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Lately, I’m dealing with a lot of clients young and older with the voice/speech problems.

Most of them spent months and years with speech therapists and speech pathologists.  Some of them have gone to the regular check-ups with their ENT specialists and in the final analysis have not accomplished anything, by having no resolution to their voice problem. How frustrating could that be?  It is extremely sad for them and their relatives, not to mention that the majority of those poor people, understandably, keep coming in and out of depression.

Some of them lost their professions and their hobbies for that matter, like singing, for example, or playing some sports or even watching some sport or concert events have become a big challenge. It is usually quite noisy in those venues, and those with voice problems feel even more silent as they cannot compete with the screaming crowd. Some of them have lost hope, some of them are still researching and looking for the cure or at least for some improvement to their condition.

In some cases the partial or even full recovery is possible, in others the improvement is definitely possible, but the full recovery is only desirable. Vocal Science™ techniques advocates the maximum improvement of one’s voice condition – speaking or singing. By the virtual fact that the voice via special exercises will be lifted off of the vocal box and restructured to a set of the facial muscles, the release of the neck and chest muscles will be inevitable.

While those facial muscles will be working in full conjunction and coordination with the abdominal muscles, the pressure on the vocal anatomy will be also dramatically released. Now the sufferer will get a, so to speak, vocal rest, by removing the “intruder” [their own voice] from the dangerous places such as vocal box in general, neck, chest and shoulders. Once the voice drown so low in its position, the lower anatomy, such as described above, is heavily encaged, not to mention that all of it could cause such diseases and disorders like muscle tension dysphonia, or even spasmodic dysphonia, fibromyalgia and most likely acid reflux.

Due to the low anatomical position, the voice could easily meet the gastric acid and the vocal cords could be burned in no time, thus severe damage to the vocal cords could occur. The moral of it is: Get away from the vocal anatomy as far as possible to preserve that anatomy for life. The conventional speech therapy promotes exactly the opposite of the above. They are working very heavily on already damaged vocal anatomy and in the majority of cases do more harm than good, or more damage than there was originally.  How sad is that? The sufferer feels now more pain and strain than before and in a lot of times the voice sounds more hoarse than it originally did! A lot of time, energy and money spent, but the mission was never accomplished.

There is still a voice disorder and very little hope left ….

The Vocal Science™ Method is designed to work on a person as a whole.  The approach is completely natural and completely holistic. The main philosophy of that is to release the vocal box from the pressure of the sound and then heal the vocal anatomy with natural herbs and remedies, while concurrently heal the troubled person hugely affected by the nasty voice disorder, and not only vocally but in any conceivable way. The Vocal Science™ Method also recognizes the psychological trauma as well as the vocal trauma, and due to that, needless to say, the holistic/alternative method works with flying colours and evidently produces unprecedented results.

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Needless to say, that lately, especially since the recession kicked in, people became even more stressed out than before when they had good jobs, decent money to live on, and reasonable family lives. I always said that the voice is the spirit and it does reflect the state of the persons’ being. When the persons’ livelihood is in jeopardy and his/her world falls to pieces, no wonder their spirit will be very down and, respectively, their voice will start sounding much lower in tone, much more stressed, less announced and with much less clarity. In some cases, the voice gets so laid back that it is gradually falling onto the back of the throat and thus, begins to sound very dull and somewhat hoarse.

 

Then the person might experience what’s called acid reflux, as the voice is drawn so low, that it, evidently, meets gastric acid. The person will experience the burning on the back of the vocal cords and, sometimes, even difficulty of breathing will occur. Needless to say, acid reflux causes a great discomfort in the persons’ life. All the above described was simply caused by enormous stress, especially for those who have a predisposition to the upper and lower respiratory diseases and for those with the weaker vocal anatomy, and thus, weaker voices, given to them either by nature or by inheritance. Their world is shaken now and so is their health. Their financially disturbed life, (work, marriage, family), causes them emotionally induced health problems. I am lately getting more and more inquiries’ from people who are diagnosed or had already undergone thyroid surgeries.

 

A lot of them lost their thyroids; some of them lost their voices due to paralyzed vocal cord/cords occurred during the operation, and some of them, unfortunately, even lost their lives. According to the holistic teachings, the thyroid represents suppressed emotions and hurts. As for example, the liver represents suppressed anger. It is a very well-known fact when one of the spouses dies of cancer of the liver; their marriage may have been very rocky, sometimes throughout their whole lifetime, and their co-existence mostly consisted of everyday fights. So there were no doubts that one or both of them possessed a lot of anger and, as a result, the weaker one has eventually died of a liver disease. Coming back to the thyroid issue, the throat gets tight and the voice gets stuck and is not able to pass through the thyroid to reach the surface. The person starts pushing the voice out and reaches the opposite, so to speak, boomerang effect. The voice becomes strained and it is unable to get to the surface to be heard.

 

The effected person becomes more frustrated and now angry on a difficult life in general and their dysfunctional voice in particular. So there is a vicious circle where the quality of life directly affects the quality of mood, health and voice. However, please read below, uplift your spirit and recover your voice to be able to sing and recite…!

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“We are the champions, my friends,

And we’ll keep on fighting ’til the end.

We are the champions.

We are the champions.

No time for losers

‘Cause we are the champions of the world”, 

 

–Queen

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Naturally, since I am in the voice repair business, I have been getting a lot of calls and e-mails from people with various voice problems.

