We combine functional neurology and Jin Shin Jyutsu with Somatic Voicework to create two unique and distinct approaches to voice teaching and learning.
Functional Neurology: Better Brain, Better Voice
Neural Activation is about ‘waking up the brain’. Humans tend to be creatures of habit. We become better at what we like to do. Consequently, parts of the brain that are associated to activities that we don’t like to do, are under-used.
Waking up these parts through neural activation exercises results in better sensory processing. Better sensory processing contributes to faster speed, better flexibility and greater endurance in vocal tasks such as sustaining notes (endurance), runs (speed), and pitch and vocal registration changes (flexibility)
Far-reaching physiological repercussions throughout the body
The benefits don’t stop there. The same areas of the brain that process speed, flexibility and endurance in the voice also process the same things all over the body. These exercises could potentially extend general range of movement e.g. stretching for dancers (flexibility), speed of physical movement and ability to take on the demands of a big task e.g. rock climbing, running a marathon.
Better sensory processing also helps in pain management. Pain is a stress response. By increasing the brain’s ability to process incoming sensory information, it is less likely to invoke the stress response. Less stress, less pain.
Personal change and transformation at a neurological basis
Anxiety management (under-activation of the frontal lobe) is at the heart of everything we do in the voice studio. Frontal lobe activation through brain-based fitness exercises promotes greater attention and focus, better motivation, a sense of empowerment and clear thinking-all while studying voice.
Harmony in your hands with Jin Shin Jyutsu
Each finger in Jin Shin Jyutsu harmonises one Attitude: the thumb harmonises the Attitude of Worry; the pointer finger harmonises the Attitude of Fear; the middle finger harmonises the Attitude of Anger; the ring finger harmonises the Attitude of Sadness; the pinky finger harmonises the Attitude of Trying-to/Pretense.
Unlike an emotion, an Attitude is an emotion that has established firm neural connections in the brain. The person will express the same emotion whenever exposed to a similar triggering event as the one that originated the Attitude. An Attitude may be caused by the person wallowing in the neurochemistry and neuromuscular expressions of that emotion for some time, reinforcing the neurology and neurochemistry of that emotion in the brain.
In Jin Shin Jyutsu, you can break that neurological loop by holding the finger related to that emotion for 20 minutes.
Harmonising Body and Mind through Organ Function Flows with Jin Shin Jyutsu
Each finger in Jin Shin Jyutsu harmonises 2 organ function flows. An organ function flow is a flow of energy along an energetic Meridien that performs the function of that organ. These organ function flows and meridians are similar to those in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Holding the thumb harmonises the spleen and stomach organ function flows. Holding the index finger harmonises the kidney and bladder organ function flows. Holding the the middle finger harmonises the gallbladder and liver organ function flows. Holding the ring finger harmonises the lung and large intestine organ function flows. Holding the pinky finger harmonises the heart and small intestine organ function flows.
Each of these organ function flows has its own specific mental, emotional and physical functions. For example, the spleen function flow provides a sense of safety and security. A person feels worried when it is in disharmony. Its job is to transform and transport digested food substances throughout the body. Digestion and energy level is affected when it is in disharmony.
Traditional Chinese Medicine ascribes emotional disharmony to a specific organ function flow rather than to the brain and neurology. In voice, spleen function flow disharmony in one’s past results in limited movement in the back ribs when projecting the voice.
In Jin Shin Jyutsu, you can harmonise the 2 organ function flows by holding the related finger for 20 minutes.
How Jin Shin Jyutsu works with Clinical Hypnotherapy
Jin Shin Jyutsu energy depths and organ function flow disharmony provide our Clinical Hypnotherapists with precise diagnosis of issues that would otherwise take many sessions of therapy.
Jin Shin Jyutsu supports patients away from the therapist’s office by speeding up the resolution of mental-emotional projects through Jin Shin Jyutsu self-care.
How Jin Shin Jyutsu informs Neurology and Neural Activation
Each of the depths of energy is manifested in different parts of the brain.
The 1st depth is manifested in the temporal lobe. The 2nd depth is manifested in the frontal lobe. The 3rd depth is manifested in the occipital lobe. The 4th depth is manifested in the brain stem and cerebellum. The 5th depth is manifested in thalamus, amygdala and the limbic system.
Jin Shin Jyutsu may be used in conjunction with Neural Activation to find the under-activated part of the brain through energy depth disharmony either in pulse diagnosis or body reading. Neural Activation exercises may be used in conjunction with finger holding for faster results.
How Jin Shin Jyutsu, Clinical Hypnotherapy and Neural Activation support the learning and teaching of Voice in our Studio
Chronic low grade anxiety and fatigue from exhaustion makes most people breathe into their upper chest, a form of shallow breathing. Jin Shin Jyutsu, Clinical Hypnotherapy and Neural Activation actively and specifically target and eliminate causes of anxiety in order to facilitate depth breathing for voice work. These changes are global in nature and have far-reaching repercussions away from the voice studio.
Deep breathing is after all, fuel for the brain.
- Better Coordination
Neural Activation exercises not only promote personal change and transformation, they also improve coordination at a neurological level. Exercises that target the cerebellum for instance, may not only improve pitching and vocal register changes but may help increase general range of movement as well as prevent falls in older clients.
- Positive Personality Change
Worry, Depression and Anxiety result in under-activation of the frontal lobe. Clear thinking is only possible when the frontal lobe is activated. The act of singing alone activates many cranial nerves related to the frontal lobe, while the deep breathing involved in the act of singing provides fuel for the brain.
We actively target under-activated areas of the brain with neural activation exercises to get high nervous system pay-offs that result in better pitch and volume control, faster speed and better endurance.
Jin Shin Jyutsu breaks cycles of chronic negative fear/stress-based emotions to promote a balance body and mind.
Music and Movement: Live Your Music
Jin Shin Jyutsu divides the body (and parts thereof) into 3 sections: Bustline (the area around the first three ribs); Waistline (the area at the lowest ribs); Hipline (at the level of the hips).
The Bustline relates to a person’s emotional life. The state of the Bustline indicates the state of Harmony, the person’s ability to feel.
The Waistline relates to a person’s mental/intellectual life. This area is related to the Melody, the ability to sing on and keep the pitch.
The Hipline relates to a person’s physiology. It reflects the state of a person’s health. This area is related to to the perception and re-creation of Rhythm, both in the physiological and musical contexts.
We have combined inspirations from Dalcroze Eurhythmics with Jin Shin Jyutsu to create our own pedagogy where you can experience music at a deep and meaningful level.
We are currently working on:
- Extending our existing approach to include a comprehensive acting methodology.
- An approach that integrates our Neural Activation exercises with Music and Movement for a way to experience music and enhance sensory processing at the same time.