The Healing Power of Somatic: How Acting Helped Cure My Stutter

The Journey to Overcoming Stuttering

Let me take you back to my grade school days, where I struggled with a stutter that held me back from expressing myself fully. Words and emotions would often get stuck in my throat, causing distress and frustration. However, everything changed when I discovered the healing power of somatic.

In sixth grade, I was introduced to the world of Shakespeare by my amazing teacher, Mrs. Sonia Dorian. It was during this time that I was given the opportunity to learn and perform the courtship scene from The Taming of the Shrew alongside my classmate, Steven. Little did I know that this experience would become a turning point in my life.

The Transformative Power of Breath Control

The courtship scene required us to speak in iambic pentameter, a poetic rhythm that required careful breath control. With each word and movement, we had to synchronize our vocal delivery. It was a challenging task, but one that brought immense joy and fulfillment.

As we rehearsed the scene tirelessly, something remarkable happened. I noticed that my stuttering gradually disappeared. The disciplined breath control demanded by Shakespeare’s words and the physicality of the performance seemed to align harmoniously, creating a powerful force that cured my speech impediment.

A Life Filled with Performance and Movement

Since that transformative experience, I have dedicated my life to the world of acting and performance. Whether it’s acting in scripted plays or devising new works alone or with a group, I have found solace and purpose in expressing myself through movement and storytelling.

Acting has become my personal form of therapy, allowing me to explore different characters, emotions, and experiences. It has given me the confidence to overcome obstacles, both on and off the stage. I am forever grateful to Mrs. Sonia Dorian for introducing me to the healing power of somatic and igniting my passion for acting.






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