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In this blog, in the wake of the New Year, we would like to shed more light on our very exclusive services for speakers, singers and those who are in need of non-surgical voice repair.

On February the 15th, we will be celebrating 33 years of our existence via The Royans Professional Vocal School and The Royans Institute forNon-Surgical Voice Repair.

Over these years, we have been improving not only our professional skills, but also our business acumen and conduct. Not only do we provide our clients with very professional and very unique (in its nature) instruction, we also provide, when needed, natural herbal and homeopathic treatment along with it. By now, it is a very well known fact that we are in a league of our own.

We are receiving clients from all over the Universe and, by the end of 2016, the estimated amount of clients (speakers, singers, voice repair patients combined) has, no doubt, exceeded 20,000!  We have been receiving people from all walks of life; all races, all creeds and all professions. Not only have we provided what they were looking for (professional, or not, speaking and singing); and in addition, we have treated and even cured all kinds of voice/vocal disorders, where doctors had just ”washed their hands” or, at best, had offered an invasive vocal surgery.

Now, when Ms. Yampolsky became a freelance practitioner, she is also traveling around the world and servicing those in need. She advocates a very exclusive technique, which is called the Vocal Science™.

Especially when people travel to her, she goes out of her way to make sure that her client(s) are comfortably accommodated, fed (primarily by her) and for those who drive on the left side of the road or would not feel comfortable enough to drive in an unknown city, she picks them up personally for arrival to the session and departure from the session.

If time permits, she does go out of her way to show her client(s) some Toronto attractions or (what’s more important) she personally drives them (if needed) to meet her handpicked associates who, on occasion, might add even more value to Diana’s services. Some voice repair cases are more difficult then others; and sometimes it is good (in addition) to get somebody else’s expertise.

Our New Year’s Resolution is such that we will be committed to improve (as much as we possibly can), our patients’ vocal health and health in general.

Our commitment (as it also had been) is to produce more singing stars, as well as to help the existing celebrity performers to acquire a Vocal Science™ technique, so that they would not have to face a vocal operation, and then (in many known cases) face the consequences of (suggested to them) Vocal Surgeries.

With respect of our “Total Communicator Program” for professional (and non-professional) speaking, we too are committed to improve upon it and will be delighted to here more and more of our clients’ healthy voices over TV, Radio and other media sources.

On this note, we would like to wish our very best to our existing clients/students, as well as to those who we haven’t met yet, but would be delighted to also provide them with all we’ve got in our arsenal…

Happy New Year to all and many, many more successful years to come, vocally and otherwise!

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The Management & Communications Team
The Royans Professional Vocal School &
The Royans Institute for Non-Surgical Voice Repair
www.vocalscience.com
www.repairyourvoice.com

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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.

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Firstly, the answer for the question whether or not you can prevent a vocal surgery, in majority of cases would definitely be yes.

We have seen and heard a lot of artists with great talents and beautiful songs, but the majority of those artists, unfortunately, did not have much of an idea about proper vocal technique, which actually would prevent those beautiful natural voices from, in some cases, severe damage.

They’re usually picked up by the industry based on their talents, looks, and in some cases, well-written songs.

Also, I will never forget, “until the day I die”, when I had an appointment with Sony Music Canada, and before starting the conversation about my own artist, the two Sony executives, almost, right away, when I sat down on the chair in their office, exclaimed: “Where have you been when we needed you last night? We flew over an artist from Vancouver and could hardly pull out any vocals out of him! It was more like we were pulling out our own hair!”

I still, being somewhat naive (at the time), exclaimed: “If he couldn’t sing, so to speak, to save his life, why in the world you flew him over?”

“Yes Diana”, they said. “We understand your point, but he is such a good song writer!”

My question was, and still is, if the person is a good songwriter, does it automatically make him a good singer?

If, for example, I am a good driver, does it automatically make me a car mechanic or a driving instructor?

For some reason, it is presumed that if the artist is a good songwriter, good looking and got his/her charismatic performance down pat, it grants him a “license” to be a “professional” singer.

