Embryonic Echoes

The embryonic body is as much a way of being, which persists throughout life, as a phase of development which spans the first eight weeks of gestation. The primary qualities of embryogenesis are emergence and mutability. An evolving wave of becoming, which lays down the primordia of the all the vital components of the unified human body. Wholeness is always maintained even as differentiation into distinct anatomical parts takes place.

This same quality of vibrant flux is present in human organism as a property of health, from our first breath to the last. It can be experienced at the molecular, cellular, tissue and organ level when Potency is abundant.

In this seminar we will explore some key phases of development which are echoed in the primary respiratory motion of the fully-grown body.

We will experience

  • Our embodied memories of our earliest embryonic history
  • Our individual journeys from conception to implantation
  • Differentiation and individuation


We will review

  • Proliferation and growth
  • Blechschmid’s paradigm of metabolic fields, biokinetics and biodynamics
  • Properties of the three germ layers - ectoderm, mesoderm, endoderm
  • Arising of form and structure
  • From somite to soma – segmental outflow of skeletal muscles and peripheral nerves – the trunk and the limbs
  • Splanchnic mesoderm and autonomic nerves – the viscera
  • The neural tube and mesectoderm – the brain and meninges


We will explore

  • Embryonic developmental movements recapitulated in patterns of tissue motility of the brain, the heart, the limbs
  •  An alternative view of imprints as inertial metabolic fields and
  • How to restoration of flow in altered metabolic fields
  • Segmentation and nerve territories – central and peripheral connections
  • The whole-body brain – restoring equilibrium, realising potential
  • The hum of life in the depth of stillness
© Katherine Ukleja 2014