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No matter what has happened to you and your voice, your healing journey starts here and now, with us!

We strive to provide exceptional voice-health care and overall human care at all times. As we always like to say: “Your better voice tomorrow, starts with us today!”
Regain your voice! As if you don’t take us up on our offers to fix your voice, just think what you could be missing!
We are world-class voice experts! It had been tested, tried and proven for many years!
The Vocal Science™ Method is a holistic approach to voice mechanics and to the human being as a whole. There could be numerous reasons why the person acquires a certain voice disorder and/or vocal issues.
It could be overall health issues like:
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  • Thyroid problems
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • 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)
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Those factors above are just to name a few…
And, of course, there are also environmental causes which are contributing to voice problems.
To give you an example, a few years ago, I received a client from out of town who was diagnosed with what’s called Spasmodic Dysphonia. I, colloquially, call it “vocal epilepsy”, as in this very unfortunate precedence, the voice usually spasms uncontrollably (just like one’s body would be seizing due to a regular epilepsy condition).
This client (during my assessment with her) told me her story of how she acquired such a nasty voice disorder. Her husband and her, at the time, moved into a new house with a finished basement which had carpeted floors.
Only a few days later, they had a flood in that basement; and naturally, the carpets became very wet…
Those years, these types of carpets were treated with certain chemicals; and thus, when the flood occurred, those chemicals spread out throughout the house, and of course, effected the air my client and her husband were breathing. After that, both of them acquired a lot of health problems in general; but my client, who managed (in time) to concur the majority of her health problems, still was suffering with the very complicated disorder (such as spasmodic dysphonia is).
This client took only 10 hours of private sessions with me and 10 hours of semi-private instruction, which was provided in a group setting (the ‘Healthy Voice/Vocal Workshop Summit’).
Needless to say, her condition improved exponentially and she was even able to sing in church during Christmas Mass (according to her own words, it was a ‘Christmas Miracle’).
Regain your voice by “cleaning up” your act, I.e., improve your diet, do not pollute your body with fat, mucus-filled and acidic foods, stop your bad habits (smoking, drinking and drug use), stay away as much as you can from medical drugs as well, and try to employ natural herbs and remedies as well as natural and organic foods (which do not contain too much salt, flour or sugar, and also do not produce excess of mucus or acid).
And lastly, we would like to address the mechanical side of voice use which, if disrupted, could cause serious voice problems and sometimes could even lead to the point of no return.

The Vocal Science technique advocates the safe use of the voice and the use of the latter “upon design”.

With these specially designed speech and singing exercises, the voice will be lifted off of the vocal box and off of the vocal cords and restructured to the different set of muscles; thus the pressure of the sound effecting the vocal anatomy will be practically eliminated.
If the voice damage had already occurred, the natural herbs and remedies will be administered to heal the throat flora, to clean the vocal anatomy from the impurities and to strengthen the “vocal machinery” over all.
The knowledge of the above will produce the confidence in speech presentations and, nevertheless, vocal performances. It will also produce the health and vibrant in one’s being.

In conclusion…, the question is: What price tag could you put on the above?

 
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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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Step 1.

  • Identify the vocal problem itself in order to get your voice back.

Perhaps, you have noticed that your voice (Speaking and/or singing) is not working in the same capacity as it once was. Obviously you are puzzled and concerned. At this point, you have to come to terms that something is not the same and begin to accept that fact.

Step 2.

  • Identify the cause of such occurrence.

Please try to analyze what could have caused your voice problem in the first place. Please try to “rewind” all the possible facts, which could have lead to such an ordeal. You might think of any medical/surgical procedures you might have undergone in the not very distant past. You might think of a ball game you might have attended with your kids, or a concert of your Idol singing.

In this instance, you would possibly be able to recall how excited you were then, during the events, & how loud you were cheering for the performers in the field.

Also, it probably would not hurt to look at your personal relationship with your spouse and your children. Have you been shouting a lot lately? Have you, perhaps, been under a lot of stress at work and/or at home?

