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After intense singing, the body and mind both need relaxation. All the muscles that have been used during singing risk going into ‘overdrive’ if you don’t allow them a period of rest. This means putting into reverse all the methods and processes used during the voice warming-up. All the things that were ‘big’ during the singing (breathing movements, vocal reach, variations in loudness, voice flexibility, crispness of articulation, etc.) are now repeated in separate exercises and are reduced step by step until you reach a low, calm pitch and a minimal variation in loudness at a good resonating /m/ sound that is easy for everyone. This sound does not have to be ‘pleasing to the ear’ (this is a consequence of the separate exercises). Learning to feel the relaxation in your body and to hear it in the resultant sound can help young people to recall that relaxation at any other time of the day. In this way, the mental top sport that we perform can be transformed into a soothing focus and a calming memory that we can use to our advantage.
Also see: Warming up…? But, I am not cold!