When voice mapping biofeedback entered the public arena in 2005, it was presented as a tool to help people recover from the consequences of stress and trauma they experienced earlier in their lives. Thousands of people have benefited from the initial application of this methodology. However, as clients work through and heal from primary issues, they have also found other diverse and deeper results from their work with voice mapping. Among my clients, these have included the enhancement of the performance skills of musicians, writers, and athletes.
One example involves singers who initially used voice mapping like other clients, to work on unwanted behaviors and reactions to stress in their lives. While many people have reported significant results from voice mapping, those who are not singers seldom notice any differences specifically in their voices. Singers, however, are very attuned to what is happening in their voices at all times. A number of the singers I have worked with have commented after their sessions that their voices feel richer and/or more full.
One singer who had several sessions with me in 2007 contacted me recently to work on the current stressors in her life. She didn’t mention that over the past year, she had been having difficulty with her voice and didn’t relate that problem to the the issues she chose to work on in her session. But, at the end of the session, to her surprise, she said that the tightening in her voice was significantly reduced. I see this as a good illustration of the connection between stress in a person’s off-stage life and their on-stage performance.
Some writers and musicians have told me they have been able to overcome writer’s block and re-stimulate their creativity after having voice mapping sessions. These kinds of benefits translate into the sports world as well. A golf school in Utah reports voice mapping helps their students improve their scores. As I write, we are developing ways to use voice mapping biofeedback to help athletes of all kinds achieve their personal best. This is a logical evolution in sports, given the attention coaches are paying to sports psychology.
Brian Mackenzie, a noted UK athletic coach and author, writes: “The increased stress of competitions can cause athletes to react both physically and mentally in a manner that can negatively affect their performance abilities. They may become tense, their heart rates race, they break into a cold sweat, they worry about the outcome of the competition, they find it hard to concentrate on the task in hand.
This has led coaches to take an increasing interest in the field of sport psychology and in particular in the area of competitive anxiety. That interest has focused on techniques that athletes can use in the competitive situation to maintain control and optimize their performance. Once learned, these techniques allow the athlete to relax and to focus his/her attention in a positive manner on the task of preparing for and participating in competition. Psychology is another weapon in the athlete’s armory in gaining the winning edge.”
Voice mapping has also proved to be helpful in the philosophical and spiritual arenas. Several of my clients have used their sessions to explore their connections to their spirituality. Some people have told me that they have experienced expansions in their understanding of spirituality and, in one case, a significant re-connection to faith that had been buried for years.
These are a few examples of the unanticipated ways that people have found voice mapping biofeedback to be helpful in improving their physical and mental talents and performance abilities, and even ways it has improved their spiritual lives. We are still learning what the potential is for this new technology. As more and more people work with voice mapping, who knows what other benefits may come to light.