Frequently asked questions about Voice Movement Therapy and our Events
- What is Voice Movement Therapy (VMT)
Voice Movement Therapy is an energetic expressive arts system based on the artistic and therapeutic qualities of the singing voice. It is holistic and integrative in approach and grounded in the body.
The work was developed by Paul Newham of UK and draws on the pioneering work of singing teacher Alfred Wolfsohn, actor Roy Hart and psychologist Carl Jung.
- Who is Voice Movement Therapy for?
It is for those who wish to discover, reclaim, release and give voice to the myriad of expressions we are capable of as human beings. It is particularly wonderful for those desiring to sing; to befriend fear, judgment and vulnerability, often associated with being heard.
- Where does Voice Movement Therapy come from?
Paul Newham is the founder of Voice Movement Therapy
“Our voice is a promise of redemption. Ask anyone who has been downtrodden and they will tell you straight. Having a voice inspires hope where all else fails. Giving voice loosens the chains of the enslaved, rattles the bars of the imprisoned, mobilizes the strength of the starving and defies the domination of self appointed oppressors. The voice is our testimony, our ethic, our plea and our way of touching those to whom our arms cannot extend.”
- Why VMT Oceania?
As professionally trained Voice Movement Therapy practitioners, our vision is to pioneer and grow the work of Voice Movement Therapy in Australasia by offering:
• workshops, courses & training
• individual & group sessions
Our accreditation is with the Voice Movement Therapy Foundation Training, Marthas Vineyard, USA. For more information refer to our link page. We look forward to introducing this dynamic system to you. Click to contact Trish Watts or Sophie Martin
- Benefits of Voice Movement Therapy
• Renewed personal confidence & self esteem
• Reduction of performance anxiety
• Stress management
• Clarity and focus
• Expanding the range of voice accessing a richer palette for expression
• Integration and understanding of emotion, psyche, spirit and instinct
• Finding and releasing one’s natural voice power
• Acceptance of oneself and story
• Relief from pain associated with physical/psychological energy blocks
- Do I have to be an experienced singer?
No, the desire to sing and a willingness to explore is enough .
If you can breathe, you can hum
If you can hum, you can make melody
If you can make melody, you can sing!
Everyone has their own unique voice and sound, it’s not about getting it right! It’s about expressing our intelligences in the most natural, freeing way. No one has the same sound as YOU, or the same way of expressing as YOU!