Singing for Breathing

Breathing difficulties? Stressed, depressed or anxious? Let us help!

Our ‘Singing for Breathing’ sessions are suitable for people with diagnosed lung conditions and anyone who wants to understand their breathing better and learn how they might breathe better for improved health and wellbeing.

All songs are tailored around underlying breathing exercises taken from established Singing for Lung Health and/or pulmonary rehabilitation techniques and practices. The exercises encourage use of primary respiratory support muscles and full and complete breaths, thus helping strengthen support muscles and build better breathing habits for everyday life.

The sessions help people:
– Learn about their own breathing habits and practices
– Learn techniques that help manage or improve breathlessness
– Adopt better breathing habits for everyday life
– Increase general health and wellbeing
– Increase physical activity and stamina
– Build confidence
– Enjoy singing with others!
– Reduce social isolation and loneliness
– Build new friendships and peer-support networks
– Feel motivated and confident to go on to join other community physical/social activities (including more singing and music-making and/or learning a new instrument perhaps!)

Re-starting in January 2024, we are offering 6-week Singing for Breathing courses in Sheringham and North Walsham at The Reef, in Sheringham and The Victory, in North Walsham in partnership with Everyone Active. The courses are open to all, whether members of the leisure centres or not and will be suitable for beginners or returners. Exact dates and times for our next courses will be provided here soon and we also have plans to offer sessions in South Norfolk from April! Watch this space!

There is no need to book but please do contact us to register your interest so we can be sure to let you know when the next course starts and ensure there’s sufficient space.

The groups will always be very friendly and supportive, you will be made welcome! Come along and give it a go!

As part of our charitable work, we aim to keep these sessions FREE to participants or as low-cost as possible. However, we do not have continuous or core funding to provide this service so, to help us continue providing sessions, a £5 voluntary donation per session, per person, is politely requested (which includes tea/coffee!) but no-one is excluded if unable/unwilling to pay. If you value the sessions and are able to contribute, donations are gratefully received.

General information:

Refreshments are provided at the start of the session but please bring a bottle of water with you, to help you keep hydrated during the sessions.

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. Movement is encouraged during the session to help increase physical activity and general health benefits.

Feedback:

A recent survey from a 10-week course held between January and March 2023 found that (amongst participants who completed forms at weeks 1 and 10):

– 83% felt more confident managing their breathlessness as a result of attending
– 75% felt less reliant on GPs/health professionals
– 55% had increased regular physical activity (with many more reporting how they could sustain levels of physical activities for longer, such as for gardening/walking/completing everyday tasks)
– 58% felt more motivated to join other community-based groups or activities
– 50% reported reductions in feelings of isolation/loneliness

Quotes include:
“The peer support is so valuable, being around others with similar conditions/issues. Wonderful friendships formed etc”
“My spirits are always lifted!”
“I can now walk up the hill home without stopping!”
“I can now garden for 30-45 minutes without stopping – I could only do 10-15 minutes before!”
“My breathing is more controlled. I know how to do it properly!”
“My chest feels stronger after every time I come”
“I’ve found new ways of breathing during exercise/stress. It’s a joy to come!”

Any enquiries please email info@playingforcake.uk.

These sessions were kick-started with support from Sport England and are delivered in association with The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Team at Kelling Hospital.

You might also be interested in the North Norfolk Breathe Easy Support Group which meets at Sheringham Community Centre monthly – more details here.