Both books certainly provide a wealth of interesting concepts, structured theoretical frameworks for considering movement and voicework, detailed descriptions of practical exercises and techniques and clear case studies. Readers need to be aware that Newham uses an eclectic mixture of physiological, psychological, mythological and artististic approaches in his work. Personally, I find this blend of scientific and artistic approaches to be innovative, erudite, stimulating and reassuring. Newham is a sincere and enormously able practitioner who has a unique abiliy to connect deeply linked aspects of personality and voice. Newham's books are of value to therapists already interested in the emotional release aspects of voice work with clients, and those beginning to investigate the whole field of psychotherapeutic literature. They fulfill his own goal "to be both theoretically informative and practically inspiring - there are parts of the voice movement methodology which theorists from other orientations can borrow from, adapt and utilise."
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Over the past 15 years, P. Newham has been developing a systematic methodology for using singing and vocalisation as a theraputic modality. Here he examines how massage, manipulation and dance, combined with vocal expression, can alleviate certain emotional, psychomatic and psychological symptoms. He describes therapeutic techniques and exercises which he has found to be effective, illustrating these with case studies. It's the first of a series of three volumes which concern the practical application of voice movement therapy.