Evolutions Institute of
Soma Instruction

Founded by Brian R. Murer, DC/SMTh and Jona Beczkiewicz Kerr, SMTr, Evolutions Institute of Soma Instruction (EISI) was created to share the groundbreaking and innovative manual therapy and corrective exercise techniques of Guy Voyer, DO. In addition to providing manual and corrective exercise therapy to patients and clients, the goal of Evolutions is to train the next generation of therapists and trainers in the Voyer paradigm.

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Manual Treatment + Therapeutic Exercise in Bloomington, IN

 

104 N. Pete Ellis Dr. Suite A
Phone: 812-369-4770, Fax: 866-816-4875
Email: evolutionsinstitute@gmail.com

We’re open for business!

Group Exercise - ELDOA classes 3 times per week in our Bloomington studio
Click here to see the schedule and register for classes!

ELDOA 2

in Bloomington, June 23 - 25, 2017

The ELDOA (Étirements Longitudinaux avec Decoaptation OsteoArticulaire), easily translated to Longitudinal Osteo-Articular Decoaptation of the Spine - are a series of precise exercises developed by Voyer to create space between a vertebral pair, rehabilitate the spinal curves and strengthen the intrinsic spinal muscles.

Anyone who has already taken ELDOA 1 may take this course. Chiropractors/Physicians/DPTs/DOs are allowed to skip ELDOA 1 and proceed directly to ELDOA 2 by virtue of their high level of training.

This course encompasses all of the ELDOA for the spine from C2 to S1 and will cover everything necessary to feel confident teaching, applying and successfully integrating the ELDOA into any type of practice.

June 23 - 25, 2017
Bloomington, IN (less than an hour from the Indy Airport)
$899 (+extra fee for IN CEU’s)

Early bird special: $799 until June 1, 2017. USE COUPON CODE ELDOA2

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New Feature

BEGINNING MAY 2017!

Come to beautiful Bloomington, Indiana and experience a truly personalized weekend of courses in the Guy Voyer, DO paradigm.

COURSES ON OFFER:

  • Osteo-Articular Pumping of the Lower Limb
  • Osteo-Articular Pumping of the Upper Limb and TMJ
  • Osteo-Articular Pumping of the Trunk and Pelvis

Choose your weekend

Minimum of four participants

$1150 for first-timers

$900 for re-takers (no matter where you've taken it in the past)

Call the Evolutions Institute of SOMA Instruction at 812-369-4770 for more information.

About Us

Jona Beczkiewicz Kerr, Smtr.

Brian R. Murer, D.C./Smth.  

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Manual medicine and rehabilitation specialist Dr. Brian Murer does not believe that any problem in life has a singular cause or a singular solution. He brings a systems approach to every aspect of his life. This is especially true with regards to his work as a manual medicine practitioner helping people recover from injury, chronic and acute pain. Murer works within the emerging paradigm of bio-tensegrity, particularly with respect to fasciae. He works almost exclusively with the tools and techniques taught by Guy VOYER, DO. 

Dr. Murer is trained and licensed as a chiropractor, attending Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas. A former national caliber hammer thrower at Southern Methodist University and 1996 Olympic team alternate, Murer brings a wide and varied approach to his treatment and teaching practices. Before pursuing a career as a manual medicine therapist, Murer coached at SMU and apprenticed under world-renowned coach Dan Pfaff at the University of Texas. He went on to tutor the 2000 Big Ten Champion in the hammer throw and had NCAA qualifiers in the javelin and hammer throw events as a track and field coach at Purdue University.

An advocate of lifelong learning, Murer is certified in neuro-functional acupuncture from McMaster University and studied many other established soft-tissue techniques before discovering the work of VOYER. Murer has completed VOYER’S Soma-therapy course (SMTh), currently studies his Soma-training methods, and is working toward his diploma in manual osteopathy under VOYER. Dr. Murer was the first practitioner in Indiana to study VOYER’S ELDOA exercises and bring them to Bloomington. An experienced teacher, Murer has coached track and field at the youth, collegiate and professional levels and is a sought-after guest lecturer, speaking at universities and in seminars throughout the country.

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Therapeutic exercise specialist and classically trained violinist (1994 B.M. Performance CCM, University of Cincinnati), Jona Beczkiewicz Kerr believes that specific, high quality exercise can reduce or eliminate the effects of repetitive stress, a highly common and mainstream cause of physical pain and disorders. In collaboration with Brian Murer, DC/SmT, Kerr has worked with hundred of clients and patients, including world-class musicians, dancers, and athletes since 2012 to rehabilitate and restore their physical health to optimum levels.

