Singing for lung health

What happens in a singing for lung health session?

Singing for lung health sessions will cover a variety of breathing exercises, songs and relaxation techniques.

The sessions are designed to be enjoyable and stimulating, as well as to help with your symptoms.

Warm-up

“We start with some breathing and singing exercises. Some of these involve making funny faces and funny noises – we always have a good laugh. It's a good icebreaker, especially if you’re a nervous first-timer.” John

The session will start with a warm-up to prepare your body for activity and get you ready to sing. This will probably include:

  • physical warm-ups
  • breathing exercises
  • vocal exercises such as rhythm and pitch games

The breathing exercises will help you to control your feelings of breathlessness and coordinate your breath with movement. Warming up also helps to protect your voice and vocal muscles.

Songs

Your singing for lung health leader will choose songs that are suitable for people with a lung condition, as well as being fun. Some songs will be sung in a call and response format so you can listen and repeat what the leader sings without having to read or think about what’s coming next.

“Some people in the group have never sung before, but it doesn’t really matter… it’s the benefits of the breathing exercises that are most important.” Russ

"Having a bit of a respite where you enjoy something and you’re present in the moment and you are not worrying about what’s coming next has a real positive impact." Singing for lung health leader

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Last medically reviewed: September 2017. Due for review: September 2020

This information uses the best available medical evidence and was produced with the support of people living with lung conditions. Find out how we produce our information. If you’d like to see our references get in touch.