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ELDOA™
Method

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

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 have acute or chronic back or joint pain you may need some private instruction to modify the basic ELDOA™ exercises prior to attending our classes. You may choose from either an in-studio or virtual private session. 

ELDOA™ Primer

30-minute introductory in-studio private session  $78+gst

45-minute introductory virtual private session  $85+gst

ELDOA™ Virtual Primer

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ELDOA™ Lab
ELDOA Lab

Join us for this skill-building class series to take a deeper dive into the fundamentals of ELDOA™. ELDOA™ is a groundbreaking method using postural self-normalizing techniques to create space in the joints of the body, including all the levels of the spine. Each ELDOA is designed to reduce compression in the targeted joint spaces to alleviate pain and to strengthen the supporting muscles and connective tissue.

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.

After your ELDOA™ Lab series, you are welcome to join us for ELDOA™ (Mondays at 12:30 pm) and ELDOA™/Myofascial Stretching (Wednesdays at 5:30 pm). Ask your teacher for more information about our other programs that may be suitable for you!

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Jul. 16 - Aug. 13

Tuesdays

12:30 - 1:25 pm

5 class series

$150*

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2024

Dates for the fall to be announced soon!

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Booking a single class within a series will be allowed, space permitting, beginning 24 hours in advance of the first class. From $38*.

*Price subject to gst. Advertised at our Bronze Member rate.

Please see our Class & Series fees & policies page for more information.

Myofascial Stretching Series

Myofascial Stretching is a strengthening and stretching method that creates 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.

Open to all levels, but please note many postures are held on the knees. If you have knee issues, please contact us before registering to discuss possible modifications (we may recommend a short private session before joining the class).

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Jul. 18 - Aug. 15

Thursdays

12:30 - 1:25 pm

5 class series

$150*

Outdoors Yoga Class

2024

Dates for the fall to be announced soon!

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Booking a single class within a series will be allowed, space permitting, beginning 24 hours in advance of the first class. From $38*.

*Price subject to gst. Advertised at our Bronze Member rate.

Please see our Class & Series fees & policies page for more information.

Slow-ah ELDOA™ Series

ELDOA is for everyone!

 

This is a slower-paced class designed to give those who have agility issues or have trouble getting up & down. Exercises are designed to accommodate transitions between poses and allow time to set up modifications with props.

 

All levels welcome.

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Jul. 19 - Aug. 16

Fridays

1:45 - 2:40 pm

5 class series

$150*

Smile Stretch

2024

Dates for the fall to be announced soon!

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Booking a single class within a series will be allowed, space permitting, beginning 24 hours in advance of the first class. From $38*.

*Price subject to gst. Advertised at our Bronze Member rate.

Please see our Class & Series fees & policies page for more information.

Classes

Drop-in ELDOA

ELDOA™

Mondays at 12:30 - 1:25 pm

ELDOA™ is a groundbreaking method using postural self-normalizing techniques to create space in the joints of the body, including all the levels of the spine.

 

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.

 

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.

 

ELDOA™ experience required.

ELDOA™/Myofascial Stretching

Wednesdays at 5:30 - 6:25 pm

Both ELDOA™ and Myofascial Stretching (MFS) are part of Guy Voyer’s SomaTraining program, and are particularly effective when combined into a progressive series of exercises. Both techniques respect the functional tensegrity of the body using the organization of the fascial chains and human biomechanics.

ELDOA™ is a groundbreaking method using postural self-normalizing techniques to create space in the joints of the body, including all the levels of the spine.

MFS is a strengthening and stretching technique that creates real and lasting changes in the elasticity of the muscle fibres and surrounding connective tissue.

Our ELDOA™/MFS classes will combine the two methods by targeting specific areas, using the Myofascial stretches to relieve muscle tension and then ELDOA™ to open the chosen joint articulations.

Previous ELDOA™ experience recommended (such as our ELDOA™ Lab series), or with teacher's approval.


Please note: many postures are on the knees and at times can be rigorous to hold!

Drop-in ELDOA/MFS

Testimonials

“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

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