To.Pole Association members - Mateusz Flak and Agata Bargiel - organised weekend session of voice work, held according to the method created by Hangfurdo choir from Budapest, Hungary. The aim of method is giving a soundmassage to invited guests and in this case 'sound' means human voices only.
Hangfurdo choir's work is inspired by voice improvisation, yoga sivananda relaxation techniques, as well as humanistic psychology approach and Focusing method of Eugene Gendlin. Importance is given to such values like empathy, acceptation, transparency. Another part is getting into complete awareness of our temporary state, listening to the deep needs of our bodies and reacting to them. Receivers and doers are free to choose their most comfortable ways of producing and receiving sounds that can come out from/reach them.
Participants of our workshop were students and working adults, voice awareness amateurs and professionals, living in Krakow. We practiced listening, harmonisation, improvisation games, giving sounds of different origin and meaning, did work with imagination and reacting to impulses given by partner. All elements we have been working with for two days led to final practice of voicemassage - firstly
practiced in couples, with different focuses (giving attention to body parts, then to verbalised wishes of partner). Later we moved to group voicemassage, when group of people is giving common soundrelaxation to one receiver. We practiced the way of conducting such session and discussed inspired by our feedbacks.
All participants felt rise of energy in their bodies and growing peacefullness at the same time. The situation of giving light touch and singing for somebody while being close to them usually seems to happen only in love/family relation, at least in western culture. We experienced and discussed healing effect of such practice - when one person or a group gives soundrelaxation for introduced receiver, in completely aware way, with intention focused on real needs of the guest. It brought us to a conclusion how important and precious it would be for our communities, inhabitants of big city, to use this method in daily life, in order to release stress factor, bringing them closer to their bodies and empower them. Another value is that such practice helps to organise people, bring them closer to each other also and build supporting networks for society.
Project was realised by To.pole Association in framework of Enough For Everybody For Ever funded by Grundtvig Program.