Learning About Your Health
Speech Language Pathology: Breath Support for Speech/Voice
Use these techniques as breathing exercises to help support your speech and voice.
Breathe in deeply to fill your lungs with air. Imagine you are filling a pitcher of water, only you are using your breath to fill your lungs. Your waist and abdomen will expand as you inhale naturally.
As you exhale, contract your waist and tighten your abdomen gently to support the air as it flows out. The larynx (voice box) should stay relaxed.
Begin with breathing and practice the following exercise:
- Lie down and place your hands or a book over your waist. Watch them rise as you breathe in and lower as you breathe out
- Now sit up. Place one hand over your waist and abdomen and the other over your upper chest. The hand over your waist will move outward as you breathe in. The hand over your upper chest will show little or no movement
- Count from 1 to 10 or say the days of the week or months of the year as you breathe out. Speak at your normal volume. The support or strength for this exercise should come from your waist area. Your larynx (voice box) should be relaxed. Continue to take frequent breaths. This will maintain your air supply put less strain on your larynx