Stretching in Sarasota

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A few weeks ago I went on a last minute adventure, with the encouragement of one of my clients I decided to take a seminar on Active Isolate Stretching (AIS), a form of therapy not known by many outside of the athletic community.

Although the seminar registration was full, a last minute cancellation secured me a spot in the workshop. To my surprise, and luck, the seminar was being taught by its inventor, Aaron Mattes.

I flew to Florida Wednesday night and landed in Tampa right at midnight. After a kerfuffle with the rental car, I was on my way. Unfortunately I still had more than an hour drive south to Sarasota.

Located on one of the best beaches in the i'm told, never got a chance to see it!

Eventually I made it to the Hempsley Sandcastle Hotel at around 2:30am, what a long day (I’d been up since 6:30am that day!) Thursday morning was going to be rough since I’d only get 4 hours sleep.

The following morning (as did everyday down there) turned out to be beautiful day, and I got to see more of the city than I had intended due to a few a few wrong turns!

When I finally arrived, after the registration and introductions, it was down to business. From 8-6 for four straight days, I was submerged in antimony, levers, insertion points, etc, all of that fun stuff. There were 43 other participants, only one other being from Canada. Most of them were massage therapists (so most everyone was touchy-feely, if you valued your personal space this wasn’t the place to be!)

Being a personal trainer proved to be an advantage when it came to the Active Isolated Strengthening, as Aaron recommended that everyone trainer certificate.

Me and the big man...he's like 6'5!

Here are some clips from the trip.

To find out more about what AIS offers visit my Active Isolated Stretching page


  1. Anonymous on 10/11/2011 at 10:43 am said:

    Thanks for the excellent post!

  2. That looks like such an interesting event to go to, thanks for sharing!

  3. Why is that woman tied to the table? What kind of kinky stretching was this?!?

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