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Recover from Stuttering - Turn on your Breath Motor

Newsletter 49: March 2014

The Australian Speak Easy Association (ASEA) Convention was held last month on the Gold Coast. Dr Lisa Hudson and Dave were pleased to have the opportunity to deliver a presentation about Ezy-Speech and its bright future. They thought it was a good opportunity to demonstrate the Breath Band (BB), so Dave wore the device for the whole day.

The BB is included in the purchase of the Ezy-Speech program and is simply a Velcro-secured length of nylon webbing the thickness of a belt. When the BB is firmly in place around the upper chest, just below the armpits, breathing with the upper half of the lung is decidedly uncomfortable. This is the physical feedback that reminds you to use diaphragmatic breathing (DB), a very important part of the Ezy-Speech technique. The breath is directed to the diaphragm – the large muscle between the lungs and the abdomen. This technique keeps many of the muscles of the upper chest and around the throat loose and supple.

This is all very easy to say, but the thought of using diaphragmatic breathing all the time is a bit daunting at first. We have been chest breathing all our lives, so it’s not a matter of changing the way we breathe overnight. When learning the Ezy-Speech technique it is obvious that the rhythm, or the flow of DB followed by a phrase, during a rated session does something magical to our fluency control. Continual practice of this phrase/pause system during rated sessions leads to the feeling of control. Some recovering stutterers call this, ‘The Feeling’. It’s like building a new fluent pathway in our brains, a wonderful pathway free of all the negativity and frustration that previously confused our every step. Our fluency control along with the building and maintenance of The Feeling comes back to our ability to maintain our smooth, structured phrase/pause technique. The motor for this technique is our DB. Whenever recovering stutterers lapse into poor fluency it is usually the breathing technique that falters. It’s not that we want to lose fluency control, but just being human sometimes means we do forget to employ technique.

The BB reminds us to turn the motor on and breathe with our diaphragm. It also reminds us to stay in technique. Wear your BB regularly and remind yourself of technique. Wear it under your clothing and experience it working for you during the day.

During the ASEA presentation, Dave showed the participants that he was wearing his BB and that it was reminding him of his technique. It’s a bit like tying a piece of string on your finger to remind you to pick up a carton of milk on the way home – but you don’t have to try to remember what the BB is for, because your body will tell you. Use it and reap the benefits.

Ezy-Speech Affirmation of the Month

I USE DIAPHRAGMATIC BREATHING.

I use deep diaphragmatic (belly) breathing rather than shallow chest breathing. Oxygen is the most vital nutrient for my body. Good diaphragmatic breathing helps my speech fluency.

The Ezy-Speech Team


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