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Sing Yourself To Good Health!

January 27, 2013

Singing, ‘A musical sound from the voice’ that when heard can evoke so many emotions, bring back precious memories or simply give you the urge to tap your feet. Listening to a vocalist can really enhance your mood, increase positive feeling and help de-stress.

So we know listening can do such great things for the mind and soul; but what wonderful benefits can be gained from actually singing yourself?

Emotionally singing increases our self-esteem and confidence, encourages creativity and is said to be spiritually uplifting and healing. Singing is also socially brilliant, bringing people together and really encouraging a sense of community. Singing with others offers the opportunity to give and receive positive feedback, and not forgetting all the fun and laughter singing in a group can bring with plenty of support in a safe environment trying out a new skill.

David Forrest, 55, wanted to get a clear understanding of what singing was ‘really all about’ to then apply some science to his DIY pub band singing. So David decided to have some vocal coaching with Igloo Music. David said he felt pretty nervous as a beginner and said ‘It’s all good for life experience’ and feels encouraged by the improvements he is making.

Research proves that there is definitely health benefits from singing; ‘these benefits are both physical and psychological’ said Professor Graham Welch, Chair of Music Education at the Institute of Education, University of London; ‘Singing has physical benefits because it is an aerobic activity that increases oxygenation in the blood stream and exercises major muscle groups in the upper body, even when sitting. Singing has psychological benefits because of its normally positive effect in reducing stress levels through the action of the endocrine system which is linked to our sense of emotional well-being. Psychological benefits are also evident when people sing together as well as alone because of the increased sense of community and belonging’

Carolyn Stallard a member of Igloo Music’s Choir said ‘It’s a great feeling’ Carolyn had always loved singing  but just couldn’t find a choir she really liked; until attending ‘The Singing Essentials’ course with Igloo Music and shortly after joined the choir group. Carolyn said ‘At first I felt a little self-conscious, but that soon wears off, it’s a great group and everyone is very friendly and encouraging!’  Carolyn agrees that there are a lot of positives in being part of a singing group, a definite confidence boost. Carolyn also said ‘It’s great fun singing in a group and amazing hearing the harmonies we produce; I’ve met some lovely new friends too!’

It’s also believed that singing can improve our sleep, help reduce anger, depression and anxiety; as well as improve posture and tone facial muscles. Whilst singing we can become more mentally alert and our immune system is given a boost enabling us to fight disease.

So the message to all is to laugh, Smile and simply Sing Sing Sing!

For the chance to sing for fun Igloo Music UK  offer ‘Simply Sing’ classes with a free taster session on Monday, February 11th at Hayling Island Community Centre, 7-8pm, you can find more information and register on the Igloo website www.igloomusic.co.uk or call the office on 023 92 006 507.

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