Passionate about learning and teaching, Kerr employs a revolutionary exercise methodology developed by the world-renowned doctor, Guy VOYER DO, with whom she regularly studies and is certified. In May 2016 she will have completed VOYER’s three-year Soma Training Program and will continue her studies in Soma Therapy.

Having struggled with repetitive-stress induced arm problems from violin studies, Kerr believes that due to the extreme physical nature of performance, musicians (particularly students) should have access to high quality exercise instruction to mitigate performance related repetitive stress. As a result and in collaboration with the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Kerr founded one of the only corrective and therapeutic exercise programs at a major music institution. Now in it's fifth year, the program has successfully helped countless students overcome and prevent injuries. 

Kerr is invited regularly to present lectures and workshops at universities and conservatories, music festivals and national conferences, including the upcoming American String Teachers Association National Conference in Tampa, March 2016.


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PRESENT
BRIAN MURER
OCTOBER 3, 2015

Lessons High Level Musicians Can Take from High Level Athletes

This video clip is from a presentation I did for the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. The presentation outlined how periodization and recovery strategies used in high level athletics can reduce repetitive stress injuries and increase the quality of practice and performance for musicians.

During the presentation, we gave a brief, but powerful introduction to the ELDOA. The presentation created awareness in the students of just a few of the physical elements that can be changed by these exercises.

Jona Kerr, co-founder of EISI, offers weekly classes to students of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. The ELDOA classes are not only changing the lives of these students, but they are changing the culture of the classical music world.

-Brian Murer, DC/SMTh

ELDOA INSTRUCTION

In 1999, a small group of students in Canada took the first ELDOA class in North America taught by Guy VOYER, DO. During those early years, word of the ELDOA spread slowly. It was usually taught to VOYER’S osteopathy students and a small group of students who were dedicated to the process of learning his exercise methodology. 

Today, thanks to consistent results and the uniqueness of its approach, the ELDOA method of exercise has slowly taken hold in high level sports therapy and training. The ELDOA are now used in all major North American professional sports as well as in many Olympic training camps and NCAA Division 1 programs.  ELDOA is rapidly gaining prominence within the highest echelon of therapists and trainers who see it as an indispensable tool to help clients and patients. 


What are the ELDOA?

ELDOA (Étirements Longitudinaux avec Decoaptation OsteoArticulaire) is a French acronym that translates to stretching of osteo-articular joints in the longitudinal axis with de-coaptation. The ELDOA are a series of precise movements developed by Guy VOYER, DO to create space in a joint, returning normal physiological movement to the articulation.

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Why the ELDOA?

VOYER developed the ELDOA over 30 years ago with the original intent of curing the chronic back pain epidemic. 

While the ELDOA initially proved itself as a great tool to combat chronic and acute back pain, VOYER soon discovered that his patients using the ELDOA also experienced benefits that extended well beyond back pain including improved visceral function and an overall improved sense of well-being. 

The ELDOA achieves its impressive results by working on many levels. These benefits include, but are not limited to: 

  • Facet joints separation (De-coaptation) 
  • Creation of disc imbibition
  • Improvement of venous return of the joint
  • Normalization of muscle tone (achieved by extreme range contraction)
  • Improvement of spinal proprioception
  • Improved overall kinesthetic sense
  • Normalization of myo-fascial tension
  • Normalization of the autonomic nervous system

VOYER started with the spine, but then applied the basic ELDOA principles to every joint of the body until he had an exercise for all of the joints of the pelvis, TMJ, lower and upper extremity, rib cage and the cranial bones.

Learning the ELDOA

In late 2014, Dr. VOYER and a group of his dedicated students reorganized ELDOA training. It is now in a six-module format. 

ELDOA I – Foundations of ELDOA and the Four Foundational Exercises

ELDOA II – ELDOA of the Spine – Segments C2 to S1 

ELDOA III - Hip, Shoulder, Sternum, and Ribcage

ELDOA IV - The Pelvis and Sacro-iliac Joint

ELDOA V - Upper Cervical, TMJ, Skull, Spine pathology

ELDOA VI – ELDOA in the Context of Bio-tensegrity and Clinical Application

THE EVOLUTIONS INSTITUTE OF SOMA INSTRUCTION IS ONE OF A VERY FEW ENTITIES AUTHORIZED TO TEACH ELDOA CERTIFICATIONS.

Check this site often for our ELDOA course offerings or contact us to organize a course for your group or facility. 


