Video Course: Active Isolated Stretching

Bruce Baltz

This course introduces the principles of Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) and teaches AIS techniques for the lower and upper body. You’ll learn to encourage active client participation to perform stretches that increase the flow of blood and oxygen to overcontracted and overstretched tissues. Demonstrations are shown with the client on the table and in the seated position.

This course was filmed on location at the 2016 World Massage Festival.

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Course Outline
  • Introduction
  • Principles of Active Isolated Stretching (AIS)
  • Lower body: hip extensors, gluteus maximus, piriformis, gastrocnemius, distal hamstrings, proximal hamstrings
  • Upper body: shoulder and upper arm: pectoralis major, pectoralis minor, posterior shoulder, biceps, infraspinatus, subscapularis
Learning Objectives

Having viewed the online massage therapy technique CE course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) methodology.
  2. State why the stretches are not sustained for long periods of time.
  3. Demonstrate how to stabilize the body while performing the technique.
  4. Outline some basic indications and contraindications.
Bruce Baltz

Bruce Baltz, founder of SpiriPhysical LLC, is a licensed massage therapist in New York and Florida, and maintains his board certification in massage therapy and bodywork. He is an internationally recognized educator with more than 30 years of experience in the fitness and bodywork industry and is the former chair of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Bruce teaches workshops across the country and has created DVDs on stone massage, body mechanics, and a spa method of active isolated stretching (AIS) approved by Aaron Mattes. For more information, visit

Topics and Techniques

This hands-on massage therapy CE course teaches the principles of Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) and techniques for the upper and lower body. Demonstrations are shown with the client on the table and in the seated position.


This online massage therapy CE course is available to you on demand to access, learn, and earn CE whenever and wherever it’s most convenient for you!


Visit the ABMP Education Center FAQ page for a full list of resources.

Is this massage CE course approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) for CE credit?
Yes! All of the courses are approved under ABMP’s NCBTMB Approved Provider account (451086-09).

How do I earn a CE certificate for this video-based course?
After you complete the webinar video, a quiz will appear on the page. Earn a CE certificate by scoring 70% or higher on the course quiz.

How do I access my CE certificates?
CE certificates are available on your “My CE Transcripts” page and on the course page. Visit your “My CE Transcript” page by clicking “My CE” on the navigation bar at the top of your screen.


"This video was packed with so much great information and technique. I actually watched it twice!"

"Bruce has inspired me to continue learning as much as I can about active isolated stretching for my practice. These techniques will help so many of my clients!"

"I'm a big fan of Mattes AIS protocols, so this was a nice addition to my toolkit. Good pace of presentation and demonstrations."

"This course is very precise and easy to follow.  He clearly defined the reasons behind the method and each movement."