ELDOA: Spinal Decompression

Introductory 4-part series: Saturdays, Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 19 & 26 from 2:30-3:30pm | $99 | with Manuela Soares

ELDOA workshop with Manuela Soares in Kitchener

This 4-class introduction to the ELDOA Method will guide you through myofascial exercises, which will help create space in the spinal discs and improve your posture.

The benefits of ELDOA include:

  • Improved posture, especially for desk jockeys

  • Pain reduction, e.g. sciatica, arthritis

  • Improved joint mobility/stability

  • Increased blood flow

  • Better muscle tone

Scroll down to the bottom for explanation about the ELDOA Method.


Ongoing ELDOA classes: Back & Joint Health

Saturdays, 1:15-2:15pm, starting July 6th

These classes are open to anyone who has either done the Intro to ELDOA class series, or has done a private ELDOA session with Manuela.

This class is a progression of the basic ELDOAs that have already been learned. There are a possible 23+ spinal ELDOA postures, plus hip/rib and shoulder postures. Each week we will focus on a specific area, with the flexibility of exploring other ELDOAs as well.

If you have any of the following conditions, please email Manuela prior to coming to your first class:

  • pregnancy

  • hip replacement

  • neck instability

  • auto-immune disease

  • any other issues you think might be relevant

ELDOA Rates:

  • Single class: $25

  • ELDOA 5-pass: $100 ($20/class)

  • If you have an Unlimited Membership at Amma Yoga: $10/class

Haven’t done the Intro to ELDOA yet? There will be another 4-part series starting on September 28th (see above) or contact Manuela to arrange a private session.

To save your spot in the ongoing ELDOA class, click the link below, and scroll ahead to July 6th.


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 we’re attempting to do with each posture for the spine is stabilize the bottom vertebra in order to mobilize the one above. The fascia system is considered a major communicator in the body; therefore, it sends a message to the nervous system and that’s where changes start to happen - at a very deep level.

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

The nerves and organs all have a relationship with the spine, so by improving the movement in the spine we may affect the health of the organs. 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.

Basically, it’s powerful stuff.