Friday, May 1, 2015

Bleeding vocal cords - how does that happen? Is there a cure?



The world had just herd about the well-known artist, Sam Smith who, unfortunately, had to interrupt his Australian tour and reschedule his Japan and UK tours. It is very unfortunate when the singer, especially at his heights, has to interrupt his performances and publicly admit that there is something wrong with his vocal anatomy.

The question is: could the singer prevent such an occurrence?
From where I sit, the answer is yes, he could.

The Vocal Science ™ technique, which I developed, suggests to use less of the vocal anatomy and more of the subsidiary anatomy which actually produces more efficiency in the human voice with less, (or not at all), strain on the vocal cords and vocal box in general. The vocal cords could handle only so much pressure of the sound.

Therefore, the main objective is to remove the pressure, and thus the pain and strain from the vocal cords, larynx and throat, and then to appoint the facial set of muscles to play the role of the natural amplifier or resonator.

To achieve the above, the facial muscles must begin to work in full conjunction and coordination with the abdominal muscles. The abdominal muscles will provide the support for the sound to be lifted off of the vocal cords and off of the vocal box. And also, the circumference, (the body of the sound), will then be established. After the very first syllable of the word, the vocal cords will be relieved to the rest of the phrase, thus a lot of strums by the voice on the vocal cords will be saved.
 
Like for the heart, we only have so many beats per lifetime.
Similarly, the vocal cords could only handle so many strums per lifetime.

The moral of this is: save and protect your voice, trying to avoid the wear and tear on the vocal anatomy. When the vocal anatomy is used excessively, it becomes dry and very vulnerable. In this instance, the singer who has a very heavy schedule, like Sam Smith, could acquire all kinds of vocal disorders, and yes, one of them could be bleeding vocal cords.

If the person wears an uncomfortable shoe, he could easily get a callus on their baby toe. If the shoe, or the callus for that matter, is not removed, it starts bleeding and gets infected.  The bandage with medication, which separates the shoe from the callus, could eliminate the pain and prevent the infection.
So, in my opinion, for the singer whose livelihood depends on his/her voice, it is a must to learn how to separate the vocal anatomy from the pressure of the sound adapting the wholesome mechanism which includes proper breathing and, so to speak, “fuel” for the sound to fly to its aimed destination and arrive to that destination safely.

However, if the damage has occurred, along with the proper technique, the use of the certain natural herbs and remedies would enhance the healing. To get more information on voice damage and voice disorders, you are welcome to refer to one of our sites:

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Post Voice Repair Course – Positive and Not So Positive Consequences



The Non-Surgicalvoice repair course is a very serious endeavor for both the voice sufferer and the voice repair specialist.

Needless to say, the voice repair clients come usually upset, frustrated and in a majority of cases, somewhat depressed.  Quite a few of them literally lost they’re speaking and singing careers, or just simply their jobs.  So they do have a very good reason to be upset, and yes, depressed.

However, obviously those emotions are not helping the cause.
So I have to be a very good psychologist, and in some cases, even a psychiatrist to be able to attend to the vocally troubled person.

Obviously, the concept of my methodology is the same for everybody. However, the way I am solving their voice and vocal issues is almost every time different.

I compare it with a headache.
You can get rid of the headache applying different means, i.e., medical drugs, herbal remedies, deep tissue manipulation massage, or what have you.

It does not really matter what is applicable for a headache sufferer. It does matter that the headache will not exist anymore.

I use the same approach to solve any vocal disorder. I look and find out what is needed. Then I test several methods I have in my arsenal. And once I find the one that works, I provide the needed care.

My success of doing it is unlimited!

There are two stages involved in treating and educating the person with voice problem:

The first stage: I instill my message on the subconscious level.
It is in fact a very intellectual and intelligent method of visualization. It works on the principal of GPS, or as British people call it, Satellite Navigation, which is all good and well.

Let’s say that you need to get to an unknown place only once.
You don’t know where you are going and you are not planning to go there ever again. Then the GPS, (Or Sat Nav), will be very helpful.

