The ELDOA certification program


What is ELDOA?

Developed by Guy VOYER French Osteopath (reg. France, Canada), E.L.D.O.A. (Etirements Longitudinaux avec Decoaptation Osteo-Articulaire) or in English L.O.A.D.S. (longitudinal osteo-articular decoaptation with stretching) was born out of the integration of a number of differing conceptual work in the field of rehabilitation such as The R.Klapp Method, Niederhoffer, The Kabat Method, The Brunnnstorm Method, The Bobath concept, The Mezieres method, Piret and Beziers and Godlieve Struyf-Denis to produce a paradigm incorporating both local and global effects on the body.

Based on Voyer’s works and his practice in Osteopathy, the basic principle of ELDOA, using biotensegrity and over 20 years of fascial research, is to create a posture that will target a specific spinal functional unit. During those early years, word of the ELDOA spread slowly. It was usually taught to VOYER’S osteopathy students and a small group of students who were dedicated to the process of learning his exercise methodology.

Today, thanks to consistent results and the uniqueness of its approach, the ELDOA method of exercise has slowly taken its place in high level sports therapy and training. The ELDOA are now used in all major professional sports as in America as well as in many Olympic training camps. ELDOA is quickly gaining prominence within the highest level of therapists and trainers as an indispensable tool in helping clients and patients.

The basic principle of ELDOA, using the research of tensegrity and over 20 years of fascial research, is to create a posture that will target a specific functional unit. The inferior segment is fixed and the superior segment is mobilized. Therefore a position is created to place all inferior and superior myofascial chains under tension around a primary lesion, which becomes the centre of separating forces with the aim of producing postural normalization and the relief of pain.

Program description

The ELDOA certification program consists of 6 levels, spread over a course of 2-3 years. Each level teaches the theoretical aspects of ELDOA, including relevant anatomy, biomechanics and physiology, while emphasizing the practical application of the technique with numerous practice sessions where students learn the coaching principles of ELDOA, and start to develop the eyes and practical skills necessary to become a good ELDOA practitioner. ELDOA Levels 1-3 are designed for personal trainers, strength and conditioning specialists, Pilates and Yoga instructors, while ELDOA Levels 4-6 are for clinical massage and soft tissue therapists, sport therapists, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, and sport MDs. Everyone starts at Level 1, regardless of qualification, and builds their knowledge from there.



Upcoming ELDOA Certification Courses


 

ELDOA Level 1 & Level 2 intensive in LONDON, UK
Length of course: 4 days

Course Description: ELDOA of the Spine – Spinal segments from L5/S1 to C2/3
ELDOA 1 is the prerequisite for all other levels in the reformed 6-level ELDOA Certification Program. A significant amount of time in this course is devoted to the practical application of the most frequently used ELDOA of the spine.
Kapandji’s spine biomechanics and descriptive anatomy are taught in ELDOA 2. It expands on many of the key topics including, embryology, GAGS and water imbibitions, and Factors of Progression.
Periodization, program design, and the theories of the ELDOA program are introduced. Level 2 includes ELDOA exercises from L5/S1-C2/3.

Lecture topics include:

With the help of the course instructor participants will work in small groups to work out the exercise progressions for each spinal segment and coach each other on how to correctly perform each exercise. This way everyone learns to both do and coach the ELDOA.

The goal of the intensive format is to immerse yourself in the anatomy and mechanics of the ELDOA while getting plenty of practical experience with it.  So by the time you walk out of the class the last day, you will not only feel better and have an improved posture, but are also capable of teaching it to your clients or patient the very next day and deliver amazing results.

NEW DATE: 1-4th November 2018
Starting times: 
Thursday 12-8pm
Friday 9am-6pm
Saturday 9am-6pm
Sunday 9am-4:30pm

EARLY BIRD pricing until 5th October 2018: £997
From 6th October regular course fee of £1097 applies
Location: Central London


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ELDOA Level 3
Length of course: 3 days

Course Description: Hips, Shoulder, Ribcage, and Sternum
The focus of ELDOA 3 is the coxo-femoral joint, shoulder complex, ribcage and sternum. The anatomy used is the classic descriptive anatomy of the aforementioned structures and Kapandji biomechanics.

The ELDOA exercises taught include all the ELDOA for the coxo-femoral joint, the shoulder – all parts – the ribs and the sternum as well as a review of the ELDOA of the spine.

