Herlinde Wynants: "Tensegrity and the relationship between body and voice"

Lecture (in Dutch, slides in English)

In Harvard, biologist Donald Ingber developed the tensegrity model, an innovative movement model. This model allows us to approach the relationship between body and voice in a refreshing way. It forms the basis for understanding resilience. In this system, energy means the effortless ease and self-evidence of an upright posture and movement, thanks to the resilient power of the body. A resilient body can be compared to a musical instrument, which must first be tuned correctly before it can produce the correct tones.

That ability to "tune" a body is a characteristic of the connective tissue and of the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) and is something that one must learn. This "tuning of the body" must be the goal of education, and always has a health aspect.

After all, underdeveloped resilience ultimately leads to chronic stress. Resilience is the opposite of stress and an essential skill in the prevention of chronic diseases.

The word "resilience" refers to the spring which, after being pressed together, rebounds and takes its original form. A spring that holds tension for too long (remains depressed) loses that spring force. A resilient body leads to a smooth, resilient voice.

Workshop: The effect of resilience training on the voice.

"Resilience" is now becoming a buzzword that covers a lot of loads.

Resilient people can also be recognized by their springy step and their smooth, light-footed movement. In order to be able to understand resilience well, we need to know the systems that ensure that the body can respond to the impulses and challenges of the outside world as one well-oiled whole.


Doctor Herlinde Wynants is a doctor for 30 years. In addition to a specialization in general internal diseases, she worked in the Antwerp Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine and later in the University Hospital Antwerp (UZA). Since she started working in the University Hospital of Antwerp in 1995, she started to become more and more interested in patients with ME, CFS, fibromyalgia, spasmophilia, spastic colon, and burnout.

From this interest in 2005 the book "Why does Pinocchio want to become a boy? Stress and overload, mechanisms that lead to health complaints, dysfunction and negative emotions." Written, reworked in 2008.

In 2015 the book "Being healthy is fun. Recover your resilience step by step “is published. Here several songs are included to find or improve the resilience from the body and voice.