Active Assisted Stretching Upper Body
with Ben Benjamin

Saturday, July 11, 2020


Early registration: $175, after June 11th $225

7 CEs

Workshop Description

This intensive, hands-on, full-day workshop teaches you a comprehensive, effective stretching protocol for the upper body that can be performed on your clients in 25-30-minute sessions. Active Assisted Stretching (AAS) energizes the body, enhances the health of the tissues, increases flexibility, protects the body from injury, enhances the healing process, re-aligns the fascia and makes building strength more effective. Active Assisted Stretching is especially good for athletes, the elderly, and the injured, and can also benefit the neurologically impaired. Add this upper program to your practice as a stand-alone service, as a compliment to your client’s massage therapy session, or combined into a full-body routine that can be performed in under an hour.

The client actively participates in the stretching protocol, with a gentle, timed, targeted assist from the therapist at the end of every stretch to increase range of motion along with many other benefits. These techniques are much easier on the therapist’s body than massage and bodywork. During this workshop you will practice every stretch until you can perform them efficiently both individually and in sequence, with the least effort. You will also learn self-stretches to teach your clients who need to focus on stretching specific structures. The upper body workshop teaches you stretches that work the neck, shoulders, forearms, wrists, hands and fingers.

Ben Benjamin, BEN BENJAMIN, PhD in Sports Medicine, has been practicing massage since 1963 and has been nationally recognized for his contributions to massage therapy, receiving the AMTA President’s Award in 2000 and an induction into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame in 2010. With his years of experience as a therapist, educator, and author, Dr. Benjamin has been regarded as a voice of authority in the muscular therapy field. He was the Founder and President of the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which began in 1974.
Shortly after the Muscular Therapy Institute opened, Dr. Benjamin enhanced his practice by studying under Dr. James Cyriax, widely known for his pioneering work in orthopedic medicine. He has also integrated Aaron Mattes’ Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) techniques into his therapy. With a passion for helping individuals cope with and overcome pain, Dr. Benjamin has been lecturing internationally for more than 35 years and written countless articles in publications such as Massage Therapy Journal and Massage and Bodywork magazine.
Dr. Benjamin is also the author of several works referenced by those educators and students in the field, such as Listen to Your Pain, Are You Tense?, Exercise Without Injury, and co-author of The Ethics of Touch and Conversation Transformation.