SomaTherapy
Advanced Manual Therapy Program designed and taught by Guy VOYER DO

What is SomaTherapy?

The SomaTherapy program aspires to develop the most skilled practitioners, through the process of treatment of the joints, soft tissues, visceral and neurovascular systems with manual neuromuscular facilitation to enhance optimum motor control and human function. Our goal is to educate health practitioners who are knowledgeable, self-assured, adaptable, service-oriented and, who by life-long learning, render independent judgments concerning patient/client needs.

These courses intentionally impart the skills necessary to address specific dysfunctions utilising the body’s mechanical capacity, neuromuscular function, and motor control. Programs are specifically designed to also incorporate the science of pain cycle and inflammation into our manual treatment.

The SomaTherapy program is presented in 3 day workshops and consists of an introductory lecture and demonstration, followed by supervised hands-on practice in small groups. Each workshop provides 24 contact hours.

SomaTherapy is a clinician-based program designed to teach the fundamentals of normalizing fluid flow in all fasciae and joints throughout the body. SomaTherapy, at it's core, teaches how to intelligently create space and flow in all systems.


Program description

In the SomaTherapy program, Osteo-articular Joint Pumping, Fascial Normalization and Transverse Tendonious & Ligamentous Stretching (TTLS) are the three main techniques used to address the varied needs of the fasciae.

These treatment techniques are aimed to target the three major parts of the fasciae: Fibers, Cells and Extra-Cellular Matrix (ECM).

A one size fits all approach to these three parts disrespects the complexity and primacy of fasciae as one of the four foundational tissue types in the body. An ill-timed or improperly chosen exercise or therapeutic intervention may not only be ineffective – it may even be harmful to the client/patient.

With the completion of all four years of the SomaTherapy program, the student obtains a complete and detailed model of how to treat the orthopedic system. The student will also have gained an appreciation of how we are not simply a group of organ systems isolated from one another, but rather very complex, integrated beings with our health and well-being tied to the structure and function of all systems working together.

WHO should attend?

Experienced osteopaths, chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists, physiotherapists, athletic trainers, and Somatrainers with a manual therapy license.

One does not have to be one of the above named practitioners to take SomaTherapy classes, but it is the student’s responsibility to know their scope of practice and local laws governing practice and use of these techniques.



Introduction to SomaTherapy
THE WORKSHOP
Topic: Back pain & the Sacroiliac joint
15-16th of May 2019
Central London, UK

This is a 2 day intensive workshop that will give you a bunch of techniques from the 4 year SomaTherapy program and a true introduction to how the SomaTherapist thinks.

Course instructor: Guy VOYER DO
Assistant instructor: Peter Bodi

Course outline:
Theory:
- Relevant anatomy & biomechanics review
- Back pain & the sacroiliac joint
- Introduction to the 22 axes of the sacroiliac joint

Practical:
- Articular pumping for the sacroiliac joint
- Fascial normalisation techniques
- TTTLS (transversal tendinous & ligamentous stretching) techniques

The Early bird registration for this course will be ONLY £499 for the 2 days.

Sign up below to register your place for this course. (manual therapy experience is essential)



Year 1/1 - Osteo-Articular Pumping of the LOWER LIMB
30th August - 1st September 2019



Sign up before 26th of July 2019 for £1150
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Osteo-Articular Pumping is the foundation of the SomaTherapy program. In order for the body to heal either from an acute or a chronic dysfunction, the body must manage its inflammatory processes correctly. It has to be able move fluid efficiently throughout the body (lymph, synovial fluid, water in the bursae, water in the collagen tubes of fasciae, ligaments, tendons).

Osteo-Articular Joint Pumping techniques can help organise the acute inflammatory process to make its healing process more effective. Osteopathic-Articular Pumping moves stagnated fluid in a chronically painful or in a tight joint to improve its mobility and functionality.

Course outline:



Year 1/2 - Osteo-Articular Pumping of the UPPER LIMB/SHOULDER GIRDLE & TMJ
31st January - 2nd February 2020



Osteo-Articular Pumping is the foundation of the SomaTherapy program. In order for the body to heal either from an acute or a chronic dysfunction, the body must manage its inflammatory processes correctly. It has to be able move fluid efficiently throughout the body (lymph, synovial fluid, water in the bursae, water in the collagen tubes of fasciae, ligaments, tendons).

