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Analytical and Segmental Muscular Strengthening of the Abdominal Muscles and the Thoracic Diaphragm

The abdominals (obliques, transverse, pyramidals and rectus abdominus) and the thoracic diaphragm need to be properly trained. These muscles are not only functional but aesthetic. In this course, students will learn hundreds of exercises that will specifically target these muscles.

Analytical and Segmental Muscular Strengthening of the Lower Limbs

There are hundreds of specific exercises that solicit the proximal, distal, medial, lateral, middle, superficial or deep portions of each muscle (i.e. proximal psoas or distal tibialis anterior) in the lower extremities. The thorough details covered in this class will present an understanding of the numerous exercises that target specific areas of the lower limb.

Analytical and Segmental Muscular Strengthening of the Upper Limbs and the Trunk

The large muscles (latissimus dorsi, trapezius, rhomboids, quadratus lumborum…) must be trained with many specific movements in relation to the specific quality of training that you need (strength, volume, power, speed, resistance, endurance and fitness maintenance) for each muscle group. For example, the spinal muscles need to be trained to improve their ability to provide postural support. There are also numerous, yet specific exercises that solicit the proximal, distal, medial, lateral, middle, superficial or deep portions of each muscle (i.e. deltoids or thumb flexor) in the upper extremities. Students will learn hundreds of exercises.

The Squat and Posturology

This course presents a complete analysis of the squat with respect to the entire body. There are over a hundred progressions that have to be learned before a squat is completed properly. This course will cover all of the progressions and lead to a fundamental understanding of the proper method of progression leading to the completion of a biomechanically sound and accurate squat.

Posturology studies the consequence of the proprioceptive system linked to body position through the line of gravity. A consistently improper gravity line will create dysfunction which will affect all parts of the body.

This course will present many clinical tests to discover the compensations in one’s posture and how to correct them.

Qualitative and Quantitative Periodization

The focus of this class is to understand quality (volume, strength, power, speed, relaxation, resistance, endurance, aesthetics, muscular re-education and fitness maintenance) and quantity (number of series, repetitions and rest time). Numerous exercises and movements will be used to teach the proper progression that is necessary to achieve specific goals.

Myofascial Stretching (MFS)

Within the fitness industry, there is an assumption that it is known how to properly stretch muscles. The question is: How does one stretch a muscle when it is sheathed in a “leather” casing (i.e. fascia)? Stretching a muscle is only effective once the “skin” or fascia that covers it is no longer dry and retracted. Myofascial stretches respect the anatomy of the muscles, their aponeuroses as well as their function. This course presents the analytical study of the fascial chains to allow incredibly effective stretch positions. This seminar will systematically review the proper method of stretching for most of the body’s muscles.

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 the 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 course will teach 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 factors of progression is indispensable in really becoming familiar with the pelvis; the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine; and the various diaphragms. The student will learn how to apply the very important and often neglected aspect of awareness in their daily practice.

ELDOA 1/2 for SOMATraining

ELDOA: French - Etirements Longitudinaux avec Decoaptation Osteo-Articulaire or LOADS

LOADS: English - Longitudinal Osteoarticular Decoaptation Stretches

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.

ELDOA 3/4 for SOMATraining

After learning to treat the centralized joints of the body with the general ELDOA course, it is important to learn how to treat the joints in the periphery with very precise postures, targeting relief in these specific articulations. The goal is to de-coapt and normalize the peripheral joints. As before, once you have learned these, they take only a minute a day to perform.

Cardio Training and Physical Conditioning

To enhance one’s health and fitness, it is advisable to increase cardio-vascular and cardio-respiratory capacities. Whether for a beginner, to maintain general conditioning, preparatory training for sports, or to improve the performance of a high caliber athlete, only a program adapted to the individual needs can respond to the specific objectives. This program will study the elements that will permit progress in endurance, as well as cardio vascular and cardio-respiratory abilities according to the individual’s needs.

Circulatory and Respiratory Techniques

Many people suffer from problems of venous return (varices, varicosities; heavy legs, edema, etc). There are simple, yet very precise exercises, which stimulate the circulation of the blood, anatomically and physiologically for each vein.

There are numerous exercises for improving the quantity of respiration. These techniques are qualitative in nature, allowing a very precise recruitment of each pulmonary segment in order to address any respiratory insufficiency that is frequently encountered (asthma, smoking-related issues, etc.)

Global Postural Stretching (GPS)

Whatever the method of preseason conditioning, training, or re-education/rehabilitation, it is necessary to place the body part being solicited into a global posture.

To rediscover the efficiency and fluidity of a movement, the GPSs allow a perfect link between the joint, the muscle and their fasciae. These specific postures must be meticulously performed and are adapted to each part of the body. The postures can be used in training and conditioning, as well as in pre-season training. They are also highly efficient for all re-education/rehabilitation programs.

Sports Pathologies and Strapping

After classifying and proposing therapeutic interventions for all classic sports pathologies (sprains, subluxations, tendonitis, etc), this course will present methodologies in common injury prevention specific to each sport by way of specific exercises.

Very frequently, to assist in the ability of movement or strength performance, the trainer must apply a very precise strapping of a ligament, tendon, muscle or specific articulation with therapeutic tape.

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