Active Isolated Stretching for the Lower Body

Class Description:
Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a dynamic technique that stretches muscles, tendons, and fascia specific to anatomical planes of movement. It uses gentle, rhythmic movements that avoid triggering the myotatic stretch reflex, a protective contraction in the tissue being stretched. The neurological end result is a more balanced, parasympathetic state. Utilizing the principles developed by Aaron Mattes, this unique stretching modality restores joint mobility, reduces muscular/fascial tension and improves circulation. Avoidance of pain or stress makes a profound difference in quickly achieving safe, effective and long-lasting results. Repeated, active muscle contractions along with gentle stretches create a venous/lymphatic pump, decreasing inflammation and combating disease. Dysfunctional movement patterns are exposed and retrained; unfavorable postural habits shift.

In this basic level class, you will identify the physiology behind AIS and use the techniques to assist your clients. Evaluate range and quality of movement before and after stretching and apply the techniques to treat a wide variety of disorders in the upper extremities. The material presented covers carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, arthritis, and tennis/golfer elbow among other disorders of the elbows, forearms, and hands. Course content is geared towards healthcare professionals and athletic trainers.

Instructor information:
Susan Guttzeit, LMP, MAISS – (MA00009726) Licensed massage practitioner in Washington since 1996 and an ACE-certified personal trainer since 2007. Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) practitioner and teacher since 2004 and certified AIS Therapist with the AIS National Certifying Body (AISNCB). Susan is co-owner and a master instructor with AIS Northwest in Bellingham, WA. Patience, clarity, and thoughtfulness characterize her teaching style.

Date: Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 9am – 3pm

Location: NW Academy Healing Arts, 1106 Harris Avenue Ste. 205, Bellingham, WA  98225

CE hours: 5 hours (WA, NCBTMB, BOC)

Tuition: $100 by 11/25/2018; $120 thereafter

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