A close second to the more fashionable “fascia,“ tensegrity is appearing on more and more websites in performance therapy and rehabilitation. However, in the various approaches to treatment, there seems to be a disconnect in applying tensegrity to solving the “puzzle” of our patient’s conditions. SomaTherapy—through “pumping,” fascia normalization, and TTLS (explained below) combined with SomaTraining—through myofascial stretching, segmental strengthening, ELDOA, and other techniques provide us with the tools to affect permanent change.
Basic definition of tensegrity: discontinuous COMPRESSION and continuous TENSION with ligament/ fascia… the most basic shape being a triangle.
If this is a newer concept for you, you can find excellent visual resources on YouTube: “Strolling Under the Skin” 1 and 2, Guimberteau, and through text: “Architecture of Human Living Tissue,” by Guimberteau and Armstrong, 2016 or “Biotensegrity: The Structural Basis of Life” by Graham Scar. There are of course many others, but these are some personal favorites.
Undoubtedly, within the last decade, across the US, there has been an increase in awareness of fascia in manual medicine and performance therapy. Yet, this global connective tissue is nothing new to the European and Canadian osteopathic teachings. Combine fascia, tensegrity, and the remarkable regenerating capabilities of the human organism, and you get a very complex puzzle that principles of SomaTherapy help to solve.
Inherent to this paradigm shift, Dr. Voyer teaches us the Complexity Model of thinking, understanding, and treating of the whole body during the learning process.
Solicitation of the movement of fluids(lymph, synovial fluid, water of the bursae, water in the collagen tubes of fascia/ligaments/ tendons) in both acute and chronic cases.
P1 Osteoarticular pumping of the Lower Limbs
May 18-20, 2018. $1,150
P2 Osteoarticular pumping of the Upper Limbs and TMJ
July 20-22, 2018, $1,150
P3 Osteoarticular pumping of the Trunk & Pelvis
October 19-21, 2018, $1,150
F1 Fascia Normalization of the Lower Limb
Nov 9-11, 2018, $1,150
F2 Fascia Normalization of the Upper Limb
Jan 25-27, 2019, $1,150
F3 Fascia Normalization of the Trunk & Pelvis
Apr 5-7, 2019, $1,150
Practitioners involved in a manual medicine specialty including, but not limited to: osteopaths, chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists, physiotherapists, and athletic trainers. 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.
Treatment of entire chains of fascia Continuity of the collagen tubes from the lateral heel to the sacrotuberous ligament to the transversospinalis fascia AND Contiguity, fascia that is immediately adjacent (therefore related) and has a direct influence on the function.
Two primary effects:
A critical component in all dysfunctions are SPECIFIC, untreated contraction/tension of ligaments/tendons that will never be corrected with NON-SPECIFIC treatment or exercise.
Treatment of the 4 Principle Diaphragms
Now, after 3 years, these experienced and elite therapists will learn how to solve more complex imbalances that are seen throughout the body. Examples: spondylolisthesis, scoliosis, prolapses, hernias, long term concussion symptoms, chronic headaches via the dura mater or ventricles, organ dysfunction…to name a few.
SomaTherapists and SomaTrainers are highly sought out by the NHL, NFL, MLB, NBA, PGA, world cup skiing, world class track & field athletes, professional musicians, singers, etc. due to their ability to see things through the lens of the Complexity Model and the sheer results felt and seen by these athletes and professionals.
If we want to see lasting outcomes in our patients’ progress, we need to consider a higher level of anatomy, beyond what we’ve previously learned, combined with tensegrity-based biomechanics. We cannot continue to simply guess and press and expect a SPECIFIC effect or therapeutic outcome. Dr. Voyer teaches us “you cannot distinguish between structures that your brain isn’t aware of.” If our eyes have only been trained to perceive muscles, bones, and nerves, and are blind to the integral material that connects them, our ability to make permanent change to the system and to the quality of our patients’ lives is vastly limited.
Guy Voyer DO is an accomplished athlete(Olympic Judo) and physiotherapist with 4 Osteopathic degrees, an Orthopedic MD, and PhD in Pedagogy. After truly understanding the global continuity of the body/fascial system, Dr. Voyer remains an Osteopath, teaching exercise as the foundation of all permanent change to the body for function, health, recovery and treatment. Many performance therapists and trainers around the world utilize his SomaTraining & SomaTherapy principles in the treatment and rehab of professional athletes and the conclusion of complex cases.
Dr. Amstutz is a classically-trained Chiropractor since 2006, with a foundation in performance and rehabilitation. He began studying in the Complexity Model with Guy Voyer in June 2011. He has recently completed the SomaTherapy program for the 2nd time and is in the process of completing the SomaTraining program for the 2nd time. He works with many professional athletes in various sports and continues his role as student in an 8-year European/Canadian Osteopath program through Sutherland University in Montreal, QC with Dr. Voyer.