Soma-Training: the training of the BODY (from the latin soma) in its whole.
With this advanced system of exercises you work segmentally to improve globally the way we stand and move. Bad posture is due to structural imbalance, muscle tightness and weaknesses, stress, old traumas, concussions and compensation patterns. The muscular system as well as the neurological one will be the target of this type of training that utilizes segmental strength, Myofascial stretching (MFS), E.L.D.O.A., Proprioception, General Postural Stretching (GPS) and a high dose of awareness.
Soma-training is crucial in the process of injury recovery as well as prevention. Since every BODY is different the approach and the workout plan must vary and be tailored on the individual keeping in consideration all events in life that can have affected the soma, the body, and its neurological adaptation.
This specific type of myofascial stretching is active and acting on the fascia that runs throughout your body. MFS allows you to feel better and also improve your athletic performance. It is great after all types of sport activities and regenerates the body after intense and long runs like the marathon or triathlon competition.
FASCIA is a layer of fibrous tissue that permeates the human body. Its a connective tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, and nerves, binding these structures together. It consists of several layers and extends uninterrupted from the head to the tip of the toes.
Myofascial stretching is a stretching of a muscular chain within a fascial chain. The ultimate goal is not to gain flexibility but freedom at the level of the articulation. Also it has a very important role in the quality of posture since kinesthetic information is carried in the fascia.
Before all Myofascial stretches:
ELDOA is a revolutionary technique in the treatment of BACK PAIN, which is unfortunately a very common and debilitating disease nowadays! What it does is create space in between the bones, in this case the vertebrae, giving relief to the tissues and nerves in between them.
ELDOA in english LOADS (Longitudinal Osteoarticular Decoaptation Stretches) is a restorative corrective exercise technique for the spine created in France by Dr. Guy Voyer. It Is a precise and still posture that provides relief from pain and restores balance.
The goal of each ELDOA exercise is to create fascial tension above and below the joint or disc that we want to “open up”. When you decompress you make space in the line of gravity. ELDOA is a kinetic contraction in extreme range, a contraction with the maximum length of the muscles.
The benefits are direct:
And also indirect:
The body is not only muscles, joints and ligaments but also glands and internal organs which are connected to the spine through nerves, fascia and more. An emotional state can reflect a postural problem, and it’s easier to manage an emotional state if you work in a correct posture.
Since, every function in our body relies on nervous system impulses from our spine, its so important to actively preserve and restore the condition of the spine in order to achieve and maintain optimal health.
Before practicing ELDOA:
Specific Proprioception is key for post surgical and injury rehabilitation but also dramatically improves performance results at all levels.
Proprioception can be defined as the capacity to master and understand the position of your body in space, a type of sixth sense.
The proprioceptive system has many receptors and transmitters that communicate with the brain in both directions.
Proprioception of the specific ligament is what soma-training promotes.
GPS is a great tool to transition from rehabilitation and post surgery to normal life and sport activity.
This is a NON LINEAR stretch. Sport is always multidirectional. GPS fills in the gap between rehabilitation (linear) and the performance of sport and everyday activity (non linear).
It creates movement between the layers of the tissue (fascia) but it doesn’t increase its length.
A healthy physical and intellectual anti-stress routine.
In the sauna the first effect is complete relaxation. Sweating accomplishes many important and essential physiological processes: regulates the temperature, expels the body waste, cleanses the skin, improves the sleeping patterns, helps people lose body weight…
These and many more benefits depend on its correct and regular use. In a world where stress is a main cause of major diseases the regular practice of sauna has primary importance.