The National Academy of Sports Medicine recently invited me to contribute a column for their blog, and the post is now live on their site. I frequently write about fitness for the singing community; “The Voice of Posture” is my first piece about voice written for the fitness community. Have a look!
Lessons in vocal technique teach you how to play your instrument, but sport-specific training is necessary to ensure that the instrument you bring to the studio is state-of-the-art. This post examines some of the specific consequences that postural distortions have on the function of the diaphragm, rib cage, and larynx. These distortions can limit breathing, range, power and resonance but can be ameliorated through corrective exercise techniques.
Just like the rest of the body, the voice possesses some qualities that are determined by genetics but many that can be optimized and enhanced through exercise. Read my NASM blog post for a deeper understanding of how this works, and come see me for a robust postural assessment to find out how you can get your own instrument into stellar shape.