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For at least the last 25 years, we have been specializing in extreme voice disorders such as:

  • Muscle Tension Dysphonia
  • Spasmodic Dysphonia
  • Polyps & Nodules on the vocal cords
  • Cysts & Lesions on the vocal cords and the throat
  • Acid Reflux effecting the vocal box
  •  Laryngitis
  • Sulcus Vocalis (enlarged gap between the vocal folds)
  • Strained Vocal Cords
  • Vocal Cord Paresis
  • Partially Lost Voice

– And that’s just to name a few.

Both regular speaking people and or singers could possess the above-described vocal injuries.

As strange as it sounds, the regular speaking people are taking their injuries much harder then the actual singers.

In fact, in a lot of cases, singers may still have their speaking voices somewhat intact; and therefore, it is not that detrimental for them just to lose their singing voice capacity then for speakers to completely lose their tool for communication. Of course, no matter how you slice it, speakers and singers are both greatly effected by their voice/vocal injury.

The speakers, in a lot of times, feel that their lives are over, as it is difficult for them to communicate. They often begin to learn sign language and/or rely on writing on a white board in order to be heard and understood. Moreover, they are usually, for years, have been trying different speech therapists and vocal coaches; but nevertheless, evidently, always to no avail.

I would like to quote one of our recent Non-Surgical Voice Repair Clients who had said in her Post Course Letter to us:

“It’s such a relief to have someone to go to if I have issues with my voice, as before I felt so alone and had no idea what to do, so many thanks”.

This particular person had suffered with quite significant voice loss, severe pain in the throat, and had to live with the diagnosis of Muscle Tension Dysphonia for 5 years.

This young beautiful adult was suggested to stop speaking for good, go on disability and find a job which does not require any speaking. Before she came to us, she was ready to quit University, prior quitting the high school choir and the part-time job, which had required her to speak with the customers.

Her Mom and her flew to us for over 30 hours to obtain our unique instruction and natural holistic treatment.

By the end of her 50 hour ordeal, not only was she able to speak with clear announced and pronounced voice (as her mom qualified as a radio voice), but she was also able to embark upon my regular singing exercises (designed for singers with no vocal damage) and a piece of the song “Can’t help Falling In Love” by Elvis.

That was our Triumph!!

No doubts this beautiful girl regained her speaking and even (partially) her singing voice (partially only due to the lack of time), and has already begun to reclaim her life back and will continue to do so for days to come. As far as we are concerned, one more life had been salvaged and reclaimed with very hard work – but with a very high reward in the end.

“Although it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, and there were many obstacles along the way, I completed 50 hours with Diana because in the end it was worth it.“

Elle Rider of New Zealand

On that note, we would say – Way to go Girl!

The Best is Yet to Come!

We treat you and your voice above others!

Your voice is sounding hoarse and raspy and your voice is almost lost…?  What should you do?

Naturally, you would call your physician and ask for a referral to an ENT specialist. After waiting for a few months, you actually may get an appointment.  By that time, though, in the best scenario, your voice may get back to normal; but most likely, it will stay the same or it will get worse.

It is much easier to treat any voice disorder at the beginning stages, so it is quite possible that the valuable time had been lost, and thus the non-surgical treatment may not be as successful as otherwise could be.

On a personal note, I used to hire a private ENT just to clean my ears when needed. My ears are very important to me, as my super-sonic hearing (by the common opinion) allows me to hear the minutest details and changes in the human voice.

On this premise, I cannot allow just a regular nurse to attend to my ears as, if anything goes wrong, I will lose my main working tool; not to mention that I could acquire a hearing disability (God forbid).

If I were to go into a walk-in clinic here in Canada, I would not have to pay anything to clean my ears from wax (often a consequence of sound pollution). To go (instead) to a private ENT specialist, I had to pay $100 per ear.

Then the unthinkable happened. I was informed that my doctor had died last November. Now, I am terrified, as I have no idea what I am going to do about my ears.

Luckily, though with respect of the throat (my own or my clients’), I definitely would know what to do, if anything went wrong. But, either way, I have been quite traumatised for the past few months knowing that I don’t have a renowned specialist at my (or my clients’ with complications) corner any longer.

So, given the above, I personally have always been very attentive to my clients and have never treated them as just a number.

