The purpose of today’s sessions is manifold: a stretching exercise to release your neck muscles, a breathing exercise to slow you down in times of stress and a projection exercise to strengthen your voice.

Today’s stretching exercise is for your neck: it is an exercise that you can do at your desk as you take a break from working:

  • Stand or sit.
  • Keep back tall and straight.
  • Lower your head towards your chest.
  • Clasp your hands behind your head.
  • Keep your elbows stretched out to the sides, parallel to your shoulders.
  • Pull your head gently downwards.
  • Tuck your chin in, towards your chest.
  • Feel the back of your neck stretching.
  • Keep breathing in and out deeply all the time.
  • Hold this stretch for 3 seconds.
  • Release your arms and lift up your head again.

Exercises to warm up and project your voice 4

Today’s session is a little different: We will do all the exercises lying down. We tend to be more relaxed when lying down. There will be a lovely neck stretching exercise before we get into the breathing and voice exercise. Please remember to listen to your body: Never do anything that hurts and do not strain your voice.

Here is the stretching exercise is for your neck:

Today’s blog is about strengthening of your breath and voice projection. It is to help you speak with sufficient breath so that you can finish your sentences without having to gasp for air. At the same time you are using the English vowel sounds, a – i – e - o – u - to warm up your voice. As always, remember to first relax your muscles and do some breathing exercises to center your breath.

Whether you prepare for a speech or presentation or whether you are a coach or therapist or teacher, it is essential that you warm up your voice before you use your voice extensively. You only need to spend a few minutes each day for you to see the results of a strong and pleasant speaking voice.

For our stretching exercise this week I have chosen the half neck circles. Most of us spend more hours at our desks than is healthy for our back and neck and this exercise is a wonderful release for those tight neck muscles.