Welcome to the wonderful world of motherhood. If you’re a first-time mom - Congratulations!! If this is your 2nd, 3rd etc. you’re an expert!! You know exactly what to do by now.
As an expectant mother your body will be going through many changes. Some expected, some unexpected. Some things you can do very little about and others you can help yourself a great deal.
One of the many changes you may experience is muscle stiffness, soreness, mobility difficulties (moving about) and a decrease in flexibility. These changes are mainly felt in the lower back, groin, feet, calves and general pelvic area. At times you may even feel stiffness throughout your entire body. Looking for relief can be difficult. You need something to help but understandably you do not want to do anything that puts you or your baby at risk. For many that means no over the counter medications.
If you’ve searched for alternate relief you may have tried massages, acupuncture, chiropractors, yoga, etc. If you have tried these alternatives and have had limited or no relief, we may have an all-natural and organic solution for you. One of the most natural ways to rid yourself of most muscle soreness/stiffness or any of the previously mentioned issues is through Active Isolated Stretching (AIS). AIS is not “regular” stretching. AIS is a highly specialized stretching technique that not only provides muscular relief but can also help relieve pain, reduce stress/anxiety, promote better sleep and increase circulation (which obviously is very important).
Stretching during pregnancy can make you feel more calm, loose, and relaxed. Stretching daily can relieve both physical and mental tension. An added benefit is a slower breath rate. Which in turn may lower blood pressure.Stretching can also relieve muscle pain caused by soreness and stiffness. Amazing changes happen to your body during stretching and one of them is an increase of oxygenated blood flow to your muscles. This will give you more energy and help flush out toxins and lactic acid, so you'll experience less muscle soreness.By frequently stretching, your muscles and joints will grow stronger and more flexible which can lead to a safer labor. Your joints will be lubricated so that they can move smoothly and painlessly. People who stretch have longer muscles, a greater freedom of movement, and less chance of muscle injury. On the other hand, not stretching can lead to spinal misalignment which can cause severe back pain.
Muscle soreness / Stiffness
Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a very unique and specialized stretching program. It is a non–invasive, non-surgical, non–medicated solution that has helped many women just like you. We've assisted numerous pre and post natal clients suffering from pain, muscle stiffness/soreness, immobility/lack of flexibility, stress and anxiety. So, whether you’re trying to keep up with the kids, finish a long day at work, or are just trying to make it through the day, there’s a good chance we can help.
Why is AIS so unique? With AIS each stretch is held for only 2 seconds. What’s the benefit of a 2 second stretch you ask? Very simply, it gives more oxygen to the muscles, causing less irritation and less injury. All while increasing the flexibility and length of the muscle. This is also achieved without triggering the stretched muscles’ protective stretch reflex (which causes pain and discomfort) helping to keep the stretched muscle relaxed . The real benefit? Longer muscles. Which are less likely to be injured.
The AIS stretch is unique and so are our practitioners. Our dedicated, highly experienced and caring practitioners are with you every single step of the way. From your initial assessment we're here to make certain you receive the very best care and attention.