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Cervical Spine to Diaphragm and Pelvic Floor: The Whole Body Connection – LIVE/ONLINE

October 3, 2020, 8:30 amOctober 4, 2020, 4:30 pm EDT


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  • Course: October 3-4, 2020(ET) 8:30am – 5:30pm Day 1 and 8:30am – 4:30 pm Day 2
  • Lab: There will be an extra lab day offered for the support and live training specifically for the labs.
    • Tuesday, October 6th from 8-10 pm ET
    • An additional day (October 8 from 8-10 ET) will be added if enrollment is high.  These are the only days/dates the extra labs will be offered.
    • Having a lab partner or model is required to attend the lab.
    • If you watch the recorded version of the course after the live event has occurred and you miss the lab dates, there will be no new lab dates scheduled. If you would like one-on-one lab time, you can discuss payment for that service with Susan Clinton.


ONLINE/LIVE. This course will be a live feed with the instructor. It is NOT self-paced. You will need functional technology and an adequate wifi connection. You may use a phone but the quality of your interaction may be affected. The live course will also be recorded and placed in a course platform for you to access for up to 6 months. This will include access to any additional resources for the course. 

Physical Therapy (PT/PTA) CEUs: 

  • Contact hours: 15 hours
  • CA has approved 1.5 CEUs (California approves CEUs based on contact hours divided by 10)
  • Pelvic Guru, LLC is an approved PT CEU course provider for the state of NY.
  • For other states or professions,  check your state for reciprocity or individual CEU application if it’s not listed here


Look beyond the traditional regional approach of pelvic floor PT and understand how addressing dysfunctions of the thoracic/cervical spine and TMJ region can positively affect lumbo/pelvic dysfunction. This 2-day course is designed to expand your current practice through evidence-based and biological plausible methods of examination and intervention of upper quarter dysfunctions to the lower quarter region.

Learn how the effects of intra-abdominal pressure with trunk/cervical/TMJ dysfunction results in decreased performance and fatigue of the pelvic floor musculature. The concepts of how upper quarter regional dysfunction influence musculoskeletal dysfunction will include the effects on diastasis rectus abdominus, episiotomy, prolapse, incontinence, GI dysfunction, and lumbo/abdomino/pelvic pain. A complete review of the anatomy and physiology (including the trigeminal/vagal alarm system) from the glottis to the pelvic floor will be provided with links of clinical reasoning for expanding intervention of manual therapy, movement, and exercise. The course will include an interactive format for discussion of the current concepts and the application of interventions. There will be a strong emphasis on lab with movement experiences and clinical reasoning.


Lecture, interactive question/answer, case study presentations, movement labs. It will be fully interactive with lots of opportunities to ask questions. 

Equipment/Setup Needs:

  • You will receive the pre-course reading, slides, and resources for the course ahead of time.
  • Access to adequate technology and wifi
  • A lab partner or someone to perform the manual techniques on.
  • A hi-lo table is preferrable
  • Theraband
  • Straps
  • 2 pillows
  • 2 towels
  • A chair

What people are saying about this course: 

“She is amazing. So smooth with covering questions and content and can redirect so well when needed. She genuinely appears interested and dedicated to making sure all questions are answered and content understood.  So great with practical applications. ” 

“I enjoyed listening to how Susan treats her patients from a whole body perspective and this class allows the pelvic floor therapist to continue to think outside of the pelvic bowl by giving increased knowledge on how the cervical spine and epiglottis can impact the pelvic floor.   Very applicable to all my patients from my ortho to pelvic floor clientele. And I was able to incorporate it into practice the next day.”   

“Susan puts an entirely new perspective on breathing, posture and pelvic floor function. The education can be immediately integrated into practice. I’m 2 days out and patients LOVE the new education and techniques I’m bringing to the table.Thank you so much for sharing your depth and breath of knowledge and a fun and personable way… Looking forward to taking other courses with you!”


Susan C. Clinton, PT, DScPT, OCS, WCS, FAAOMPT, NBHWC Susan is an award-winning physical therapist in professional achievement and co-owner of Embody Physiotherapy and Wellness in Sewickley, PA. Susan is board certified in orthopedic and women’s health physical therapy, a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy, and a board certified health and wellness coach. She is an international instructor of post-professional education in women’s health (including GI issues in women), orthopedic manual therapy, and business psychology. She is on faculty at Andrews University in the Doctor of Science in PT program, a Master Coach for the Integrative Women’s Health Institute, and a clinical faculty instructor for the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy.  She is an adjunct faculty at many other universities and is an active professional/clinical mentor. Susan is the co-founder and board member for the foundation: Global Women’s Health Initiative. She is also the co-host of the 5 five-star podcast, “Tough to Treat,” the guide to treating complex patients, and “The Genius Project,” reframing the treatment of persistent musculoskeletal pain. Susan enjoys walking / hiking, country line dance and ballroom, and is an avid supporter of music, the arts, and international objectives for women’s health.

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  1. Define the current evidence for normal abdominal and thoracic pressures and how these pressures are increased with normal postures, positions, and activities.
  2. Review the anatomy and physiology of the glottis to pelvic floor —including the anatomical changes with prolonged postures and the trigeminal/vagal alarm system.
  3. Understand the physiology behind the literature on the effects of the prolonged seated posture.
  4. Discuss with relevance of the literature on fatigability of the pelvic floor muscles and training.
  5. Outline various changes in the examination and intervention techniques to reduce the effects of increased abdominal pressures and glottis considerations with pelvic floor, transversus abdominus, multifidus, and diaphragm training from low level to high level activity.
  6. Demonstrate the use of voice and the breath to automate the postural mm system in functional activities.


The course is intended for PT, PTA, ATC, or exercise professionals.

We need locations that meet the following requirements:

  • Within 30 minutes of a major airport
  • Have hotels close by
  • Be able to host 30-40 people
  • Have about 15 treatment tables available for pelvic courses.
  • Have space for a yoga class of 30 people for Low Pressure Fitness
  • Have access to a CrossFit box that wants to host for Female Athlete

Meet these requirements? Fill out the form HERE. Let us know what courses you’d like to host!


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October 3, 2020, 8:30 am EDT
October 4, 2020, 4:30 pm EDT


Pelvic Guru Academy