ELDOA Group Exercise Classes in Bloomington, IN:

Soma Therapy Courses

Guy VOYER’s Soma-Therapy represents the roots of his manual medicine paradigm and is the starting point for anyone wishing to learn VOYER’s methods of treating the body. The Soma-Therapy Fellowship consists of three techniques: Osteo-Articular Joint Pumping, Fascial Normalization, and Transverse Tendinous and Ligamentous Stretching (TTLS.) Each technique is learned in a series of three consecutive courses. 

The Soma-Therapy Fellowship prepares the practitioner for an optional fourth year of the study of Diaphragmology. In Diaphragmology, the student learns to evaluate and treat the four cardinal diaphragms of the body: Pelvic, Thoracic, Cervico-Thoracic and Cranial. 


Why the Soma-Therapy Fellowship?

The description and treatment of the body’s fasciae is tremendously popular in today’s world of therapy and performance training (sport or health).

A precise understanding of the anatomical, biochemical, biomechanical and histological constructs of the fasciae leads one to the awareness of the need for many types of treatment for the fasciae. 

Fasciae are made up of three constituent parts: Fibers, Cells and Ground Substance.  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. 

In the VOYER paradigm, Osteo-Articular Joint Pumping, Transverse Tendonious & Ligamentous Stretching (TTLS) and Fascial Normalization are the three main techniques used to address the varied needs of the fascia. 

In 2015, Dr. VOYER authorized Dr. Murer to be the only individual other than him to teach the Soma-therapy Fellowship in the United States. 

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Osteo-Articular Joint Pumping

Osteo-Articular Joint Pumping is the cornerstone of the VOYER Paradigm. 

In order for the body to heal properly either from acute or chronic dysfunction, the body must manage the inflammatory process correctly and have proper efficient flow of water and other important fluid throughout the body.

Osteo-Articular Joint Pumping techniques organize the acute inflammatory process to make its healing process more effective. It moves stagnated fluid in a chronically painful or tight joint to make it mobile and function more efficiently. 

Information about the Osteo-Articular Joint Pumping courses:

A VOYER Osteo-Articular Joint Pumping Course taught by Brian Murer, DC/SMT includes:

  • Classic Descriptive Anatomy
  • Relational Anatomy
  • The physiology of inflammation
  • The technical basis of joint pumping
  • Classic Biomechanics
  • The Theory of the Complexity model
  • Clinical Application
  • Comprehensive instruction and hands on learning of the joint pumping techniques

Dates to learn Osteo-Articular Joint Pumping in 2017 - 2018:

Dates TBD


Fascial Normalization

Fascial Normalization is taught in the second year of the Soma-Therapy Fellowship.

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 of the viscera.   

Information about the Fascial Normalization courses:

A Voyer Fascial Normalization Course taught by Brian Murer, DC/SMT includes:

  • Classic Descriptive Fascial Anatomy
  • Relational Fascial Anatomy
  • Descriptions of VOYER’s Fascial Chains
  • The physiology of the Primary Respiratory Mechanism
  • Tensegrity Biomechanics
  • Clinical Application
  • Comprehensive instruction and hands on learning of the many fascial normalization techniques

Dates to Learn Fascial Normalization:

2017: Dates TBD


Transverse Tendinous and Ligamentous Stretching (TTLS)

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TTLS is taught in the third year of the Soma-Therapy Fellowship. 

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.

Information about the TTLS courses:

A VOYER TTLS Course taught by Brian Murer, DC/SMT includes:

  • Classic Descriptive Anatomy
  • Relational Anatomy
  • The theory and physiology of TTLS
  • Classic Biomechanics
  • Tensegrity Biomechanics
  • Clinical Application
  • Comprehensive instruction and hands on learning of the many TTLS techniques

Dates to learn Transverse Tendinous and Ligamentous Stretching:

2018: Dates TBD


Diaphragmology

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. 

Diaphragmology explores how the presence of these four structures manages tension and compression in the head, thorax, abdomen and pelvis leading to complete tensegritous 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.  

With the completion of all four years of the Fascia Fellowship, 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. 

DATES TO LEARN DIAPHRAGMOLOGY:

2019: Dates TBD

Upcoming Courses

ELDOA 2 in Bloomington, Indiana

June 23 - 25, 2017
Bloomington, IN (less than an hour from the Indy Airport)
$899 (+extra fee for CEU’s)

Contact Us

For information on treatment: +1-812-369-4770

Address: EISI  104 N. Pete Ellis Dr. Suite A, Bloomington, IN 47408 USA

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