Who we are
Stretching SA specializes in stretch therapy, Active Isolated Stretching and Active Isolated strengthening are the two major components of our field. Stretch therapy was developed over the past 55 years by our pioneer and inventor of this technique, Aaron L. Mattes. Mattes is the founder of StretchingUSA, StretchingSA is a close affiliate of this organization, and carries the values, principles and techniques as being taught by Aaron Mattes.
We are the only company in Africa having an affiliation with StretchingUSA, and is the only organization capable of teaching, supporting, and building stretch therapy on our continent. We are proud to offer a wide range of comprehensive services to meet the needs of adults, seniors, and athletes. Our team of professional therapists specialize in providing personalized care, rehabilitative therapy and companion assistance.
Services We Offer
Active Isolated Stretching
Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a stretching method developed by Aaron L. Mattes. AIS utilizes precise movements to isolate a specific area to be stretched. Once in the proper position, the stretch is held for 1.5 to 2 seconds, released, and then repeated 8-10 times in a set. AIS has been used by thousands of professional and amateur athletes to increase flexibility and performance while reducing the risk of injury. It is also effective in reducing pain in the human body caused by incorrect posture, injury, and inactivity.
Active Isolated Strengthening
These exercises are designed to isolate and strengthen targeted areas. By isolation, the intrinsic muscle groups, smaller muscle attachments and specific joint and muscle discrepancies can be treated and activated effectively.
This work can only be successful with a program of active isolated stretching prior too commencing in strengthening program with your therapist. Active isolated strengthening is also a manual therapeutic modality, and can only be done with the assistance of a specialist stretch therapist. The therapist will exactly know your condition and your capabilities, and trying to do this on your own will put your ligaments and joints at risk.
Myths about Stretch Therapy
Myth 1 – Stretch Therapy is extremely painful
Yes, some discomfort may be experienced while undergoing stretch therapy, but stretch therapy is meant to reduce pain and not increase it. “No pain, no gain” is only true in rare cases. Let your stretch therapist know when you are in pain and they can adjust your therapy. The main objective is to help you heal while working within your pain threshold.
Myth 2 – I need a referral to see a stretch therapist
No, anyone can see a stretch therapist whenever they want to. So make you booking now.
Myth 3 – Stretch therapy is only for injuries and accidents.
This is wrong. At Stretching SA we encourage everyone to stretch on a regular basis. Stretching has proven health and sports benefits, flexibility is something that should be incorporated everyday just like your normal exercise program.
Myth 4 – Surgery is my only option
Never! Surgery should always be a last resort and not your first choice. Stretch therapy has many testimonies of patients opting to try stretching before going under the knife and with a successful treatment program completely avoided the would-be operation.
Myth 5 – I can do “stretch therapy” on my own
While your participation is key to the success of the treatment, stretch therapist are trained professionals with knowledge of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, injury treatment and prevention.