Opening Your Voice
Singing Is Our Natural Birthright
“I’ve always wanted to sing, but I don’t like my voice.” I hear this often. Many of my clients were told not to sing when they were young, shutting down one of our most natural means of expression. They feel stifled, held back, ashamed, or fearful of using their voice. They know there is tremendous power there, but they don't know how to access it. Voice work begins with reconnection, with rediscovering that making sound can feel good. Whether your goal is to join a choir, sing a song at an open mic, or to simply sing in the shower, voice work can help you experience the freedom and joy of singing.
An often unexpected benefit of voice work is learning to use your voice for your own healing. Making sound moves energy, and can change states of consciousness quickly. From a simple practice of making sound 10 minutes a day, clients experience stress relief, more energy, and a sense of calm.
The Power of Expression
Using your voice, whether it’s through singing, speaking your truth, or releasing stuck emotions and belief patterns, creates a feeling of empowerment. Your voice expresses the core of who you are, and being able to communicate this to others creates profound shifts in how we experience ourselves and how we relate to the world.
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“For me, it was being "held” so completely and safely and securely and lovingly that I could make any noise or not or be any part of me - silent or expressed, in any shape or form or mood. Held and then nudged, ever so gently, but nudged none-the-less to just peer at my edge, my personal cliff of fear, and notice someone there with me, supporting me, guiding me. Wow! I heard my voice - I HAVE A VOICE! This realization is a true benefit. And I am respecting my voice as much as others. I am speaking more freely, and confidently. I am sharing my voice more with everyone and actually starting to enjoy the sound of it! I have started to include sounding/toning as therapeutic release, some days I feel like I need to get something out, express myself, and our sessions have created a new avenue to explore and release and heal.“ Brianne LaBauve
"Shay Nichols is an incredible and unusual voice teacher. The voice is a very delicate and sensitive tool that is hard to open up under judgment, stress, perfectionism, or years of negative feedback. It's also an intensely effective healing tool. Most voice teachers are very traditional in having you work on technique with scales and specific songs or types of singing. Shay is unusual in that her whole approach honors what naturally comes out of you, and she knows how to use the voice in spiritually/emotionally healing ways. Her teaching is so gentle and safe--I took a workshop of hers where nervous/inexperienced singers happened to be with pros, and everyone felt equal and at home, discovering things about their voices and feeling transformed by the end!" Caroline Fourmy
“ I had the best time and feel relieved of a build up of creative energy that needed a safe space to express its self . Shay, with her gentle wisdom and guidance create a beautiful home in her workshop to unfold in, with out an ounce of judgment to slow down the experience. We went deep sea diving into the underworld of creatures and then flew with the Angels, to then land on our feet in the whimsical world with more of our heart and soul intact" Lauren Grace