Your healthy voice and you looks at the health benefits of singing and how your voice can actually be healing in nature when you choose an expression that embodies the whole of you....
Your healthy voice and you - how can it improve your well-being holistically?
Singing is a very healthy activity Look at all of these health benefits:
But there's more.....
The voice expresses all of who you are and how you are living. It can carry different aromas, some light and floral, others heavy and obnoxious. Are we able to change that aroma? The way we live has a certain energetic quality that will definitely be part of our expression. This is why your healthy voice and you are intrinsic to one another - your voice is you - what quality are you expressing?
The voice produces vibrations that affect us and everyone else - but what does that actually mean? Could we say that those vibrations have an effect on those around us? Would that mean that our own voice has the power to heal or to harm? This question is worth considering and maybe we would do well to be more discerning about how we use our voice.
So, let's look at the healthy voice and you by exploring first off why we sing....
Why do we sing?
Does singing have a purpose? It seems that humanity has been singing and creating music for a very long time. The invention of musical instruments is thought to be relatively recent (around 40,000 years ago) but music has been around longer. It is now known that 530,000 years ago, the full vocal range was available to humans due to the discovery of the hyoid, a small bone in our neck that changed shape when our voice box moved further down allowing us to speak and sing. This means that earlier species of man, including neanderthals, had the potential to sing.
The why of singing is something that is debatable. It was theorized by Thomas Geissmann at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, that the development of singing had something to do with the evolution of monogamy as only monogamous species have developed the skill, however, it is also thought to have evolved with language. Singing and music communicates different emotions and is thought to have evolved as a way to express those emotions.
As a vocal coach, I'm always interested in the various reasons that people want to learn to sing. From improving their confidence to controlling their voices and being able to sing professionally, there is an common thread that most people share - and that is that singing feels joyful!
But what happens to that joy?
We are judged on our abilities, our appearance, our talents etc. and the idea of being accomplished in something gives us a way of standing out and being recognised. We live in a society that praises winners and makes fools out of so called losers. Those born with a natural musical talent can spend their lives trying to be the best at what they do, sometimes at the expense of their own joy. Singing competitions are on the TV every Saturday evening. It seems that there is a bottomless pit of talented people who go in search of their dream. Great for the lucky one - but many don't make it and face rejection - turned away because there is only one winner. Of course this happens in other professions too, but the glamour surrounding the music industry seems to be taking us away from the true purpose of this beautiful expression.
Let's consider another purpose to singing
Rather than looking at singing as an ability - as in performance, I would like to explore how it actually makes us feel. Rather than celebrating talent, let's celebrate expression and make it all about love. Rather than getting it right and controlling the voice, we could deepen our connection to our whole body instrument and use our voices to align our expression to the vibration of our soul. You don't need talent for that!
When I was young I loved to sing to a little robbin that visited our garden. It made me feel happy and it was an expression of love towards that bird and how I lived. It seemed to just emerge from me like a bubble of joy Just like skipping in the sunshine on a spring afternoon after school or lying down and rolling in the grass - it was joyful for no particular reason. There was no control, no trying to get it right or wondering if I was a good singer. It felt freeing and it always made me feel better.
Your healthy voice and you - The joy of singing
I love to sing from my whole body and to feel the vibrations from the different parts of it. The only way to be aware of those vibrations is to increase body awareness, to relax and surrender the muscles of your body so that you can hear the communication from areas of the body you have not been communicating with before. You do this by becoming more and more aware of the vibrations of sound within you. You get a sense that the vibrations are communicating to the different energy centres of your body.
Bringing a new energetic quality into your voice by re-connecting to your whole body, mind and soul is only a choice away. All it takes is to be consciously present and to feel the delicate nature of your breath and your voice as it vibrates within the body. That quality you feel, the essence of you is the quality that then gets expressed. You will feel a new gentleness in your voice, but not a lack of power. If this becomes your default expression, it will change the way you use your voice, not only for singing, but when speaking to people. It will bring healing to you and to all who listen. Your expression will feel more confident and you won't be lost for words!
Enjoy the beauty of your true voice & authentic expression and reduce anxiety naturally
Connect & Express is a way of singing that is all about healing and connecting to your whole body instrument for a harmonious, soulful expression. You will be encouraged to explore many aspects of your expression, increase awareness through specific meditative exercises that access your voice from deeper within your body. Build confidence, find the power and love of your own voice and express joyfully with musical exercises and bespoke affirming songs that support you to let go of anxiety and to access your innate wisdom.