Active Isolated Stretch Rope


The Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) method of muscle lengthening and fascial release is a form of Athletic Stretching Technique that provides effective, dynamic, facilitated stretching of major muscle groups, but more importantly, AIS provides functional and physiological restoration of superficial and deep fascial planes. Performing an Active Isolated Stretch of no longer than two seconds allows the target muscles to optimally lengthen without triggering the protective stretch reflex and subsequent reciprocal antagonistic muscle contraction as the isolated muscle achieves a state of relaxation. These stretches provide maximum benefit and can be accomplished without opposing tension or resulting trauma.

It is a common misconception that prolonged held static stretching technique are an effective way to stretch out a muscle. Science however has shown that prolonged static stretching actually decreases the blood flow within the tissue creating localized ischemia and lactic acid buildup which can potentially cause irritation or injury of local muscular, tendinous, lymphatic, as well as neural tissues, similar to the effects and consequences of trauma and overuse syndromes. Just like the genius of the Pilates repertoire the Active Isolated Stretch method, developed by Aaron Mattes over the passed half century of work in the fields of sports medicine, is a set of movement based stretches that build sequentially asking the body first to move itself and then for this movement to be assisted with the rope allowing muscles not only to learn to length but for weaker muscles to also strengthen.

Unhappy with the quality of straps sold for stretching, we decided to develop our own. Our AIS Rope has been handcrafted for us specifically for Active Isolated Stretching, it has a buttery soft feel against the skin with a braided texture and at 14mm in diameter is comfortable to hold. Made from the highest marine grade braid it will last a life time with a little care. At a generous 2.5m length with the ends skillfully back spliced by hand rather than heat sealed preventing them from fraying and reducing any unnecessary bulk. This rope is particularly dirt resistant, an occasion wipe clean with a damp cloth will lift any surface dirt, however if you decide to wash it unlike a yoga strap, it will not leech colour or shrink. We designed this rope to be a tool to assist you in finding better range of movement and a deeper the connection to the muscles of your body.

Product details:

Dimensions – 14mm x 2.5m
Colour – Navy
Care Instructions – Store neatly rolled up, wipe clean and air dry.

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