THE SOMATRAINING PROGRAM

The SomaTraining program is a unique methodology to rehabilitation and strength & conditioning built on osteopathic principles. It’s born from the paradigm of complexity, similarly to the human body. It is a continuing education program that aims to provide complex teaching and a holistic view of exercise and training.

SomaTraining is heuristic, NOT algorithmic. An algorithmic task is one where you follow a set of established instructions down a single pathway to one conclusion. The algorithm solves the problem for you...this, unfortunately, is not how the human body operates. Each person and their body are different. Each SomaTraining course is organised to teach practitioners to think and problem-solve for themselves given a set of circumstances: anatomy, biomechanics, physiology and the precise exercise tools. We believe there are more value in learning to problem solve than memorising procedures.

OUR MISSION

Train a new generation of passionate health professionals through an experiential and hands-on mode of learning that fosters creativity and long-term retention of information. We are also creating a network of highly trained professionals working cooperatively with the aim to meet the needs of the client.

HOW IT WORKS

SomaTraining courses are organized in the form of a three-day seminar/workshops format at the frequency of 5 seminar/workshops per year, for the period of 3 years.
Each module covers a different topic with a different set of techniques, and consists of in-depth lectures combined with practical sessions where students learn specific exercise techniques while they develop a more complex way of understanding the human body.

If you are interested in following the full 3-year program, you will need to complete all 15 modules. Please see curriculum below.

Alternatively you can choose to follow only one or a few of the modules to enrich your toolbox of quality techniques in your practice, as many of the modules are offered as a stand alone course and can be taken “à la carte”.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

What is the main difference between average and exceptional trainers and therapists? It is the innate curiosity that drives them to learn more about how the body functions so they can deliver better results to their clients and patients. SOMA Training courses feed that curiosity while further stimulate the thinking process necessary for delivering a physiologically and biomechanically sound training program.

We believe that SOMA Training courses should be the essential part of the continuing education of any health and fitness professionals who seek to deliver unparalleled result to their patients and clients. Experienced Trainers, Physical Therapist, Physiotherapist, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Exercise and Movement Practitioners such as Pilates and Yoga teachers will all greatly benefit from SOMA Training courses.

Many of our graduates work in professional sports in NHL, NBA, NFL, PGA golf, UFC, as well as in private clinical settings.

SOMATRAINING COURSES

Special Course: Myo-Fascial Stretching [11-13th of October 2019]

The question is: How do we stretch a muscle when it is wrapped up in a sheath of connective tissue? Stretching a muscle is only effective once the "skin", the fascia that covers it is free, hydrated and functional. Myo-fascial stretching respects the precise anatomy of the muscles, their aponeuroses, their fascial expensions and connections as well as their function. At this point, the analytical study of the fascial chains allows for an incredibly effective stretch position.

This course consists of in-depth lectures combined with an innovative exercise practice with numerous new stretches that will challenge and improve your knowledge of biomechanics and functional anatomy. Incorporating these precise techniques into any rehabilitation and training program will ensure exceptional results for your clients in both pain management and performance enhancement.

Seminar Outline:

Myofascial Stretches of the lower extremities:

iliopsoas, biceps femoris, semimembranous, semitendinous, superficial gluteus maximus, deep gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, obturator internus, piriformis, quadratus femoris, rectus femoris, vastus internus, vastus externus, graacilis, pectineus, tensor fascia latae, superior fascicle of adductor brevis, inferior fascicle adductor brevis, adductor longus, superior fascicle of adductor magnus, middle fascicle of adductor magnus, inferior fascicle of adductor magnus, medial gastrocnemius lateral gastrocnemius, soleus, tibialis anterior, extensor digitorum, extensor hallucis.

Myofascial Stretches of the upper extremities:

long head of biceps brachii, short head of biceps brachii, posterior deltoid, anterior deltoid, middle deltoid, subscapularis, teres major, coracobrachialis, long head of triceps, medial head of triceps, lateral head of triceps, teres minor, infraspinatus, supraspinatus, pectoralis minor, deep pectoralis major, superficial pectoralis major, short supinator of the forearm, long supinator of the forearm, pronator quadratus, pronator teres, flexor digitorum communis, palmaris longus, anterior cubital, extensor digitorum communis, posterior cubital, first radial.

