Do you know that you can increase your energy, become more calm and focused, and release pain and tension – all with the sound of your own voice?
We are wired for vocal expression; we’re supposed to make sound. As infants we came into the world wailing and then spent years learning to be quiet. Sometimes, those lessons were less than ideal.
How many times in your life was there a command to be quiet? How well did you learn to stuff your feelings? How often did hold your tongue because it wasn’t safe or because no one would pay attention anyway? And, were you someone who was told you can’t or shouldn’t sing?
Toning is a process to begin to free your voice – to free your bodyvoice. It starts with audible sighs, yawns, and groans. Letting yourself make sound, giving yourself permission to sound sends a message of freedom to your body. You may be surprised by what comes out.
Creating a resonant sound with your voice can relieve pain. The next time you feel a headache coming on, instead of reaching for a bottle of pain reliever, find a pitch that resonates or vibrates in your head and gently tone on “ee.” If you’re feeling grouchy, add a smile, even if you really don’t feel like smiling, and see what happens.