Soma Training Course Outline

Fort Lauderdale Course Outline and Descriptions

Introduction Course

Analytical and Segmental Muscular Strengthening of the Knee

A 3 day hands-on workshop that will cover most of the topics needed to fully understand the bio-mechanics and the origins of knee pain.

  • New tensegrity bio-mechanics
  • Relational Anatomy
  • Methodology: Strengthening of all specific muscles (6 quads, etc.), proprioception of the 20 ligaments of the knee, Myofascial Stretching of all the muscles that cross the knee
  • Pathology and clinical application

Soma Training Program: 

Soma Training Program Year 1:

Course 1 –  

Analytical and Segmental Muscular Strengthening of the Abdominal Muscles and the Thoracic Diaphragm

The abdominals (obliques, transverse, pyramidalis and rectus abdominus) and the thoracic diaphragm need to be properly trained. These muscles are both functional and but aesthetic. That is why students will learn hundreds of exercises as well as how to stimulate the digestive system and how to treat all abdominal herniations with abdominal exercises.

Transverse Abdominis (TVA) (add-on course to Abs)

The TVA is a wildly controversial muscle. CHEK says to “draw your belly in” McGill and DNS say “push your belly out.” Who is right? This one-day course will dissect this controversy and give the students many different ways to train one of the most important stabilizers of the spine. This course is rarely offered, so do not miss this rare opportunity.

Course 2 – Analytical and Segmental Muscular Strengthening of the Lower Limbs

There are hundreds of specific exercises that can solicit the proximal, distal, medial, lateral, middle, superficial or deep portions of each muscle (i.e. proximal psoas or distal tibialis anterior) in the lower extremities. We discovered a new tensegritive anatomy (i.e., the 5 psoas on each side). The details that are covered in this class will allow for an understanding of the numerous exercises that target specific areas of the lower limb.

Course 3 – Analytical and Segmental Muscular Strengthening of the Upper Limbs and the Trunk

The large muscles (latissimus dorsi, trapezius, rhomboids, quadratus lumborum, etc.) need to be trained with a lot of specific movements. The spinal muscles need to be trained to improve their ability to provide postural support. There are also numerous, yet specific, exercises that can solicit the proximal, distal, medial, lateral, middle, superficial or deep portions of each muscle (i.e., deltoids or thumb flexor) in the upper extremities. Students will learn hundreds of exercises.

 Course 4 – How to Organize a Global Movement: Squat & Posturology Testing and Training

A complete analysis of the squat with respect to the entire body. There are more than a hundred progressions that have to be learned before a squat is completed properly. The squat could be a very effective exercise to correct knee problems, back pain and many other things including visceral, but the exercises make sense only if your body is in total balance.  How to test and correct the imbalance will be taught in posturology.

Course 5 – Periodization, Cinesiology and Clinical Application

The focus of this class is to understand quality (volume, strength, power, speed, resistance, endurance, maintenance, muscular re-education and fitness) and quantity (number of series, repetitions and rest time).

We need to know all the biomechanic laws of the body: Cinesiology.

There will be numerous examples of clinical application.


Soma Training Program Year 2:

Course 6 – ELDOA 1/2

ELDOA (Longitudinal Osteoarticular Decoaptation Stretches, is taken from the French Etirements Longitudinaux avec Decoaptation Osteo-Articulaire).

Much of the pain, arthrosis, neurological pinching, disc compression and articular lesions that people suffer result from compactions, compressions and/or articular blocks. There is an effective solution to these ailments: ELDOA. ELDOAs consist of very precise postures that target relief in a specific articulation. The advantage of these postures is that once you learn them, they take only a minute a day to perform.
Seminar Outline:

  • Background and methodology
  • Lumbar ELDOA practice
  • Thoracic ELDOA practice
  • Cervical ELDOA practice
  • Pelvic ELDOA practice (sacroiliac joints and symphysis pubis)

Course 7 – Myofascial Stretching (MFS)

We have believed for a long time that we know how to stretch muscles. The question is: How do we stretch a muscle when it is sheathed in a leather casing? Stretching a muscle is only effective once the “skin” that covers it is no longer dry and retracted.

