Manual Therapy & Movement Based Modalities

Kevin uses a variety of different modalities to address soft tissue injuries. Whether related to postural imbalances, sports injuries, auto accidents or muscle weakness, Kevin's approach addresses the full body. He believes that a well balanced body needs mobility and strength training in order to function at its highest potential! 

Active Isolated Stretching

The Comprehensive Stretching & Strengthening Solutions approach is based on the principles of Active Isolated Stretching and Strengthening; pioneered by Aaron Mattes over 40 years ago. Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is a dynamic flexibility system derived from extensive research in kinesiology, the study of muscles and movement. AIS takes into account each joint, its movements, and the muscles that create those movements. It is the most in-depth stretching system currently in use in the world.

Active Isolated Stretching is a system that takes your core and foundation into account. It utilizes precise exercises to achieve local joint stability, stamina, and power. This will give you the dynamic strength you require for optimal function. With greater flexibility and strength your body can maintain balance that reduces stress on joints and allows release from a multitude of physical restrictions and weaknesses that impair health and well-being.

As we age our muscles tend to lose elasticity and recovery from injuries may take longer. Physical trauma, stress, and repetitive movements over the years result in nerve impingement, shortened muscles, and decreased mobility. Stretching increases circulation, reduces pain, improves athletic performance, helps to restore balance, and promotes faster recovery from injury. Strengthening allows the gains made through stretching to be maintained by creating stability in the joint, which allows the muscles to relax.

To learn more about Aaron L. Mattes, the pioneer of Active Isolated StretIsolated Stretching (AIS); go to

How does AIS Work

The effectiveness of AIS is based on the principle of reciprocal inhibition, in which a contracting muscle (agonist) sends a signal to the opposite muscle (antagonist) to relax so that movement can occur. Physiologically a muscle is more easily stretched when there is active muscle contraction. AIS utilizes the principle of reciprocal inhibition by employing specific, active movements for each exercise.

The other key principle in AIS is related to the built-in protective mechanisms of muscles. Sensors located in specialized muscle fibers called muscle spindles, detect changes in muscle length and the speed at which lengthening occurs. The spindle cells monitor for sudden stretches (a quick movement in sports), excessive stretches (pushing the joint further than physically possible), and prolonged stretches. When the spindle cells sense any of these conditions within the muscle, it triggers the stretch reflex, which causes the muscle to contract.

To avoid triggering the stretch reflex, keep your movements active, gentle, slow, and rhythmic. Hold each hold each stretch for no more than 2 seconds. Never push the stretch into pain or hold the stretch longer than 2 seconds. Adhering to these physiological principles. your body will realize quick gains in flexibility without injury.

Benefits of AIS

AIS has other benefits in addition to improved flexibility. Each stretch is repeated several times similar to a work-out. The pumping action of repeated muscular activity and deep breathing promote better circulation, the removal of metabolic waste products, and the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the cells. AIS affects superficial and deep fascial layers by realigning collagen fibers and breaking up adhesions and scar tissue. Since AIS is an active stretching work-out of major muscle groups, it does not require a warm-up phase and can be used to prepare for any exercise program.

  • Improves flexibility

  • Reduces muscle spasm

  • Quickens the recovery after an injury

  • Promotes balance in the body

  • Chronic pain relief

  • Better posture

  • Relieves muscle soreness

  • Increases athletic performance

  • Reduces the risk of muscle strain and ligament sprain

  • Improves oxygen and nutrient delivery to cells

  • Stimulates lymph circulation and eliminates cellular waste

Under the skilled guidance of a trained practitioner, AIS is effective in alleviating the symptoms of numerous physical disorders:

  • Arthritis

  • Tendonitis

  • Headaches

  • Muscular Injuries

  • Ligament Injuries

  • Frozen Shoulder

  • Neck Pain

  • Lower Back Pain

  • Nerve and Muscular Impingement Syndromes

  • Scoliosis

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Parkinson’s Disease

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Heel Spurs

  • Poor Circulation

  • Edema

  • Pre- & Post Surgical Conditions

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

  • Bulging and Herniated Disc

Neurokinetic Therapy

NeuroKinetic Therapy® corrective movement system, is a sophisticated assessment and treatment modality that addresses the causes of dysfunctional movement/coordination problems at their root in the motor control center in the cerebellum. The motor control center stores these patterns and directs their completion through the spinal cord and the muscles. The motor control center learns through failure.

