Massage & Bodywork

September/October 2012

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of Active Isolated Stretching By Jason Erickson Up Front with the Founder Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a method of muscle lengthening and fascial release practiced by massage therapists, physical therapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, and trainers of all kinds. Olympic and professional athletes have benefited from AIS stretching and strengthening, and the US Olympic sports medicine staff for the 2012 games in London included an AIS practitioner. However, the number of nonathletes who benefit from AIS on a daily basis—from Parkinson's and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients, to office workers and children with back and neck pain—is truly impressive. The development of AIS has been led by one man—Aaron Mattes. Top massage educators, such as Ben Benjamin and James Waslaski, recommend and praise Mattes and his work as a clinician. In this interview, Mattes sheds some light on his career, his work, and the profession today. Visit the newly designed Log in. Explore. Enjoy. 75

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