In my books, it’s called a “license to kill” and in this instance and reference, to kill their own voice no doubts!

VERY WRONG IDEA!

To be able to withhold the pressure on the human voice and vocal anatomy, you really need to know what you are doing with respect of the mechanics of the voice.

One more time again, if I am not a car mechanic, I will, for example, not mess with the car engine, carburetor or alternator for that matter.

I will hire an authorized, licensed car mechanic.

For some reason, neither the singers nor the music industry professionals ever think in this capacity or terms.

They overload their artists with huge tasks concerning their voices and then they get surprised that the artists’ voices seize and most likely, the singers (under their, so called, care) will be facing the vocal surgery.

To answer the second question whether or not the artist could avoid the vocal surgery is not always straightforward and not very easy.

If the voice is damaged severely, the non-surgical approach, at that time, may not already be feasible.

Since the artists are under the contract and have to record, perform and tour, when they feel that something unusual is happening with their voice, they have no choice as to continue pushing and pulling their vocal anatomy to the max until they severely strain their voices and could not anymore pull anything out of it.

At that time, usually in the doctor’s office, they discover that they have bleeding vocal cords, nodules or polyps on their vocal anatomy and/or amuscle tension dysphonia coupled with the acid reflux and fibromyalgia associated with their voice disorders diagnosis.

Majority of the above listed vocal issues are possibly solvable via a special technique, which addresses the lift of the voice off of the vocal anatomy and then the concurrent natural treatment to aid the wounded throat and larynx flora.

So if the artist is practicing a safe and sound vocal technique which allows him/her to save and protect the vocal anatomy and assure the duration of his/hers vocal health, the vocal surgery will never be necessary.

Calling all artists!

If you can AVOID a vocal surgery, please do.

I am sure everybody remembers the case of Joan Rivers.

She went to the outpatient auto laryngology department in one of the prominent New York’s hospitals, to remove a simple polyp…

We all know that she never got out of the operating table.

Safe voice revolution?

Yes, it is.

If you don’t practice “safe voice” your life might be at stake!

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The Non-Surgical Voice Repair has been my forte for well over 3 decades.

I’ve worked with both – regular people with speaking voiceproblems, ‘wannabes’ and, of course, professional singers. This blog is mostly about the professional singers who have done nothing but sang and performed most of their lives.

Understandably, the voice is their prime ‘instrument’ and, nevertheless, those artists’ livelihoods would very well depend on it. When, down the road, their voices would experience natural wear and tear, they would become alarmed and rightfully so.

Usually, it starts in the later stage of their professional lives, as their voice cannot withstand the same workability and sound pressure as it could in their younger years.

Not to mention that most of those artists are just simply talented, but they never had an exposure to the right vocal technique which would save and protect their voice for life.

So before they know, the symptoms of overworked voice begin to surface. Some of them are coming with per-nodule conditions or already with full-blown polyps or nodules on their vocal cords.

For many years, deep inside, they knew that something had dramatically changed with respect to their vocal performance. They realized it, but it usually takes some time to admit it, even to themselves.

As they go along, the condition keeps persisting and then they begin their internet search for a vocal cure. Some of them, out of desperation, jumping straight onto the operating table in hopes that when they will come out of the O.R., they will be as good as new and will sing as good as before and better.

The others are looking for a ‘magic pill’ and the conventional vocal instruction, not realizing that to deal with any vocal problem is a big task and it definitely requires a highly qualified voice specialist. It also requires them to be in cooperation with the instruction and treatment.

The majority of people are naturally very frustrated, extremely scared and totally obsessed with the sound of their voice. My recent US client, through the process of his per-nodule treatment, was literally coming on and off what I call a ‘vocal orgasm’.

When we have overcome his vocal injury and started the actual vocal instruction, not only was he flying off the handle from the excitement, but continuously kept listening to his own voice, forgetting that the next segment of the song was coming.

When I pointed it out, he said to me:

“But Diana, I am addicted; it is like a drug to me. I guess I am a vocal Junkie, as I am completely addicted to my voice now. I never herd my voice sounding this way for many years!”

