Learning to sing is a journey of personal discovery, working out what’s right for you as a unique individual. We are always looking for a balance so as to use only the necessary effort for each task. In Feldenkrais you can learn how to pay attention to yourself in a non judgemental way using small movements to discover habitual patterns of movement and posture (Feldenkrais invented the word ‘acture’, how you act).
Singing technique is not something that can be learnt directly from books. I have found it of enormous benefit to understand physiologically the way in which the larynx functions as well as the anatomy of breathing and posture from several pedagogical sources but it is necessary to understand this experientially to make a real difference in practice.
One element of the Feldenkrais Method is that it helps you to understand your own anatomical connections and develop a clearer self image.
Another key factor is that the movements be reversible and therefore there is a sense of being able to move in any direction with a feeling if readiness. This is often explored through differentiation, exploring how to separate out different movements, and noticing the connections. This is particularly interesting when working with the tongue, jaw, neck and palate as well as in exploring the movements of the shoulders, ribs and pelvis to find more freedom in the breath.
A professional singer in the 21st century is expected to possess the ‘complete package’ in order to have a sustainable career. A beautiful voice, facility to communicate expressively with the voice in several languages and ability to use their body as an actor and dancer are essential. The Feldenkrais Method can help to free the breath, develop clearer articulation, improve resonance and tone quality, improve spontaneity and creativity and use the whole body expressively. It can also help with performance anxiety.