I continue to be in awe of the courage of my clients. So many who work with me are dealing with a fear of some kind and this anxiety holds their voices captive. Creating a safe place to explore is key to my/our work. Fear can’t live well where it is not fed. I offer tea and purified water but no food for fear.
What I am finding as I work with more and more people is that folks are disconnected from their breath – fear lives in those held spaces.
We begin each session with table work, a casual interaction over tea – simple yet so informative. As we talk to each other, I am able to see where they are holding, not breathing, tensing up…whatever the habitual issue is…and then, we move to the “studio” where we work with breath and grounding, holding space. Warm-ups I offer depend on the client’s needs – some are so held in anxiety that it isn’t helpful to go too fast, others need a more dynamic start – we see how it goes. We will also work with directing energy and sound outside of themselves. We will work with range too as so many come in feeling they are “too monotone” in their speech. This usually fades away as they open up more; we get a sense of sounds not used, clear the cobwebs and bring vibration to all parts of the body.
In working with a performance piece or presentation, we work with making the points and engaging with the audience. We focus on what is working and expand on that – confidence finds its way back in through this expansion, through breath. With every session, we get more and more specific to what is coming up and work through what may still be holding back. It is beautiful to witness someone coming into and on their voice. Stories later of a successful presentation or performance where they stopped worrying about how they sounded and connected more to the other person/people and what they needed to say, honors their heart work.