The amazing power of singing!
28th February kick starts one of three sessions with singing practitioners Molara, Maya and Cat as Côr Pawb virtually reunites to write a sea shanty!
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It’s no surprise that, in a time when we’re all feeling a little bit scared and uncertain, we’re turning to singing to make ourselves feel better. After all, studies have repeatedly shown that singing has the power to boost our mood, and even has the power to raise our pain thresholds.
We know it feels good to sing, but what actually happens to our bodies when we sing?
Singing makes you happy.
Singing has a wonderfully positive effect on our mental health – from belting out tunes in the shower to joining a choir or singing group.
Studies have shown that singing increases the levels of oxytocin and serotonin in the body, also known as ‘happy hormones’.
Singing reduces stress
Singing in a choir or group setting decreases the level of stress hormone cortisol, which helps to reduce feelings of worry and sadness. Singing also makes you exhale for longer than you inhale, which can help to calm the nervous system down.
Singing boosts your confidence – We all know the importance of good posture, especially when it comes to looking and feeling more confident. Learning to stand or sit correctly when you sing can improve posture, instantly making you feel more confident.
Singing allows you to use your voice in a completely new way, get out of your comfort zone and learn a new skill – all of which can help boost self-esteem and self-confidence. Even your regular speaking voice can benefit from a bit of vocal training.
Singing is a form of exercise
Physical exercise is great for your mental health and while it’s easy to see how singing can give your lungs a workout, you might not realise that it works your heart and muscles too.
Singing improves blood circulation and oxygen flow, which gives your immune system a boost and helps keep your skin looking youthful. Making all the shapes you need to sing also helps to stretch and tone your facial muscles too.
Singing is good for the mind as well as the body
Just like your body, your brain benefits from exercise. Music can help to slow down how much your cognitive functions decline as you age, as well as helping improve your memory.
Playing music creates new neural pathways, connecting different parts of the brain such as the hearing, motor and perception systems. Music can even stimulate parts of the brain that language can’t, such as autobiographical memory.
Singing brings people together
Singing together has a variety of physical and emotional benefits. People’s heartbeats synchronise when singing together, which can create a feeling of calm. Those happy hormones like oxytocin also help us create social bonds with other people.
There’s even evidence that says choirs provide a more meaningful social group than sports teams, so not only does joining in with a sing song help you feel better in yourself, you could even make some new friends.
Join us for three fabulous sessions, where you will write an uplifting sea shanty. You will sing well known songs such as John Kanakanaka the traditional sailor’s song and use it as inspiration to create your own, learning each part in groups and coming together as a collective.
Booking essential to gain access.
Taking place on Zoom at 3:30 – 5:00 pm on the following dates:
28th February, 7th March & 21st March
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