OK, so my picture is an exaggeration! but I couldn’t resist. Seriously though – as a voice coach, if I could give you one tip to help protect you voice against vocal problems, it would be that posture effects your voice – so you need to be very mindful of it:
Watch your head-neck relationship
If you are collapsed or stooped over a desk or a computer and you are speaking regularly throughout the day you are going to strain your voice. You need to make sure your head/neck relationship is correct.
The easiest way to describe head/neck relationship – think of the back of your neck lengthening up to the ceiling – like a string pulling you up from the top of your head!
When your posture is collapsed, especially in the head, neck and shoulder area, you will:
- Put pressure on the vocal tract and which effects the vocal mechanism (vocal cords etc)
- Hinder your breathing
- Create lots of tension which effects your voice
- Trap the voice – hindering vocal production – eg volume and resonance
- not be able to project your voice, so you will end up straining your voice!
- this list goes on…………………………………
so it’s really worth understanding a little about posture.
here is a basic check list for great posture – this is key for your voice
- Standing – think Tall and open
- You start from the feet up – the feet are parallel and hipbone width apart.
- Have a sense of you feet firmly planted on the group – with the idea of roots growing from the soles of you feet!
- Knees should be unlocked.
- The weight of the hips is directly over the feet not pushed forward or pulled back
- Spine up and not slumped nor rigid.
- Upper chest sits naturally.
- Work tension out of the shoulders and the neck area.
- Swing the arms – this is an important area, because we want them relaxed
- Massage facial muscles
- Smile and open the jaw – soften your jaw, unclench the teeth
Nice tip – Your crown (located at the back of your skull, top of your head, the soft part where your hair joins) is the tallest part of your body. Think of it growing up to the ceiling – this will lengthen your spine and neck and really help with developing great posture.
So come on, straighten up, stand tall, as I said posture effects your voice – so if you are having problems with your voice and your just want to preserve the great voice you have, then start to be more mindful of your posture – that “Head & Neck relationship”.
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