About Voice Therapy
Our voices are the essence of us. They are intimate, immediate and powerful tools for expression and healing. Voice therapy offers a way of nurturing ourselves, restoring balance in our mind and body and sometimes working through something that is difficult in our lives.
Voice therapy develops mindful awareness of our somatic experience, and can be a useful way of working if we want to try something new or if other therapies have not worked for us.
There are passive and active elements of voice therapy. During a passive element you will receive the sound of overtone singing, which has been practised for centuries to restore harmony in the body and mind. For other exercises we will work together actively using voice, breath and movement. I work sensitively and intuitively to tailor the treatment to your needs.
Voice therapy can improve relaxation ability, elevate mood, stimulate the mind and create deeper levels of interconnectedness and wellbeing.
I am currently looking for individuals who would like to receive free voice therapy treatments in return for helping me to complete my training. If you are interested you can find out more and get in touch here
A Somatic & Holistic Approach to Healing
In the last decade we have discovered that our experience and what we know as our 'mind' are the result of a complex interrelationship between internal and external elements, physiological responses and mental activity. Habits, associations and reactive patterns become woven into our nervous system.
We can work with our somatic, bodily experience to create safety and soothing in the midst of challenge as well as new ways of responding to stress and difficulty. This way we set new and helpful habits in motion. We also develop an embodied sense of being that can provide us with a deep sense of fulfilment.
Voice Therapy utilises this approach and draws on the teachings of Mindfulness and the power of reflection.
“Mindfulness is a pause -- the space between stimulus and response: that's where choice lies.”
Voice Therapy utilises and builds a mindful awareness of our experience. As we work with our voices and inhabit our internal experience, we build a capacity to see and feel the processes that are driving us. Once we see them, we have some choice about how we respond. Using our voices, we can create new ways of responding and build a powerful internal support mechanism for ourselves.
Becoming aware of our experience gives us the opportunity to reflect on how we view what is happening and on what is working or not working in our lives.
The method of Voice Therapy that I practise involves guided reflection, where I help you to notice and reflect on your experience in the moment. Though the past is always with us, in this method we don't look back much, but instead use reflection to work with our moment to moment experience - physical, emotional, mental and spiritual - to give us clues about what we need and to respond in a way that's useful.
Working like this can be a powerful way of gaining insight, creating new patterns and building a sense of wellness and connection in body and mind.
Sound has the power to shift us from one mood state to another. Throughout history, we have used sound to process and respond to our emotional needs. Sound is experienced through the touch sense of vibration as well as through our auditory perception. Recently, we have discovered it can induce altered states of consciousness (for instance, when we're intensely relaxed or daydreaming) that are beneficial for our health and wellbeing. There is some evidence that overtone singing (in voice therapy) is a very effective way of achieving these states.