I had a lot of speaking and singing students (especially in the past) with quite severe lisps and some stuttering. It is a known fact that when the stuttering person begins to sing, the stuttering disappears. But the objective here is to reduce that stuttering not just during singing, but also while speaking on an everyday basis. Similarly, when the person lisps and pronounces “F” instead of “S” (for example, “Fnow” instead of “Snow”).
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Once, I had a request from a serious voice problem sufferer who was residing in the UK. He was a throat cancer survivor; and with all of the chemotherapy and radiation therapy, he ended up having both vocal cords damaged. One of his vocal cords was paralyzed and the other one was simply non-functional. He approached me with all kinds of questions and when his question came around the price of my nonsurgical voice repair services and treatment sessions, he exclaimed: “Oh my God, it is too much!”
When I asked him what he would do with the same amount of money if he would not end up paying for my services? He said: “I would go on vacation…” Then I asked him if he would enjoy that vacation, being afraid to open his mouth and constantly be conscious on how he would be received and perceived by other people? On that note, I’ve heard the tears in his voice. He had obviously gotten my drift… so to speak. After this emotional moment, our deal had been finalized; and shortly after, I flew to London to attend to him and a couple of other people.
You, my reader, may ask: Did you fix his voice? My answer would be yes, but to a degree. Could I un-paralyze his vocal cord or make the other one functional? The answer is no. But, applying the Vocal Science ™ Method, I was able to create some base underneath of his very soprano-sounding voice; so he started to sound quite a bit more manly. His diction (enunciation and pronunciation) became much clearer and he started to sound, by far, more coherent. Needless to say, his confidence (after lots of tears and spent emotions) became more apparent; and thus his long-ago gone zest for life was actually coming back, and (at least to a degree) his life was reclaimed!
Had he become perfectly healthy and fully regained his voice? The answer is – not quite. But he gained a lot of knowledge, awareness and understanding with respect of what was happening to him in general and his vocal anatomy in particular. He now was able to bring the best of his voice upon his wish and command which, (we both agreed) by itself, is priceless. Having a clear map in his head with respect to how the physical sound travels, he was able to get hold of the best of his voice (pretty much) at any given moment. In other words, we both did the best we could!
Leaving back for Canada, I left this (previously) very emotionally, physically and vocally disturbed man with an intellectual understanding and kinesthetic feeling of how to power the sound of his voice to its best capacity; and, most importantly, how to save and protect to what he had been left with. As far as him and I were concerned, both of our missions had been accomplished!
I clearly was able to show him that there is LIFE that is worth living, especially after the completion of our voice, body and soul repair journey!
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No matter what has happened to you and your voice, your healing journey starts here and now, with us!
- Thyroid problems
- Chronic laryngitis
- Weight Problems (under or over)
- Low fitness level – or lack thereof
- Poor diet (consisting of fatty acidic and mucus-filled food products consumed on a regular basis)
- High sugar and high blood pressure
- Gastric acid reflux
- Colon problems
- Smoking, drinking and drug use (medical drugs including)
The Vocal Science technique advocates the safe use of the voice and the use of the latter “upon design”.
In conclusion…, the question is: What price tag could you put on the above?
Not only a great amount of people are losing voices these days, but also a lot of them are experiencing severe pain in their throats.
Before, we had complaints, primarily from singers; but more and more, just regular people (speakers) are complaining on extreme discomfort in their vocal box in general.
The singers are usually ruining their vocal anatomy simply for the lack of education and simple knowledge; and thus, lack of the proper vocal technique. They very often end up with laryngitis, i.e., with the hoarse and raspy voice; not to mention an extreme pain in their throats. The singers (also very often) end up with the growth on their vocal cord(s); such as polyps, nodules, cysts and etc.
