years), Phila Massages has developed its expertise in the accompaniment of athletes during their training, and the prevention or treatment of athletic injuries. From beginner to professional levels, teenage to senior, yoga aficionado to pro MMA fighter, we work with all manners of athletes.

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