DATE: 8-10th February 2019

EARLY BIRD pricing until 16th January 2019: £699 (pre-requisite ELDOA 1-2)
From 17th January regular course fee of £799 applies
Location: Central London


With the help of the course instructor participants will work in small groups to work out the exercise progressions for every joint and coach each other on how to correctly perform those exercises. This way everyone learns to both do and coach the ELDOA.

The goal is to immerse yourself in the anatomy and mechanics of the ELDOA for the peripheral joints while getting plenty of practical experience with it. This way it is not just a theory that makes sense in your mind but also something that you got in touch with so sharing and teaching it is easier.



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ELDOA Level 4
Length of course: 4 days

Course Description:  The Pelvis and Sacro-illiac Joint
The first part of ELDOA 4 is a review of ELDOA Levels 1-3.  The second part of the course focuses on the biomechanics of the pelvis which include the sacro-iliac joint and the 22 axes of rotation of the pelvis.  The ELDOA techniques are taught for these structures.

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ELDOA Level 5
Length of course: 5 days

Course Description:  ELDOA of the Upper Cervical Region, TMJ, Skull, and Spine Herniations
The first two days of this course are a review of ELDOA Levels 1-4 and the biomechanics of the pelvis.

Topics of discussion include the classic biomechanics of the upper cervical spine, biomechanics of the temporo-mandibular joint, the biomechanics of the skull, and the respective ELDOA for each region.

Specific ELDOA for pathologies and herniations of the spine will comprise the last day.

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ELDOA Level 6
Length of course: 5 days

Course Description: ELDOA Level 6 is a review of all 5 levels of the ELDOA program using tensegrity biomechanics.
In Level 6, Guy VOYER will discuss clinical applications in addition to clinical ADAPTATIONS to the classic exercises based upon case specifics.

There will be an exam to prove practitioner proficiency with the ELDOA techniques as well as a class graduation for the SomaELDOA Program.

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Previous Courses

 

ELDOA Level 1 & Level 2 intensive
Length of course: 4 days

Course Description: ELDOA of the Spine – Spinal segments from L5/S1 to C2/3

ELDOA 1 is the prerequisite for all other levels in the reformed 6-level ELDOA Certification Program. A significant amount of time in this course is devoted to the practical application of the most frequently used ELDOA of the spine.
Kapandji’s spine biomechanics and descriptive anatomy are taught in ELDOA 2. It expands on many of the key topics including, embryology, GAGS and water imbibitions, and Factors of Progression.
Periodization, program design, and the theories of the ELDOA program are introduced. Level 2 includes ELDOA exercises from L5/S1-C2/3.

Lecture topics include:

DATE: June 14-17, 2018


ELDOA Level 3
Length of course: 3 days

Course Description:  Hips, Shoulder, Ribcage, and Sternum
The focus of ELDOA 3 is the coxo-femoral joint, shoulder complex, ribcage and sternum.  The anatomy used is the classic descriptive anatomy of the aforementioned structures and Kapandji biomechanics.

The ELDOA exercises taught include all the ELDOA for the coxo-femoral joint, the shoulder – all parts – the ribs and the sternum as well as a review of the ELDOA of the spine.

DATE: 20th-22nd April 2018



 

ELDOA Level 1 & Level 2 combined
Length of course: 4 days

Course Description: ELDOA of the Spine – Spinal segments from L5/S1 to C2/3

ELDOA 1 is the prerequisite for all other levels in the reformed 6-level ELDOA Certification Program. A significant amount of time in this course is devoted to the practical application of the most frequently used ELDOA of the spine.
Kapandji’s spine biomechanics and descriptive anatomy are taught in ELDOA 2. It expands on many of the key topics including, embryology, GAGS and water imbibitions, and Factors of Progression.
Periodization, program design, and the theories of the ELDOA program are introduced. Level 2 includes ELDOA exercises from L5/S1-C2/3.

Lecture topics include:

DATE: 15th-18th February 2018



ELDOA Level 2
Length of course: 3 days

Course Description: ELDOA of the Spine – Spinal segments from L5/S1 to C2/3
The first day of this course is a review of ELDOA 1.  It expands on many of the key topics including, embryology, GAGS and water imbibitions, and Factors of Progression.

Kapandji’s spine biomechanics and descriptive anatomy are taught in ELDOA 2.  Periodization, program design, and the theories of the ELDOA program are introduced.  The ELDOA exercises taught in this course include levels L5/S1 to C2/C3.

DATE: 17-19th of November 2017







 

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