Some clients are coming back to me for more speech or singing lessons or for some newly-arisen concerns; and no matter how many years have passed, I always do remember their history and why they came to me in the first place. My clients are always surprised about how I could always remember the minutest details about them.

My answer to them is: I was LISTENING, I was HEARING and I did CARE about their healing on every level, opposed to those who are more concerned about the billing and not the healing.


We listen…

We care…

We are here to serve you with respect,integrity, and attention to the minutest details concerning your voice problems.

If you think that you have a problem with your voice, we will be able to help.

We have been specializing in non-surgical voice repair for nearly 30 years.

If you have been scheduled for a vocal operation before you have contacted us, please consult with us first, as we might be able to save you from the surgical intervention, which, by it self, could be pretty dangerous. It could possibly leave scar tissue on the vocal cords; and thus, will deprive (especially singers) from pursuing their careers any longer.

Also, to go under the knife or laser will not solve your voice/vocal issues. In the best-case scenario, your vocal cords will be somewhat fixed, but the application and conduct of your voice will remain to be the same. With that said, your original vocal issue (especially growths on the vocal cords; such as polyps, nodules, cysts or papilloma) may return multiple times.

Clearly, there is no change without change!

In fact, the described-above case is related to Julie Andrews, who, after vocal surgery, ended up with scar tissue on one of her vocal cords; and thus, was never able to resume her singing career, not to mention that, for quite some time, she had a problem even with her speaking voice.

The comedian, Joan Rivers, went to a well-known clinic in New York appointing a top ENT surgeon to laser the polyp on her vocal cord. Unfortunately, she never woke up after that surgery.

Therefore, in my opinion, anybody should treat the possibility of surgical interference as a last resort. I am sure that everybody knows that when you go for help to a medical professional, you are just a “case number”. Unfortunately, a good majority of them are mostly “billing”, instead of “healing”.

It is a different story when you go to a private, alternative health practitioner.  They are usually much more attentive to you and your problem.

They obtain all of your history from the beginning of your problem(s) occurrence, trying to find the cause rather then focus on the symptoms opposed to medical doctors.

The medical doctors are very big on trying to mask symptoms, giving useless prescriptions and are very keen on performing surgeries (vocal surgeries included).

The alternative practitioner is looking into the root of the problem, and once discovered, he/she outlines the best course of action that is best applicable to the specific problem.

All of those problems (vocal included) are best solved with the herbal and homeopathic means. However, with respect to voice problems, that alone is not enough. The sufferer in question has to be taught a proper voice/vocal technique for those natural remedies to work to its fullest capacity.

Unless the vocal box is released from the pressure of the sound, the natural remedies will be practically obsolete.

We, at The Royans Institute, combine our unique Vocal Science ™ method with the great knowledge of specific herbal and homeopathic remedies, which greatly aid to one’s voice healing.

We discover, we uncover, we fix and design a new technical pattern for the human voice to work in its fullest capacity and with no pain or strain to the vocal anatomy.

We are vocal architects – and our mission is to build and (if needed) rebuild your voice by design and expertise.

Regain your voice and your confidence back!

Your voice… desired and deserved!

More and more professional artists end up with the vocal injuries.

Nearly every week, we hear that various concerts and tours have been canceled and the lead singers (either a soloist or band lead singer) just about to undergo a vocal cord surgery.

How sad is that? Sad indeed!

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Why does it happen and why it happens to so many artists? Is it because they are overworked and over-stressed? I think that definitely the above are the factors.  However, if their technical merit of their singing had been intact, less tragedies and cancellations of their performances would take place.

 

So, human being puzzle (in a manner of speaking), like any puzzle, has many components and pieces, which have to fall into the right places. Those singers’ lifestyles, naturally, are very active and filled with a lot of appearances, interviews and performances.

Due to the above, their immune systems become weakened; and thus, as well, they could much easier pick up any viruses or any sicknesses for that matter. In their busy lives, their voices are in the most used mode; and thus, for them to get any vocal injury is literally not too difficult.

The other aspect of it is a lack of knowledge of how to power their voice with no pain or strain on their vocal anatomy. Also a lack of knowledge of how to work smart and not hard; and with the minimum effort achieve the maximum result.

The latter will assure “The Biggest Winner” rather then “The Biggest Loser”; however, if they manage to “lose” their vocal injuries, or better yet, not to acquire them in the first place, they will become “ the biggest loser” (in the better understanding of that word).

