There are many reasons that language exists. Foremost, it’s a way to express our thoughts and emotions to others and also to ourselves. Verbalizing how we feel or think gives our own body a chance to experience these inner workings.
Phonetics evolved from years of humans finding new ways to express themselves through making sounds that communicated a message. While we use these sounds in everyday conversation, we can also use the phonetic sound singularly for strengthening and releasing specific areas of the body. Bring in body language and intentional breathing, and we find ourselves with an amazing tool not only for self-expression but self-exploration, too.
While doing my personal studies of sound and its effects on the body, I noticed that each of the vowel sounds resonated strongly in specific centralized areas of the body energetically and, many times, even physically. Voicing each as a long or short vowel will also alter the effect the tone has. Try saying Aaaaaah vs. A (as in ape or age). Notice your chest and where else resonation happens in the neck, hips, belly, face, etc… These vowel sounds help us with self-expression, because they help us to not only tap into ourselves but also let out what it is that we find within to share with others.
Starting at the root and base of the human body, we find ourselves with the vowel sound “Uh”. It’s the resonant tone of the pelvic floor, legs, ankles, feet, and well into the earth.
“Uh” let’s us release tension, unnecessary patterns, confusion, strife and energy we have stored up but have no use for at the moment.
At the same time, “Uh” helps us pull up energy from deep within ourselves and this precious earth that we stand, walk and sit upon everyday.
“Uh” can call on strength, and also let us be vulnerable and open up to new possibilities, perspective and growth.
How to use the vowel sound “Uh” for strength or release:
RELEASE Let “Uh” fall from the belly into the hips and legs by letting the diaphragm go soft and sinking your weight into the hips and knees as you make this guttural tone. Along with this, experiment by dropping your chin, sticking out your tongue, relaxing your face, etc… Repeat and loosen or maybe even shake in between until a sense of calmness rests within and around you. Even allow yourself to completely collapse to the ground, letting the earth hold you.
STRENGTH Feel the vowel tone start behind the pubic bone and draw the diaphragm up and in as you make the sound “Uh”. Pull your solar plexus and your energy in and up toward your chest and beyond. You may even crouch and then stand or leap as you do this.
You carry your voice with you everywhere you go.
Author: Geoff Lamden is a naturopath, teacher, foodie and home remedy maker. Geoff helps those he works with create a deeper connection to themselves, their community, and their natural surroundings for lasting health. Geoff practices naturopathy at Continuum Healing and grows food, kombucha and community at home and in his family’s garden. He believes that when a person becomes well, a chain reaction of health is started within and around them. It is his honor to offer the gift of wholeness to those he works with.