Learning By Doing – Tongue Massage
Yes, guys that´s right!
It´s sounds very strange at feels even weirder. Before you think I have lost my mind, check out this video.
In 2010 I met Sofia Lilja for the first time right before recording my very first songs. An absolutely fenomenal coach who has worked with hundreds of artist, in Swedish Idol, Eurovision and not to mention a great artist her self from the band “The Nubian Rose”.
One of the first things Sofia did was to introduce me to the voice and tongue massage. I could´t believe my ears but didn´t hesitate to give it a try.
In that situation you just have to let go of all the weirdness and trust the person doing it, relax, relax and let go.
It is very painful. We use our tongue when we breath, speak, chew, sing and it easily gets tensed. For it´s size it´s one of the strongest muscles in our body, yet we never think of stretching or massaging it like we eventually do with our other muscles when they get tensed.
It´s extremely effective, and a lot of slime comes up when this is done, so you may wanna be close to a bathroom!
This can be done by the coach or yourself, but I always do it in a combo with a full voice massage and warm up (including yoga, stretching, massaging the jaws etc). Unfortunately I could´t fit everything into this one video blog so I will make another one with more stretches and techniques which help before getting up on the stage to sing, speak, act, having a lecture or just feeling tensed in general.
Thank you for watching / reading!
PS. See you in 2 weeks, and then I´ll have something completely different on the menu 😉