Balancing the Diaphragms

'Treating Pelvic Dysfunction With a Global Lens'


New dates coming soon.

Course Description:


Balancing the Diaphragms was brought together by Julie Hammond and Fiona Palmer who both have a passion in Women's Health and collaboration between health professionals as well as treating Women's Health problems through a global lens. They both have over twenty years of clinical practice experience and combined their thoughts to develop Balancing the Diaphragms.

This two-day workshop will introduce you to the concept of the five diaphragms and you will gain an understanding of how all these areas are linked. We will dive into the anatomy of each of the diaphragms.

Focusing on the relationships between the diaphragms and how we cannot treat one area without thinking about these relationships. a pelvic floor problem is never just a pelvic floor problem, and we look at how other factors need to be looked at when working with pelvic floor pain and dysfunction.

Within this workshop, we will look at the importance of collaboration between health professionals for client-centered therapy and the need for integrated multimodal treatment protocols.

This workshop is recommended for health professionals who want to know more about global strategies and understand the connection between these important areas. It is suitable for Manual and Movement Therapists, looking at the latest research and relevant anatomy, how to translate this research into clinical practice through movement, self-release and manual therapy.


This course will take you through the anatomy of the five diaphragms as well as experiencing the links between these structures. You will leave with:

  • An understanding of communication between the diaphragms
  • An experiential sense of the structures
  • Movement education for your client's self-care
  • Posture analysis on how these diaphragms support each other
  • The importance of starting positions for client treatment and homework
  • Manual and movement techniques for each of the diaphragms
  • A love and clear understanding of the anatomy of the diaphragm


About Julie Hammond:

Julie Hammond lives in Western Australia with her husband and 3 children. She is Director and Lead Teacher of

Anatomy Trains Australia & New Zealand and has been a bodyworker for the past 22 years. She is a certified Anatomy Trains Structural Integration practitioner, organised the first Australian Fascia Symposium in 2020 and is co-founder of Balancing the Diaphragms. She has a passion for Women's Health and due to her love of anatomy, she has participated in many dissections. With a special interest in the feet, pelvis and jaw, Julie is fascinated with the connection between each of these parts of the body and the influence they have on each other. She currently looking at the connection between the pelvic floor health and arch support, or lack of, and how she can help women improve the function of the pelvis from the ground up. Julie is currently studying Medical Science.

About Fiona Palmer:

Fiona Palmer has been a movement therapist for the last twenty-five years, and bodyworker for more than twenty years.


Her client base of rehabilitating after injury, surgery, childbirth has become her passion. Fiona's background is in clinical Pilates, pelvic floor dysfunction and low back pain. She runs a busy clinic in Clare's small bustling town in Suffolk and runs an online Pilates and hypopressive breathing and postural exercise business. She is an Anatomy Trains teacher, allowing her to share her passion for anatomy and the body.

Fiona has found that a more "holistic" or global approach seems to offer more significant benefits in the long term. The links between the diaphragms became more interesting when she started introducing hypopressive exercise into her exercise programme

About Alexa Nehter

Alexa is a manual therapist, movement teacher and educator for Anatomy Trains Australia and the art of motion Academy.

Growing up in the German countryside, Alexa has been a mover most of her life, from competing at horse tournaments, to becoming a full-fledged surfer at the age of 21, practising yoga and eventually studying all things movement and life.

She graduated with an MEd in Biology and Physical Education from the European University in Flensburg. After schooling, she went on to work as a high school teacher in Western Australia, meanwhile furthering her anatomy, movement and mindfulness education.

This was when she fell in love with the science of fascia.

After leaving high school teaching behind her, she was able to travel the world, leading teacher trainings, hosting retreats and presenting at festivals and conferences such as Sport Kongress Hamburg, Wanderlust, Ekam, Byron Bay Yoga festival and Yogafair Hamburg Germany. She studied Anatomy Trains Structural Integration under Tom Myers, Julie Hammond and Lou Benson, and learned from many other brilliant minds in the bodywork and movement rehabilitation world.