Myofascial Stretches of the trunk:

middle intercostals, posterior intercostals, anterior intercostals, the crus of the diaphragm, the domes of the diaphragm, the intermediate part of the diaphragm, rectus abdominis, external obliques, internal obliques, latissimus dorsi, superior trapezius, middle trapezius, inferior trapezius, rhomboid major, rhomboid minor, levator scapula, quadratus lumborum, transverse spinous, longus, iliocostales.


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1. Analytical and Segmental Strengthening of the Abdominal Muscles & Thoracic Diaphragm [13-15th of December 2019]

Whether it is for functional or aesthetic reasons, all abdominal muscles ( obliques, transverse, pyramidals, rectus abdominus) and the thoracic diaphragm need to be properly trained.

The students, on this workshop, will learn hundreds of exercises that will specifically target these muscles in relation to the goal at hand. Students will learn and gain a deep understanding of how these muscles are related to and can correct various abdominal wall separations, hernias and how to improve digestive dysfunctions such as constipation, IBS etc. by specific muscular strengthening. The abdominals support the spine and manage the pelvis, where all global movement emanates from.

Seminar Outline:

- relational anatomy and tensegrity biomechanics
- technical analysis of the movements which are the basis of muscle strengthening
- learning to perfect the movement (progression factors)
- how to avoid injury with the appropriate preparation
- types of cool-downs for better recovery
- quality effort in terms of strength, volume, power, speed, resistance, endurance and fitness maintenance
- planning training sessions
- multiple strengthening methods
- muscular re-education programs
- sports preparation programs


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2. Analytical and Segmental Strengthening of the Lower Limb [28th of February-1st of March 2020]

There are hundreds of specific exercises, which can solicit the proximal, distal, medial, lateral, middle, superficial or deep portions of each muscle (i.e. proximal psoas or distal tibialis anterior) in the lower extremities. The thorough details that are covered in this class will allow for an understanding of the numerous exercises that target specific areas of the lower limb.

Students will learn and gain a deep understanding of the function of these muscles relevant to optimal joint mechanics with numerous tools to implement whether it is to correct movement mechanics or improve performance.

Seminar Outline:

- relational anatomy and tensegrity biomechanics
- technical analysis of the movements which are the basis of muscle strengthening
- learning to perfect the movement (progression factors)
- how to avoid injury with the appropriate preparation
- lower extremity warm-ups
- quality effort in terms of strength, volume, power, speed, resistance, endurance and fitness maintenance
- planning training sessions
- strengthening methods for all the lower extremity muscles
- muscular re-education programs
- sports preparation programs



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3. Segmental Strengthening and normalisation of the Transversus Abdominis (TVA) [1-3rd of May 2020]

- How often do you see people train their TVA in the gym?

The transversus abdominis is a muscle with numerous connections and functional importance from intra abdominal pressure, breathing, the stability and posture of the lumbar spine, to help balance the tension between the muscles of the core and so on.

This course will teach you how to target the different portion of this important muscle with numerous progression factors.


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4. Analytical and Segmental Strengthening of the Upper Limb & Trunk [10-12th of July 2020]

There are hundreds of specific exercises, which can solicit the proximal, distal, medial, lateral, middle, superficial or deep portions of each muscle (i.e. deltoids, quadratus lumborum) in the upper extremities and trunk. The thorough details that are covered in this class will allow for an understanding of the numerous exercises that target specific areas of the upper limb and the trunk. Students will learn and gain a deep understanding of the function of these muscles relevant to optimal joint mechanics with numerous tools to implement whether it is to correct movement mechanics or improve performance.

