Some friendly exchanges, a brief remark on what a great city Chicago is why I'm visiting Atlanta, and a handshake later....
This is the topic of discussion--albeit a short one, because really, couldn't we remark about expressing oneself through the hands for days? We shook hands and immediately triggered by the strength of his handshake grip, I remembered a question I had for climbers:
"Do you find value in the grip trainers?"
His recommendation [and a great one] was to climb with tennis balls in your palms to limit the flexion to the ends of the fingers.
Brilliant self-limiting exercise!
Keep grippers in the car. I average approximately 10 lights per trip. One squeeze per light seems like a very attainable goal. The weirdness factor is low for passengers, and much quieter than my previous goal of practicing harmonica at each red light.
Take-aways and integration: Shake your students' hands. We are expressing ourselves constantly--through our voice, and so our breath, and through our hands.
I use the handshake/name introduction to assess these in each student. "How are you? What's your name? [Handshake]" It's a phenomenal thermostat for their quality of breath, resonance [openness/space] in the body, and strength--emotional strength and physical strength [hands are a continuation of the heart].
Carry on...with Strength!