I have a virus. It has been camping in my throat like it owns the place for well over a week. Since it isn’t casually contagious at this point (I checked), I’ve been going about my business. Teaching, speaking, practicing, and singing my scheduled gigs.
I am doing all the things I can to help speed up healing but my most important tool right now is, awareness. Observing what is possible and respecting the acts of recovery and release as much as I do effort and action. Making sure breath is a caress of constant support and putting power on standby. Importantly for me, watching for any sign that complete rest is necessary. Thankfully, I know awareness works. My voice and I, we’ve been here before. We trust one another.
These bodies, they are capable of extraordinary things. Observe yours.
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.