Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is one of the methods of stretching most used by today's athletes, massage therapists, personal/athletic trainers, and professionals. Active Isolated Stretching allows the body to repair itself and also to prepare for daily activity. The Active Isolated Stretching technique involves the method of holding each stretch for only two seconds. This method of stretching is also known to work with the body's natural physiological makeup to improve circulation and increase the elasticity of muscle joints and fascia.
This technique is designed to release restrictions such a trigger points, muscle tightness, and dysfunctions in soft tissue that may cause pain and limit motion in all parts of the body. It has shown success in decreasing pain and increasing mobility.
The main tissue that MFR focuses on for release in the myofascial system is the fascia. Fascia is a fine tissue that surrounds all structures in the body including muscles, nerves, vessels, and bones. MFR allows the therapist to evaluate, identify, and treat fascial restrictions. These restrictions can be caused by numerous factors, such as trauma, musculoskeletal conditions, repetitive stress syndrome, and poor posture.
By applying gentle, hands-on techniques to the whole body, positive structural changes may occur, such as increased range of motion, decreased pain, and, most importantly, increased fascial mobility. In combination with traditional physical therapy, MFR can help patients return to their daily and recreational activities.
Kids Yoga for Mindfulness and Relaxation
Create the space for kids to grow up with mindfulness, self-confidence, compassion, and creativity. Kids explore movement and breath in a supportive and non-competitive environment by practicing strengthening, stretching, relaxing, and letting go. Yoga poses and meditation are taught through story-telling, creative games, exercises, and arts and crafts projects.
Yoga for Young Athletes
Enhance sports skills by improving balance, core strength, focus, and flexibility. Studies have shown that athletes can benefit by cross-training and adding yoga to their training regimen. This routine works on flexibility, balance, agility, endurance, core, and overall strength. These tools help prevent injury and aid in recovery. Mindfulness exercises and breath-work help focus, pre-game jitters, team comradery, and mind/body awareness.
The Goldie Hawn Foundation is a not-for-profit organization created in response to the global epidemic of childhood aggression, anxiety, depression and suicide. Based firmly in neuroscience, MindUP gives children the knowledge and tools they need to manage stress, regulate emotions and face the challenges of the 21st century with resilience.
My yoga background- RYT200 from the Yoga Institute under Lex Gillan, student of Ram Dass. Lex is the co-founder of the Yoga Alliance and founder of the National Association of Certified Yoga Teachers.
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