SomaTraining - Level 2

Certificate of Advanced Trainer




5 Seminars over a 8 to 10 months period. Each seminar lasts 4 days.


Myofascial Stretching (MFS)


We have believed for a long time that we know how to stretch muscles. The question is : How do we stretch a muscle when it is sheathed in a leather casing ? Stretching a muscle is only effective once the “skin” that covers it is no longer dry and retracted. Myofascial stretches respect the anatomy of the muscles, their aponeuroses as well as their function. At this point, the analytical study of the fascial chains allows for an incredibly effective stretch position. This seminar will systematically review the proper method of stretching for all of the muscles listed below.


Seminar Outline:


- Specific myofascial stretches for the below noted muscles :

Myofascial Stretches of the lower extremities: iliopsoas, biceps femoris, semimembranous, semitendinous, superficial gluteus maximus, deep gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, obturator internus, piriformis, quadratus femoris, rectus femoris, vastus internus, vasatus externus, graacilis, pectineus, tensor fascia lata, superior fascicle of adductor brevis, inferior fascicle adductor brevis, adductor longus, superior fascicle of adductor magnus, middle fascicle of adductor magnus, inferior fascicle of adductor magnus, medial gastrocnemius lateral gastrocnemius, soleus, tibialis anterior, extensor digitorum, extensor hallucis.

Myofascial Stretches of the upper extremities: long head of biceps brachii, short head of biceps brachii, posterior deltoid, anterior deltoid, middle deltoid, subscapularis, teres major, coracobrachialis, long head of triceps, medial head of triceps, lateral head of triceps, teres minor, infraspinatus, supraspinatus, pectoralis minor, deep pectoralis major, superficial pectoralis major, short supinator of the forearm, long supinator of the forearm, pronator quadratus, pronator teres, flexor digitorum communis, palmaris longus, anterior cubital, extensor digitorum communis, posterior cubital, first radial.
Myofascial Stretches of the trunk: middle intercostals, posterior intercostals, anterior intercostals, the crus of the diaphragm, the domes of the diaphragm, the intermediate part of the diaphragm, rectus abdominis, external obliques, internal obliques, latissimus dorsi, superior trapezius, middle trapezius, inferior trapezius, rhomboid major, rhomboid minor, levator scapula, quadratus lumborum, transverse spinous, longus, iliocostales.



Specific Proprioception and Awareness


Proprioception : The physiology that controls an articulation depends on numerous control mechanisms located in the muscle tendons, ligaments and articular capsule. Therefore, it is advisable to train these "micro-computers" to increase or revive control of a joint. Following a sprain, to treat arthrosis, to recover articular mobility, and even to improve effectiveness, these various aspects of proprioception must be trained. However, this work must be very precise, because it is not the joint that is trained but a specific ligament or part of the capsule. This class will teach the hundreds of exercises that may be used throughout the body for this proprioceptive work.


Awareness: How can an articulation be trained, a muscle strengthened, or a posture corrected, if the brain does not know the area being treated? How does a spine remain straight, if the feeling of rectitude is skewed? The cortex must be trained to become acquainted with and recognize every area of the body. A strict methodology involving four progression factors is indispensable to really becoming familiar with the pelvis; the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine; and the various diaphragms. You will learn how to apply the very important and often neglected aspect of awareness in your daily practice.


General ELDOA


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


Lots of pain, arthrosis, neurological pinching, disc compression and articular lesions result from compactions, compressions and/or articular blocks. There is an effective solution to these ailments: ELDOA. 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.


Seminar Outline:

- Background and methodology

- Lumbar ELDOA practice

- Thoracic ELDOA practice

- Cervical ELDOA practice

- Pelvic ELDOA practice (sacroiliac joints and symphysis pubis)



Specific ELDOA


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


After learning to treat the centralized joints of the body with the general ELDOA class, you will learn to treat the joints in the periphery with very precise postures which target relief in these specific articulations. The goal will be to uncoapt and normalize the peripheral joints. As before, once you have learned these, they take only a minute a day to perform.


Seminar Outline:

- Background and methodology

- Thoracic-Cage ELDOA practice

- Coxo-Femoral ELDOA practice

- Shoulder ELDOA practice

- Sacral and Sacro-Coccygeal ELDOA practice

- Cranial ELDOA practice



Clinical Application and Examination


Upon completion of all of the Level One and Two classes, a Certificate of Advanced Trainer and a European Diploma of Monitor in Sport, Health and Fitness Training (FFCP) will be awarded.