Surprisingly, it took a lot of high-profile research by neuroscientists to remind our modern Western societies that singing makes us happier and healthier. There is good evidence that it does this in a variety of ways: by deepening our breathing and strengthening the muscles and tissues involved in breathing; by envigorating and harmonising other rhythms in our bodies like heart beat and slepping patterns; by stimulating all our cells into higher levels of vibration enhancing cell repair; by animating our brains into building new pathways of communication leading to better memory, opening our voice improving sound, pronunciation and timing – and last not least by influencing those mechanisms in our brain that are involved in uplifting our mood.
The more you are struggling with your health, your well being and your social life, the more you will get out of singing. You think you cannot sing? Well, voice work is not bel canto, but aims to liberate your mind and your voice.
Take the singing group I have been running for people suffering from MS, ME and other seriously debilitating illnesses for many years. You will find that the members all agree with the findings of the scientist >>> : We are having a lot of fun, we learn a lot of new and old songs, we improvise, and we even perform together in public when the occasion arises – without so much as blinking an eye – most recently (14.2.2013) in the foyer of Sainsbury’s near Hangleton, Hove, fundraising.
For more information, please contact The Sussex Multible Sclerosis Treatment Center, Southwick, West Sussex.