What is ELDOA?

(Longitudinal Osteoarticular Decoaptation Stretches, is taken from the French Etirements Longitudinaux avec Decoaptation Osteo-Articulaire)

The basic principle at work during an ELDOA consists of creating a position that will target a specific functional unit.  The inferior segment is fixed while the superior segment is mobilized.  The position is created to place all inferior and superior myofascial chains under tension.

Many pains, arthrosis, neurological pinching, disc compression and articular lesions result from compactions, compressions and/or articular blocks. As an effective solution to these ailments, ELDOA’s consist of very precise postures which target relief in a specific articulation. The advantage of these postures is that once you learn them, they take only a minute a day to perform. For over 35 years Guy Voyer, DO has perfected ELDOA with the continuing goal to hone treatments that deco-op and add more fluidity to the joints.

Cortico-corporeal awareness is crucial in order to maintain precision of these tensions, which combined with active diaphragm and passive cranio-pelvic breathing, will generate the targeted osteo-articular decoaptation.

We invite you to enroll in this exciting new program as we share with practitioners from around the world this most effective exercise tool and how it can help improve the quality of people’s lives.


ELDOA 1 –  Length: 2 days

Course Description/Objectives:

The ELDOA 1 program in the reformatted 5-level ELDOA program is designed for the student-practitioner with minimal or NO formal training in the anatomy and biomechanics of the spine. ELDOA 1 is a two-day course. It is the BASE for all other levels in the new ELDOA program. Lecture topics include: The History of the ELDOA, Dr. VOYER’s Educational Paradigm (Complexity, Tensegrity Biomechanics & Learn by Doing), What is a Spine – Mobility vs. Stability, The General Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Spine, What is an Intervertebral Disc?, The Medical Approach to Back Pain vs. the ELDOA, and most importantly – the Philosophy of the ELDOA – “You Are Your Own Best Therapist.” In ELDOA 1, a significant amount of the course is devoted to the practical application of select ELDOA of the spine.  Find a workshop

ELDOA 2 –  Length: 3 days

Course Description/Objectives: Spine Levels L5/S1-C2/3

ELDOA 2 in the reformatted ELDOA program is a three-day course. The first day is review of ELDOA 1. Instructors will expand on many of the topics from ELDOA 1 including the general anatomy and biomechanics of the spine using the descriptive anatomy.

The biomechanics will be the classic biomechanics from Kapanji’s Physiology of the Joints: Volume 3 : Trunk. The ELDOA exercises taught in this course include the levels of the spine L5-S1 to C2-C3.

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ELDOA 3: Length: 3 days

Course Description/Objectives: Ribs, Shoulder and Hips

The focus of ELDOA 3 is the shoulder, ribs, and hips; it does not include the pelvis and sacro-iliac joint. ELDOA 3 is a three-day course. The anatomy is the classic descriptive anatomy of the spine, ribs, shoulder and hips, and the biomechanics are based on Kapanji’s Physiology of the Joints texts (all). The ELDOA exercises in this course include the ELDOA for all the ribs, coxo-femoral joints, the shoulder – all parts – and a review of the spine ELDOA.

The concept of Tensegrity biomechanics and functional anatomy will be introduced in this course.

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ELDOA 4: Length: 4 days


Course Description/Objectives: Sacro-iliiac Joint and Pubic Symphysis

ELDOA 4 is a course taught completely in the paradigm of tensegrity biomechanics. The first part of the seminar is a review of all the ELDOA from the first three levels, but in the view of Tensegrity biomechanics. The second part of the course is the biomechanics of the pelvis, which includes the sacro-iliac joint and the 22 axis of rotation of the pelvis. The priority of this course is the sacro-iliac joint and the biomechanics of the pelvis, but students are encouraged to present questions with respect to the content presented in the first 3 levels of the ELDOA training program.

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ELDOA 5: Length 5 days


Course Objectives and Description: The Skull, Upper Cervical, TMJ, Head Injuries and Lesions of the spine

Of all the courses in the new ELDOA program, ELDOA 5 has changed the most. This is the course that Dr. VOYER always wanted to teach. This level has the most complex biomechanics and material of all the levels in the new program. The first two days of the course is a review of the sacro-iliac joint and the pathologies of this specific region. Two more days are devoted to the biomechanics of the pelvis and the respective pathologies. The ELDOA for both regions are reviewed as well. Another day is devoted to the biomechanics of the skull, including the upper cervical, TMJ and the ELDOA respective ELDOA exercises for each. Specific pathologies of the spine will be reviewed with their respective ELDOA exercises and practitioners may bring case histories to discuss as part of this course.

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ELDOA 6: Length 5 days


ELDOA Level 6 is a review of all 5 levels of the ELDOA program using tensegrity biomechanics in place of the classic biomechanics.

In Level 6, Guy VOYER, DO will discuss clinical applications in addition to clinical ADAPTATIONS to the classic exercises based upon the case specifics.

In level 6 there will be an exam to prove practitioner proficiency with the ELDOA techniques as well as a class graduation from the Soma ELDOA program.

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Our ELDOA Teachers

This Course is facilitated by world-class educators who are leading practitioners, physical therapist, at the forefront of the health and wellness movement. All of our teachers combined have over a decade of training and experience.


Courses are available to all practitioners and students of manual therapy: osteopaths, physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, personal trainers,and body psychotherapists. Therapists from other disciplines are welcomed to join the courses.

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