AIS Seminars

Learn Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) through Canada’s only authorized AIS instructor, Paul John Elliott. Paul specializes in teaching AIS nationwide, empowering all manual therapists and lay-people with the AIS protocols as they pertain to clinical treatments and problems related to physical restrictions.

The Active Isolated Stretching seminars are designed for anyone concerned about mobility and health, particularly manual therapists. The AIS participant will find this work effective in postural restoration, performance enhancement and injury prevention as well as a powerful adjunct for rehabilitation.

The AIS Foundations seminar offers participants the tools necessary to achieve maximum results with minimum effort.

These 2-day seminars are designed to explain how the AIS technique can help participants/clients in six key areas:

  1. Self-care for participants and clients.
  2. Performance enhancement.
  3. Reducing pain and inflammation through Active Stretching.
  4. Improving a body’s alignment and postural restoration through enhanced joint function and stability.
  5. Reorganization of fascial planes, allowing for greater balance and structural function.
  6. Injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Client Home Care – Self-Stretching.

A crucial part of the seminar is learning the comprehenssive technique of self-care. This is essential for the longevity of any therapist or trainer! More importantly, this portion of the seminar also acts as a powerful tool for a participants clients, who can easily learn and safely utilize for the rest of therir lives.

During the self-stretching portions, a participant will learn how to safely assist and guide another in this therapuetic process.

There will be demonstrations and explanations as well as extensive open discussions on the clinical applications of this technique as we proceed through each of the 2 days.

Further ongoing discussions are encouraged on how to implement and align this technique with all current methods.

The teaching of the AIS technique will be achieved through 20% lecture/demonstration and 80% practice amongst participants.

Theory Behind the Technique.

Active Isolated Stretching involves an active contraction of a muscle, sending a message the targeted muscle to release in preparation for stretching. This is otherwise known as reciprocal inhibition.

Sherrington’s Law states: “A muscle will do either one of two things: it will contract or it will release.” Meaning that a muscle cannot stretch and contract at the same time.

Adhering to Sherrington’s Law, while one muscle is contracting, the targeted muscle will allow itself to release and be stretched.

The Fundamental Difference.

Working with the body’s natural physiological makeup, the AIS technique holds each stretch for only two seconds.

The 2-Second Rule
An Active Isolated Stretch lasts no more than 2.0 seconds.
Using a stretch of no more than two seconds allows the target muscle to optimally lengthen without triggering the myotatic reflex, which, after 1.5 to two seconds, inhibits the stretch potential of a muscle.

The primary goal of the Advanced AIS seminar is to augment the practical knowledge of the AIS Foundations level practitioner.

The Advanced curriculum offers additional, more complex stretching protocols devised to enhance the Foundations practitioner’s repetoire.

The accummulated protocols are then analysed agains a common pathology and reconstructed in a manner that allows therapists/trainers to confidently map out and choreograph their treatments.

Participants will learn the following:

The clinical applications of AIS.

  1. Linking AIS to conditions and dysfunctions commonly addressed by manual and physiotherapists, athletic and personal trainers.
  2. Review of and understanding the principles and neuromuscular basis of AIS and its clinical importance.
  3. Conduct screening evaluations and formulate therapy (protocols) strategies.
  4. Setting attainable goals for and with the client and building an easy-to-follow client self-care plan.

Specific Strength and Local Stamina.

Stretching is only half the job! Bring completion and balance to your AIS protocols.

  1. Applying a specific strengthening program to your Active Isolated Stretching experience.

Active Listening –
connecting with the tissues.

This section is designed to hone your inherent “listening” skills with a touch that connects us with the tissues.

  1. Understand how and why to re-adjust our touch as the myofascial network adjusts to the mechanical signaling of the AIS technique.

Course Outlines

The AIS protocols will be demonstrated for each segment of the body. Utilizing the principles of reciprocal inhibition, client involvement with an active agonist contraction, the importance of a therapists’ stabilizing hand and the delicateness of the active hand as well as the benefits of proper breathing and working with the myotatic reflex will comprise much of the classroom theory.

The course is comprised of 80% practise time and 20% demonstration.

Continuing Education Credits
  • CATA 6.4
  • NHPC 10
  • MTAA 18
  • NCBTMB 15
  • NCBTMB 1


  • BCRPA 15
  • BCAK 16
  • AFLCA 12
  • CMTNB 8 CEU’s (Cat A)
  • MTAM 14
  • MTAS 15

Interested in hosting an AIS Foundations or Advanced seminar at your facility?
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