“from the bottom of my heart thank you for the experience of sound healing power (once again 🙂 ) . i had felt in advance that i could find an important further step for the healing of my body signal in your seminar. and so it happened.”
Neuro-functional voice training© by Iris Hammermeister
The Polyvagal Theory in Science and Practice in Voice & Speech
The way to artistic and personal freedom
The comprehensive and highly successful online voice training program makes a lasting difference in women's lives and helps them grow together as a community.
Read voices of women participating in the ongoing voice training program:
“Iris Hammermeister’s voice training program “How to find your voice” has once again shown me my voice in a new and holistic way with many more nuances. I am a classical singer and have thus gained a new perspective on my voice. This fertilizes my work as a concert singer enormously and raises it to another level. Every month a new module is unlocked and everyone works with the exercises at their own pace. In the video clips Iris has recorded for us, I really feel like Iris is there and working with me personally right now. She really helps me to arrive at my place and experience my sounds with her calm and empathetic manner. Through the regular live calls I feel included in the processes of the other women who are doing the course together with me. You can tell that there is a lot of heart and soul in this course. I am already looking forward to the next module.”
Annemarie Quiring, concert singer
“The online voice training program is an enrichment in every respect. Iris’ extensive knowledge of voice physiology, neural connections and trauma work result in a coherent overall concept in which every participant feels in good hands. Together in the group, each participant goes through her own process of self-discovery, of getting in touch with her own (inner) voice. Iris is able to accompany each of the participants in a very empathetic and committed way and to support the process. The exchange in the group is also exciting and heartwarming. I would always recommend this course and Iris’ work!”
Katharina Roß, teacher & singer
Film project "Women raise their voice"
At the end of April, when we were still in lockdown, it was very quiet around me. I wondered, where have all the women’s voices gone? Again and again I heard in the past years that women will bring this change into the world and the female power is now unfolding. So, on the spur of the moment, I decided to create a film project. I invited women to raise their voices and answer 2 questions, “How am I doing in this special time and what do I wish for?” These questions were deliberately chosen, because for me, this time is about establishing a new culture of relationships, which is carried by the fact that we open up, share and show.
Announcement 2nd podcast with Stephanie Maurer
How we can use the great healing power of music to reconnect with ourselves and thus with our environment.
Frequencies and rhythms have a direct impact on our hearing organs and our skin and influence our poyvagal nervous system in terms of security and connection. The ability to listen to our own rhythms and sounds is formed very early in our childhood.
Living in our own rhythm is not a priority in our performance and economy oriented society, and this also shapes our approach to music. Pressure and speed reflect our nervous system. We want to get to the bottom of how music can regain its healing power – from a pedagogical, therapeutic and developmental trauma perspective.
A special podcast with Stephanie Maurer:
I would like to point out a special podcast with Stephanie Maurer that generated a lot of interest and enthusiasm. This is about the early stages of our lives and how they affect our voice and hearing. It sets the foundation of our lives and explains quite well why we feel disconnected from ourselves.
Stephanie Maurer and I are in a small research group and see a huge potential of reconnection in the connection between ear and voice.
The liberation of the voice...
In times of crisis, when singers or artists find it very difficult to survive, the very own voice is more in demand than ever. It needs a different pedagogy, but also new forms of arts and formats. It needs courageous singers and artists who go their own authentic way, who act connected to their heart and are willing to show themselves really open and vulnerable.
Singing, the arts urgently need creative minds that reclaim the beauty of singing through authenticity, truthfulness and presence. What good is an art that is hardly differentiated and in which capitalist structures play an increasingly important role? What about the diversity and individuality of each artist? Doesn’t our world only become colorful because there are so many different voices?
What about the longings, the dreams and visions of a singer? Where have they gone?
With my offers I would like to encourage singers, musicians and artists to go their very own way. The access to one’s own true voice plays a significant role, as well as the free sound. This includes the development of the creative potential.
My name is Iris Hammermeister. I am the founder of the Institute for Applied Improphysis®. I accompany singers, musicians and artists to their own voice. I am concerned with the free sound and the very individual authentic voice.
In my voice work it is about the self-organization of the voice. The ear plays an important role in this. To do this, we must learn to listen again. I believe that it is above all, about listening to non-sung sounds that can be found in the pauses and in the silence.
