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What is ELDOA?

We have been teaching the ELDOA™ postures at the studio since taking our first course with Dr Guy Voyer back in 2012 and while the way I utilize the ELDOA™ has changed a little bit over the years as I gain a better understanding of the exercises themselves and using them with our clients for improvement in ability to move, decrease pain and generally get stronger!

The ELDOA™ are postural exercises (LOADS) that you can do yourself  after receiving personalized instruction, with the primary goal being to increase the space within a chosen articulation or joint. As the ELDOA exercises “create” space, the result is improved joint mechanics, increased blood flow, reduced pressure on the discs, a reduction of pain, spinal disc rehydration, better muscle tone, improved posture, and a sense of well being and awareness. . The human spine is a complicated and vital structure. The ELDOA are very precise postures that target a specific joint region to provide relief from pain and restore balance and were developed by French osteopath Guy VOYER DO.

The ELDOA (Etirements Longitudinaux avec Decoaptition Osteo-Articulaire) utilize myofascial stretching to put tension around a primary lesion making it the center of “separating forces.” The myofascial tension encourages a postural normalization in a specific joint resulting in numerous benefits. These exercises are both stretching and strengthening by their nature as we work at the end range throughout a fascial chain to gain the desired affects individual articulations

The English acronym is (Longitudinal Osteo-articular Decoaptation Stretches – the English acronym) are postural self-normalizing techniques, which aim at widening the space within a pair of joints. It is possible in one minute a day to relieve disc compression between L5-S1 or any vertebral segment or even more specifically at different parts of the sacro-illiac joint.

The Goals of the ELDOA™ are as follows:

• To create more space between the vertebrae.

• To create more space for the intervertebral disc.

• To depress the nerve between the vertebrae.

• To improve proprioception of the vertebral joint segment.

• To improve proprioception of the Function Spinal Unit (FSU).

• To hydrate the intervertebral disc.

• To move all the parts of the annulus fibrosis to stimulate the water intake.

How to Maintain a Healthy Immune System



I hope you’re taking some precautions and hopefully boosting your immune system.

I’m taking the following to boost my immune 
1. 2000mg of Vit C
2. 25000iu of Vit A 
3. 7500 of Vit D (that’s my range based on testing with my naturopathic doctor, its best to get yours checked when all this craziness subsides to see how much is your ideal amount is) 
4. Eucalyptus  or Teatree oil 2 drops rubbed into hands for 30 seconds both to help with the respiratory system a couple times throughout the day. 
5. Thieves Oil throughout the day – same thing 1-2 drops rubbed into the hands for 30 sec to help as a disinfectant for the sinus and respiratory system. 
– I generally use Young Living brand which can be found online or Aura Cacia which can be found at Whole Foods etc 

Beyond that I utilize an air purifier at the studio and at home. I have a brand called Rabbit Air they had been working like a champ in the studio for the last 7 years- I change filters every 10-12 months, and the air feels noticeably lighter with them functioning.

For the last 4 years I have been utilizing an infrared sauna at home anywhere from a couple times per week to daily for various purposes. 1 purpose in particular is to help out the pores of the skin which is one of our biggest detoxifying systems in the body. Most of us live inside air conditioning houses, cars and places of work and our body doesn’t sweat as often as it could to keep ourselves healthy- this is an easy, no impact way to work on that component. I will write more on this in the future.

When it becomes available again I’ll be looking into purchasing an Ozone machine for periodic use throughout the day. You can read more here https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320759#overview 

I was planning to purchase 1 for the studio and 1 for the home before the start of 2020 but got side tracked and as of today, I am unable to find ozone machines that will ship to me, and I think it’s due to the craziness of the corona virus and everything going into lockdown.  

If you have any questions and please reach out and let me know.

In Health and Happiness! 

What we’ve been up to

The past few years have been fun opening up the studio, having kids, continuing education, and having a full load of clients!