I could compare it with a TV show, In fact, named “The Biggest Loser”. That show is about the struggle of very obese people who forever have been struggling with their excess weight. They obviously have been unable to lose that much weight on their own, and they also realized (some of them just in time) that they need professional help not only to lose their weight, but also to save their lives. Was that easy for them? Not at all! But majority of them claimed their lives back; and some of them just simply saved their lives.

They have desired to live the normal life and they have realized that they have deserved it!

Yes, they became “The Biggest Losers”; but in reality, They Are The Champions!

The band “Queen” performed an all time well-known song called “We Are The Champions”. This song is indeed very inspirational and it is applicable to all of us!

So if you, my reader, also have any vocal issues, (speaking or singing), become inspired to learn how to avoid vocal injuries. However, if they have already occurred, learn how to fix all of your vocal imperfections and acquire a whole new application of voice, using all together new parts of your anatomy to save, protect and prosper your voice to the foreseeable future!

Does anybody know…?

Does anybody care for that matter…?

Vocal Science… The Best or…Nothing.

 

Quite often, people who require voice repair have some other health problems to start with. These health problems could be a trigger to voice loss, or any kind of voice issues.

Sadly enough, our Canadian singer Gord Downie has recently been diagnosed with Terminal Brain Cancer; and peculiarly enough, the tumor is apparently located near the speech center of his brain…

I am not a doctor; though it makes me wonder weather or not his not exactly adequate singing (in my subjective professional opinion) and, understandably, a lifestyle of a rocker (which usually comes with the territory), has anything to do with it?

This is just speculation on the matter, but it probably has some merit.

Let’s also examine a very serious disorder called Spasmodic Dysphonia:

I personally call it “Vocal Epilepsy”, as the voice of the sufferer spasms uncontrollably. The disease, in its nature, is neurological. It, quite likely, could be environmental. However, viruses such as Strep Throat, for example, could also trigger it. It happens a lot to people who, in their nature, are very emotional; also to those who speak very fast and very loud and whose lifestyles are very poor.

So between the environmental causes, air-born viruses and smocking, drinking and drug use, spasmodic dysphonia could easily occur.

Last year, I got an email from a person who was originally diagnosed with Muscle Tension Dysphonia. With this type of Dysphonia, the sufferers’ voice gets trapped in their neck muscles. That usually happens to speakers and singers.

That type of dysphonia is very rarely induced by viruses or environmental causes. It simply occurs due to misuse and abuse of one’s voice (speaking or singing). If left untreated, it may easily turn into Spasmodic Dysphonia.

The person who wrote to me last year revealed that she has now been diagnosed with Spasmodic Dysphonia. Speaking with that person on the phone, I had determined that I possibly could have improved her condition to a degree, but definitely would not be able to cure it. In fact, such a disorder as Spasmodic Dysphonia is generally considered un-curable. However, if it’s still in a mild form (stage one or two) it could be treated to a near-full recovery. So, in the case of the person first diagnosed with Muscle Tension Dysphonia a year prior, the Spasmodic Dysphonia disorder could have been prevented if the former was timely treated.

There is another category of people who, instead of expressing their emotions out loud, just simply suppress them. In the holistic teaching, the thyroid (the gland/cartilage in the neck that secretes hormones regulating growth and development) represents suppressed emotions and hurts.  If those emotions are suppressed for too long, the voice gradually begins to drown to the lower throat, then to the chest and could practically “die”  at the person’s gut, so to speak.

All of that brings us to a “full picture” which points out to a complete imbalance within.

So all of this means that if the person is too loud and too emotional, he or she could easily experience voice loss.

On the other hand, if the emotions are suppressed, the person could also easily lose their voice.

Moreover, in both cases, they could acquire such disorders like Muscle Tension Dysphonia or even Spasmodic Dysphonia. Partial loss of speech could also be a symptom of a pre-stroke condition, or even a Lou Gehrig’s decease (ALS).

To conclude: All of this is obviously not a joke; and the moral of the latter is that you should keep yourself in perfect balance. That will prevent you from all kinds of health problems; especially those that could lead to serious voice issues.

Best of voice and best of health in general to all of you!

Evidently not…

It sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it?

