Therapies - Singing

From the point of view of anthroposophy the elements involved in singing and the laws of music are archetypal forces that configure our body, soul and spirit. Whenever we sing or play an instrument, we experience these forces as part of the artistic process.
In music therapy the patient experiences these forces by listening to an instrument and by playing exercises that stimulate the soul and bring harmony to physical illnesses.
The Swedish singer Valborg Werbeck-Swärdström (1879 – 1972), in collaboration with Rudolf Steiner (1861 – 1925), investigated these effects and their therapeutic effect. The results of this research are described in her book “Uncovering the Voice”.

  • The practice of singing and careful listening strengthens the individuality and enhances self-perception.
  • The singing of vowels helps to differentiate, deepen and express soul experiences.
  • The singing of consonants stimulates forces that form the human organism.
  • The sound vibrates through the body and releases congested and blocked energies so they can flow freely again. The life organism and the forces of self-healing are stimulated.
  • The breathing movement which underlies every sound or tone formation is enlivened and this has a harmonizing effect on the whole person.

The elements of singing – tones, melodies and rhythms, vowels, consonants, sound, and the general resonance of the voice, as well as the breathing movements – are combined in exercises especially devised for each patient, on which he or she then works, guided by the therapist.
Singing therapy affects, strengthens and harmonizes all levels of the human being.
The whole person sings!
(Thomas Adam, singing therapist, head of the part-time further training for singing therapists, singing teacher at MenschMusik, Hamburg, , email:

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