Active Isolated Stretching (AIS)| 4 hrs

Updated: Mar 11

Dates Held: May 14th & 15th.

Morning or Afternoon classes available. (9am or 3pm)


Intro to AIS

Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a dynamic technique that stretches muscles, tendons, and fascia specific to anatomical planes of movement. It remodels the body using gentle, rhythmic movements that avoid triggering the myotatic reflex, which causes a contraction in the tissues being stretched.


Utilizing the principles developed by Aaron Mattes, this unique stretching modality restores joint mobility, reduces muscular/fascial tension, changes neurology and improves circulation. The simple yet profound difference is to avoid triggering the myotatic reflex. Repeated, active muscle contractions along with gentle stretches create a venous/lymphatic pump, decreasing inflammation and combating disease. Dysfunctional movement patterns are exposed. Using pain-free movements, the tissues are retrained, and balance is restored to the joint.

In this introductory class you will identify the physiology behind AIS and apply essential upper and lower body techniques for counteracting the compromising effects of gravity on posture. Course content is geared towards massage and physical therapists as well as other healthcare and fitness professionals.


Saturday Classes Self-Upper

Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) uses gentle, rhythmic movements to safely stretch your muscles and fascia. What is unique about AIS is the length of time involved with each and every stretch. AIS uses a 2-second rule and active muscle engagement for every stretch. Active muscle contractions create a safe and optimal environment for flexibility gains and healing. Repetition remodels tissue and creates a “pumping” action, which increases circulation to the targeted tissues. AIS prepares you and your clients for any activity – from everyday tasks to the rigors of athletics. Prevent injuries and promote faster recovery with a set of dynamic stretching protocols.


In this basic-level class you will explore how to stretch yourself and distinguish what each stretch should feel like. Use the techniques to stretch your shoulders, neck, spine, forearms and hands while evaluating your own range and movement potential. Apply this knowledge to build a home stretching program for your clients’ own self-care. Course content is geared towards healthcare and fitness professionals.


Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely.

Sunday Classes Self-Lower


Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a dynamic technique that stretches muscles, tendons, and fascia specific to anatomical planes of motion. It uses gentle, rhythmic movements that avoid triggering the myotatic stretch reflex, a protective contraction in tissue being stretched. The neurological end result is a more balanced, parasympathetic state. Active muscle engagement with every stretch creates a safe and optimal environment for flexibility gains and healing. Repetition remodels tissue and creates a “pumping” action, which increases circulation to the targeted tissues. AIS prepares you for any activity and promotes faster recovery after an injury.


In this basic-level class you will explore the AIS method of movement and distinguish what each stretch should feel like while evaluating your own range, quality and movement potential. You will be able to apply this knowledge to build a home stretching program for your clients’ own self-care. Course content is geared towards massage and physical therapists as well as other healthcare and fitness professionals.


Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to stretch and bring a yoga mat.



To Register, please contact us at pacificnorthwestmassageacademy@gmail.com

or call: (360)-869-3005


Check out Joshua's website at: AIS Northwest - Advanced Practitioners of Active Isolated Stretching in the Pacific Northwest.



Date held: May 14 & 15th

Upper Classes: Sat May 14th 9am or 3pm

Lower Classes: Sun May 15th 9am or 3pm

Cost: early registration - $100 / class

after 2 weeks prior to class $125 / class

Instructor: Joshua Morton, LMT, MAISS, MMLT