Corrective Exercise, Pilates, and ELDOA

For people wanting to restore, enhance and optimize their health, mobility, and performance.

Who’s it for?

My private sessions are for people who want hands-on help and a personalized program to reach their goals.

And are strongly recommended if you’re experiencing significant health concerns or living with injuries or pain which need special attention before entering a group training class.

What’s involved?

Physical or mental stress is a huge player in stiffness and chronic pain. When you chronically turn on the stress-response, your body is forced to ignore the repair and growth functions it would normally perform. Everybody has a threshold, so you can’t keep breaking yourself down and expect the body to adapt.

The key to optimal physical and mental fitness is recovery and restoration.

Recovery and restoration are where gains are made, and true healing happens. And to restore the highest level of health into your body, my approach combines the new science of biotensegrity with modalities from the fields of:

    • Sports medicine (corrective exercise)
    • Osteopathy (SOMA training, SOMA therapy and ELDOA)
    • Mind & body practices (Pilates and Yoga)
    • Functional Nutrition
    • Coaching psychology

    We work together to get to the root cause of your issues and apply cutting edge modalities to help you figure out what your body and mind need to thrive, so you can: 

    • Lose stubborn weight
    • Heal faster
    • Improve performance and prevent injuries 
    • Relieve back pain, improve spine and disc longevity 
    • Improve recovery time
    • Relieve neck and shoulder tension 
    • Change habits that don’t serve you 
    • Boost your energy
    • Improve mobility and posture 
    • Increase strength and endurance 
    •  And when that happens, not only will you feel great and move more freely, but you’ll be able to push yourself without injury, and adventure more.

    Choose how to train.

    There are two coaching options available, private training or group training classes.

    Here’s what’s involved with each:

    Private Training

    Although I apply a comprehensive approach to every session, many clients prefer to zone in on one area, like resistant weight loss, back pain, or those darn habits that keep you stuck in the muck.

    I offer a comprehensive assessment and tailor sessions based on your needs, goals and lifestyle. Precise programming helps you achieve desired results fast. And helps reduce inflammation and improve how you move and progress, so you can avoid the constant struggle with aches, pains, and recurring injuries.

    Small and large group training classes

    I incorporate cutting-edge therapeutic and performance-based modalities into my movement-based classes with the goal of precise exercise to achieve balance, strength, mobility, and spine longevity.  I currently teach segmental strength training, myo-fascial stretching, ELDOA and pilates to small and large group classes at various locations in the Bay Area including:

    • Club Pilates, Novato
    • Sonoma-Fit Novato
    • Club EVEXIA, Mill Valley (coming January 2022!)
    • To book private sessions just email me to book your session.





    Your most common questions answered:

    What is SOMA training?

    Based on the work of Guy Voyer D.O, SOMA training is specific exercise-training program that respects human biomechanics and the organization of the fascial chains.

    SOMA training expresses the idea that proper training — whether for performance, rehabilitation or maintenance — must begin with an understanding of how the whole body moves and works together.

    Exercises can be organized based upon the different actions the specific muscle performs and the direction of the fibers of the muscle being targeted for training. And can be done in an open or closed chain, depending upon the goal.

    What is SOMA therapy?

    SOMA Therapy is a hands-on manual therapy that incorporates treatment of the joints, soft tissues, visceral and neuromuscular function, and motor control.

    What is ELDOA?

    ELDOA is a French acronym used to describe the spine stretching technique developed by the French osteopath Guy Voyer D.O. 

    The translation is ‘LOADS’ (Longitudinal Osteo-articular Decoaptation Stretches) which are postural exercises that aim at widening the space within a pair of joints. There is an ELDOA for nearly every joint in the body with emphasis on the spine and its benefits reach far beyond joint health. 

    Today, the ELDOA method of exercise has slowly taken its place in professional sports therapy and training because of its ease and profound results. 

    Its benefits include:

    • Relief of back pain and neck and shoulder tension
    • Reduction of joint pain
    • Reduced joint inflammation, and improved joint mechanics
    • Increased blood flow
    • Reduced pressure on the discs and spinal disc rehydration 
    • Improved sense of wellbeing 
    • Improved posture
    • Greater flexibility
    • Improved muscle performance and tone
    • Improved recovery time for sports and training

    ELDOA can also improve organ health and digestion, reduce stress, enhance wellbeing and help you sleep better.

    What is fascia?

    Fascia is a thin casing of connective tissue filled with water and has an appearance similar to a spider’s web or a sweater.

    Fascia covers and interpenetrates every muscle, bone, nerve, artery, and vein in the human body as well as all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain, and spinal cord. The fascial system is actually one continuous structure that exists from head to toe without interruption.  

    Fascia plays an important role in the support and function of our bodies. In the normal healthy state, it has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. But as we move through life and when you experience physical stress, physical trauma, surgery, emotional stress, scarring, or inflammation, however, the fascia loses its pliability. It becomes tight, restricted, and a source of tension to the rest of the body. 

    Myofascial restrictions can produce tensile pressures on pain-sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests like an MRI. A high percentage of people suffering from pain and/or lack of motion may be having fascial problems, but are not diagnosed correctly.

    Fascial restrictions can exert excessive pressure causing all kinds of symptoms producing pain, headaches, or restriction of motion. Fascial restrictions also affect our flexibility and stability, as well as our ability to withstand stress and perform daily activities.

    What is myofascial stretching?
    All muscles are wrapped in an aponeurotic sleeve and connected with each other through numerous fasciae.

    Everyone knows about muscle stretching; however, it is difficult to stretch a muscle if it is wrapped in a leathery sleeve which does not give.

    Myofascial stretching is a relatively new technique that is gaining popularity as a highly effective way to improve performance, prevent injuries and treat imbalances-especially among athletes. Instead of targeting the muscle itself, It uses precise active postures to target the fascia surrounding specific muscles and joints.

    Myofascial Stretches will help correct soft tissue Imbalances throughout your body, improve mobility and alleviate joint pain.

    As the quality of your tissue improves with the stimulus created by the Myofascial Stretches, you’ll find that you have better posture, greater range of motion, that you are able to perform tasks with greater ease, and you’ll suffer fewer injuries.

    What's the difference between private and group coaching?

    As opposed to group programs where the curriculum is decided beforehand, private coaching allows for a more personalized experience, tailored to your specific needs.

    Where does coaching take place?

    Private and group coaching programs take place face-to-face or via Zoom. 

    Debbie saved my life when a shoulder injury during Covid, took me down on all levels. I will follow her to the moon and back.

    Linda Gener,

    “Life sucks when I don’t see Deb!”

    Dorea El-Sayed, Financial Consultant

    Debbie is so knowledgeable and makes sure you’re performing movements correctly. What impresses me most is her compassion for the pain you’re feeling and goes above and beyond to improve your physical health.”

    Debbie Nehasil, Proud Mom

    Get back to peak physical and mental well-being.

    Book your free consultation now.