Passageways -The Throat and the Pelvis

In this clinically oriented seminar we look at two areas of the body which form passageways. Above, we have the throat which allows passage of food and air and below, the pelvis, which allows elimination and the transit of childbirth.  

 The THROAT and the VOICE

Most animal species vocalise or make sound. But it was the anatomical position of the hyoid in the homo species enabled speech. Putting the sounds together into a clear structure that everyone could understand led to spoken language. Complex speech meant individuals could share ideas and concepts like never before. This led to the dawn of human culture.

Moreover, the voice reveals our emotions. The sounds of anguish and despair or of triumph and joy are universally understood and compelling. The tone of voice tells us more than the words that are spoken; it is primal, animal – a key component of the Social Nervous System. In the larynx we will mechanism and psychology of voice production. Can we speak up for ourselves, be heard? Are we silenced by fear or emboldened by rage? 

The hyoid bone is the anchor of the tongue. It is a central anatomical component of the throat, a solid strut in its tensegrity structure. In practice we often feel that the head is cut off from the rest of the body, representing a loss of connection between our instinctual gut brain and our rational head brain and between our ability to act and to feel. Intimate work with the throat is vital for resolving throat inertia to help ‘reconnect the head to the body’.


The genito-urinary organs sit deep in the pelvic cavity beneath the peritoneum. The pelvis often holds very charged history related to fertility, procreation, sexuality and violation. In this seminar we will look at specific ways of meeting that history with the aim of restoring health, confidence and promoting self-worth.

In hands-on session we will explore:

Birth from the mother's point of view. In particular, the damage to the maternal pelvic floor that can occur during birth and the long-term consequences.


Age-related conditions, common in both men and women, particularly incontinence and dysfunctional urinary flow.


Practical work will highlight the connective tissue matrix, the autonomic nerves and the all-important lymphatic drainage of the pelvic bowl.


© Katherine Ukleja 2014