Year 2-SomaTraining - Spinal ELDOA, Myofascial Stretching, Specific Proprioception & Awareness, Specific ELDOA, Quantitative and qualitative periodization

Year 2-SomaTraining - Spinal ELDOA, Myofascial Stretching, Specific Proprioception & Awareness, Specific ELDOA, Quantitative and qualitative periodization

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2.1. Spinal ELDOA (3-days)

Course outline:

ELDOA Exercises for the Spine from L5/S1 to C2/C3. This intensive course will challenge the student’s capacity for learning but will allow them to efficiently cover the material and all ELDOA exercises for the spine in one course.

  • Course syllabus:
    • Classical Spine Biomechanics
    • Descriptive Anatomy & Cinesiology 
    • Back Pain: Introduction to Scoliosis & Spinal Pathologies 
    • Description of the Intervertebral Disc and its Biomechanics 
    • Functional Spine Unit of Junghans & the roll of the Intervertebral Disc  
    • Introduction to the Dura Mater, Cerebral Spinal Fluid & Primary Respiratory Mechanism: General ELDOA.
    • Physiology of Water at a cellular level: Intercellular vs. Extracellular.
    • ELDOA exercise progressions and practice from C2-C3 to L5-S1.
    • Progression factors

    2.2. Myofascial Stretching (3-days)

    Stretching a muscle is only effective once the "skin", the fascia that covers it is free and functional. Myofascial stretching respect the anatomy and function of each muscle, their aponeuroses, their intrinsic fiber direction and their aponeurotic relationships. Taking all the above into consideration with the introduction of fasciae chains allow for an incredibly effective stretch position.

    Course Description:

    This course consists of anatomy and biomechanics lectures followed by exercise practice where students, with the help of the instuctor, work in small groups to find a biomechnically accurate position for each muscle.  You will learn a great number of new stretching exercises while challenging and improving your knowledge of functional and relational anatomy. Incorporating these techiques into any rehabilitation and training program will produce exceptional results in both pain management and performace enhancement.

    • Coure syllabus:
      • the physiology of stretching
      • descriptive anatomy of muscles covered (below)
      • descriptive anatomy and physiology of fasciae tissue
      • how to direct the tension on various parts of the muscle (more distally, proximally) using specific stretching postures
      •  how to engage and disengage the deeper and more superficial layers of the muscle
      •  how to incorporate myofascial stretching into a corrective exercise program, strength and conditioning and rehabilitation program
      • myofascial stretching: red flags, when to apply it

      This course will cover myofascial stretches for all muscles listed below:

      Lower Limb: 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. 

      Upper Limb: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. 

      Spine and Thorax: 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, longissimus, iliocostales.


      2.3. Specific Proprioception & Awareness (3-days)

      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.“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.”

      The components of joint dysfunction or ligament injury are specific, at a specific location with specific biomechanics, requiring accurate stimulation. This course focuses on biomechanically accurate positional exercises to stimulate the different part of the joint complex for specific stimulation. This course is also for all movement practitioners who want to improve on getting their clients and patients learn and integrate new movements efficiently with the steps of awareness training.


      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. 

      Course syllabus:

      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
      • physiology of awareness: four specific progression applied to movement education and integration


      2.4. Specific ELDOA - Peripheral joints (3-days)

      (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.

      Course syllabus:

      Background and methodology

        • Thoracic-Cage ELDOA practice
        • Coxo-Femoral ELDOA practice
        • Shoulder ELDOA practice
        • Pelvic ELDOA practice (sacroiliac joints and symphysis pubis)
        • Introduction to Sacral and Sacro-Coccygeal ELDOA practice
        • Introduction to 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.


        2.5. Quantitative and qualitative periodization & Cinesiology (3-days)

        This course will dive into all aspect of program design and periodisation, the whys and the hows and their physiological reasoning in great details.

        Course description:

          • 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.
          • We will discuss specific client scenarios in relation to the appropriate use of SomaTraining tools.