The whole human being
listens and sings
The Power of Singing
Throughout time singing has played an important role in people’s lives. From performing rituals to singing in the bath the human voice has accompanied us in our everyday tasks as well as in our quest for a deeper connection to ourselves and the world.
We often sing when we are happy, or as an expression of grief. Whether we sing or actively listen to someone else sing, our emotional life is affected and the connection to ourselves and our surroundings is deepened.
Much research is being done on the physical, emotional and psychological effects of singing. Scientific evidence shows that singing influences many activities that are vital for our well being, for example brain function, heartbeat and breathing.
What is Singing Therapy?
Singing Therapy works with the following elements:
The pictures in this brochure show how the vibrations of musical tones create beautiful patterns in water. Our bodies are made of 70% water. When we sing the fluids within us vibrate. This process releases blocked energy, influences the whole organism and stimulates our own forces for self-healing.
The sung tones carry combinations of vowels and consonants. The choice of these combinations is an important part of the therapy.
Many exercises are accompanied by a gentle movement, which directs the healing qualities of the sound to specific parts of the body. One of the therapeutic tasks might be to encourage the muscles to regain a healthy activity between tension and release. This not only affects the muscles themselves but also enables emotional release and helps the client find a deeper awareness and connection to his body.
Our breathing is influenced by our feelings. When we are open and relaxed it is slower and deeper. When we are anxious our chest tightens and our breathing is fast and shallow.
By working on the breath with specific exercises, singing therapy helps harmonize the breathing and thereby the whole human being.
In our modern society we are over stimulated by sound. We have almost forgotten how to listen.
In the therapy session the client is asked to listen actively to the flow of sound and the qualities of the vowels and consonants. This attentive listening guides him to a deeper and stronger sense of self.
Strengthening the self
Most of us have moments of not feeling entirely present and lack clarity of thinking. We are not fully centred and connected to our bodies. It can then be difficult to find our true place in the world and achieve our full potential there.
By working with the elements mentioned above the client learns to reconnect with his own body. He thereby finds inner strength and develops a healthier and more objective sense of boundary. This enables him to re-establish a harmonious relationship between himself and his surroundings.
Who can benefit from it?
Singing therapy can be beneficial to people with any of the following conditions:
Vocal problems, disturbances in the breathing process e.g. asthma, metabolic illnesses, ear conditions such as tinnitus, degenerative and chronic inflammatory illnesses, muscular-skeletal disorders, anxiety, depression and psychiatric illnesses. It can also be an accompanying therapy for cancer-patients.
Singing therapy can also help children with developmental challenges and learning difficulties.
The exercises will be given according to the individual needs of the client. Previous experience with singing is not necessary. The exercises can be done on one tone and the therapist will often sing with the client. The therapeutic process may be supported by improvisation, songs and the use of instruments when appropriate. It is also possible to benefit from the therapy if one cannot sing oneself. Receiving sound through active listening can be healing in itself.
The leaflet for Singing Therapy can be downloaded here
You can find our Singing Therapists here