My listening skills are exceptionally good, coupled with a great love of singing and the arts, students often tell me they feel heard for the first time in my voice training.
My voice seminars now visit singers from home and abroad. Many have studied singing and then lost the easy and playful use of their voice, sometimes even the joy of singing. Almost all of them tell me that they can’t find access to their voice and its potential, even though they have been well trained and have tried many singing methods.
As a classically trained singer, voice coach, trauma and systems therapist, I have spent years researching the impact that first contact and attachment experiences have on our voice. I also focus on the creative potential and artistic expression. It is important to me that singers find their lost vitality again, free themselves from old constricting concepts and live their love for music, because the world needs exactly such singers. For me, the body plays a significant role in singing. It is available as a vessel through which the sound flows. All the more important is a permeable tissue. In my voice work, the muscles and fascia play a major role, especially when it comes to self-regulation of the whole system in conjunction with the singer’s formants. The fascia is one of the most vibrationally permeable tissues and when it vibrates, the rest of the tissue resonates with it.
The basis of my voice work is the polyvagal theory according to Stephen Porges. A voice can only free itself and unfold if we have a regulated autonomic nervous system. This is hardly taken into account in vocal pedagogy. This is where my extensive knowledge of developmental psychology and psychotraumatology comes in. Often singers seek help through hypnotherapeutic approaches and are not aware that the voice can re-regulate itself if you know what its natural function is. My approach, formed through polyvagal theory, corresponds to a new paradigm and is a completely different approach to voice training or voice development. I am the leading expert when it comes to merging polyvagal theory and voice development. Meanwhile, I am internationally active and in exchange with leading scholars from home and abroad and actively participate in research groups.
My research on the impact of the First and Second World Wars on our culture and voice, especially on artists, is elemental for a country of poets and artists whose so important heritage has been forgotten. Diversity, individuality and beauty are no longer in the foreground and I see an art that reflects the lost connection of artists to themselves. I see this current crisis as an opportunity to remind people what art really is and what makes an artist. After all, it is the artists who play a decisive role in the development of a society. Without art, dies a society and we will survive this crisis only with the art.
We need the artists, we need a colorful diverse culture, we need diverse voices, we need the arts – without them we will die an internal death.
We are facing a new era of music and art – a music that is allowed to touch again. An art in which spirituality and healing are reunited. An art in which artists use their ME, their individuality, as the basis for their artistic expression. This only succeeds when artists know who they really are.
Be bold, stand up and raise your voice!
I look forward to seeing you!
“Dear Iris, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. For me it was a universal journey on Saturday. Apparently the frequencies speak to something very old in me, I get access to a universal force that communicates through sounds. Difficult to grasp from the mind, not easy to find words for it. A language
“Dear Iris, -almost- without words, but gifted with sound. I am still very impressed and amazed. For me, sound is a key to be able to perceive on another level, in which words are included, but still somewhat limited. “
“You have been able to give me a key to spaces that I did not know existed. Maybe this is the fourth dimension, at least an additional dimension, the sound. I still feel quite sober and at the same time unfamiliar, free. And differently free than I imagined what freedom could be.”
“I have experienced that through my voice vibrations arise in the body and I arrive completely with myself. And that sounding is a completely honest form of expression and really shows the innermost, beyond words.”
“For me it was an intense and deep experience. Tone was completely new to me and yet I was able to engage with it thanks to your wonderful neutrality and non-judgment. I was touched by how you gave space to everyone and everything, so that processes could unfold without rules.”
“So much warmth emanated from you, which still flows around my heart. I find it very reassuring that there are such sensitive people who help you find your own way. I am very happy to have met you and THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for your work.”
“It was wonderful and wonderful-bar, dear Iris !!! You remained wonderfully calm, you strong beautiful !I am so full of thanks !”
“thank you very much for the WONDERFUL seminar and I wish you still very very much success with your super work. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
“Your work I feel like this : I found what I was looking for-. I feel at home with you. I look forward to the further common path with you. All the best for you and once again my heartfelt thanks. For 37 years I had no uterus and now it feels wonderful and happy
“I want to thank you again from the bottom of my heart. This great true joy that I was allowed to experience yesterday with you and through you is still in me. Dear Iris, now I repeat myself: your themes are sooooooo valuable and nourishing for me.”