Myofascial stretches respect the anatomy of the muscles, including their aponeuroses (“well defined fibrous sheaths that cover and keep in place a group of muscles or serve for the insertion of a broad muscle”) and their function. At this point, the analytical study of the fascial chains allows for a very effective stretch position.

Seminar Outline - 

Participants will learn specific myofascial stretches systematically for all of the muscles listed below.

Myofascial Stretches of the lower extremities:

Iliopsoas, biceps femoris, semimembranous, semitendinous, superficial gluteus maximus, deep gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, obturator internus, piriformis, quadratus femoris, rectus femoris, vastus internus, vasatus externus, graacilis, pectineus, tensor fascia lata, superior fascicle of adductor brevis, inferior fascicle adductor brevis, adductor longus, superior fascicle of adductor magnus, middle fascicle of adductor magnus, inferior fascicle of adductor magnus, medial gastrocnemius lateral gastrocnemius, soleus, tibialis anterior, extensor digitorum, extensor hallucis.

Myofascial Stretches of the upper extremities:

Long head of biceps brachii, short head of biceps brachii, posterior deltoid, anterior deltoid, middle deltoid, subscapularis, teres major, coracobrachialis, long head of triceps, medial head of triceps, lateral head of triceps, teres minor, infraspinatus, supraspinatus, pectoralis minor, deep pectoralis major, superficial pectoralis major, short supinator of the forearm, long supinator of the forearm, pronator quadratus, pronator teres, flexor digitorum communis, palmaris longus, anterior cubital, extensor digitorum communis, posterior cubital, first radial.

Myofascial Stretches of the trunk:

Middle intercostals, posterior intercostals, anterior intercostals, the crus of the diaphragm, the domes of the diaphragm, the intermediate part of the diaphragm, rectus abdominis, external obliques, internal obliques, latissimus dorsi, superior trapezius, middle trapezius, inferior trapezius, rhomboid major, rhomboid minor, levator scapula, quadratus lumborum, transverse spinous, longus, iliocostales.
Course 8 – Specific Proprioception and Awareness

Proprioception : The physiology that controls an articulation depends on numerous control mechanisms located in the muscle tendons, ligaments and articular capsule. Therefore, it is advisable to train these “micro-computers” to increase or revive control of a joint. The various forms of proprioception are can be used following a sprain, to treat arthrosis, to recover articular mobility, and even to improve effectiveness. However, this work must be very precise, because it is not the joint that is trained but a specific ligament or part of the capsule. This class will teach the hundreds of exercises that may be used throughout the body for this proprioceptive work.
Awareness: How can an articulation be trained, a muscle strengthened, or a posture corrected, if the brain does not know the area being treated? How does a spine remain straight if the feeling of rectitude is skewed? The cortex must be trained to become acquainted with and recognize every area of the body. A strict methodology involving four progression factors is indispensable to really becoming familiar with the pelvis, the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine and the various diaphragms. You will learn how to apply the very important and often neglected aspect of awareness in your daily practice.

Course 9 – ELDOA 3/4

ELDOA (Longitudinal Osteoarticular Decoaptation Stretches, is taken from the French Etirements Longitudinaux avec Decoaptation Osteo-Articulaire).

After learning to treat the centralized joints of the body with the general ELDOA class, you will learn to treat the joints in the periphery with very precise postures that target relief in these specific articulations. The goal will be to un-coapt and normalize the peripheral joints. As before, once you have learned these, they take only a minute a day to perform.
Seminar Outline:

  • Background and methodology
  • Thoracic-Cage ELDOA practice
  • Coxo-Femoral ELDOA practice
  • Shoulder ELDOA practice
  • Sacral and Sacro-Coccygeal ELDOA practice
  • Cranial ELDOA practice


Soma Training Program Year 3:

Course 10 – Circulatory and Respiratory Techniques

Many people suffer from problems of venous return (varices, varicosities; heavy legs, oedema, etc). Some simple and very precise exercises allow a stimulation of circulation of the blood in an anatomical and physiological sense for each vein.
There are also numerous exercises for improving quantity of respiration. These techniques are qualitative in nature, allowing a very precise recruitment of each pulmonary segment in order to address any of the respiratory insufficiencies that are frequently encountered (asthma, smoking-related issues, etc.).

