Voice and Chinese Medicine

I go to a fabulous massage therapist and acupuncturist in Toronto. In fact, she does both at the same time. Needles are on the legs while she massages the upper body, then needles are on the upper back while she massages the legs, etc. Her name is Yinling at TCM Health Care on Broadview.

We were having a talk about Chinese medicine, and she told me, “the premise of Chinese medicine is to unblock any part of the body that has a blockage, so that energy can move and flow through the body.” Well the same premise applies to voice!

If any part of your body is tensed, it will result in some tension in the voice. Try saying something with gripped knees or shoulders. I guarantee you’ll feel tension in your voice. So follow my rule of voice and Chinese medicine…

Here’s a quick exercise to reduce physical tension before you speak…

Close your eyes and do a scan of your body. Begin with the bottom of your feet, your ankles, calves, shins, front of knees, back of knees, quads, hams, glutes, low back, spine, etc., all the way up to the top of your head. While doing so, check if your spine is aligned or if you’re slumping. Make slight adjustments until you feel the alignment. Turn your attention to the front of your body. Start with your pelvis, abdomen, diaphragm, side ribs, etc. all the way to the top of your head. Wherever you feel tension, let it go. Observe how your breath with relax as well.