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.



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.


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

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.

Combine AIS to your next massage for a more complete athletic treatment, or try our PTSM, unique to Phila Massages!

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












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AIS is now incorporated in our PTSM!

PTSM stands for Phila Tandem Sports Massage. This truly unique experience has been designed by our Therapists using our experience in post-workout massages.

How it works:

  • A massage Therapist and our AIS specialist work simultaneously on your body
  • 90 minutes of massage combined with 90 minutes of stretching
  • Combined deep tissue, Swedish, sports massage, hot and cold therapy and Active Isolated stretching (AIS) techniques
Benefits of PTSM
  • Faster muscle recovery
  • Increase of flexibility
  • Release of muscle spasms and knots
  • Increase of blood circulation
  • Reduction of muscle tension
  • Chronic pain relief