It was the spring of 2008 when my neck suddenly shut down. I was used to working out every day, and now I couldn’t even sit comfortably on the couch.
An MRI revealed that years of competitive gymnastics, along with my acrobatic dance career, had resulted in bulging disks and stenosis.
Luckily I was in the right place at the right time.
A client of mine recommended I visit Dr. Keith Pyne and trainer Ben Velazquez. Their expertise and the ELDOA method ( a French acronym for . Thank you, Brandy!
The ELDOA are postural exercises. It’s not yoga, it’s not meditation and it’s not just fitness. It’s science and it has proven to be beneficial to many!
Initially, it is best to work with a doctor or trainer who checks your positions and monitors your progress. Also, the patient has to be willing to commit to executing the exercises as “homework.” Before bedtime is the ideal. The client and trainer work as a team towards the same goals from different perspectives. You will actually become your own best therapist as you build an improved relationship through listening to your body.
After two days of working out under the guidance of Dr. Pyne and Velazquez I was able to stop taking painkillers. That was the first sign these exercises were working. Gradually I began feeling normal again as I became more aware of my postural issues.
At that point I was already teaching Pilates and working on people’s bodies to make them better. The next logical step was for me to get certified in this method, so that I could share this magic with my clients.
In 2011 I dove into Soma Training. Soma Training is a series of courses taught by Guy Voyer, M.D., D.O., the inventor of the ELDOA method. My training incorporated segmental strengthening, myofascial stretching, the ELDOA, General Postural Stretching (GPS), circulatory exercises for varicose veins, the gravity line and the squat, just to mention some. The way anatomy is taught in these seminars was an eye opener towards the complexity of the human body. From that point on, my teaching took on a different approach based on my own experiences, first as a patient and now as a teacher. I learned that you need to look at human body in its complexity if your goal is the global health of the body and mind. I recommend these courses to anyone looking for a deeper understanding of the human body.
A challenge in my life soon turned to be a positive discovery. I have a strong and healthy neck right now and I religiously keep doing the ELDOA to maintain it in good shape. I’ve been doing these exercises for about 7 years right now and I don’t see myself interrupting this regimen. I’ve used this method with many of my clients and I keep witnessing incredible results.
If you are a trainer and you want to step up your game, if you are suffering from back pain, if you are a pro athlete stuck in your performance, or if you are simply looking for a healthier body, I highly recommend studying and practicing the ELDOA method.