In 2018, Roy completed:

  • State Certification for Massage Therapy
  • Enrolled in Soma Therapy completing:
    • Business of Fitness Training
    • Pumping
    • Pumping 2
    • Pumping 3
    • Periodization and Kinesiology

In 2019, Roy has completed:

  • Fascia Normalization 1
  • FN 2
  • FN 3
  • GPS
  • Upper Limb Strength
  • Lower Limb Strength
  • ELDOA 3
  • Cardio Training

and will complete:

  • MFS (August, retaking)
  • TTLS – 1 (November)
  • ELDOA 4 (September – October)
  • Strapping for Sports and Orthopedic Trauma (September)

In 2020, he plans to take:

  • TTLS 2
  • TTLS 3
  • Clinical Application of Training
  • Analytical Strengthening of Abs and Diaphragm
  • Tentative ELDOA 5
  • Tentative Studies at Sunderland School of Osteopathy

Got Shoulders?

One of the biggest things I have seen reoccurring over the last 6 months or so is shoulder injuries.

It’s typically in my male golfers, typically in the trail shoulder and it’s due to a couple of things that I am seeing:

1. Poor Upper Body Posture

I am sure you have seen the person with rounded shoulders that looks like they are slouching all the time. Being chronically pulled into that position, plus trying to force more shoulder external rotation leads to adding stress to the rotator cuff muscles and the joint capsule of the shoulder.

2. A lack of understanding of how the shoulder works both on the body and in the golf swing.

We take our mobility for granted sometimes… The shoulder is a pretty complex joint as it is made up of 3 bones, the collar bone, the shoulder blade and the upper arm bone. If you look at the anatomy, the whole shoulder complex is really only attached to the body at the point where our collar bone meets our sternum. That’s our only joint related fixed point. Because of that, we have a lot of muscular attachments that need to be strong to both allow for freedom of movement and to create stability for the shoulder joint. When a joint has a lot of opportunity to move, there are a lot of moving pieces in the background that need to function to not over strain any one place (muscle, tendon, ligament, capsule, etc).

The shoulder blade is hugely important as it travels around the torso to deliver the arm where it wants to go. If the shoulder blade doesn’t move well, then the shoulder joint proper will be strained.

3. The answer:

Get strong!

Our “brakes” need to match our “gas pedal”. I always like to use the example of having a Lamborghini with Honda Civic brakes. Not to knock the Civic, but there is a mismatch. The lamb weighs more, creates way more horse power and needs strong brakes to make sure it can handle and stop properly. With that being said, we need to have good “brakes” and for the shoulder the brakes are the rhomboids, the mid and lower traps, and the rotator cuff. If the “gas pedal” of the shoulders (the deltoids, the chest muscles, and the lats) are too strong for the “brake muscles” then there is an imbalance and something will give.

All this talk about the shoulders is fine, but what transfers energy most directly from the shoulder to the core (especially in the golf swing)? I believe it is the serrates anterior muscle. The serrates connects from the shoulder blade to the rib cage and directly to the external obliques. If that serrates muscle is asleep, then typically, we will see the “armsy” style golf swing, and poor sequencing of the arms getting ahead of the body in downswing.

Marc Marini Head Pro at Sea Cliff Country Club

Marc Marini, PGA

Head Pro at Sea Cliff Country Club

As a golf coach a big part of my job is to understand how people’s functional movement and physicality correlates to their effectiveness as golfers. I am always looking for mentors who can deepen and expand my understanding of this. Roy is one of those mentors. He is intelligent, well informed, and most importantly can apply what he knows to help people improve as athletes.

I first met Roy years ago when I was having trouble with mobility in my feet and ankles. He was recommended to me by a fellow golf professional.  I had been to many doctors, physical therapists and trainers, none of whom were able to get to the bottom of how to fix my problem. Roy was unique. His thorough approach to assessment and diagnosis made all the difference. Not only did he help me improve my movement pattern but he also helped me understand the why of what was actually going on.

Roy’s guidance has made me a better golfer and a better golf coach, which means he has helped me to better help others. I personally know many athletes who have worked with Roy and everyone will tell you the same thing, he is organized, he is professional, and he cares!

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