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Archive for June, 2009

Non-Surgical Voice Repair. What’s that you may ask? It could be a lot of things. Some people are losing their voices while speaking or singing incorrectly, ie. excessively using their vocal anatomy (throat, vocal chords, larynx, etc.). Some people are having problems with their voices due to injuries, health conditions or even due to related and unrelated surgeries. I’ve seen it all and I can provide a non-surgical approach to any of the above problems. No matter what has happened to the human voice, I can put it back into balance. In the majority of cases, the voice falls back deeply into the throat and a person is trying to push it out with a great difficulty involving the chest, neck, face and what have you. By doing so, all of the anatomy gets aggravated besides the voice and the problem becomes even more pronounced due to the force and strain. Implementing my innovative and revolutionary Vocal Science technique, I am putting the human anatomy at ease, while working on the appropriate muscles, which will not cause harm to the vocal parts when being used. I am restructuring and lifting the voice from the vocal box to the set of facial muscles, which will play the role of a natural amplifier/resonator, and putting them to use in full conjunction and coordination with the abdominal muscles, thus, minimizing and practically eliminating the use of the throat, larynx and vocal chords. Human vocal chords have only so many “strums” per lifetime. The aim of this technique is to minimize the number of “strums” per syllable, per word and per sentence. The Vocal Science Technique provides exactly that, thus, assuring the length, longevity and health of someone’s vocal anatomy, as well the anatomy as a whole.

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I work with people from a wide variety of professions and walks of life, but I do find myself working with specific groups of people more often than others: Lawyers, Teachers, Admin Assistants, Salespeople, Public Speakers, Professional Voiceover Artists, Radio & TV Personalities and Singers. Due to their chosen professions, they often ruin their voices because they have no knowledge of any sort with respect to use their voices properly or how to preserve their voices. The majority of time these people are speaking a lot and never lifting their voices off of their vocal boxes and giving them a rest. On the contrary, they are pulling and pushing their vocal chords, squeezing and twisting their larynx and, moreover, engaging the muscles in their necks and chest cavities while using their voices – even sometimes developing muscle tension and fibromyalgia on top of their vocal problems. In my amazing discovery of over 34 years of practice, I have created a methodology by which you can actually save and protect your vocal chords and practically your entire vocal box by lifting the voice off of the vocal chords into the facial muscles, which function as a natural amplifier/resonator, and putting them to use in full conjunction and coordination with the abdominal muscles, thus, minimizing and practically eliminating the use the larynx, vocal chords, etc. But since people are not aware of what could happen to them if they continue to use and abuse their voices, the damage will come as a surprise and they will become hoarse and raspy and won’t even know why. Often, these people will need to clear their throats at any given time, thus, causing more irritation and dryness inside of their vocal box. All of that can lead to nodules, nodes and polyps, as well as even spasmodic dysphonia. Our device works smart, not hard and with the minimum effort accomplish the maximum result while using your voice by design.

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Voice GPS

In most cases, students are now coming to me on the verge of requiring a voice repair because they literally have no idea where they are going with their voices. They are driving between the lines and are in danger of killing everyone else and themselves. They don’t realize that the gas pedal is on the right and they are ending up in Buffalo rather than on Bathurst Street. Interestingly enough, sometimes their cars are not that bad, but they have no idea how to drive them. Similarly, the singer who might even have a very good “instrument” (ie. voice) might not have any idea how to power it and thus can’t project properly, rather than screaming from their lungs and throats, killing their vocal anatomies while doing it. They obviously need to acquire a “Vocal GPS” and learn how to drive their voice to it’s aimed destination in one piece and via any possible shortcut.

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Vocal Rehab

Lately the majority of my clients (singing and speaking) are coming to me with some kind of vocal disorder. The singers are arriving with ruined voices, as they previously were experimenting with voices with their friends, bands and even recording sessions without having any idea, directions, let alone training on how to use their voices correctly. Amongst the speakers there are lawyers, teachers, voiceover artists, TV & radio personalities, fitness instructors and customer service representatives who are excessively using their voices on an everyday basis. Interestingly enough, they all expect a speedy recovery in a flash, kind of like stroke patient who is learning to speak and walk again would be expecting to run a marathon the next day. It is quite unrealistic, but the good news is that there is definitely a pretty rapid way to recovery – however, obviously not an instant one. When a person with a stroke or another serious health issue is on the road to recovery, the process takes some time – they usually start to walk with a walker while at the same time undergoing physical therapy. And then letting go of the walker, they start to gradually walk unaided. And then, if they are lucky, they return to running and other physical activities further down the road.  

The vocal recovery is similar to that, because when the vocal damage is done (singing or speaking) the voice is drawn very low in the body and practically trapped within it. It takes numerous body and voice exercises, ie. actual “voice rehab”, to “unstuck” the voice from within and bring it up to the surface. And then and only then can we actually start the real vocal development. Once it is on the surface, the tone is improved, the volume is greater, the raspyness is gone and the voice is ready to begin the actual training. The voice as an “instrument” is tuned. The next thing is to teach the player how to take the maximum capacity out of it.

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Due to the damage that produces raspy hoarse voices and the mechanical treatment that is required, we often need to address the person’s lifestyle and diet. Working with a lot of damaged voices, I can see better and faster results if the person, while on the Voice Repair Program, also watches their diet, ie. eliminates mucous and yeast producing food products. The vocal box then becomes cleaner and the sound that takes off of the vocal chords will be sharper and crisper and will fly from the physical body with much more ease. To supplement the diet, we offer natural herbs and homeopathic remedies which will help cleanse the body as a whole and, thus, reduce the inflammation on the vocal anatomy. We also often recommend physical exercise to strengthen the lower abdominal muscles, upper diaphragm and the upper back muscles, which are playing the role of a platform/foundation from which the sound will be launched. And, naturally, the stronger the foundation is, the stronger and clearer will be the sound that is flying off of it.

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Acid Reflux

Every second person that comes to me for a Voice Repair course is stating that he or she was diagnosed with Acid Reflux. And about 99% of the time the diagnosis is incorrect. It seems that it is now a general catch all label used by doctors for patients they cannot help or don’t know how to help. They are usually prescribing a drug (Nexium, Zantac, etc.) which almost never produces any results and the person still complains even more about a dry and itchy throat, hoarseness and an inability to sing or speak clearly. In reality the problem is still the same – all of these people are using their voices incorrectly (speaking and/or singing) and all of their symptoms are caused specifically by this premise. However, once their voice has been lifted off their vocal boxes and separated from the anatomies and made freely flown above and on top of their physical bodies, their voice is no longer affected by anything that is going on with their physical body, even if they actually have a real ailment.

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