7 ways Vocal Massage benefits you as a Performer
Do you find your voice is tired after working on a raked stage? How does your breathing change when working in a corset? How does your spine feel after a day working in a 10kg costume? How do you maintain your body as a singer? Have you considered massage for Singers?
For a singer vocal massage can give you resilience and stamina by:
1. Establishing and maintaining the best posture for breath support and freedom of muscles recruited when singing. This enables the vocal and breathing mechanisms to function at optimal capacity.
2. Soothing the central nervous system, releasing endorphins, improving emotional well-being, clear-headedness and reducing stress. This also helps to alleviate fatigue on the body, mind and voice. Hormones released by stress actually shrink the vessels, inhibiting circulation. A stressed mind and body means the heart works harder. Breathing becomes rapid and shallow and digestion slows. Nearly every body process is degraded. In fact, researchers have estimated 80% of disease is stress related.
3. Releasing muscle tension and stiffness around the neck, jaw, tongue and larynx. This helps the singer have the best possible phonation and articulation of sounds.
4. Keeping the larynx in a normal, relaxed position in the neck (essential for classical technique) so that it is not elevated or depressed by constricted neck muscles.
5. Hastening recovery from illness and injury and by increasing the lymph flow (eliminating waste from the tissues) which also boosts the immune system.
6. Lowering heart rate, blood pressure, increasing blood circulation, relaxing muscles, and mobilizing muscles and joints.
7. Increasing endurance, stamina and speeding muscle recovery rates as massage eliminates irritation from waste. By helping reduce fatigue and quickening recovery, massage enables more productive singing, with longer, more effective sessions enabled.
If we owned an oboe worth $1000’s we would pack it up correctly, keep it oiled and dry, check the positions of the screws and the condition of the wood. We would have it regularly maintained by a professional to investigate areas of wear and tear and possible need for repair. Why as singers would we not take the same care, time and investment in our instrument?
Quote from Audra Macdonald SMH Oct2 2015 in an article by Lawrence Mooney:
Sixteen years ago McDonald was interviewed by the American 60 Minutes program and, as an emerging performer, she spoke of the need to build up her vocal stamina. Today, with so many demands on her singing voice, stamina remains a crucial factor. “It is an ongoing challenge,” she says. “It’s not like you are playing a trumpet that you can put down. You still have to use your instrument in everyday life. I’m still having to talk when I get home or give interviews like this, which means vocal energy expended, so it’s a constant battle about how to protect my voice and keep it technically sound.”
Book a session with Rachael from the Book Now button on this page or go to www.vocalease.com.au and feel the difference a vocal massage can bring to your voice and well being.