Process work

Process work assumes that all kinds of disturbances arise because we fail to use certain parts of our personality and the capacity for expression that we possess as human beings. The work provides effective methods for exploiting the disturbance itself in order to gain access to untapped resources. Physical, mental and emotional phenomena are treated as one. Instead of studying avoidance strategies with students, I show them a way to develop their full potential. This leads them to a creative and authentic form of expression. A far more sovereign technique thus develops through this holistic approach, with disturbances no longer being experienced as threats.

The voice is often influenced by old, automatic patterns that we cannot abandon without help. Trauma and stress have led to protective tension that blocks our wonderful, innate vocal potential. In order for the body to be able to open up (unlearn), it must first become aware of each individual pattern and blockage. This leads to an understanding of physiological correlations, an alternative perception of the self and better understanding of all practice areas. Technique must always be in accord with physiological functions so as not to get caught up in a fight with the body. Such fights waste energy and block access to a moving vocal quality.

Work with blockages is therefore a key aspect of my methods. They can transform into powerful resources once their nature is understood. To do this, arbitrary body signals (hoarseness, for example) are used as a clue rather than being suppressed and avoided undesirable occurrences. I return each student to his or her individual path on which self-regulating mechanisms widen their scope for vocal expression.