What Is ELDOA?
The first time I experienced the ELDOA method I immediately wanted to learn how to apply the technique everywhere in my body. I felt like some magical hand had reached deep in to my body and pulled out wrinkles that no other system had been capable of reaching, opening up my joints and spacing out my spine.
If your looking to incorporate mobility and injury prevention into your 2018 goals, ELDOA is a great place to start. Developed by French osteopath Guy VOYER , ELDOA is an acronym from French words, which in English translate to longitudinal osteoarticular decoaptation stretches. "Osteoarticular" means bones and joints, "decoaptation" means opening, and ELDOA is the name of both the method and the postures involved.
Each posture, or ELDOA, is carefully designed to "create space" within a precise joint or a segment of the spine using myofascial tension and muscle contraction. By creating myofascial tension (tension in the fascia), the ELDOA can affect the tissue, ligaments, nervous tissues, and organs associated with that joint or spinal segment. There are ELDOAs for the spine, shoulders, hips, ribs, and skull.
Postures are ideally held for a minute, which can feel like the longest minute in your life. It is normal to break a sweat, or feel like you’re being pushed to your max even when it appears that you are not moving at all. This is all confirmation that the deep myofascial connections have indeed turned on, and you are accessing parts of yourself previously untouched by any other form of exercise, or perhaps even bodywork.
A common sentiment expressed by first time ELDOA students is "that's one of the hardest workouts I've ever done and I feel amazing afterward."
Try this basic ELDOA demonstrated by Master Trainer Stephanie Obregozo and feel the benefits for yourself!
Always consult a physician before embarking on any exercise program.