With these words, he knelled down and touched my feet. That gesture suggests a great respect and admiration for a Teacher, Mentor or a Guru. I first had learned that from my former voice repair client, who came to me from India many years ago

He too did the same gesture to my enormous surprise then, and after I recovered from the shock of the unknown, he gave me the full blown explanation of that ritual.

Needless to say, to teach “an old dog new tricks” is not very easy.

We all know that bad habits die hard.

Due to that process, I have to free the artist from any ‘addictions’ he/she may possess:

  • Misalignment of the physical body
  • Poor connection between mental clarity and motor skills
  • “Dropped down the floor” jaw
  • Stuck out (as a pregnant ballerina), stomach (lol)
  • Fears and insecurities of accepting the new modality of the certain proper vocal and overall behavior
  • Elimination of what I call “vocal narcissism” behavior (me, myself and I, and…my voice)

The name of this game is to find a balance which has to be achieved by a performer on every level: mental, physical, emotional and vocal. Once the above is acquired, no addictions or bad behavior could take place, and not only vocally, but, as well, on an everyday basis.

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In this blog, I would like to speak about the human voice in general and the speaking and singing voice in particular.

Many people, especially those who are not singers, have no Idea that something may happen to their voice. They get the odd cold or virus, lose their voice momentarily and for a short term, but then regain it fairly quickly and go back about their lives, as per normal.

Unfortunately, they do not even have a clue that, at the time of the cold or when the virus occurs, they have to be extra careful and extra gentle to their, somewhat bruised, voice. Being quite unaware of what the consequences might be, they continue as before; speak a lot, speak loud, scream and sing.

Then, finally, they get rid of the cold but, to their surprise, find out that their voice never got back to normal!

It still sounds raspy, low and actually, altogether hoarse, as it does not have its usual tone or resonation for that matter. That’s when, unfortunately, the ordeal with their voice begins. For singers, it is a double devastation, as not only their speaking voice is not sounding right, but, to their horror, they discover that they have lost most of the range of their singing voice and it does not sound anything like it sounded before. In more severe cases, people get one or even, God forbid, both vocal cords paralysed.

That voicedisorder is called vocal paresis.

On this note, it brings to memory a case of a Pastor who, prior to his strep throat occurrence, has been traveling all over the world, preaching and singing. When he got rid the actual strep throat, neither his speaking nor his singing voice ever came back to its original state.

He became a victim of a very nasty vocal disorder – vocal paresis; but luckily, there was only one vocal cord effected. You, my reader, could only imagine how devastating it must have been for a person whose livelihood depended solely on his voice!

Sad, but true.

He had to continue to work and fulfill his obligations and never gave his voice a rest during the strep throat occurrence. He loved his work, but he did not love his voice and continued to act as per normal, not realizing that he could get a permanent damage to his speaking and singing voice, in his case.

Love your voice!!!

If you are sick with whatever it is concerning your vocal box or respiratory system, give it a deserved rest. Don’t pretend that nothing has changed.

It has, so treat your voice and your vocal anatomy accordingly:

  • Drink lots of water and tea with honey and lemon
  • Speak less. If you have to speak, speak very quietly
  • Don’t sing under any circumstances, you will pay a much higher price later in the full understanding of that word
  • Take some natural herbs and homeopathic remedies
  • When free of the disease, take some appropriate voice/vocal lessons on how to restore both your speaking and singing voice

Usually, when the person gets stricken by a disease, hers/his immune system is weakened and the disease manifests more so in those organs which are weaker than others.

So if the person speaks a lot for a living or if it is a singer who puts an enormous pressure on his/hers throat, he/she could be assured that the first organ which the disease is going to strike will be their vocal anatomy. So those people have to be extra careful, use a proper technique for speaking and singing and baby their voices at all times, and especially at the time when the cold or virus has occurred.

Don’t neglect your voice, as once damaged, it could be quite difficult to restore it to its original condition, however, not necessarily impossible. So…

Love it…!

Feel it…!

Live it…!

Be it…!

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