Since 2017 I have become increasingly interested in 'singing for health.' For years there have been reports suggesting that singing is good for health and general wellbeing, and modern research is providing more and more evidence to support these findings, particularly in relation to a group or choir setting.
Not only is singing a great way to exercise your heart and lungs, it has also been shown to boost mental health, promote relaxation, improve breath control, as well as helping to lower stress and blood pressure. In addition to all of these benefits, singing has been shown to have specific benefits for people living with Dementia, Parkinson's disease, Chronic lung conditions and Cancer.
Being a fully qualified pharmacist, as well as a vocal coach and singing teacher, I find this area totally fascinating. As a result, I have undergone a variety of training courses to enable me to deliver singing groups tailored towards each of these conditions. If you would like me to run one of these groups in your area, or if you would like me to provide advice and training for you to do this yourself, please feel free to contact me.
If you are interested in training to become a ‘Singing for Health Practitioner,’ The Voice College provides a course (developed by myself and a colleague) which will provide you with the training, skills and means to set up and run singing for health courses yourself. Please click here for more details.
Singing for health is a truly fascinating area of work and it seems that the research and work that has been done up to this point is only the tip of the iceberg!