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For Many Years, I am advocating a non-surgical voice repair for my clients.
Some of them are singers, some are not.

Quite a lot of them have similar symptoms and often, similar causes of their voice loss.
When we talk about those who are not singers, it is somewhat a different feel and perception from both sides, my own included.

With the singers, it’s usually a straight forward deal.
Their career is based on the use of their voice.
Before they could sing, however, not necessarily up to professional standards, (which is in the first
place caused the vocal problem) but now they cannot sing at all.
It is a tragedy to say the least, as all of their dreams are shattered and performances and tours are postponed until further notice, or even indefinitely like in John Mayer’s case.

It is interesting enough that those artists are not looking for any gimmicks with respect of the means of how to fix their voices, and primarily, willing to do anything to get back on stage.

They also have an understanding that something is wrong with their vocal anatomy and that is the anatomy itself which has to be fixed, as well as the new vocal technique that has to be adapted, whereas, with the speakers, the perception of their recovery is entirely different.

They, for some reason, think that anything and everything has to be fixed, but not their throats, vocal cords or any other part of their vocal anatomy for that matter.
They also are not aware that they have to adapt a new way of speaking to avoid another reoccurrence of the voice loss.

To my surprise, I’ve heard that they are working on anything and everything to improve their voice but the vocal anatomy.
They use chiropractors, osteopaths, reiki practitioners and what not.
They’re also, literally standing upside down and on their heads while doing their yoga exorcises, eating raw foods and using some unknown herbal and homeopathic remedies in hopes that their voice will miraculously reappear…?

It’s all good, but not instead of the repair of the vocal anatomy. It is good along with it.
They are clearly missing the point.

The healthy and clean body definitely will help with the overall recovery, but it does not substitute the actual work on voice mechanics and on the proper application of the voice.

I guess that some of them think along the lines, “Never mind that the fridge is broken, let’s work on the stove. It might help-fingers crossed”. (British expression)

Go figure…!

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I’ve been fixing voices for speakers and singers for well over three decades. I find that there are at least two major causes to voice repair.
First and foremost, in my opinion, the loss of voice is caused by excessive stress and emotions, which no doubt manifest in the physical body. Those people who due to their profession use their voices a lot, get more affected in the voice department then those who don’t.

In many cases, (as it was in my own), the thyroid, which represents suppressed emotions and hurts so to speak, closes on the person and the voice, literally, gets stuck in one’s throat. This type of voice loss, by my experience, is usually caused by unsuccessful personal relationships.

The person effected is usually very angry and, at the same time, very depressed. If it happens to a singer and they cannot continue their performances, they become indifferent, they gain weight and if they are still married, their marriage is even more so on the rocks, as they have no conceivable voice to be able to express themselves.
For both speakers and singers, the loss of voice causes social dysfunction and it also affects their family life, friend gatherings and again, it puts a strain on the immediate family and in some cases, effects even children.

I had a voice repair case, which came to me from Florida, whereas the woman was suffering from the voice loss for over ten years, and her ten year old son has actually never heard her normal voice from birth, and thus learned to speak like his mother with the raspy voice.

When I begin the non-surgical voice repair, I also stir up a lot of emotions.
Since I work deeply and on a cellular level, I pull out everything on the surface, as otherwise, I cannot unstuck the voice from where it sits-in their own, so to speak, prison.
The voice is Identification of one’s being and it is an expression of the person’s thoughts and emotions.

Very often, the effected people, pushing that voice even deeper in their anatomy and thus, operate from their inner world, continuously stewing in their own emotions.
So almost every time, without failure, while I am pulling that voice out of the depths, the person bursts with tears of relief, but at the same time, he/she relives the horror of feeling inadequate, disabled and, in some cases, almost mute.

I have to say that the whole process also touches me very deeply, as I feel for these people, especially that in the past, due to my own unsuccessful personal relationship, I have experienced something similar, which in all honesty, I would not wish anything like that on my worst enemy, as my whole life and, nevertheless, my livelihood also very much so depends on my voice.

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