Seminar Outline:

- relational anatomy and tensegrity biomechanics of the shoulder girdle and spine
- technical analysis of the movements which are the basis of muscle strengthening
- learning to perfect the movement (progression factors)
- how to avoid injury with the appropriate preparation
- lower extremity warm-ups
- quality effort in terms of strength, volume, power, speed, resistance, endurance and fitness maintenance
- planning training sessions
- strengthening methods for the upper extremities and trunk muscles
- muscular re-education programs
- sports preparation programs


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5. Global Movement: The squat, gravity line and posture [4-6th of September 2020]

In this course Dr VOYER will spend the first day with an insight to posturology, and its implications on the health and function of the body as a whole. He will cover various techniques that you’ll be able to use when assessing a patient or client to help you give a direction you’ll need to take with them.

Following that, he will spend the second and the third day elaborating on the mechanics of a biomechanically sound squat relating it and its benefits to visceral health, energy consumption, common pathologies, corrective exercise and athletic performance. This is a workshop where what’s taught in the lectures is being practiced in the practice sessions giving you a kinesthetic experience at the same time.

You will learn:

  • how to assess your clients posture “the VOYER way”
  • tools to address postural misalignments and imbalances
  • tensegrity biomechanics relative to squatting and the importance of maintaining perfect gravity line
  • where and how stress is placed upon both the musculoskeletal and visceral system during different ranges of the squat
  • what muscles you need to engage and in what order, in order to facilitate correct myofascial tension throughout the body to distribute the load share and transfer the force via the 4 diaphragms of the body
  • how to dissipate forces away from the weak points of your body (spine, knees etc.)
  • how to emphasize the work of a specific muscle or group of muscles during the squat
  • specific variations to squatting in order to achieve that
  • how to apply and modify these techniques with common injuries such as disc hernias, patella femoral issues, ACL, PCL injuries, range of motion restrictions and many more.

When done properly it can help back pain and knee pain, when done the way it is generally taught and performed by many at the gym, it can create pain and dysfunction. An accurately performed squat is an essential part of many back, hip and knee rehabilitation programme.

This course consists of in-depth lectures combined with practice periods where students learn the specific progressions and variations of squatting. Incorporating these unique techiques into any rehabilitation and/or training program will ensure exceptional results for your clients in both pain management and performace enhancement.


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6. General ELDOA: The Spine

ELDOA or in English LOADS (Longitudinal Osteoarticular Decoaptation Stretches), is taken from the French acronym, Etirements Longitudinaux avec Decoaptation Osteo-Articulaire.

Lots of pain, arthrosis, neurological pinching, disc compression and articular lesions result from compactions, compressions and/or articular blocks. There is an effective solution to these ailments: ELDOA. ELDOA's consist of very precise positions, which target relief in a specific articulation. The advantage of these exercises is that once you learn them, they take only a minute a day to perform.

Seminar Outline:

- Background and methodology
- Lumbar ELDOA practice
- Thoracic ELDOA practice
- Cervical ELDOA practice

This course consists of in-depth lectures combined with practice periods where students learn specific decoaptation exercises for the lumbar, thoracic and cervical spine. Incorporating these unique techiques into any rehabilitation and/or training program will ensure exceptional results for your clients in both pain management and performance enhancement.

7. Myo-Fascial Stretching

We have believed for a long time that we knew how to properly stretch muscles. The question is: How do we stretch a muscle when it is sheathed in a leather casing? Stretching a muscle is only effective once the "skin", the fascia that covers it is free and functional. Myofascial stretches respect the anatomy of the muscles, their aponeuroses as well as their function. At this point, the analytical study of the fascial chains allows for an incredibly effective stretch position.

This course consists of in-depth lectures combined with practice periods giving you numerous new stretches while challenging and improving your knowledge of tensegrity biomechanics and related fascial anatomy. Incorporating these unique techiques into any rehabilitation and training program will ensure exceptional results for your clients in both pain management and performace enhancement.

This course will cover the correct method of stretching for all of the muscles listed below:

Seminar Outline:

Myofascial Stretches of the lower extremities:

iliopsoas, biceps femoris, semimembranous, semitendinous, superficial gluteus maximus, deep gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, obturator internus, piriformis, quadratus femoris, rectus femoris, vastus internus, vastus externus, graacilis, pectineus, tensor fascia latae, superior fascicle of adductor brevis, inferior fascicle adductor brevis, adductor longus, superior fascicle of adductor magnus, middle fascicle of adductor magnus, inferior fascicle of adductor magnus, medial gastrocnemius lateral gastrocnemius, soleus, tibialis anterior, extensor digitorum, extensor hallucis.

