Over the years of work on myself and with others, I have refined a model of integrative vocal /body/mind release-techniques,which incorporate the energy-based flow of breath, body posture and heart-centred visualisation.
To access deep-rooted blockages, I will often use the Metamorphoses Massage Technique, also as a means for release and relaxation.
I have been inspired into the use of vocal toning and over-toning both from within the Tibetan and African-based traditions, as well as the power-calling or ”kulning” voice- extension that probably emanated from both the hunter-gatherer and pastoral cultures especially located in the mountains and valleys of Dalarna, Sweden. The sound-current inherent in these ancient practices opens for the expressive and meditative experience contained within the conscious use of voice. The overall outcome is the healed voice, the healed-self. Western-based scientific research is only now beginning to acknowledge the vast terrain of healing possibilities within the modality of sound.
I work in group-constellations and with individuals. I have worked with burnt-out professional singers, damaged voices, aspirant singers and bruised-non-singers. I have worked in sessions where there is mostly silence, and in sessions of uninhibited joy. Every encounter is unique. Every session memorable.
In the choral collective expression of song, I continue to be amazed at the transformative power inherent in South African Freedom Songs. When sung in the northern hemisphere, they become conduits for liberation not only of ourselves- our voices -our bodies, but also for a profound and visceral consolation in our sense of separateness, alienation or ångst, so common in these parts. These songs of freedom mend our ego-fractured, struggling selves into a seamless Being-In-Song: a joyful re-alignment of the fragmented parts sewn back into The One Heart.
I have found on these paths toward freeing ourselves through our voices, the subtle effects of integrating various asanas/ yoga postures; mudras/ hand postures; mantras and sound tones from various Yoga schools. Often we explore our ‘sound-selves’ in the singing of devotional songs from various spiritual traditions into the sound world.
This sound-song journey has further been enhanced with the inclusion of circle dances from both the Universal Sacred Dances for Peace, and the Heart-Songs from Mundekulla. These circles have proved to be particularly powerful in generating a sense of connectedness and joy.