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What are the ELDOA?

Developed by French Osteopath Dr. Guy VOYER, the ELDOA are very precise postures that target a specific joint region, increasing space within the joint to provide relief from pain and restore balance.  The exercises, once learned, may be practiced at home.

ELDOA is the French acronym when translated into English is LOADS; (Longitudinal Osteo-articular Decoaptation Stretching).

The ELDOA Method uses myofascial stretching (fascia is a dense web of connective tissue that covers every internal part of your body). The myofascial stretching will create positive tension around a specific joint to create joint space.  While the fascia is stretching the muscles are contracting allowing for postural normalization within a specific joint.

What are the benefits of practicing the ELDOA?

The myofascial tension promotes neutral postural alignment in your joints which result in numerous benefits, including:

  • improvement in joint mechanics (movement)

  • increased blood flow

  • reduced pressure/compression on the spinal discs

  • a reduction of pain

  • spinal disc rehydration

  • better muscle tone

  • improved posture

  • an overall sense of well-being and awareness


It is important to understand that when we create space in the body, we create room for blockages to release, and may experience tiredness, muscle soreness, and emotional release.


I took an ELDOA class with Manuela at Ki Pilates and it was lifechanging. The course was 4 Saturdays in a row for 1 hour each class, during which we learned and built up to one ELDOA stretch.

Before the class I had pains that nobody could help me with - and I've tried chiropractic, active release and osteopathy - and Manuela's course helped me figure out the primary cause of the pain and how to eliminate it on my own.

Mark Sloan

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