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The importance of the body

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The voice is where the body and the brain meet.  As far as the head goes, we need to know;

WHAT we are saying,
HOW we want to say it
and the SIZE of the room in which we want to speak.

However, this information wil not convert into well communicated thought unless the body is used correctly.  Stress and negative thought finds its way from the brain, via the neural pathways, to create physical tension and upset the posture.  The body remembers how to physicalise stress and these responses harden into habits - for example, folded arms and raised shoulders.

Here's a brief list of what is meant by correct body use.  Click ›› for the corresponding Remedy.

›› Feet

Keep full relaxed contact of the soles of the feet with the floor.
TOP TIP: Think of space between the toes.

›› Jaw Tension

Relax the jaw and throat by keeping the mid-tongue away from the roof of the mouth.
TOP TIP: Avoid sucking the roof of the mouth when thinking or listening.

›› Lubricate

Take sips of water, or swallow saliva before you speak.
TOP TIP: Gently bite the side of your tongue to kick-start the salivary ducts.

›› Shoulder Blades

Keep them dropped and apart.
TOP TIP: This will also relax the hands.

›› Head/Neck

Neither tuck the chin down, nor push it forward, to ensure maximum resonation of the voice.
TOP TIP: Think of a smile at the back of the throat. The wider the space the richer the sound.

›› Lower Limbs

Keep the muscles in the legs and buttocks relaxed.
TOP TIP: Keep the joints of the ankles, knees and hips free - avoid locking the joints.

›› Breathe Naturally

Use the lower belly and back to breathe, rather than letting the rib cage rise.
TOP TIP: Feel your belly move against your belt.

›› Spine

Neither slumped nor over lifted.
TOP TIP: Keep the spine from locking.  Think of space between the vertibrae.