You don’t need to think, as a pleasant (usually female) voice will guide you exactly to where you are going.

But if you want to learn the root and rely on your brain, you will consciously then know the exact directions to the aimed destination.

Stage two: is to educate the voice repair client “what button to press on their human computer” to achieve the right outcome or “printout” so to speak, they are looking for, first with my help and then on their own.

If that stage of the instruction does not “compute” so to speak, the person upon arriving back home, will have difficulties to replicate the newly found application of their speaking or singing voice.

The “automatic pilot instruction”, which they achieved while being with me in my studio, will shortly wear off and now will bring the voice repair client almost, back to the same stage where they originally began their journey. 

Some people need 20-30 hours of instruction and, so to speak, ‘tightening the screws’ of the new modality of their new vocal behavior, and some people need 50, or even 100 hours to achieve that.

All of it depends how balanced, mentally, physically and emotionally the person is at the beginning of the voice repair journey.

If they have an open heart and soul, the belief and commitment, the success of their vocal and overall human transformation will be, indeed, unlimited.

A lot of my clients come very closed in and very much in their head.

One time, I was working with a client, and there was a huge noise coming out from another side of the building. I, personally, was very disturbed by it and could not wait until it will stop.

I was really worried that it does disturb and distract my client from her exercises.  When I asked her if she’s disturbed by this enormous noise, she looked at me, puzzled, and asked me, “which noise…?”.

She, apparently, has not heard a thing!!!

That should tell you, my reader, that the person, instead of being connected with the instructor, was sitting very deeply in their own head and stewing in their own world.
That alerted me immediately and I did everything in my power to establish a balance between the person’s inner and outer world, thus establish the needed connection with me and learn (manually) the proper application, in this case, of speaking voice.

As I knew that when the former voice repair client comes back home, the automatic translation will wear out soon enough and the manual one was hardly established.

Moreover, especially the speakers, who ruined their voices by speaking a lot, very loud and intensely, now regaining their voice, (even on the automatic pilot), come back right to the same manor and quantity of speaking, as before and more.

I do warn those clients and try to bring to their level of understanding that they just left, in a manor of speaking, a rehab and they can not start running marathons immediately after.

By my experience, the speakers are the most guilty of this president.

They, in a manner of speaking, acquire what I call a “vocal incontinence”.

It is somewhat understandable, since they were deprived from the normal speech for some time before they met me, but they still do not have patience to bring it up gradually and “learn how to walk, before they start running”.

So my main challenge in voice repair endeavors is to get the vocal sufferer back in balance on every level and assure that they will remain to stay in total balance, with or without my presence.  

Monday, April 6, 2015

Vocal Injury … The pain could be inevitable, but the suffering should be optional.

“I’m not a reborn Christian, I am a reborn human,” said Karen Gundling, my recent voice repair client from Ottawa, Ontario. 

Like many of my other clients, Karen lived with her voice disorder for almost two decades. 

She had seen many medical professionals, alternative doctors, and nevertheless, speech therapists. 

To all of them, she had been complaining about the pain in her throat, her neck and her shoulder, evidently associated with that. 

Practically all of them told her that it is “all in her head”. 

Only one of the specialists was able to diagnose her with muscle tension dysphonia (MTD), but like everybody else, he was not able to administrate any kind of treatment which would help Karen to get rid of her nagging pain while speaking. 

Needless to say, she was devastated and practically was ready to give up on life. 

She is a very vibrant and boisterous person who loves to talk a lot. 

Some of the so-called medical professionals ordered her to keep silent for six months!! 

Needless to say, I had quite a few cases like Karen’s in the past. 

In brings out the memory of my former client, George L., a real estate agent from Los Angeles, California, who went through the similar ordeal. 

Nobody could tell him also what was wrong with him and every treatment George took around the world would make his sufferings with his voice worse than before. 

And he needed to speak for a living! 

Twenty minutes into my first session, George had tears in his eyes and said to me, “I’m honored to be in the same room with such a specialist like you.” 

Four days later, George left very happy with his voice completely recovered

The fact is, that from the medical doctors’ and the alternative practitioners’ point of view, “there is nothing wrong” with such patients like my two clients described above. 

