This week I have been talking a lot in my classes and workshops about what it means to know what you need to feel your best. When your head or back hurts or you always wind up sick before an important performance, could there be a useful message your body is sending you?
Studying voice training with a holistic approach doesn’t just mean learning vocal exercises and physical stretches. In order to truly accomplish your goals you need a free voice, to feel good about it and to become a student of your own body and it’s messages.
So often as performing artists we push down the signs from our body that may actually be pointing us in the best direction for our whole health and happiness. For example performance jitters are totally normal but are you glossing over symptoms that are telling you that you are taking on too many gigs, needing to change your eating, get a good night’s sleep or that you actually don’t want to do this project because it’s not a match for what you believe in?
When singing lessons and performance coaching only focus on vocal technique, sometimes we override the personal and forget to live from an empowered place. Plus if you are anything like me you probably have a wish list of 5- 10-20 things that you want to accomplish at any given time. So you NEED a process for slowing down and checking in that is literally woven into the fabric of your voice training.
One of my specialities is helping people to create a daily practice (or at least a consistent practice) that is truly tailored to them and their needs both as a singer and as a person so that your artistry has real longevity. This means learning vocal exercises to help your voice grow stronger while also staying flexible and free, finding music that moves you and is at your level. It also means tuning into what you need to calm your nervous system and what you need to find your best alignment so that you aren’t compromising your breath/body and thereby sabotaging your own performance abilities.
If you are looking for longevity and versatility as a performer or if you are looking to just feel confident expressing yourself in the world, then just try this simple exploration. Take a few moments each day to listen to what you need to feel at your best...or even better schedule a call to find out more about my voice and movement programs. I promise you won’t regret it:).