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Intro to Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) Neuromuscular Conditioning

June 9, 2018 at 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a physical therapy system that greatly improves performance and reduces musculoskeletal pain. AIS has been designed so effectively that it is used by a wide range of practitioners in different fields of physical healthcare. Today, many of the World’s Top Athletes incorporate AIS into their training as do occupational and physical therapists working with elderly and postoperative care patients.

This 1-day course is an introduction to Aaron Mattes’ modality of Active Isolated Stretching. We will start by learning some simple assessment techniques to evaluate dysfunction in the hips and shoulders before moving on to building practical protocols to improve joint range of motion and function.  From an anatomical perspective, we will be looking at the most common causes of pain and movement dysfunction, why they happen and how to correct them. From a practical perspective:  which muscles to stretch, which muscles to foam roll, which typically need activation and which to strengthen. 

This course is a great course for trainers who have an interest in corrective exercise and improving human movement. The goal of the course is to introduce students to the benefits of a neuromuscular approach to stretching and give them a series of exercises and drills used by top athletic coaches. By the end of the day, students will be able to recognize and reverse the 2 most common faulty or compensatory movement patterns that lead to pain and injuries. We will also look at the benefits of stretching, massage or foam rolling and why some of the muscles respond better to isolated activation techniques rather than compound strength exercises.  

What you will learn:

One skill set that separates a great trainer from their peers is the ability to correct movement dysfunction to improve quality of life for their clients. After the workshop students will be able to: 

– Assess basic movement and understand the muscle compensations patterns that lead to joint overloading and common injuries;

– Understand the science behind active-assisted stretching and perform adequate stretching techniques on the 5 main muscle groups that affect posture and movement;

– Build training programmes to realign muscle tonicity and function;

– provide remedial exercises to clients that help decompress joints and relieve pain.

Instructor: Liam Harkness  – Founder / Chief Therapist, The Stretch Clinic Kuala Lumpur

Liam graduated as a Sports Therapist in the UK in 1995 and has spent the last 20 years building his reputation as one of the finest therapists in Asia. In 2012 Liam traveled to Florida to study and work with Aaron Mattes the founder of Active Isolated Stretching (AIS). Under Aaron’s tutelage, Liam developed his approach to sports performance and rehabilitation by learning to optimize force distribution during movement. 

These biomechanical principles are the foundation of AIS and by 2015 Liam was invited to present his work at Sports Medical conventions and Physiotherapy conferences. In 2016 Liam opened up The Stretch Clinic in Malaysia which uses AIS protocols to improve athletic performance, treat injuries and manage chronic pain.

Liam currently spends his time working in the clinic in Kuala Lumpur and traveling to work with high profile clients in Europe and the Middle East. His client list includes World champions, Olympic gold medal winners, and Champions league winning football stars as well as members of several Royal families and Heads of State. It is our hope that when people hear about The Stretch Clinic, our name will inspire hope and be synonymous with fast, effective results for all of your health and wellness goals.


June 9, 2018
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Optimum Performance Studio
1-2/F World Trust Tower, 50 Stanley Street Central, Hong Kong + Google Map
+852 2868 5170


Optimum Performance Studio
+852 2868 5170


Liam Harkness
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