Osteo-Articular Joint Pumping techniques can help organise the acute inflammatory process to make its healing process more effective. Osteopathic-Articular Pumping moves stagnated fluid in a chronically painful or in a tight joint to improve its mobility and functionality.

Course outline:



Year 1/3 - Osteo-Articular Pumping of the TRUNK & PELVIS
5th June - 7th June 2020



Osteo-Articular Pumping is the foundation of the SomaTherapy program. In order for the body to heal either from an acute or a chronic dysfunction, the body must manage its inflammatory processes correctly. It has to be able move fluid efficiently throughout the body (lymph, synovial fluid, water in the bursae, water in the collagen tubes of fasciae, ligaments, tendons).

Osteo-Articular Joint Pumping techniques can help organise the acute inflammatory process to make its healing process more effective. Osteopathic-Articular Pumping moves stagnated fluid in a chronically painful or in a tight joint to improve its mobility and functionality.

Course outline:

Year 2 - Fascial Normalization

  • Module 1 - Fascial Normalization of the Lower Limbs
  • Module 2 - Fascial Normalization of the Upper Limbs and Temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
  • Module 3 - Fascial Normalization of the Trunk & Pelvis
  • Fascial normalization is the next step in learning to address the needs of the fascia.
    Water is a major element of the fasciae. The proper flow of water (within the fibers and ground substance, within an articulation, and from one fasciae to another) is requisite for proper physiological and biomechanical function of a specific fasciae, articulation and kinetic chain.
    Within the collagen fibers of the fasciae, water and fluid not only flow in and around the fibers and articulations, it is constantly being linked and unlinked to the fibers themselves. This linking and unlinking is part of a physiological process known as the Primary Respiratory Mechanism.  A properly functioning PRM is one of the indicators of fascial health.
    Therapists who possess Fascial Normalization techniques have the ability to immediately treat the severely acute patient, finalize complex soft tissue cases and restore function to the fasciae.

    Each course includes:


    Year 3 - Transversal Tendinous & Ligamentous Stretching (TTLS)

  • Module 1 - TTLS (Transversal Tendinous and Ligamentous Stretching) of the Lower Limb
  • Module 2 - TTLS (Transversal Tendinous and Ligamentous Stretching) of the Upper Limb and Temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
  • Module 3 - TTLS (Transversal Tendinous and Ligamentous Stretching) of the Trunk & Pelvis
  • As our understanding and skills continue to grow during the first 2 years of the program, TTLS is introduced in year 3.
    Fibers, specifically collagen, are a major element of the fasciae. In a tendon, ligament or muscle, there are a larger proportion of fibers to cells. These fibers give these fasciae its tensile strength and determine their function.
    Specialized cells in ligaments, tendons and muscles have a sensory function giving valuable information to the central nervous system.
    The higher proportion of collagen fibers and specialized sensory cells found in tendons, ligaments and muscles call for a different treatment strategy than fasciae with a lower proportion of fibers or sensory cells. TTLS is a technique that addresses the structural needs and sensory functions of tendons, ligaments and muscles.
    Therapists who learn TTLS techniques acquire the skills to: 1) increase vascularization of the tissues by treating tendons, ligaments and muscles, 2) choose the quality of sensory input from the tendon, ligament or muscle to the central nervous system, thereby increasing the overall quality (cells, fibers, extracellular matrix) of the tendon, ligament or muscle that is acutely or chronically injured.

    Each course include:


    Year 4 – The Four Diaphragms

  • Module 1 - Thoracic Diaphragm
  • Module 2 - Cervico-Thoracic Diaphragm
  • Module 3 - Pelvic Diaphragm
  • Module 4 - Cranial Diaphragm
  • In the first three years of the Fascia Fellowship, the student learns the foundational skills of Osteo-Articular Joint Pumping, Fascial Normalization, and TTLS. These skills are taught in relation to the cephalo-caudal fascial chains.

    In year four, students learn to apply all three techniques to normalize the four foundational diaphragms of the body: pelvic, thoracic, cervico-thoracic and cranial.
    The diaphragm series explores how the presence of these four structures manages tension and compression in the head, thorax, abdomen and pelvis leading to the complete tensegrity model of the body.  The course also explores how the proper management and functioning of these structures effects function of all of the viscera in relation to the diaphragms.




     

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