Course 11 – Global Postural Stretching (GPS)

Whatever your methods of preseason conditioning, training, or re-education, it is necessary to place the body part being solicited into a global posture. To rediscover the efficiency and fluidity of a movement, GPS allows a perfect linking of the joint, the muscle and their fasciae. These specific postures must be meticulously performed and are adapted to each part of the body.
The positions can be used in training and conditioning as well as in pre-season training, and they are equally efficient for all re-education programs. For example, after an accident or an illness, all therapeutic treatment must be completed by a rehabilitation of all activities of daily life: in the personal life, the sporting life and the professional life.
There are, therefore, four major stages to follow:

  1. The first is curative, by the surgeon, doctor, osteopath or chiropractor according to their methodology.
  2. The second allows the patient to validate the therapeutic action in stage one by analytic auto-normalization exercises such as myo-fascial stretching, ELDOA, circulatory or respiratory exercises, proprioception exercises, awareness training, etc.
  3. The third stage brings in global postural exercises to give to the patient a general integration back into daily life and sporting and professional activities. These global postural stretches of the trunk and upper and lower limbs are included in the program of the advanced personal trainer.
  4. The fourth stage is the individual’s return to normal activities.

Course 12 – Pathologies Sports, Kinesiology and Strapping

After classifying and proposing therapeutic interventions for all classic sports pathologies (sprains, subluxations, tendonitis, etc.), the student will study how to prevent all the injuries common to each sport by way of specific exercises.
Very frequently, to help improve movement or strength performance, the trainer must apply a therapeutic tape job for a ligament, tendon, muscle or specific articulation. Specific practical and precise methodology is taught for these purposes.

Course 13 – Cardio Training and Physical Conditioning

It is advisable to increase cardiovascular and cardiorespiratory capacities. Whether for a beginner, to maintain general conditioning, as preparatory training for sports, or to improve the performance of a high-caliber athlete, each program must be adapted to the individual’s needs and specific objectives. This program will study the elements that will permit progress in endurance and cardiovascular and cardiorespiratory abilities for different subjects.

Note: There are no prerequisites for any courses

Upon completion of all of the Level One, Two, and Three classes, a Certificate of Applied Trainer and a European Diploma of Animator in Sport, Health and Fitness Training (FFCP) will be awarded.

Descriptions of courses credited to Guy VOYER's website.

H3byDan Refund Policy for SOMA Training and/or SOMA Therapy Courses

Students who register for any SOMA Training and/or SOMA Therapy program offered by H3byDan and subsequently decide not to attend that program must notify H3byDan in writing (via email), in order to officially withdraw from the program and request a refund.

Registration refunds will be based on the date of official withdrawal. The official withdrawal date is the date that H3byDan receives the written request for a refund. All refunds must be approved by H3byDan before being processed by the Accounting Department.

Refunds will be processed within 30 days of the approval according to the following schedule:

A.) Withdrawals received within 10 days of the original registration receive 95% refund of total registration paid to date minus any applicable administrative fee of $100.

B.) Withdrawals received within 60 days of the original registration receive 50% refund of the total tuition paid to date minus any applicable administrative fee of $100.

C.) Withdrawals received 61 days or more after the original registration receive NO REFUND. However are able to transfer to another SOMA Training and/or SOMA Therapy course offered ONLY by H3byDan. 

Course Cancellation
H3byDan reserves the right to cancel an event at our discretion. In the event of course cancellation by H3byDan, 100% of the tuition will be eligible for refund, or the student may transfer to another SOMA Training and/or SOMA Therapy course offered only by H3byDan without any additional fee occurring.

If a course is cancelled or postponed due to an Act of God, including but not limited to war, earthquakes, terrorism, natural disasters, H3byDan reserves the right to offer students who are registered for the affected event to be placed in a similar event . Tuition will not be refunded. 


If you know the course you want to take, you may send a check to the following address with the course name in the memo:

Hellman Holistic Health
3020 NE 32nd Ave #319
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

For questions on any aspect of Soma Training or H3, including curriculum, costs, payment, retaking courses or traveling to Fort Lauderdale, please email us at or call 954-566-0585.