Soma, in Greek, means body.
The SomaTherapy program is a specialised manual therapy program targeted at the treatment of the human fascial system. The program is based on osteopathic principles, Guy Voyer’s studies on the fasciae as an anatomist and his clinical experience as an osteopath. It is a clinician-based curicculum designed to teach the fundamentals of normalizing fluid flow in all fasciae and joints throughout the body. The program aspires to develop the most skilled practitioners, through the process of treatment of the joints, the fasciae and neurovascular systems with manual facilitation to enhance optimum motor control and human function.
Each SomaTherapy Course is presented in a 3-day workshop format. The program consists of 13 courses with an average 3 courses a year for the period of 4 years. Each year focuses on a different treatment technique applied to the specific anatomies of the lower limb, upper limb and trunk and pelvis respectively.
With the completion of the whole SomaTHERAPY program, students obtain a complete and detailed model of how to treat the orthopaedic system. The student should also have gained an appreciation of how we are not just and group organ systems isolated from one another, but rather we are complex integrated beings with our health and well being tied to the structure and function of all systems working together.
YEAR 1: OSTEO ARTICULAR JOINT PUMPING
Water is a major component of the fasciae. The facilitation of the movement of water within the joint complex (synovial fluid, water in the collagen tubes of ligaments, tendons, bursae, and lymph) is the the main goal of osteo-articular pumping. By regulating fluid flow osteo-articular/joint pumping can assist the body in being more efficient in managing the process of acute inflammation. In a chronically painful and tight joint, osteo-articular pumping moves stagnated fluid to improve mobility and functionality.
Osteo-Articular/Joint Pumping is the foundation of the SomaTherapy program.
“Within each course, you will learn over 50 specific manual therapy techniques to address the various parts of the joint complex and their respective fascial links”
Joint pumping improves this fluid flow and improves function with respect to maintaining and improving the health of the targeted joint and its respective connective tissue.
YEAR 2: FASCIAL NORMALIZATION
Fascial normalization will focus on the intrinsic quality of the fasciae and will address various fascial chains analytically breaking down to their components.
Fascial chains can include direct links where there is a traceable continuity of the same tissue throughout the kinetic chain as well as indirect links where contiguity, being immediately adjacent, of fascial tissue has a significant influence on the function of the chain.
Water is constantly being linked and unlinked to glycosaminoglycans and proteoglycans in the extra cellular matrix. This continual process of GEL and SOL of linking and unlinking of free and bound water is fundamental for not only for the health of the fasciae but also the health of the body as a whole.
"Within each course, you will learn over 50 specific manual therapy techniques to address the various parts of the joint complex and their respective fascial links"
YEAR 3: TRANSVERSE TENDONOUS & LIGAMENTOUS STRETCHING (TTLS)
Two primary effects:
TTLS is a technique that addresses the structural needs and sensory functions of tendons, ligaments and specific muscles. Its focus is to normalize mechanical tension in a contracted or shortened ligament, tendons and muscles by creating a temporary inhibition in their protective mechanism.
As our understanding and skills continue to grow during the first 2 years of the program, TTLS is introduced in year 3 along with detailed joint biomechanics. Specialized sensory cells in ligaments, tendons and muscles provide constant feedback to the central nervous system. The higher proportion of collagen fibers and specialized sensory cells found in tendons, ligaments and muscles call for a different treatment strategy than other fascial tissue with a lower proportion of fibers or sensory cells.
Therapists who learn TTLS techniques acquire the skills to:
1) increase vascularisation of the tissues by treating tendons, ligaments and muscles,
2) affect the quality of sensory input from the tendon, ligament or muscle to the central nervous system, thereby increasing the overall quality and function of the tendon, ligament or muscle that is acutely or chronically injured.
"The application of Transvere Tendinous & Ligamentous Stretching is a must before structural normalization of any joint."
YEAR 4: TREATMENT OF THE 4 DIAPHRAGMS
In year four, students learn to apply osteo-articular pumping, fascial normalization and transverse tendonous and ligamentous stretching to normalize the four foundational diaphragms of the body. Namely the pelvic “diaphragm”, the thoracic diaphragm, the cervico-thoracic “diaphragm” and the cranial “diaphragm”.
The diaphragm series explores how the presence of these four structures manages tension, expansion and compression in the head, thorax, abdomen and pelvis leading to the complete tensegrity model of the body. The course also explores how the proper management and functioning of these structures effects function of all viscera in relation to the diaphragms.
With the completion of all four years of the fasciae fellowship, the student obtains a complete and detailed model of how to treat the orthopedic system. The student should also have gained an appreciation of how we are not just and group organ systems isolated from one another, but rather we are complex integrated beings with our health and well-being tied to the structure and function of all systems working together.
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