Myofascial Stretches of the upper extremities:

long head of biceps brachii, short head of biceps brachii, posterior deltoid, anterior deltoid, middle deltoid, subscapularis, teres major, coracobrachialis, long head of triceps, medial head of triceps, lateral head of triceps, teres minor, infraspinatus, supraspinatus, pectoralis minor, deep pectoralis major, superficial pectoralis major, short supinator of the forearm, long supinator of the forearm, pronator quadratus, pronator teres, flexor digitorum communis, palmaris longus, anterior cubital, extensor digitorum communis, posterior cubital, first radial.

Myofascial Stretches of the trunk:

middle intercostals, posterior intercostals, anterior intercostals, the crus of the diaphragm, the domes of the diaphragm, the intermediate part of the diaphragm, rectus abdominis, external obliques, internal obliques, latissimus dorsi, superior trapezius, middle trapezius, inferior trapezius, rhomboid major, rhomboid minor, levator scapula, quadratus lumborum, transverse spinous, longus, iliocostales.

8. Specific Proprioception and Awareness

Proprioception: The physiology that controls an articulation depends on numerous control mechanisms located in the muscle tendons, ligaments and articular capsule. Therefore, it is advisable to train these "micro-computers" to increase or revive control of a joint. Following a sprain, to treat arthrosis, to recover articular mobility, and to improve efficiency of movement, these various aspects of proprioception must be trained.

“However, this work must be very precise. Because it is not the joint that is trained as a whole but a specific ligament or part of the capsule within that joint.”

This class will teach the hundreds of exercises that may be used throughout the body for this proprioceptive work.

Awareness: How can an articulation be trained, a muscle strengthened, or a posture corrected, if the brain does not know the area being treated? How does a spine remain straight, if the feeling of being straight is skewed? The cortex must be trained to become acquainted with and recognize every area of the body. A strict methodology involving four progression factors is indispensable to really becoming familiar with the pelvis; the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine; and the various diaphragms.

You will learn how to apply the very important and often neglected aspect of awareness in your daily practice.

Seminar Outline:

Background and methodology
Proprioceptive work for the lower limb:
- The joint and the ligaments of the hip, knee, ankle and foot
Proprioceptive work for the upper limb:
- The joint and the ligaments of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand and fingers
Proprioceptive work for the pelvis and the spine:
- Sacro-iliac joint, Pubic Symphysis, Lumbar, Thoracic and Cervical Spine
Proprioceptive work for the scapular girdle and the TMJ

This course consists of in-depth lectures combined with practice periods.

Incorporating these unique techniques into any rehabilitation and training program will ensure exceptional results in both pain management and performance enhancement.

9. Specific ELDOA: Peripheral joints

ELDOA

(Longitudinal Osteoarticular Decoaptation Stretches, is taken from the French Etirements Longitudinaux avec Decoaptation Osteo-Articulaire).After learning to treat the centralized joints of the body with the general ELDOA course, you will learn to treat the joints in the periphery with very precise postures, which target relief in these specific articulations.

The goal will be to decoapt and normalize the peripheral joints. As before, once you have learned these, they take only a minute a day to perform.

Seminar Outline:

- Background and methodology
- Thoracic-Cage ELDOA practice
- Coxo-Femoral ELDOA practice
- Shoulder ELDOA practice
- Pelvic ELDOA practice (sacroiliac joints and symphysis pubis)
- Sacral and Sacro-Coccygeal ELDOA practice
- Cranial ELDOA practice

This course consists of in-depth lectures combined with practice periods where, apart from the above, students learn specific decoaptation exercises for specific spinal pathologies. Incorporating these unique techiques into any rehabilitation and/or training program will ensure exceptional results for your patients and clients in both pain management and performace enhancement.