All of the above factors (and many others) could easily aid to a voice problem. When you are in the moment, you are not paying attention how loud you speak or scream. The consequences will haunt you later.

Step 3.

  • Do not ‘sugarcoat’ your feelings; rather, embrace it with a grain of sault.

That alone will help you immensely to get your voice back in a fast and efficient manner.

When you start experiencing some changes in your voice, please DO NOT pretend that nothing happened and do not convince yourself that it is just temporary and you will feel better tomorrow. Unfortunately, you might not feel better tomorrow, as the damage has already been done and it will not go away on its own.

It might require some further investigation and medical (or alternative) assistance.

Step 4.

  • Outline your goal for the best possible recovery of your vocal problem and enjoy getting there.

Once you are able to face the fact that you do have a vocal problem, please embrace this fact and outline the goal to get your voice back. It might, not necessarily, be an easy road, but please try to enjoy the process towards achieving your main goal – getting your voice back.

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I have just recently returned from my quick and somewhat short, but very impactful, trip from London.

Within only a little bit more than a week’s period of time, I was able to provide my four UK clients with my voice repair services; speaking & singing. All of them were unique in their own way and, nevertheless, all of them were different. However, one thing they had in common is that they were extremely smart and sharp, took directions really well and complied with the procedures, introduced to them, to a tee.

This whole process, for me, was extremely heart rejuvenating, as here in Canada & in North America in general, for some reason, people who come to obtain my services are, by far, not as alert, are taking directions much slower and mainly, after the fact, not compliant with the aftermath protocol.

For example: speech repair clients, for some reason, seem to be unable to understand that after they complete their voice repair course and treatment, they cannot begin to “speak without boarders”. The minute they acquire their speaking voice back, not even a ‘Russian Tank’ would be able to stop them.

Understandably, they were deprived of the regular communication due to their voice issues. However, they have to understand that they have just left a “vocal rehab” in a manner of speaking, and thus cannot begin right away “binging” on their colloquial speaking.

However, that, unfortunately, happened to one of my serious voice repair clients in the UK as well, who luckily, is in complete understanding of what had happened, and she also understands that, for the serious vocal anatomy problem like she has had, she would need a lot more hours of instruction, coupled with the enhanced natural treatment. That said, I will be heading out back to the UK to help her (and others) further in a few weeks.

Then there was a voice repair client who used to be a singer in his country, and won numerous of competitions in his early 20s. Not being aware of any vocal technique and just possessing a natural talent, he practiced, practiced and practiced…

One day, right before appearing on National Television, his voice “snapped” and he was no longer able to reach the high notes which he was famous for. He had already lined up some producers who were interested in prospering his professional career. In just seconds, his dream was shattered for the next 20 years forward. Of course, with time, he buried his frustration and disappointment, but the dream to become a well-known professional singer is still alive within him. Nevertheless, he went to numerous doctors who conducted numerous of scopes, but no one seemed to be able to help him. While with me in a session, he offered me a recent picture of his internal vocal anatomy.

I was shocked, as his whole pharyngeal area was blown out of proportion on both sides!

The doctor, however, commented that his vocal cords are good and his pharyngeal area is “slightly bowed”…? So in spite of the obvious health and vocal problems, the ENT specialist recommended the vocal coaching, which supposedly would help my client to restore his singing voice!!!

Go figure!!!

My doomed student, first and foremost, needs to work on his health and his vocal anatomy health. Those bowed, out of proportion pharyngeal glands, possessing tons of toxins within them. It is just like a ticking time bomb, which could explode at any given time and could also easily cause substantial bodily harm.

As per usual, I had administered the natural herbal treatment, which plays an essential part in one’s healing. The “proof was in the pudding”. Those herbs, (which also have medicinal power) almost in an instant, set off a body reaction.

My student first started to cough and then, shortly after, acquired flue like symptoms.