Let’s
analyze what has been happening in the last few years and, nevertheless,
recently:
Majority of our very talented artists had experienced vocal problems in one-way or
another. A lot of them had undergone vocal operations:
  • Adele
  • John Mayer
  • Joan Rivers
  • Megan Trainor
  • Sam Smith
  • Roger Daltrey
  • Steven Tyler
  • Keith Urban
  • Michael Buble

And that’s to name a few…

All of the above listed people are talented artists, but obviously, majority of
them had been lacking the proper vocal technique; and thus, they ended up
having vocal issues (and some of them more serious then others).
Could they have avoided the interruption of their professional lives, careers, joy
and monetary loss?
No doubts they could – They just could have been more attentive to the technical
aspects of their craft and not just rely on their talents and love for music.
Could you imagine a figure skater trying to jump a triple or quad not knowing what it consists of and, moreover, not having proper muscle training assuring that the physical body could withhold the weight of the landing of such jump? Also, if you think of ballet dancers who work at the bar at least 4 to 8 hours a day, would you imagine them doing ‘pirouettes’ and ‘pas se deuxs’ wearing point-shoes and having no prerequisite with regards to what they are doing?

In this case the serious injuries would, no doubts, occur.

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They, nevertheless, have to be able to keep their whole body weight on those toes of theirs. That means that their balance has to be unshakable, their point-shoes techniques have to be immaculate and their ballet elements (separately and in correlation), have to be ‘on point’. (no pun intended)
So where do the singers come with the idea that the technical aspect of using their
voices properly and efficiently does not necessarily need to be embraced?

Lately, it has been all about the show and showmanship.

For example: there has been about $40,000,000 dollar stage, built for Bono’s performance.
That said, basically, everything had been in place to cover up the inadequacy of a true vocal performance.
How Sad is that? Very
Sad, indeed!
If our truly talented artists possessed a proper vocal technique, which would protect and save their voice for life, we would not be hearing (unfortunately, quite often) on the news about the next upcoming vocal surgery of the next pop-star.
Go figure!

*Mind, body and soul… and your voice*

In 1984, we have opened the school, which was originally
named: The Royans School for the Musical Performing Arts. Almost right from the
start, we have enrolled over 100 students, consisting of children, teenagers
and adults.
After my partner (the second Royan) had passed away in 1986,
a year after, (in 1987), I changed the name of the school and it became well
known as The Royans Professional Vocal School. And at that time, the school
became primarily an adult vocal school and children became a minority. However,
we always have been working with teenagers and young adults, developing their
talents for the music industry at large.  Nevertheless though, working primarily with
adults, provided me with a lot of experience and education concerning North
American mentality.
Being an educator by trade and a very inquisitive person by
nature, I have been tuning in to those adults who allowed me to get themselves
under my care; and not only vocally, but holistically over all. They allowed me
“in” (so to speak) and carried on with quite intimate details about
themselves, their families and their relationships.

Not all of them, by far, enrolled in my program out of happiness.

On the contrary, a lot of them possessed stuffed-up emotions
sitting deeply inside of them, and also a lot of hurt and very low spirits. I
always said that the voice is your “spirit”
and has to be discovered, uncovered and ‘made to be flown away from the
physical body’. So their vocal training had consisted of a lot of counseling on
life in general and their lives in particular.
Via special speech exercises and specially selected scripts
(peculiarly enough) quite related to their situation in general and even their
own situation in particular, they have been able to open up their chest (in which
the human beings usually hold a lot of unreleased emotions) and thus, to bring
their voices (i.e., their spirits) up and out onto the surface.
With the lift of their voice off of the vocal anatomy and
(so to speak) un-stucking it from within, they felt much more released, and
nevertheless, much freer from whatever was bothering them in the recent and
even distant past.

The freer the sound of the voice is, the freer the person will feel.

Once the voice is discovered and gets to be flown, the
person feels that he/she had acquired “wings” in a manner of speaking. So now,
we had killed two birds with one stone, so to speak.
The voice got developed in its fullest capacity; the “Genie
in the bottle” got freed up and flew to the Universe where the sky is the limit;
and thus, the person finally got free from all of the stuffed-up emotions and
inhibitions. The confidence now is soaring, as the great knowledge and
understanding took place.
So, you (my reader) should agree that, all and all, it is a
WINNING combination; and, no doubt, WINNING situation on every level.

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Good luck to all of you with best of health, best of spirit
and, nevertheless, best of voice!
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