Some of them had those problems for the longest time, (up to 30 years long)! Nevertheless, the long-time sufferers were pretty much adjusted to their adapted lifestyles, as they tried pretty much everything, nothing worked for them and they learned how to live with it. Can you blame them? My answer will be; YES and NO.

No, because they have suffered enough and were unable to find the desirable cure.

Yes, because they probably did not try hard enough, at least those whose voice problems were treatable and at least, partially curable. Some of them, in my opinion, gave up too fast and too soon.

 

Not too long ago, the woman from the United States with the diagnosis of vocal cord paralysis inquired about my Non-Surgical/Alternative Voice Repair services. She has been offered an operation via installation of some kind of synthetic device, which by my experience, would not do anything, except paralyzing her vocal cord for good beyond any repair. Obviously, she did not want to take that route and was looking for a natural and alternative solution.

Needless to say, for the past 2 years, she has been everywhere and anywhere, she has tried all kinds of speech therapy and what not, but evidently, nothing has helped. Due to her vocal disability, she has lost her business, which required her to speak with the customers and promote her product sales.

 

Unfortunately, she even had to declare bankruptcy, and thus lost all of her financial credits. In order to come to Canada, she needed to pay for our services and for the trip expenses. Her family, with the exception of one of her daughters, was entirely against it and wanted her to give up on, so to speak, claiming her life back and wanted her to learn to be and live with her vocal disorder for good. To this woman’s credit, being of strong European decent, she found a way how to realise her dream and, at least reasonably, obtain some cure to her voice problem.

The vocal paresis per say, is a very nasty voice disorder. If it has affected only one vocal cord, you could compare it with the person who became a paraplegic and ended up being bound to a wheelchair.

If it has affected both vocal cords, you can compare it to a person who is paralyzed from the neck down. For the latter, there definitely is no cure.

 

For the former, there is no cure per say, but there definitely could be a huge improvement with the Vocal Science technique, which will allow not only to work on the actual paralyzed vocal cord to make it flex to whichever degree possible, but also to go around that vocal cord with the help of the healthy one and, as usual, restructure the sound to the facial cavities and coordinate those facial muscles with the abdominal muscles, thus to minimize the use of the vocal anatomy as a whole. The enunciation, pronunciation and clarity will be significantly improved. All the impurities from the bottom of the vocal box, such as mucus, gastric acid and what have you, will be eliminated via natural herbal and homeopathic remedies.

 

The pressure of the sound and especially on the healthy vocal cord, which is compensating and overworking for both vocal cords, will be significantly relieved. Will the paralyzed vocal cord be cured completely? Probably not. Will the quality of the voice and its delivery be exponentially improved? Yes, Absolutely.

The person will gain their communication skills and will not be so shy to speak and reach out, and naturally, the lost confidence will be restored and the quality of life will return and will become better, as the person going through this rough patch became stronger mentally, in spirit, and in health overall.

That type of person deserves all of the respect for not giving up and for the bravery to do something about it.

Way to go!!!
P.S.

I have to note that I myself have had quite a few health challenges, voice included. I, however, never stopped looking for a cure and did not give up until I found it. Just to make it clearer, my main, lifetime challenge, always has been the excess body weight. Now, almost 34 years later, residing in Canada, I finally got the solution, as my overweight condition was really a threat to my life and my livelihood.
I cannot be happier and enjoy every pound I have lost to date.
Needless to say, with every 5 pounds I lose, 10 pounds of confidence I gain!

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We often hear the saying, “ you are what you eat”. I can also, with absolute certainty, say that you are what you speak and sing. How so, you may ask?

Holistically speaking, the voice is an expression of who you are, and identification of the state of your being. The voice is a very important tool for communication. When you speak with the person, by his/her voice tone, you can determine the person’s mood and even the state of the person’s health; especially if you are, at least, somewhat, familiar with the person.

On that note, I could say that when I work with the Voice Repair client and get their voice out of their throat by restructuring it to the facial and abdominal muscles, the person starts to sound completely different, i.e., the voice starts to sound much healthier, more vibrant, more colorful and more reflective of the actual person’s make-up.

The sound becomes much clearer and the words are more announced and pronounced. The hoarseness disappears and the tone of the voice changes. When we are talking about the voice disorder, the voice often sounds quite ‘soprano’ish’. It is especially pronounced with the male gender, the condition of which causes a lot of discomfort and insecurities.

These peoples’ lives become literally handicapped, as they are afraid to communicate in person and terrified by phone conversations, by simply not ever picking up the phone and/or initiating any phone conversations. It does affect their social lives and their professional lives.

Needless to say, most of them are depressed and some of them are even suicidal.

Once the voice is improving and they are gradually getting their lives back, they are also gaining back their zest for life. Their mood becomes exponentially happier, their spirit is rejuvenated and their soul is now singing, even though that some of them have never sung in their lives. Those, however, who are singers, or I should say, ‘have had been singers before they damaged their voices’, experiencing the double whammy. They need to restore their speaking voice first, and then, and only then, their singing voice. However, the good news is that after the speaking voice falls in place, it is much easier to fix the singing voice, as ultimately, the voice mechanics are virtually the same.

With the singers, however, I have to restore their tone and, mainly, pitch, which in some cases, becomes very challenging. Usually, in these cases, the confidence is really damaged, as the singer is scared to reach the high notes and to project his/her voice. Therefore, on the background, there is a lot of psychological counseling that is required for those cases. “I have to say it has been the making of me meeting you Diana in more than just the voice,” wrote to me one of my former Voice Repair clients, now Opera singer, Evie Bonella of Essex UK.

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