A good example is a baby learning to stand. Each time the baby tries to stand and falls the motor control center stores the successful aspects of each attempt. When that program contains enough successful information the baby is finally able to stand. Conversely, a dysfunctional movement program can be created by injury. For example, in a whiplash, the posterior neck muscles become very tight and painful. No matter how much they are manipulated or stretched they stubbornly remain that way. Why? Because the anterior neck muscles are weak and inhibitedLoosening the posterior neck muscles followed by strengthening the anterior neck muscles will reprogram the motor control center. How do we know that the anterior neck muscles are weak or inhibited? Manual muscle testing is employed to assess whether or not a muscle is strong/ facilitated or weak/inhibited. When a muscle tests weak the motor control center perceives this as a failure and is opened to new learning. This presents an opportunity to use the NeuroKinetic Therapy® corrective movement system protocol of test-release-retest to reprogram the motor control center. Correcting these dysfunctional movement patterns is an essential component of rehabilitative therapy.

The NKT protocol allows the practitioner to address the motor control center in the cerebellum which coordinates and stores all movement programs. When a muscle test fails the motor control center is opened to new learning. The NKT protocol actually re-programs the dysfunctional routines stored in the motor control center. This allows the practitioner to treat the cause of dysfunction instead of the symptoms. The use of manual muscle testing is combined with a variety of different manual massage techniques and specific treatment outcomes can be achieved with active participation in take home exercises. 


The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a tool used to identify asymmetries which result in functional movement deficiencies. The FMS aims to identify imbalances in mobility and stability during seven fundamental movement patterns. These movement patterns are designed to provide observable performance of basic locomotor, manipulative and stabilizing movements by placing an individual in extreme positions where weaknesses and imbalances become noticeable if appropriate mobility and motor control is not utilized. Once these deficiencies have been identified through the FMS Screen, a program of corrective exercises is then developed with the goal of preventing musculoskeletal injuries. The FMS consists of seven movement patterns which require mobility and stability. 

  1. Deep Squat

  2. Hurdle Step

  3. In-line Lunge

  4. Active Straight-leg Raise

  5. Trunk Stability Push-up

  6. Rotary Stability

  7. Shoulder Mobility

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger Point Therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing “trigger points” in your body. Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle rather than along the energy pathways of the body. These “knots” are built up throughout a person’s life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. During a session, focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques order to release your trigger points. This process can be quite painful at times, yet the effects are lasting and profoundly transformative.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don’t get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released from the deep tissue during the session.

Myofascial Release

Myofacial Release is a form of soft tissue therapy intended to eliminate pain, increase range of motion, and rebalance the entire body. It does this by using massage techniques to stretch the fascia and release the bonds that exist between the fascia, muscles and bones. Fascia is the connective tissue that connects and covers all muscles, organs, and skeletal structures of the body. Direct myofascial release is sometimes known as deep tissue work. Indirect release applies light pressure and gently stretches the fascia; this allows for increased blood circulation and relief from pain.

Cupping Therapy

By Creating suction and negative pressure, cupping therapy releases rigid soft tissues, drains excess fluids and toxins, loosens adhesion’s, lifts connective tissue, and brings blood flow to stagnant skin and muscles. Myofascial release is direct, and correct application addresses a myriad of debilitating and stubborn conditions. Restructuring of the myofascial bands are possible with several treatments, and there is no form of lymphatic stimulation and drainage that even approaches the efficacy and speed of suction/negative pressure therapy.

The pulling action of cupping therapy engages the parasympathetic nervous system allowing for a deep relaxation to move through the entire body. By creating negative pressure above the surface of the tissues, the decrease in atmospheric pressure allows the tissues below to be lifted upwards - increasing the space for the underlying structures. Since Cupping techniques use negative pressure, rather than tissue compression, superior body work ranging from Myofascial Release and deep tissue work to Manual Lymphatic drainage is easily accomplished. The suction of the cups rapidly facilitates rigid soft tissue release by pulling it up and away from underlying structures, thus loosening areas of adhesion’s or restriction. It activates muscle spindle reflexes that relax contractile tissue and retrains the myofascial structures.