To my dismay, he clued in momentarily to what’s going on and started exclaiming that he finally felt a movement in his throat and in his chest which he was wishing to feel for the last 20-somewhat years. To his very big credit, he understood that in order to conquer his physical and vocal problem, something like this has to happen, and he embraced it with gratitude.

Way to go Man!

Then I had a voice repair client who flew to me from Scotland. That was quite a sad story, as this beautiful human being acquired what is called Spasmodic Dysphonia. This very nice woman is a teacher in a public school. Nevertheless, her vocal/neurological condition prevented her from working for some time.

However, obtaining five official hours (and all together six, and a bit, unofficial hours), she was able to improve conducting her voice in a more proper fashion which, in turn, had helped her to experience reduced amount of spasms. Obviously, either five or six hours could not be enough to conquer such a complicated voice disorder. Hopefully in the future, this wonderful human being will be able to pair up with me again for some much more in-depth instruction and natural treatment.

And lastly, about eight month ago, when I was last in London attending to a very beautiful and promising opera singer (former voice repair client), I also momentarily had attended to another in her mid-30s woman, who at the time, due to misuse of her speaking and singing voice, had a weak, scratchy, airy and somewhat hoarse voice.

She only took 2 hours of instruction in 2014.

When she came to my hotel room this time, and only for an hour and fifteen minutes, I could not recognize her voice, as she sounded completely normal, clear and amplified. I have asked her if she had attended any speech lessons, or anything like this related to the voice issue, her response was that she attempted to embark on a couple of singing lessons.

However, she said that she was unable to locate her teacher any further. So, if that is not a miracle, then what is? I was almost shocked to hear her speaking and as well as by her new looks (loss of weight, and overall rejuvenation)!

Way to go Girl!

Her determination to restore her voice and to work on her physical appearance is, indeed, the best example for any human being.

That’s all for now.

Let’s see what my next up-coming trip to the UK will have in store for me. I will definitely make sure to share it with my readers.

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Attention all Speakers and Singers!

If you have noticed that your speaking or singing voice is not performing as per usual and rather sounds lower and somewhat hoarse, PLEASE STOP!!!

If you continue speaking in your usual manor and disregard the fact that your voice is feeling scratchy and your throat is feeling itchy, you might lose your voice completely and for some time ahead.

Singers: please do not continue singing if you have noticed that it is much harder now to reach your high notes, which normally would not be a problem and if you have to push and pull your voice out of your inflamed, sore throat.

At that time, you may also notice that your voice has deepened and has begun to sound scratchy and hoarse. If you don’t stop in time and look into your voice and vocal anatomy problem, that could be very much the end of your singing career.

Coaching and repairing voices for over 40 years, I had a lot of cases where the performer did not stop on time to address the vocal problem he had and, as a result, got his vocal cord paralyzed, or just damaged beyond repair.

One case comes to mind where I received a client from Atlanta Georgia who happened to be a Pastor, who was appointed to travel the world to preach and sing prayers. He got laryngitis, (my guess would be that it came from the wrong way of singing and some stress associated with it).

So instead of stopping and looking into the problem, either medically or alternatively, he continued his engagements until he could not do it at all.

And then there was the moment of truth.

As a result of not taking proper care of the laryngitis and not using the rightvocal technique (speaking and singing), his right vocal cord got paralyzed. Vocal paralysis is very hard to reverse and not always possible. However, I have had a very good success with it, especially if only one vocal cord was affected.

Although, the complete cure of the vocal paralysis may not occur, using the actual Vocal Science™ technique, coupled with the (designed by me), special speech and singing exercises, will make the person much more articulate and clear, so the individual’s speaking voice will begin sounding almost as per normal.

With respect of the singing voice, it’s not that easy and with the damage like this, it is definitely not always possible to restore it.

As much as I could try to go around the effected vocal cord (via my method), if it doesn’t start moving at least remotely, the effort could easily become obsolete.

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