Did you know that the tongue is the most flexible muscle in the body? The purpose of today’s sessions is to practice your tongue.

Today’s stretching exercise is for your neck and shoulders: Since most of us spend plenty of times sitting at our desks and with our upper body in the same position, this is the perfect exercise to move your neck and shoulders. Do this before you have a presentation to loosen any tension you might have.

  • Stand or sit tall and straight.
  • Face forwards.
  • Place your left hand on top of your head, slightly off-centre towards your right ear.
  • Gently pull your head towards your left shoulder.
  • Hold this stretch for 3 seconds.
  • Feel the opposite shoulder and the side of your neck stretching.

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:

  • Lie on your back and bend your knees and place your feet flat on the floor.
  • Roll your head towards the left side, just over the left ear, hold for a few seconds.
  • You should feel the stretch in the right side of your neck.
  • Roll your head gently back to the middle.

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.