How to Warm Up for Your Performance
Isn’t it exciting to play or sing in front
of an audience? Isn’t that why you have chosen
and worked so hard?
Yet, how do you get ready to go out and perform?
If you are a musician you will certainly
tune your instrument.
If you are singer you will want to warm
up your voice. Now, my call here is: Warm up your body!
Your body IS your most important ally. It is the
essential instrument before all other.
It resonates and
vibrates whatever sound and energy you would like to share with the world. It is the basement for a
healthy and inspired performance.
Since I have come across many singers and musicians
that are not “the-movers-type”, I will share
some ideas on how to warm up your body as a non-mover.
You neither have to be as flexible as a
yogi or as athletic as a tennis player nor as
graceful as a dancer. Probably you have tried
felt kind of wired. I assure you, once you have done it,
you will start to enjoy it and feel a difference
in your performance.
Do you remember rolling down a hill in your childhood?
The smell of grass and the fun? To roll
actually is a smart thing to do to warm up your
body. By rolling you automatically massage your
muscles. You involve your intrinsic and bigger
muscles and warm up naturally. To roll in the
backstage you don’t need to build a hill.
All you need is a yoga mat, a clean floor or
a blanket. Some
space to move and maybe some privacy. Lie down flat on your back. Melt into the floor, be soft (or
otherwise it might hurt) and slowly,
by pushing a little with your arm or leg,
get the momentum
rolling… to just roll from side to side, if you don’t feel like rolling all the way around, will also do you
MOVE LIKE A BABY
Have you ever watched a newborn move? Hardly do they ever “not” move. Their fingers are
constantly moving as if grapping for something. Their legs kick. Their backs and hips curve right and
left. They smile. They cry. They curl their lips. Watch a video of a toddler and you can see what I
mean. Babies move so much to develop their muscles and to promote their moving skills. Have a
little fun and try to copy a baby. You might surprise yourself with new movements.
For this one you probably have to overcome some inhibitions or find your way to connect with your
body. Music can help to tune in with your body. Just allow your body to move in whatever way it
needs to right now. Allow your hands to move the way they like, your legs, your hips, your head, your
neck, your fingers, your eyes, your tongue… whatever comes to your mind, express it. Dance your
TAP YOUR BODY
There is no rule to tapping your body.
You can use your fingertips or flat hands to
your body. I like to begin with my face, tapping lightly with my fingertips… the top of my head, down
my neck and shoulders… to the front on my chest, down the arms and back… on my stomach and
lower back… down the legs and back up-you get the idea.
Make friends with your body, connect and develop a little bit of a sweat. If you would like to dive
further into the issue or find another warm up that benefits you, I recommend: Tai Chi or Qi Gong,
Gyrotonics, Alexander Technique, Body Mind Centering or 5Rhythms by Gabrielle Roth.
Claudia Kohl is an artist, Alexander
Technique coach, designer and author.
She is the founder of The Artists Coaching in Berlin,
a studio dedicated to support artists in their
creative, artistic process as well as life.
She has helped singers, musicians, actors,
dancers and circus artists, to build a
healthy and inspired carrier. Claudia likes to work with artists suffering
from anxiety, bipolar disorder,
depression, chronic pain, burnout or
artists with the courage to start something new.
She comes from a background of theatre and dance
before studying the Alexander Technique and
developing her own method with the artists
of the famous Cirque du Soleil.
As a nomad and curious soul she has
traveled and experienced more than most people
do in their lifetime.
She believes that art is what we are and
that it is our responsibility to make the world a better place. She is known for her down to earth, loving and highly inspired, engaging approach to coaching. Claudia’s insights inspire audiences around the world through her monthly “Inspiration” newsletter and online coaching. For artists in Berlin, besides one on one sessions, she offers weekly Bohemian Brunches and Artistic Vision Quests.