10. Quantitative and Qualitative Periodization, Cinesiology

Qualitative and Quantitative Periodisation, Cinesiology and Clinical Application - Guy Voyer DO MD (fr, ca)

The first part of this course focuses on understanding quality (volume, strength, power, speed, relaxation, resistance, endurance, aesthetics, muscular re-education and fitness maintenance) and quantity (number of series, repetitions and rest time). Numerous exercises and movements will be used to teach the proper progression that is necessary to achieve specific goals.

The cinesiology part of this course will focus on and discuss specific physiology, physics and biomechanics laws that are behind the application of many SomaTraining tools.

During the clinical application day, specific client scenarios will be discussed in relation to the appropriate use of SomaTraining tools.

11. Circulatory and Respiratory Techniques

Numerous people suffer from problems of venous return (varices, varicosities; heavy legs, oedema, etc.) Simple, yet very precise exercises, allow a stimulation of circulation of the blood in an anatomical and physiological sense for each vein.

There are numerous exercises to improve the quantity of respiration. The techniques taught in this course are qualitative in nature, allowing a very precise recruitment of each pulmonary segment in order to address any respiratory insuffucuency that is frequently encountered (asthma, smoking–related issues, etc.)

12. Cardiovascular Training & Physical Conditioning

It is advisable to increase cardio-vascular and cardio- respiratory capacities. Whether for the beginner, to maintain general conditioning, preparatory training for sports, or to improve the performance of a high caliber athlete, only a program adapted to the individual needs can respond to the specific objective.

This course will study the elements that will permit progress in endurance, as well as cardio vascular and cardio-respiratory abilities according to the individual’s needs.

13. Global Postural Stretching (GPS)

Whatever your methods of pre-season conditioning, training, or re-education, it is necessary to place the body part being solicited, into a global posture. To rediscover the efficiency and fluidity of a movement, the GPS allows a perfect linking between the joint, the muscle and their fasciae. These specific postures must be meticulously performed and are adapted to each part of the body. The positions can be used in training and conditioning as well as in pre-season training. They are equally of indubitable efficiency for all re- education programs.

For example, after an accident or an illness, all therapeutic treatment must be completed by a rehabilitation of all activities of daily life, in the personal life; the sporting life; and the professional life.

There are thus four big stages to follow:
- The first is curative; by the surgeon, doctor, osteopath; or chiropractor according to their methodology.
- The second allows the patient to validate the therapeutic action above by analytic auto- normalization exercises such as myofascial stretching, ELDOA, circulatory or respiratory exercises, proprioception exercises, awareness training, etc
- The third stage brings in global postural exercises to give to the patient a general integration back into daily life, and sporting and professional activities. It is these global postural stretches of the trunk; and upper and lower limbs that are included in the program of the advanced personal trainer.
- The fourth stage is the return to normal activities of the individual in question.

14. Taping for Sport Pathologies

There are many different courses on taping techniques these days but non of them is teaching the strapping of the affected joint or soft tissue in view of the FASCIA and its connections.
Movement is life. It is very important for the affected tissue to be able to micro move without being loaded while still allowing the joint complex to move with respect to its tensegrity mechanics.

This course will detail the most commonly occurring sport and overuse (sprains, subluxations, tendinitis, certain fractures etc.) injuries and teach you a specific methodology of strapping techniques to address them for their speedy and efficient recovery.

Very frequently, to assist in the ability of movement or strength performance, the trainer must apply a therapeutic tape job for a ligament, tendon, muscle or a specific articulation.

If you are a trainer, physiotherapist, osteopath, sport therapist or sport MD who deals with people on with sport and overuse injuries this course is highly recommended for you.

15. Clinical application, Final examination [Coming August 2019]

DATE: 30th August - 1st September 2019
LOCATION: Danubius Hotel Regents Park, Central London, UK
INSTRUCTOR: Guy Voyer DO (France, Canada), Peter Bodi
COURSE HOURS:
Friday: 12:00pm-8pm
Saturday: 9am-6pm
Sunday: 8:30am-5pm

This seminar allows the application of all the Level 1,2 and 3 information for specific clients and different patient and athlete scenarios. It will also allow time to answer any questions arising.



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