Last Friday I had the honor to meet and see perform Naturally 7 at Hamer Hall on the Melbourne leg of their tour with World Vision. Here is a link to the original review for Australian Musician:
I was so impressed by how well the group meshed given that 2 of the members had only been in the group for a number of months. I was also impressed by their energy given the rigorous demands of touring, travelling between cities by bus, sometimes a new city each day. After their gig in Melbourne they hopped on a bus and travelled overnight to Adelaide where they would perform the following night.
The guys later messaged me “everyday another city, another show, not a lot of sleep…..tips?” , this was my reply:
EMMANUELLA GRACE’S TOP 3 TIPS FOR SELF CARE WHILE TOURING
Touring is tough. Sleep is vital for the body to heal but it is usually the first thing to suffer in your self care regime when you are busy. Fatigue is accumulative, prevent injury by having non-negotiable time during your day that is dedicated to self care, even if they are only moments, to be quiet and let your body rest.
1) Release extraneous tension from the body and calm the mind. I find that daily meditation is a great way to take a moment and let go of things I didn’t even realise I was holding on to. Apps can really help keep your practice regular, I personally use Calm App on a DAILY basis. The calendar helps me notice if I have been neglecting my quiet time, days can easily slip into weeks when you don’t put self care first.
2) Warming up is important but conserve energy by making it gentle and deliberate. Here is a link to a post I did a while back on warming up: Looking after your voice
3) Steaming is great, even if its some hot water in a bowl and a towel over your head. Remember whatever hydration you take in takes about 2 hours to affect the vocal folds so stay topped up.
As always if you have any questions or comments feel free to reach out. Find your voice. Emmanuella
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