The regular people who do not take proper care of their voice and (in majority of times) their health in general, usually end up with muscle tension dysphonia or spasmodic dysphonia. Nevertheless, they (of course) are also susceptible to the growth on their vocal cords, but more like papilloma and polyps. They are also very susceptible to lesions in their throats, as well as burnt vocal cords due to the occurrence of acid reflux.
Unfortunately, both speakers and singers are also not exempt from vocal cord(s) paralysis/paresis.
Naturally, there is physical pain (to whichever degree for whichever vocal injury); but also, there is an emotional pain, as both speakers and singers realize that something out of the ordinary is happening to them and their voices. And, especially at the beginning of this ordeal, they feel quite lost, not knowing what to do and where to get help.
Our philosophy at The Royans Institute for Non-Surgical Voice Repair is “All Voice – No pain”!
Once we uncover and discover (in a manner of speaking) the injured voice, we (via special speech exercises, coupled with specially designed body motions) try, at all costs, to release the “trapped” voice from its vocal anatomy “prison”, (so to speak). Especially in the case of Muscle Tension Dysphonia (where neck muscles literally hold the voice in ‘contempt’), the voice, nevertheless, has to be “yanked” out of there, which is (no doubt) easier said then done.
The neck muscles are “truly in love” with the human voice and even when my client and I think that the voice is finally “flying” out of there, it is like a swamp, “calling” it and literally “pulling” it back in.
Sometimes, the recurrence of the above happens multiple times.
Once the voice is finally released from the lower throat and the neck muscles, the pain usually subsides and the sufferer feels a great release; and not only physically, but emotionally as well.
Now the human voice has to find a “new home” – the facial muscles!
Those facial cavities will become a real saviour for anybody who had voice issues and everybody else who cares about their speaking/singing voice in general. Those (in a sense) sinus cavities will amplify the voice at least quadruple times over its volume; and naturally, will promote a proper articulation and enunciation. However, without the support of the abdominal muscles, the lift of the voice is not possible.
Therefore, the abdominal muscles have to be strengthened to be able to give a proper “launch” for the voice to “soar” to its aimed destination, provided that the sound lands within those facial muscles. At that point, the voice within the newly found facial muscles will be working in full conjunction and coordination with the abdominal muscles. The above (in turn) will minimize the use of the throat, larynx and the vocal cords.
To Conclude, there will be “All Gain and No Pain”, i.e., by osmosis, “All Voice and No Pain”, as (at that point) the vocal anatomy will be completely released from the pressure of the sound; and, in addition, nurtured with natural herbal and homeopathic remedies for its complete healing.
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Due to this digital and very chemically polluted world, we are receiving more and more inquiries about various vocal disorders which people experience on a day by day basis.
Our fruits and vegetables are chemically altered and our chickens (for example) are double-sized, due to be fed and raised with hormones and antibiotics.
All of the above weakens our immune systems and makes us susceptible to all kinds of diseases; and unfortunately, cancer is one of them. Almost on an everyday basis, we are hearing about peoples’ thyroids being removed (usually due to cancer); and then, as a result of that, one (or even both) vocal cords become paralyzed!
Also, people who have their regular diets consisting of a lot of fat, mucus and acids, could get a problem with the excess of gastric acid in their bodies, which could produce what’s called acid reflux; and which, in turn, may burn ones’ vocal cords and (on top of it) restrict the persons’ breathing.
And lastly, the improper application of the voice for speakers and singers, could lead to a serious voice damage.
So, especially for singers, the proper vocal technique should be a MUST so (by the application of the latter) the singer could save and protect his/her voice for a lifetime.
As for regular speaking people, I would suggest to be also in check with their speaking voice, i.e., not to scream or yell on a regular basis; keep your throat protected out of the cold and out of outer pollutions (such as smoking, drinking and drugs). Also, beware of second hand smoke, which also could be very harmful to you in general and to your vocal anatomy in particular.
So, if some of the above had happened to you, but you managed to fix your voice, (hopefully, non-invasively and non-surgically), at that point, you will be able to enjoy the positive side-effects of that occurrence!
