When you are born, your breath and voice respond directly to your desires, freely expressing your needs across an eight octave range, in order to ensure your survival. Your voice is designed to be overwhelmingly persuasive, to literally move your audience into action.
That’s what we were born with and its still there for us. So what gets in the way of such brilliant responsiveness and direct expressivity?
Socialisation focuses our behaviours including our voices to enable us to survive in a society. We absorb and integrate the new strategies we learn until they are unconscious habits. However when socialisation goes awry, we may become habituated to strategies which served us at some critical moment, but remains to unconsciously limit us, our behaviours, and our voices in ways that do not serve.
For many people, these persist into adulthood. Unconscious protective habits almost always manifest as physical tension, which limit the resonance and flow of the voice, restrict the breath and affect mental clarity.
Becoming aware ofprotective habits and letting go of those you don’t need has a direct impact on your voice, and your presence.