5 Essential Physical Warm-Ups January 9, 2019Uncategorizedadmin As performers we would like to be present and”at the moment.” That term is thrown around a lot, but what I mean by”in the moment” is taking in the data that’s currently happening. 1 way we can promote this is by opening up our bodies until we get on stage. All actors should perform a physical warm-up of any sort before they reach the stage for a speech or performance. By no means is this list exhaustive, but it is a fantastic place to start if you’re just starting out as a public speaker or celebrity. In addition, it is an effective list should you will need to warm-up but are short on time. In all these exercises I encourage you to breathe in and out of your mouth, that’s the most economical and easiest way to breathe. Concentrate on breathing in your low belly (the area between your navel and cool points.) You need your breath to be flowing easily in and out without a stoppage in the bottom of the exhale or top of the inhale. Jaw massage: I like to start my own warm-ups with this exercise: take both of your hands and clasp them together, bring your elbows to your left and right side of your jaw and rub in the muscle that’s just before the jaw hinge. You might find this to be somewhat uncomfortable or painful. As a matter of fact, if it is not you are probably not in the ideal spot. The majority of us hold plenty of tension here. This is the final place of holding prior to”information” leaves our lips and is out in the world. When there’s something we want to say but feel as though we can not or shouldn’t, often it has”stored” within our jaw muscles. Remember when you are doing this exercise to release your jaw and breathe in and out of the mouth. (This is most likely going to be thinner than you think it ought to be.) Bring your chin to your chest and then slowly roll down the whole length of your spine, go vertebra by vertebra when at all possible. When you’re completely released in this place have a few deep breaths in your stomach and low back. Feel your stomach expand and discharge against your thighs. If you want to deepen this stretch, then grip opposite elbows and continue to breathe deeply. Stay in this position for approximately 30 seconds, then slowly roll back up through the backbone. Should you feel dizzy, place your index finger a foot in front of your face and concentrate on it before your dizziness subsides. You need your pointer fingers pointing towards the sky. Wiggle your rib-cage up from your internal organs and feel that the distance that’s created. Notice the way your ribs expand as you breathe and release as you breathe out. Remember to keep your body facing toward the opposite wall so you’re not falling down towards your feet. Repeat this stretch on the other hand. Hip Opener: Bring your legs a bit wider than shoulders distance apart. Bend your legs completely so you are in a squat position. If at all possible, your feet and heels should be suspended to the ground. Attempt to keep a long spine in this position. Breathe in and out of the mouth, keeping the pose for 30 seconds to a minute. Tongue Twister: The final thing I’d like to do before going on stage is tongue-twisters! If I am pressed for time and can only do one it is generally going to be”My Sister Sally.” Having as much clarity as possible with our”s” makes all our address more crisp. You can find the entire text of”My Sister Sally” in Edith Skinner’s”Talk With Distinction.” I like the development of the warm-up since it warms up the entire body: the jaw, the spine, the ribs, the thighs and the tongue. All these exercises are connected by the constant breath which you keep throughout the warm-up. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions in the comments and leave any warm-ups which you find useful!