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Plagued by Tension in Your Shoulder and Neck Regions?

Nancy Daniels, Voice Coach

f your answer is ‘yes’ to that question, then the chances are good that you are female and that you are juggling family, career and everything else that is being thrown at you.

At least 95% of the women with whom I work complain of tension in their shoulder and neck regions on a daily basis. And, generally it is at its worst by the end of the day.

The cure is easy, effective and efficient; however, if you do not make it a habit, the tension will return. It requires breaking an old habit and establishing a new one.

Stress is something you will never be able to completely eliminate in your life; however, by learning how to change only one thing in your life, you will experience a tremendous difference in how you deal with that stress.

When I was raising my two small boys as a single parent in Canada, my nearest relative was 600 miles away in the States. Running a small business out of my home, I managed to put a home-cooked meal on the table every night and have my kids in bed before my small group sessions started at 8 pm. In addition, I coached my son’s soccer team, read to them nightly and attended church regularly. How did I manage this without benefit of a nanny or putting my sons in daycare?

I breathed with the support of my diaphragm.

I am sure that you are questioning what breathing has to
When you breathe using only the upper portion of your chest, this shallow or lazy breathing does not allow for the elimination of the toxins in the blood.
do with stress. In truth, everything. As a voice specialist, I teach people how to find their ‘real’ voice by breathing in this manner and using their chest cavity to power their sound instead of just their throat and voice box. What results is a more mature-sounding voice that can be projected without shouting. [This means that I never yelled at my sons – I projected. Kids don’t listen when you yell at them but they will sit up and take notice when you project your voice!]

What diaphragmatic breathing did for the rest of my life, however, was simply amazing. Never have I experienced tension in my shoulder or neck regions. When you breathe using only the upper portion of your chest, this shallow or lazy breathing does not allow for the elimination of the toxins in the blood. In fact, upper chest breathing actually increases your stress. Now when you add multi-tasking to the picture, the result is tightness and eventually soreness in your shoulders, neck and possibly in your jaw.

Learn to breathe correctly and I guarantee that you will notice a tremendous difference in your life, both professionally and personally.

International Speaker and Voice Specialist, Nancy Daniels, has been involved in voice training since 1977. A graduate of Gettysburg College with a BA in music, she discovered the techniques for improving the sound of the speaking voice while in graduate school at American University in Washington, D.C.

In addition to her guest speaking engagements, Nancy offers private, corporate and group workshops in voice training and public speaking skills throughout the United States and Canada. For those are unable to work with her directly, there is Voicing It!, the only video training program on voice improvement.


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