Certificate of Applied Trainer
European Diploma of Animator in Sport, Health and Fitness Training
Duration: 3 Years - 4 Seminars over an 8 to 10 month period. Each Seminar lasts 3 days
- Examination of the Knee - 26-28 NOV 2016 - completed
7-9 APR 2017 - Strengthening of the Abdominal Muscles & Thoracic Diaphragm
23-25 JUN 2017 - Strengthening of the Lower Limbs
25-27 AUG 2017 - Strengthening of the Upper Limbs & Trunk
24-26 NOV 2017 - Global Movement and Posturology – The Squat
- Myofascial Stretching
- General ELDOA (Levels 1-2)
- Specific ELDOA (Levels 3-6)
- Specific Proprioception and Awareness
- Cardio Training and Physical Conditioning
- Circulatory and Respiratory Techniques
- Global Postural Stretching
- Pathologies Sports, Kinesiology and Strapping
Upon completion of all of the Level One, Two and Three courses, a Diploma of SomaTrainer
and an European Diploma of Physical Training (FFCP) will be awarded.
What Is ELDOA?
In technical terms ELDOA means, Longitudinal Stretching with Osteo-Articular Decoaptation. In simple terms the ELDOA is used to target a specific joint (region) to decompress, relive pain, restore function and balance. From the list of the names above, one can imagine that I have been exposed to many techniques (tools) and philosophies in my life; however I can honestly say that the ELDOA is by far the MOST amazing one I have ever experienced. Now with that said, ELDOA is a “tool” and just like a mechanic can have the greatest set of wrenches, but if not used properly they are worthless. "Dan Hellman"
Why Do I Need ELDOA?
Human beings are the only creatures on earth that navigate gravity with a vertical spine. Gravity can be very cruel. Whenever the body is in a vertical position, gravity causes compressive forces through all the joints. Gravity of course is necessary to keep us attached to mother earth and to aid many bodily functions; however gravity can also be destructive especially when combined with poor posture, work, athletics and exercise. In the 1980’s Florence Kendall, PT stated that the majority of school children had one or more postural faults and this was before the excessive use of computers. Now it would be safe to say that 100% of children have poor posture and as the life cycle continues things don’t get better, they get worse. "Dan Hellman"
Sports and Exercise
The first thing that must be understood is that the human body is not designed to participate in sports. Although glorified and praised by our society, a professional athlete must understand the consequences of his choices and the big consequence is the trade off of fame and fortune for a life time of orthopedic pain. The same is true with exercise. Remember, human beings are the only creatures to navigate the earth with a vertical spine and when the spine is loaded externally with weight, the compressive forces get even greater. Add this to the fact that most people have some type of postural fault with poorly aligned joints and it should be easy to see why certain joints get injured or eventually wear out. The great news is, there is a technique to help combat the rigors of being an athlete or exercising and that is called…ELDOA! "Dan Hellman"
ELDOA a Miracle Technique
I will not say ELDOA creates miracles. However, in my practice and in my own body I have witnessed some amazing results — -amazing enough that I use specific ELDOAs in all of my private client programs and amazing enough that I designed a 1-hour group exercise class called Totem that is a series of ELDOAs done in sequence. I feel so strongly about the ELDOA technique that I felt it was important to offer it to those that could not afford my services one-on-one. -"Dan Hellman"
What Can ELDOA Be Used For?
Basically there is an ELDOA for every joint in the body. These are some of the more common uses for the method: Stimulate or pump the discs of the spine, and this includes disc pathologies. Only 1% of people with a disc injury actually needs surgery. Treat spinal stenosis, degenerative joint disease, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, retrolisthesis, anterolisthesis Pumps the organs and the glands of the body. Eugen Sandow said back in the late 1800’s, ”You can’t have healthy muscles without first having healthy organs and glands.” This pumping action occurs due to the fascia link between your vertebra, organs and glands. Strengthen the body in “end range.” Stepping off a curb, a tennis serve, the backswing and followthrough in golf, slipping on ice, a car accident, etc. are all examples of end range motions. ELDOA strengthens the body in extreme end ranges of motion, so these every day occurrences are non-threatening to the body. Teaches proprioception of joints. Proprioception is awareness of our bodies and joints in relation to space. Teaches maintenance of the gravity line. (Explanation of the gravity line is for another blog.) However, when the gravity line is maintained, the human body is in perfect alignment allowing for optimal function and energy. Normalization of the neuroendocrine system, which controls the interaction between the nervous system and the hormones. ELDOA can actually help regulate emotions. Pelvis pain including sacroiliac joint dysfunctions. Treatment of headaches via the dura mater which surrounds the brain and the spinal cord. Treatment of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) usually associated with pain, popping or clicking in the jaw. Treatment of the hip including arthritis, labrum tears and to prevent hip replacement. I personally had a client that walked in my door with a cane on July 4th who was scheduled for hip replacement on August 16th. Via the use of the ELDOA for the hip joint and other corrective exercise she has cancelled her surgery and is now walking without a cane! ELDOA can simply be used in any program to promote proper posture, strengthening, flexibility and over all well-being. "Dan Hellman"
Where Can I Learn ELDOA?
The good news is Dr. Voyer is coming to Australia in February 2016 to teach his ELDOA level 1 and level 2. He will also be teaching a 4 day Myofascial Stretching course.