No one argues about the importance of the spine. It is the centerpiece of the whole skeletal system but is not a rigid centerpiece.
The spine is designed to articulate in every direction with its most limited mobility points being the extreme ends (the head and the pelvis). It should be able to arch and twist and curve any which way. But, what if it doesn’t? What if, it can’t?
Each of us has a physical reality. We might have injuries, muscular imbalance, or even a physical variance such as scoliosis impacting our spinal mobility. At issue is not whether your spine is “perfect,” nothing is. The real question is what is your spine capable of doing. Explore its range of motion with this question, respect your limitations but, don’t be lazy. Truly observe, and understand what your spine does and does not do.
Gina Razón is the principal voice specialist at GROW Voice LLC, a full-service voice and speech studio in Boston’s Back Bay. She has over 16 years of experience both as a teacher of voice and speech, and a voraciously curious voice user. Gina has worked professionally as a classical singer for over a decade and more recently as a professional public speaker. For more information on the studio or to book Gina visit www.growvoice.com.