Vocalogy started out in 2006 as the private studio of Ms Grace Ng Ee Wern.
She was intrigued by the extensive bodywork recommended by her Somatic Voicework singing training. Other inspirations include the teaching of Ms Amanda Colliver , Bioenergetics and FitzMaurice Voicework.
Grace’s own research and study extends into the use of ergonomics for postural alignment in voice; brain-based fitness on the impact of the brain on physical function and alignment; Taichi for brain-body-movement connection; Jin Shin Jyutsu healing; Dalcroze Eurythmics on the body-movement connection and Hypnosis for the connection between the unconscious and the body and for understanding cognitive neuro-linguistics.
Grace’s studies have taken her to Sydney, Melbourne (Australia); Dubai (United Arab Emirates) & New York, Virginia (USA).
Now, Vocalogy is expanding to include Associate Teachers, online courses and Store as we take our message to a global audience.
Understanding Singing in the context of the Mind-Body Connection
The brain controls the functioning of the entire body. It sends its responses to the various systems of the body via hormones and the nervous system.
The nervous system has two modes: ‘fight-flight-freeze’ and ‘rest, digest and reproduce’. They function to protect and to repair the body respectively.
In ‘fight-flight-freeze’ mode, the body is primed to either take on the perceived threat, run away from it or play dead so that the threat goes away. In fight-flight-freeze,the body takes big breaths so that it gets as much oxygen as possible to fight or escape a perceived threat.
‘Fight-flight-freeze’ mode is meant to be temporary. However, the lack of mental and emotional hygiene education coupled with a busy lifestyle keeps ‘fight-flight-freeze’ activated 24/7.
In ‘rest, digest and reproduce’ mode, the breathing is deep as the body needs oxygen to regenerate and digest.
The protect and repair modes lie on a continuum. We aim to shift the body away from the protect mode into more of the repair mode in order to get deep breathing for Voice.
Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy and the Voice
The Vocalogy Singing Studio uses Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy in our work. Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy allows us to pinpoint the physical, mental and emotional causes of disharmony manifested in the studio.
Jin Shin Jyutsu Physio-Philosophy is an ancient art of harmonizing the life energy in the body.
Our bodies contain several energy pathways that feed life into all the cells. When one or more of these pathways become blocked, this damming effect may cause stagnation or even pain. This blockage or stagnation will not only disrupt the local area but will continue and eventually disharmonize the complete path or paths of the energy flow.
Through Jin Shin Jyutsu, our awareness is awakened to the simple fact that we are endowed with the ability to harmonize and balance ourselves (in rhythm with the universe) physically, mentally and spiritually.
Translated literally, Jin Shin Jyutsu means:
Shin: Man of Knowing and Compassion
(‘Art of the Creator through Man of Knowing and Compassion’)
Born of innate wisdom and passed down from generation to generation by word of mouth, Jin Shin Jyutsu had fallen into relative obscurity when it was rediscovered and dramatically revised in the early 1900s by Master Jiro Murai in Japan.
According to ancient written records, which remain in the Archives of the Imperial Palace in Japan, Jin Shin Jyutsu was known before the birth of Gautama Buddha, before the birth of Moses and before the Kojiki (Record of Ancient Things- A.D 712).
After using Jin Shin Jyutsu to clear himself of life-threatening illness, Master Murai devoted the rest of his life to the research and development of Jin Shin Jyutsu. The resulting knowledge was then given to his student Mary Burmeister brought it to the USA in the 1950s where it subsequently spread to the rest of the world.
Jin Shin Jyutsu employs twenty-six “safety energy locks’ along energy pathways that feed life into our bodies. When one or more of the paths become blocked, the resulting stagnation can disrupt the local are and eventually disharmonize the complete path of energy flow. Holding these energy locks in combination can bring balance to mind, body, and spirit.
Through the process of ‘now know me’, we recognize the wisdom of the body and learn to interpret the messages provided and utilize them to restore balance in mind, body, and spirit
In Jin Shin Jyutsu, all disharmonies result from one or more Attitudes. Attitudes are mental/emotional states of Being. Chronic thought patterns create a protracted neurochemical and neuromuscular state which in turn feed back to the brain in a vicious cycle.
Jin Shin Jyutsu recognizes five Attitudes- Worry, Fear, Anger, Sadness, and Trying to/Pretense.
These Attitudes may be harmonized by holding the finger associated with it, that is, holding the thumb for Worry, the index finger for Fear, the middle finger for Anger, the ring finger for Sadness and the little finger for Trying-to/ Pretense. When the Attitude is harmonised, the body relaxes, the breath deepens and singing is improved.
Well-balanced, mindful students for a better tomorrow.
Vocalogy Singing Studio students are
Our students are good performers who move crowds because they are good, balanced people who live and breathe their truth.
Our students are unafraid of Performing because they are aware that performance is making a deep connection with the audience. Our students are unafraid to make that connection.
Our students sing well because their performances come from a place of mental, emotional and physical balance that arises from a place of stillness and self-understanding.