The Gift of Speech
Is a talent which most people could make more of. With practice and skilled support, speaking can be improved. The aims vary according to individual preferences.
You - or someone you know - may wish to
speak more clearly, fluently, sustainably, or harmoniously,
enliven, deepen or strengthen your voice,
refine your accent,
reach whoever you address,
tell stories, act or recite
or just enjoy exercising your voice.
I can help.
I, Hugh Cameron, am a native English speaker.
I trained at Artemis School of Drama, Sussex.
My interests include acting, movement and music.
Practising speech is fascinating and fun for me because
finding the voice I am happy with helps me realise who I am,
my breathing serves my creativity - organically,
I feel more present, in the present,
I enhance my appreciation for and my command of literature in English and other languages
and I feel inwardly nourished.
I charge £15 for a 30 minute Speech Lesson.
I also offer Therapeutic Speech, Music and Movement and violin and piano lessons.
What is Therapeutic Speech?
It is a therapy which has developed from the work of Rudolf Steiner. The aim is to increase well-being through consciously working on our speech and engaging our breath while speaking.
Speech is often taken for granted, but it can be developed and brought to the level of art. It can be therapeutic to engage in this artistic speech. Our speech can reflect our general state of health. By developing how we speak we can therefore enhance our health.
By practising under guidance of an experienced therapist, it is possible to focus on particular elements of life that are present in speech, for instance:
The capacity for clear articulation relates to the forces that shape and bring form to human life.
The rhythm of an exercise or poem can have a calming or awakening effect on the breathing of both speaker and listener.
The content of well-spoken affirmations, imaginative poetry and meditative text can become an inner resource which can be positively projected onto the world around us.
Each person’s speech is unique. The attempt to develop our speech can challenge us deep in our being. Speech is an effective, accessible tool for self-development.
Animals and machines do not speak as we do. People, using certain physical organs and the air around them, can combine thought, which has no material origin, with audible sound. Human speech bridges between spirit and nature.
The full potential for speech as a creative and healing force is now being realised.
What therapeutic aims are possible?
Each individual will have their own specific aims; however, below are some general examples:
To help with specific speech or health issues,aiming either to improve the condition or to experience relief from it. For instance, therapeutic speech is known to help with the following speech or health conditions:
- complex needs
- heart conditions
- panic/anxiety, hyperventilation
- respiratory disorders, i.e. asthma
- stammering, lisping, hoarseness,
- thyroid imbalances.
To improve your speech itself, by
- developing better flow and rate of speech
- strengthening or softening your voice
- refining an accent.
To help improve overall quality of life.
This could include the wish to feel more alive and present or to nurture your inner life.
What happens in the therapy session?
Client and therapist discuss the client’s therapeutic aims, on which the therapist bases a sequence of exercises. The therapist guides the client through this sequence during therapy sessions. The activities during the sessions are varied. For example:
Some exercises are silent, to prepare for speaking.
Spoken exercises can be done sitting or standing.
Simple movements are used to support the effort towards particular results, such as:
- Making arm movements to illustrate certain consonants before or as we speak them, to improve articulation.
- Throwing a ball or other object as we speak, to help voice projection.
- Stepping forward on every word or syllable we speak, to help sense of rhythm and whole body integration.
Some exercises need minimal movement.
A few minutes rest after the exercises can help the person to absorb their beneficial influence.
A typical therapy session lasts 30 minutes and costs £20.
For maximum benefit, a course of 16 to 20 sessions, once or twice a week, is recommended for adults while children generally require fewer sessions
About the Therapist
Hugh Cameron is a speech trainer and therapist with experience in the performing arts as actor, musician, eurythmist and teacher. He is qualified in Sound Healing (Findhorn 2016), Anthroposophic Therapeutic Speech (Stroud 2009), Creative Speech (Artemis, East Grinstead 2004) and Eurythmy (West Midlands 1994).
He also offers therapy with music and movement, and violin and piano lessons.
THERAPY WITH SPEECH
Using chakra sounds. £30 for 60 minutes
Hugh can act, recite poetry and tell stories.