Why, you my reader, may ask …

Because the problem, one more time again, is mechanical. 

None of the doctors know how to fix the mechanics of voice, i.e. recover it from the neck and chest muscles; structure it and place it in the sinus (facial) cavities; and how to create the support of the sound from the lower and upper abdominal muscles; and how to integrate and synchronize those muscles to work simultaneously with each other. 

The description of the Vocal Science Method is such that it requires the synchronicity and synergy between mental, physical, emotional and vocal components. 

If that doesn’t happen, the voice repair will never be accomplished. 

If that wholesome mechanism which allows the voice to work in its fullest capacity possible –   with no pain or strain on the vocal anatomy – is not established, the voice, speaking or singing, will never have a healthy sound and always will be prone to some kind of injury. 

With that mechanism in place, the speaker or singer will also be able to comply with standards of professional speaking or singing, and nevertheless, preserve their recovered voices for their lifetime.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Conventional Voice Repair Hullabaloo! -- Kazoo...? or Not to Kazoo?



Lately I attract more and more voice repair clients who have problems with speech and not necessarily with singing.


Some of them have been suffering for two or even three decades with diagnoses like muscle tension dysphonia (MTD), spasmodic dysphonia, vocal cords burned with acid reflux and many other voice issues.

None of them were able to get any meaningful help from medical doctors or even specialists and let alone from speech therapists.

Some of my clients have seen numerous speech therapists who offered them to blow into a kazoo, blow into a straw to a glass of water, and yawn with an excessive sigh!

According to those speech therapists the muscles on their patients’ necks and their vocal cords for that matter will get relaxed and that’s how all of their vocal issues will be solved … ???

In my humble opinion all of those manipulations are completely obsolete, useless, and counter-productive.

By following the above, nothing meaningful can be produced except the dry throat, more strained vocal cords, and more frustration for the voice repair sufferer.

A lot of my clients reveal to me that they felt like hostages being (nevertheless) tortured and by that had achieved nothing but more pain and more disappointment.

Some of them were asked to produce loud noises and when they refused to do so, they were scolded and told that they were very quick to give up on their so-called advanced treatment.

In my practice I also received people whose vocal disorder was not very obvious at the glance.

Those particular people had no growth on their vocal cords like nodes, nodules or polyps, they simply had strained their vocal cords, drowned their voices in a very low neck and chest position, and thus, in some cases, they have acquired a mild muscle tension dysphonia condition.

Needless to say, that their necks and shoulders are usually very painful, and that, in turn, affects their ability to speak without any pain or strain.

However, since there are no obvious damage being presented to the ENT doctors or speech therapists, the patients have been labeled with the unthinkable – “It’s all in your head and there is nothing wrong with your voice.”

In some cases, they have been thrown out of the doctors and speech therapists offices!

How sad is that?

The patient is blamed for the crime he/she never committed, so to speak.

The voice sufferer is “punished” for the medical “professionals” inadequacy in the aforementioned field!

Evidently the so-called medical professionals have no insight on how to provide help to these poor voice problem sufferers.

The voice, in a manner of speaking, had drowned and needs to be recovered.

Some of my clients in the past were advised not to speak for six months or even longer to give their voice a rest.

By the time they were trying to speak again, they had nothing but hiss and whisper!

If the car’s engine is broken, by putting the car in the garage “to rest”, it will not fix the car’s mechanical problems.

Similarly, if you don’t revive the drowned person back to life, the person will die.

Given all that, needless to say, if the mechanics of voice and the surrounding muscles like neck, shoulders, chest and proper posture overall is not fixed, the voice sufferer will never acquire their normal – needless to say –  improved voice back.

The tedious and very intense work required (overall) where the integration and synergy of the intellectual understanding is coupled with the patient’s motor skills and the employment of methods of visualization. All of the above will be necessary in order to achieve (if not a complete vocal recovery) but a much improved voice condition; not to mention, a much better psychological state of mind and a vastly improved physical condition of one’s body.

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