A sample session showed us that there was a need and a demand for such a group. Singing makes us feel good for a variety of reasons with a number of physical, mental and psychological benefits. In terms of the physical benefits, when we sing we are exercising the lungs, heart, upper and lower body. Singing itself and the exercise involved releases the endorphin’s that leave us feeling positive and boosts our self-confidence. .
The respiratory problems of COPD means that people with this diagnosis have difficulty breathing and suffer shortness of breath. Academic research evidence has proven the benefits that Singing can have on COPD, as the muscles used when singing help to maintain lung function.
Whilst singing doesn’t ‘improve’ COPD as such, it helps people to maintain the lung function they currently have, using these muscles helps increase the ‘forced expiratory volume’ measured by spirometry in COPD and more than anything it provides a supportive network and an overwhelming sense of wellbeing for participants. So much so, that the group, who have now been singing together since the summer of 2015, consider themselves as a ‘COPD family’, they sing have fun and enjoy themselves every Wednesday from 1-2pm at Parklands Community Centre in Northampton.
COPD is very debilitating, particularly during ‘flare ups’ and the effort people make to come to Singing4Breathing cannot be overestimated, so the fact that the choir now hold numbers in excess of 40 people each week shows not only their commitment, but also just how much they get out of coming in respect of their wellbeing.
Every session we aim for it to be fun.
Starting with a good warm up, to get you ready to sing, protecting the voice and vocal muscles which includes breathing exercises and carefully picked songs. Designed to be enjoyable and emotionally uplifting.