We should not assume what “safety” feels like in another body.
In the voice studio or clinic, we can create compassionate spaces of inquiry, creativity, choice, and challenge (when appropriate); however, creating a “safe space” should not assume that what feels safe for us creates safety for someone else. Our sense of wellbeing is relative to our lived experience. As practitioners, we can provide tools like meditation, breath-work, yoga, mindful movement, and other forms of physical and mental sensing that ‘promote’ embodied safety in a considered environment. We can also be sure that the space itself is filled with choice: the lighting, the temperature, a visible exit, a thoughtful use of props, repertoire, inclusive and affirming language, and even the process of sound-making. It’s important to remember that the ‘practices and choices’ facilitate safety and trust, not US. We cannot presume that we provide safety ourselves, but we can offer choices so that the singer may cultivate safety within their own body-mind-voice.