Tension

scrappaper-9905-200x300Well, here’s a topic!  Who doesn’t have tension?  As we age, more and more establishes itself throughout our body and mind.  We work to release it through exercise, meditation, relaxing, etc., but what about the effect it has on the voice?  The more I teach, the more I see that focusing on relaxing the throat and jaw area, the more we can drop our sound down in the body and produce a bigger sound and clearer words.  Grabbing for breath in the high chest and back (around the clavicle bones and thoracic area) doesn’t serve our purpose.  We want the thought to carry and mean something for the listener.  So next time you feel tension taking over your voice, stop, take a deep breath and use it on the sound.  Don’t just dump it out and then talk.  Breath is the fuel.  Make your vowels more open and value words-don’t just spew them out to get them out!

We will all still have tension in certain places, but we can focus on reducing wasteful, useless tension.  Drop those shoulders, engage the ribs cage muscles (intercostal) with breath, and open the throat.  Release sound out rather than pushing it out, especially when in a heightened emotional state.  This will make all the difference in the world.  It certainly has for me!

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