Once you have regained and restored your voice back to normal, (or almost back to normal), your happiness and your confidence will rise to the max (and rightfully so).
I have a true belief that your voices IS your spirit; and once you lift your voice, you will uplift your spirit!
What do I mean by “lifting your voice”?
I mean that, in any case (voice repair or not) the sound of the voice has to be restructured to the different set of muscles located in your facial cavities. By removing the pressure of the sound from the vocal box, it will allow the vocal anatomy to be free and healed (if needed).
The above will facilitate a “true vocal rest”.
Those facial muscles will play the role of the natural amplifier (or what we call, resonator); provided though that the lift of the voice to those muscles will be supported by the abdominal muscles; and thus, the voice will “blast off”!
My book is named “Vocal Science – Flight to the Universe”, and the very first picture of a space shuttle illustrates the blast-off of a rocket, which separates from the launching pad and flies on top of its fuel.
The caption of that picture in the book allegorically suggests that the launching pad represents the human body, the fuel underneath of the rocket represents the breathing, (and finally) the rocket represents the soaring voice which is flying to its aimed destination and upon design. When the rocket is launched, it’s being aimed to either the Moon or to Mars…
The flight of such rocket is regulated by scientists and engineers who are staying put on earth. Respectively, you can only become an owner of your voice when you predominantly are able to know how to launch your sound and where that sound will land.
Once you acquire such knowledge, you will acquire a very pleasant side-effect of it… YOUR CONFIDENCE!
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More and more, I am getting requests to have a video chat (Skype, FaceTime, WeChat and what have you) with my prospective clients who, on top of it, asking for some tips on how to fix their speaking and singing voices…?
Nevertheless, some of them have pretty serious voice/vocal disorders.
One of them very recently told me about his excessive acid reflux, which (almost on the root) ruined his singing voice.
This is a direct quote from his e-mail:
“2 years ago my voice would crack on low notes, and now today I have some good days, but still not 100% I went last month and had my throat looked at. He said he seen scared tissue, and 2 pin drop nodules at top and bottom of my vocal cords. Also he said I had a lot of mucus on my cords.”
“I am reaching out for any tips you can help out with on full recovery, retraining the vocal cords to be stable on all notes.”
So this person (and any other people for that matter) truly believes that something serious (as he described), he would be able to fix on his own, shall he receive the “right tips” how to do it…?
Forgive me, but it sounds completely and utterly ridiculous to say the least! Comparing it again with the car problems, I could see that the car mechanic could give some tips to the driver; like, for example, to try to top up the transmission fluid or brakes fluid, to temporarily improve the car performance.
However, if the engine, brakes or transmission are out of whack, no topped up fluids are going to fix the actual problem. The car has to be towed to the car mechanic shop to be assessed, diagnosed and then fixed accordingly.
Needless to say, IT CANNOT BE DONE REMOTELY!
The car has to be present in front of the mechanic, as the student has to be present in front of me, so I could do assessment and evaluation on his/her voice and his/her voice performance; run some tests and then, once the problem is defined, outline the best course of action to rectify it….IN PERSON!
The person in question (by definition) is NOT a car mechanic; and thus NO TIPS from the very best mechanic will help him to fix his own car, as he simply does not have the required knowledge and/or the license to do so.
Ever since the Internet took over our lives, human beings began to behave like robots; with no presence of any brains, let alone any form of common sense.
They think that the Internet could fix all of their problems by just reading about anything and everything online; take the useless tips from anybody and everybody and then try something which they are not competent to even embark upon.
Some of them are, evidently, asking for nothing but trouble!
Our society in general became very lazy and very laid back, as they think they can solve all of their problems, wants and needs while not even getting off of the couch. No doubt, slowly but surely, they are experiencing brain atrophy and body inadequacy.
Not enough that their emotions and compassion (not to mention physicality) are also gone. Some of them LITTERALY “cannot walk and chew gum at the same time”.
