ELDOA™ is a revolutionary technique using specific movements to decompress the joints of the spine, pelvis, shoulders and skull.
VPC is the first studio to bring the groundbreaking ELDOA™ Method to Vancouver!
ELDOA™'s are a series of specific movements designed to wind fascial chains in the body, creating tension on either side of a joint, and then elongating the movement to decompress the joint space. Regular practice will promote optimal function while strengthening and normalizing muscles and connective tissue along the spine and throughout the body.
ELDOA™ is a French acronym for "Étirements Longitudinaux avec Decoaptation Ostéo Articulaire", or more easily translated to “Longitudinal Osteo-Articular Decoaptation of the Spine”. Developed by French osteopath Guy Voyer, DO, ELDOA™ is part of his SomaTraining program that also includes myofascial stretching. Both of these techniques respect the functional tensegrity of the body using the organization of the fascial chains and human biomechanics.
Benefits of ELDOA™
Improve posture, mobility, blood circulation, and organ function
Increase muscle flexibility with balanced muscle tone and performance
Reduce stress, excess tension, joint inflammation and muscle pain
Promote faster recovery from injuries or sports training
Relief of chronic pain in spine, hips and shoulders
Alleviate negative side effects associated with scoliosis, arthritis, disc degeneration and many other conditions.
And more! The possibilities are endless with ELDOA™!
Myofascial Stretching is a strengthening and stretching technique that creates real and lasting change in the elasticity of the muscle fibers and surrounding connective tissue. All muscles are wrapped in connective tissue effectively linking them in chains throughout the entire body. It can be difficult to stretch muscles if the connective tissue is not elastic, much like trying to elongate muscles that are wrapped in leathery sleeves.
Myofascial stretches put the fascia into tension to normalize the length and function of the fascia and muscle chains. Regular practice will correct structural imbalances and release excess tension across the joints to reduce inflammation and pain. They will also help keep your muscles long and strong, complimenting your Pilates program or other activities such as various sports, dance, hiking or exercise training.
Get started with ELDOA™!
If you are new to ELDOA™, we recommend booking a private session in advance of your first virtual class. If you have acute or chronic back or joint pain you may need further private instruction to modify the basic ELDOA™ exercises prior to attending our virtual classes. One-time introductory offer. You may choose from either an in-studio or virtual private session.
30-minute introductory in-studio private session $65+gst
ELDOA™ Virtual Primer
45-minute introductory virtual private session $80+gst
In-Studio Class Series
Join us for this skill-building class series to take a deeper dive into the fundamentals of ELDOA™.
Along with ELDOA™ poses, we will experiment with a broader range of awareness, proprioception and progression exercises to improve your ability to align the body, free the fascia and open the spine and shoulders.
These classes will have applications both for ELDOA™ exercises and daily life, and are suitable for those both new and experienced with ELDOA™.
No previous ELDOA™ experience required.
Upcoming ELDOA™ Lab Series
ELDOA™ Lab with Kathy
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September 6 - October 25
Tuesdays at 12:30 - 1:30 PM
8 60-minute classes
ELDOA™ Lab with Kathy & Carolyn
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Kathy & Carolyn will be alternating classes during the series
September 8 - October 27
Thursdays at 12:30 - 1:30 PM
8 60-minute classes
Single class drop-ins will be allowed, space permitting, beginning 24-hours in advance of the first class. $42.00*
*Prices subject to gst.
Prices advertised at our Bronze Member rate.
$15 annual membership fee applies to new and returning clients.
In-Studio Drop-in Classes
Rejuvenate Your Body with ELDOA™
Mondays at 12:30 - 1:30 PM
Rejuvenate your body in this ELDOA™ class which focuses on opening the joints of the body.
As well as opening the joints of the spine, we will also focus on how to open the shoulder and hip joints creating a sense of space, increased strength and blood flow, as well as many other benefits of this groundbreaking method.
Recommended for those with previous ELDOA™ experience. Not suitable for rehabilitation.
Wednesdays at 6:25 - 7:25 PM
Learn unique ways to stretch the fascia of the entire body, which is far more effective than stretching only muscle. Stretching fascia improves the quality of all tissues in the body in relation to each other, reducing stiffness and decompressing the joints in the body.
No previous experience required, but not suitable for anyone with a current serious injury, pregnancy, or hip and knee replacements unless cleared with an instructor first.
Please note: many postures are on the knees and at times can be rigorous to hold!
Wednesdays at 5:15 - 6:00 PM
Open the body and benefit from an overall sense of strength and resilience! This class is for anyone with a basic understanding of the ELDOA™ method and its unique language used to execute the postures effectively. Be prepared to move from sitting, lying down, being on all fours as well as balancing on the knees at times. Some modifications will be given as needed - please consider a private session to address any specific issues.
Previous experience highly recommended.
Please note: if you have any current injuries, are pregnant or have had surgery, you will need to be cleared with an instructor before attending class. If you are new to ELDOA™ consider signing up for a private session to help optimize your experience!
“The ELDOA and Myofascial Stretching classes have contributed a great deal to my increasing strength, flexibility and stamina. I had lost height as I was ageing, however after a couple years of ELDOA my height has been increasing!”
— Leigh B