Sing every day with full power, as loud as you can and have fun and enjoy it!!!
When I work with my patients, I always sing with them. For many, it is initially unfamiliar and alien. But when I explain what makes singing so valuable, everyone joins in with enthusiasm.
So what makes singing so valuable, especially for those affected by Parkinson's?
Singing is a wonderful breathing exercise
It's much easier to breathe deeply into your stomach when you're singing than when you're speaking or at rest. As a result, the body, especially the brain, is better supplied with oxygen and better supplied with blood. This in turn increases your ability to concentrate.
Singing is a natural voice and speech exercise
When you sing, your vocal folds, the small muscles in the larynx that produce your voice, are very active. Singing is a sort of a complete exercise session for your voice. You train your volume, you train the high and low tones, your breathing power and the melody of your voice. At the same time, all speech muscles, i.e. the muscles of the face, lips and tongue are very active.
Singing makes you happy
Our body starts a real firework of hormones when we sing. Our body's happiness hormones endorphin, serotonin, dopamine and adrenaline are released. This improves our emotional state. At the same time, stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline are reduced.
Singing and sleep
When we sing, the sleep hormone melatonin is released because our pineal gland is stimulated. Melatonin causes better sleep.
Singing, especially the deep inhalation and exhalation, activates our nervous system for rest and relaxation, the parasympathetic nervous system. Blood pressure drops, heart rate slows and muscles relax. Calmness returns to the body.
Singing and digestion
Through deep breathing, i.e. the expansion of the lungs and the movement of the diaphragm, our intestines are slightly compressed and in this way the digestion is stimulated. As mentioned above, singing also stimulates our calming nervous system, the parasympathetic nervous system. This nervous system is active in our digestion.
Singing is a true universal talent.
My advice is to sing a few songs actively and consciously every day.
That means: sing out loud, breathe consciously, try to sing with the exhalation for as long as possible, open your mouth very wide and use your lips and tongue very actively.
It doesn't matter whether you hit all the notes correctly or know the lyrics of a song. It should be fun for you and if the lyrics are missing just sing along with "LA LA..."