Contracted, congested tissue structure will soften quickly and it’s remarkable on rigid and aching muscles, activating the secretion of synovial fluids to release joint stiffness in not possible using pressure of traditional massage- with only a few minutes of negative pressure therapy. IT creates localized expansion of tissue, producing a profound vasodilation reaction- drawing blood flow to areas of ischemic pain, raising skin temperature, promoting metabolism within the skin tissue for better functioning of sweat and sebaceous glands, flushing capillary beds, draining stagnant blood, toxins and lymph, and re-supplying vital nutrients.

Cupping stimulates the nervous system reflex to the cerebral cortex, contributing to an increased rate of recovery from pain and disease. One the reasons cupping is so effective in sedation on the body is the strong, stimulating pull on millions of nerve endings contained in its structures.

Cupping is very beneficial for many conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, sciatica, insomnia, colon disorders, anxiety, fatigue, poor circulation, edema, sports injuries, cellulite, nervous tension, chronic headache, fibromyalgia, rheumatism, neuralgia and menstrual problems. It is suitable for the treatment of pain, diseases of digestive, circulatory, and respiratory systems, some skin conditions, facial paralysis, weak muscles and the common cold.

Cupping Therapy can help with the following conditions:

  • Colds & Influenza

  • Headaches

  • Sciatica

  • Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  • Post-injury trauma

  • Post-surgery adhesion’s

  • Musculo-skeletal problems: pain, spasms, cramps, tightness, numbness, stiffness of the back and neck

Benefits of cupping therapy:

Deep tissue work and release without discomfort

  • Moves stagnation and drains fluids

  • Relieves Inflammation

  • Nervous System Sedation

  • Stretches Muscle and Connective Tissues

  • Loosens Adhesion’s

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This type of exercise routine is the foundation of any and all fitness programs at Northwest Fitness. Functional Training focuses on learning to use our core and back while  learning proper posture, knee, hip and shoulder mobility and strengthening exercises. Utilizing a wide variety of strength training exercises we learn how to use our bodies to be more flexible and stronger. 


Kettlebells are some of the most powerful tools for improving your fitness and physique. They combine strength training, mobility, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance. As a result, you spend less time working out, yet get extraordinary results.  Kettlebell and bodyweight movements makes workouts challenging, yet flexible enough for individuals of most fitness levels. Programs focus on joint mobility and stability, muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance, muscular flexibility, total-body range of motion, and injury prevention.

StrongFirst’s Founder and Chairman, Pavel Tsatsouline, has been developing and refining kettlebell curriculum and training methodology for well over a decade. Instructors must prepare physically to meet the demands of the intense training required to become a Kettlebell instructor with StrongFirst. SFG Instructor candidates learn a principle-based kettlebell system and the safe, proper way to use kettlebells and teach kettlebell training to others. SFG Certifications are taught by the most qualified kettlebell instructors on the planet, each hand-selected by Pavel or our Chief SFG Brett Jones. Each candidate must meet a high standard in strength, movement skill, and coaching.The following six foundational skills are taught and tested at the SFG Level I Certification:

  • Swing

  • Get-up

  • Clean

  • Press

  • Snatch

  • Squat

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Tai Chi Chuan is an ancient Chinese form of exercise originally created as a martial art. Tai Chi was accredited to a Taoist Monk named Zhang San Feng as its creator. Its origins date back over 700 years with some accounts of over 1500 years. Tai Chi is a type of Qigong (Chi Kung) practiced by millions of people worldwide every day. Tai Chi/Qigong practice involves moving meditation, coordinating slow flowing movements and deep rhythmic breathing.   

Developed originally in China as a self-defense strategy, Tai Chi is practiced today as a gentle exercise program. Tai Chi is known for its myriad of health benefits and promotes stress reduction, peace of mind, greater balance, pain reduction and many other scientifically proven benefits with regular practice.   

Kevin offers Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan 34 movement. Kevin Pedrey has studied with Michael Gilman who studied with Master Choy Kam-man whose father, Choy Hok-peng studied with Yang Cheng Fu, who is credited with introducing Tai Chi to America in the 1940’s. With over 13 years of study with Tai Chi Chuan, Kevin Pedrey has been certified to teach Tai Chi Chuan through the Gilman Studio as of May 2016. 

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