A long time ago I met Katie Rose at a business networking meeting in Crystal Palace. At the time I was starting to investigate how Tibetan singing bowls can be played to resonate with the body and induce a sense of calm and healing. Katie gives Sound Bath therapy sessions and so I wanted to know more. I discovered she also sings and plays a variety of instruments. In Chinese Medicine, we look at a person’s lifestyle, as well as their medical history and we sometimes see stuck ‘Liver qi’ and wonder how can we get that moving. We need to find what will resonate for that person. Often we need to look at creative outlets that also encourage more expansive breathing. Singing, rather than high energy cardio workouts, will be right for some people but not others. Singing induces the diaphragm to massage the ‘Liver’ and promote free flowing energy bringing suppleness, flexibility and simply feeling good. Katie writes more about her singing journey and how it connects to a person’s wellbeing.
Katie Rose on the Health Benefits of Singing
Exploring the connection between singing and wellbeing has been my lifelong mission and I now lead sessions for groups and individuals including groups for patients with respiratory, cardiac and renal patients in hospitals. What I see time and time again is that singing has the power to reconnect us to a core sense of ourselves and our self-expression. This is separate to any musical education we may or may not have had – many people’s journey to singing involves reclaiming their voice from negative messages from the past. So much joy arises when we realise that our voice is an indwelling instrument for self-tuning and that singing is our birthright with immense wellbeing benefits.
Now recognised by health researchers as a form of gentle cardio-vascular exercise, singing deepens and expands our breath cycle and as a result regulates heart rate and brain waves. Singing has been used to help connect with those who have lost speech or memory after brain injury, as music engages many areas of the brain. Whether we are tapping our feet, recalling a fond memory, focusing on remembering lyrics, shedding a tear or letting our hair down as we sing, it’s a whole person experience. Singing boosts our confidence and communication skills, enabling us to speak our truth and express our emotions safely. When we sing in groups we restore a sense of trust, safety and connection with others and form important friendships. So next time you sing along with the radio, hoover or shower, do so knowing that you are boosting your wellbeing as well as having fun.
Katie Rose – singer, musician, facilitator, writer
For more information please visit www.therosewindow.org