At the DCOC we recognize that optimal health and integrity of the soft tissue supporting structures (muscles, tendons, fascia and ligaments) play an important role in how we feel and perform. It is for this reason that we are fortunate to have the expertly skilled massage therapist Joe A. Gajnos. 

While Joe is highly trained to integrate into his practice an array of multidisciplinary therapeutic massage techniques (i.e., Neuromuscular Therapy, Deep Tissue, Myoskeletal Alignment, Sports Massage) his main focus is the safe and effective Active Isolated Stretching (AIS). Virtually everyone of all ages and lifestyles can benefit from the improved wellness and performance gained by AIS's ability to gently release restricted muscles and the surrounding connective tissue called fascia.


Joseph A. Gajnos Licensed Massage Therapist MA26003

  •  Graduate of Florida College of Natural Medicine - 1998 
  •  Practicing since 1998 - some 17 years!
  •  Postgraduate Training under renowned technique innovators and developers:
  •      1) Erik Dalton where Joe learned Myoskeletal Alignment Technique
  •      2) Aaron Mattes where Joe mastered Active Isolated Stretching (AIS). Joe has studied AIS from 2000 to Present
  •  Worked as Teaching Assistant at Aaron Mattes AIS seminars for 7 years.
  •  Joe has traveled around the USA assisting NFL, NBA, LPGA Professional Athletes, as well as Olympians to optimize their health and athletic performance.
  •  Advanced Postgraduate Studies in Neuromuscular Therapy, Deep Tissue and Sports Massage.

Joseph has traveled around the United States working with Olympians and Pro-Athletes from the NFL, NBA, and LPGA.

Not Just For Athletes

Virtually everyone of all ages and lifestyles can benefit from the improved wellness and performance gained by Active Isolated Stretching's ability to gently release restricted muscles and the surrounding connective tissue called facia. 



What is Activated Isolated Stretching?


Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a stretching technique used for muscle lenthening and fas­cia! release that provides an effective, dynam­ic and facilitated stretch of major muscle groups. Simply stated, AIS is a method of muscle and connective tissue release based on working with the body's stretch reflexes. It involves holding each stretch for only two seconds which allows the body to repair itself and prepare for daily activity. This method of stretching works with the body's natural phys­iological makeup to improve circulation and increase the elasticiy of muscle, joints and connective tissue. Most importantly, AIS pro­vides functional and physiological restoration of superficial and deep fascial planes. 


Who benefits from AIS?


Virtually everyone who wants to improve health, wellness, and activities of daily living. From 8 to 80 years old!

A few prime examples are:
Tennis Players
High School , College & Professional Athletes of all types.
Weekend Warriors



What are some conditions that are helped by Active Isolated Stretching?


Injuries caused by trauma, overuse and / or repetitive motion lead to tight muscles and fascial restrictions that limit range of motion and impair circulation. AIS helps to restore and rehabilitate joint health and function. AIS applied regularly to regions of the the muscle skeletal system can also serve to prevent injury and enhance performance to achieve a competitive edge!

The following are common conditions for AIS:
Carpal Tunnel
Tennis Elbow
Golfer's Elbow
Neck Problems (i.e., Whiplash)
Low Back Problems/Sciatica
Posture Problems (i.e., Scoliosis, Forward Neck, Goose Neck, Hyperlordosis, Hyperkyphosis)
Ankle Sprain/Strains
Achilles Tendinitis
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
Plantar Fasciitis
Hammer Toes
Iliotibial Band Syndrome
Bursitis of Hip or Shoulder
Frozen Shoulder  
Rotator Cuff Injury
Post Surgical Joint Rehabilitation



Reasons to the stretch the AIS way!


Joe Gajnos is a leading practitioner of AIS. This system of stretching exercises has been developed to isolate muscle groups that pro­vide specific joint movement. Central to the AIS technique is this reciprocal innervation and inhibition activity - While certain muscles work, the muscles on the opposite side relax. 
Through the stretching of specific muscles and supportive connective tissues, optimum blood circulation is achieved. Stretching also maximizes oxygenation, relaxation, lymphatic circulation, nutritional deliverance and tissue elongation. All are critical to a healthy state of flexibility. 


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