Nowadays, speech is mainly related to the content, to the conveying of information from one person to another. Like many other things in our modern time, speech has become functional and lost much of its vitality. In the art of speech we try to work with different aspects apart of the content and thus re-enliven speech. We begin with an intimate process of familiarizing ourselves with each sound and its qualities. In this way, for example, we can experience the difference between the forming consonants and the flowing moving vowels. When we dive into the world of speech, each syllable provides a unique encounter between consonant and vowel; the living rhythms of language unfold. The various questions that arise from artistic speech create a new space, important as the space of speech – the space of listening.
Sounds, rhythms, voice, the speaking and listening spaces are the building blocks of speech formation therapy. Speech therapy attempts tending to speech difficulties such as mispronunciation, missing out of certain consonants, lack of flow and more. The therapeutic process demands practice and patience, because the patients need to learn to play their instrument and to change deeply rooted habits.
Another aspect of the therapy is the connection between speech and breathing. Speech forms our out breath flow, and thus the manner in which one speaks has many effects on both the physical and mental level. When we perceive breathing not only as a physical process but also as the carrier of mental processes, we begin to understand the profound meaning of harmonizing breathing. Through the work in speech formation we can intervene in various medical conditions like asthma, hyperventilation, high or low blood pressure and anemia.