The connection between the larynx and the lower pelvic floor.
An unimagined potential, especially for chronically ill people
By Iris Hammermeister
My area of research lies in the connection between the larynx and the lower pelvic floor. For years I have been teaching about this connection and today I can say that for me it represents the greatest potential for transformation. The themes of attachment and relationship are reflected in this connection, which holds great potential for transformation.
Parallels between the vocal apparatus and the female sex organ
There is a striking similarity between the vocal apparatus and the female sex organ. In the case of the vocal apparatus, the ears or inner ear are part of it. Hearing has an important role in transforming old patterns. Ultimately, sound transforms by hearing differently. We hear not only with our ears but also with other sense organs, for example, our skin as the largest sense organ picks up the sound. The larynx could be considered as the 6th sense organ.
Above as below – parallel organs
My experience is that all changes that happen in the vocal apparatus also happen in parallel in the lower pelvic floor or vice versa. So we can speak of parallel organs, such as mouth and cervix, oral cavity and uterus, inner ear and ovary, vocal folds and labia, larynx and vagina,….
It is no coincidence that there is this connection between the larynx and the lower pelvic floor. This connection also exists in men in a different way.
This means that the voice is connected with our origin, with our divine spark, with our life energy, with our space of creation. It is also no coincidence that the female sex organ has so many parallels to the vocal apparatus and that the collective wounded feminine is hidden in the womb space of women. I have done a lot of research on the mother wound and have come to the conclusion that singing is maternal, which reconnects us to the God-feminine, because sound is feminine and the origin of the universe.
This connection plays a great role not only in the field of prenatal psychology, but also in the reconnection to the essence, which is also an important basis for musicians and artists in their own work. A baby lies in the womb of the mother exactly in this connection. The connection shows itself physiologically through the spine and energetically through a ligament that connects the two. The bone tissue is a very vibrational tissue. It begins at the top of the spine and ends at the bottom of the womb space. Symbolically it represents beginning and end, birth and death. The spine is the base of our life. The bone tissue is the deepest tissue on which we have built our life. Often life is also about having backbone and not being broken, so how stable are we and do we stand up for ourselves?
Separateness is an illusion – we were always connected
Now if we have experienced a difficult maternal bond, which is ultimately normal due to patriarchal culture, this is always about the feeling of lack of connection or the feeling of being separate. However, the singing or the voice can remind us that we were in a connection and separation is an illusion. No matter how severely traumatized a mother was, the child is always connected to the mother in her womb, otherwise it would not be viable, because the mother also provides for the child through the umbilical cord.
The body forms the brain at the beginning of life
During this time and in the first years of life, the body forms the brain. It is only later that synapses are formed in the brain, which are dependent on what experiences the child has had in his or her relationship. The brain creates networks and circuitry based on the experiences made (attachment & relationship). If these were predominantly negative, which can be assumed in a traumatized society and the transgenerational transmission of trauma, the pain center is formed in the brain. This is active above all in the resting state and is particularly strong in chronically ill people. This means that negative thoughts constantly circulate in the head, which in turn result in negative feelings such as fear and pain. The brain sends certain messenger substances into the body that are addictive, i.e. that appeal to the addiction center in the brain. The body literally screams for these messenger substances if it does not receive them, so that negative thinking and feeling has also become a compulsion that cannot be easily turned off. This thought structure ensures survival, so the brain is in a persistent survival mode. However, these synapses or negative circuitry prevent the activation of the self-healing powers. They obscure the original state of connection and make it difficult to get back to the early prenatal phase when these synapses were not yet present. Sometimes these negative circuits also prevent the feeling of pain, especially in chronically ill people. The result is a failure to perceive that something is wrong or out of balance. In the case of a chronic illness, self-organization of the self-healing forces no longer takes place, the body is overstrained.
Positive experiences form new synapses
“The experiences in life of disconnectedness, of incompatibility, of incomprehension and helplessness, made in the course of our life so far, must be overlaid by such experiences that link to experiences of coherence, of connectedness and of one’s own ability to shape things, made originally, at least, during early childhood prenatally or postnatally.” * See source citation
This means that the connection between the larynx and the lower pelvic floor via one’s own voice enables one to remember one’s connection to the mother in the prenatal period and represents a tremendous potential. Thus also for chronically ill people the possibility exists to activate their self-healing powers again and to connect to the made experience of connectedness of this prenatal time. We reconnect with the older part of the brain and thus we can bypass the circuitry created later by negative experiences in relationships.
In order to break the vicious circle of negative circuitry, new synapses and circuitry patterns must be formed in the brain. This requires positive experiences that involve the body, including the interaction between body, psyche and thinking. What already works well must be further developed. This also includes that the person gets a space and is seen, makes the experience of being something special, i.e. an individual, a subject. Positive thinking, affirmations, reprogramming beliefs, cognitive offers – this includes therapeutic offers – cannot bring about sustainable change.
Creating (remembering) spaces and interspaces for living processes
The voice-balance process work includes all important aspects of the latest scientific findings of neurobiology. Relationships (interspaces) to the sound, body and nervous system are established through differentiated guided stimulation. It is always a matter of creating intermediate spaces in which the self-organization of the singing voice and the body can unfold. Creating in-between spaces means nothing else than enabling relationships (feminine principle!), in which living processes can happen. The organism or the self-healing forces reorganize themselves. The focus is on what is already there (range, sound volume, sensory alertness,…) and works well and is further developed. The vocal balance is experience-based and thus enables the formation of new synapses. In addition, singing activates the right hemisphere of the brain (responsible for feelings, intuition,…), as well as connecting the left and right hemispheres. The stimulation of the sensorimotor system promotes the memory of the time of connectedness in the prenatal period. In addition, singing releases oxytocin, a hormone of happiness, which is also released during pregnancy, childbirth and dying.
The pelvic floor – our home
The pelvic floor is our home, the place of creativity. So I also see an important task for the development of creativity and in artistic work to establish the connection to the pelvic floor. In the womb space life is created, pure creation, in which we create and create again and again. The connection between the larynx and the pelvic floor thus resembles the creation principle of constant renewal and passing. There birth and death meet and it is no coincidence that oxytocin is released exactly when singing, dying and giving birth….
Title: “Reactivation of self-healing forces from a neurobiological point of view”,
Author: Prof. Dr. Dr. Gerald Hüther,
Source: symptome.ch – symptoms and causes of diseases – blog with health tips
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