The ELDOA™ are postural exercises (LOADS) that you can do yourself with the primary goal being to increase the space within a chosen articulation. As the ELDOA “create” space, there is an improvement in joint mechanics, increased blood flow, reduced pressure on the discs, a reduction of pain, spinal disc rehydration, better muscle tone, improved posture, and a sense of well being and awareness.

Designed by French osteopath Guy VOYER DO, the ELDOA (Etirements Longitudinaux avec Decoaptition Osteo-Articulaire) utilize myofascial stretching to put tension around a primary lesion making it the center of “separating forces.” The myofascial tension solicits a postural normalization in a specific joint resulting in numerous benefits.

LOADS (Longitudinal Osteo-articular Decoaptation Stretches – the English acronym) are postural self-normalizing techniques, which aim at widening the space within a pair of joints. It is possible in one minute a day to relieve disc compression between L5-S1 or even more specifically at the base of the long arm of the left sacroiliac joint.

Our bodies are meant to move:  movement is life.

Sitting is considered the “new” smoking.  A sedentary lifestyle has been associated with higher mortality and disease rates.  Researchers of a sedentary lifestyle study with people 45 years old and above have found that the negative health effects created by long hours of sitting down can be reduced by daily exercise.  Thirty to sixty minutes of exercise a day – depending on how many hours you sit a day – can reverse the downside of being an office worker or a ‘sitter’ and that’s good news.

Imagine a sluggish stream, clogged with trash, fallen branches, and the like.  There is no movement there and this inertness cannot support life.  Our bodies can be like this sluggish streams or just the opposite, if we exercise correctly and regularly.

Sweating in the sauna is good and can benefit the heart and the brain, according to the People’s Pharmacy and two studies from Finland..

A decades-long study of more than 2,000 middle-aged men found that those who spent more time in the sauna were less likely to have a fatal heart attack. (JAMA Internal Medicine, April 2015). In addition, men visiting a sauna four times a week were less likely to develop dementia than those who went only once a week. (Age and Ageing, Dec. 8, 2016).

Those conducting these studies note that blood pressure and heart function improve after a sauna. Relaxation, improved blood-vessel-flexibility and lower inflammation may account for the heart and brain benefits.

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