The nature of the Vocal Science technique requires the solid connection between the mental understanding of the procedure and motor skills reciprocation in order to discover and uncover their true speaking/singing voice…
Some of the exercises require the student to walk and combine their walk with certain body moves, which (in turn) will allow them to understand the movement of the physical sound in a more tangible form…
I have been teaching in Toronto for almost 37 years (and 33 of those years in my own school). Unfortunately, with full-blown technology kicking in, day-by-day, I have been seeing a great decline of people’s intelligence, intellectuality and musicality for that matter. They literally have nothing to sing about, as they are too consumed with texting and e-mailing 24/7.
I always smile when I hear the Northwood Mortgage commercial.
They are advocating and advertising their best mortgage rates and invite people to sing about it (as it is so good that they would want to sing about it). I have to say that their jingle is actually pretty good and certainly much better then some music and some singing that I have been hearing on the radio! LOL!
How sad is that?
People now are afraid to speak on the phone (let alone in person) or sing.
They have lost a sense of communication.
Since they are degrading so rapidly, their music is becoming truly unlistenable. For many years, I have been working with a lot of singers/songwriters and I have to say that I used to enjoy at least some of their music in the past years.
Unfortunately, no more!
No doubts, our world has gone crazy and is getting crazier, now by the second (in the not-so-distant past, I used to say, “by the minute”).
I, however, am praying everyday for the world to get better and for the people to re-acquire their humanity…
And, of course… for world peace!
In this blog, in the wake of the New Year, we would like to shed more light on our very exclusive services for speakers, singers and those who are in need of non-surgical voice repair.
Over these years, we have been improving not only our professional skills, but also our business acumen and conduct. Not only do we provide our clients with very professional and very unique (in its nature) instruction, we also provide, when needed, natural herbal and homeopathic treatment along with it. By now, it is a very well known fact that we are in a league of our own.
We are receiving clients from all over the Universe and, by the end of 2016, the estimated amount of clients (speakers, singers, voice repair patients combined) has, no doubt, exceeded 20,000! We have been receiving people from all walks of life; all races, all creeds and all professions. Not only have we provided what they were looking for (professional, or not, speaking and singing); and in addition, we have treated and even cured all kinds of voice/vocal disorders, where doctors had just ”washed their hands” or, at best, had offered an invasive vocal surgery.
Now, when Ms. Yampolsky became a freelance practitioner, she is also traveling around the world and servicing those in need. She advocates a very exclusive technique, which is called the Vocal Science™.
Especially when people travel to her, she goes out of her way to make sure that her client(s) are comfortably accommodated, fed (primarily by her) and for those who drive on the left side of the road or would not feel comfortable enough to drive in an unknown city, she picks them up personally for arrival to the session and departure from the session.
If time permits, she does go out of her way to show her client(s) some Toronto attractions or (what’s more important) she personally drives them (if needed) to meet her handpicked associates who, on occasion, might add even more value to Diana’s services. Some voice repair cases are more difficult then others; and sometimes it is good (in addition) to get somebody else’s expertise.
Our New Year’s Resolution is such that we will be committed to improve (as much as we possibly can), our patients’ vocal health and health in general.
Our commitment (as it also had been) is to produce more singing stars, as well as to help the existing celebrity performers to acquire a Vocal Science™ technique, so that they would not have to face a vocal operation, and then (in many known cases) face the consequences of (suggested to them) Vocal Surgeries.
With respect of our “Total Communicator Program” for professional (and non-professional) speaking, we too are committed to improve upon it and will be delighted to here more and more of our clients’ healthy voices over TV, Radio and other media sources.
On this note, we would like to wish our very best to our existing clients/students, as well as to those who we haven’t met yet, but would be delighted to also provide them with all we’ve got in our arsenal…
Happy New Year to all and many, many more successful years to come, vocally and otherwise!
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