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We can play an active part in awakening our body, breath, and voice by doing exercises that support the respiratory process.
Today, I share with you exercise that I like to call the “Butterfly Posture.” Combining movement, breath, and sustained sound, this exercise can improve flexibility, strength, capacity and vocal tone.
As many of you know, my sweet Mom recently went in for heart valve replacement… surgery… 22 days later Mom is still in the hospital struggling to recover. While the heart valve is operating wonderfully, one area causing complications is her lungs. Fluid is gathering in the linings, and part of her lung is not fully inflating.
Respiratory therapists visit Mom’s room on a regular basis administering breathing treatments and she is encouraged to use the Incentive Spirometer.
As a singer, I am endlessly fascinated by breath, so… while I was with Mom in the hospital, I was able to ask Respiratory Therapists many questions about lung function and health. One point each of them made was that the lungs get “lazy.”
These medical professionals emphasize the importance of exercising the muscles supporting the breathing process, using a diaphragmatic breath, as well as practicing deep expansion into the lungs.
Wanting to encourage overall lung health and support my students and fellow singers… this desire gave me the “incentive” to share with you an exercise that supports the over all respiratory process… and your singing.
I will take you step-by-step through what I call “Butterfly Posture” exercise, starting with movement and breath, then adding sustained sound to the movement.
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*If you have back or neck issues check with a doctor before you do this exercise.