Thursday, November 28, 2013

Vocally Speaking If You Are Sexually Active, Please be Careful and Try, At least, Not to Ruin Your Voice.

I am sure, you, my reader, find the above title quite intriguing. The question which might pop into your mind would probably be – “what is being sexually active could possibly do with ruining my voice...?”

Unfortunately, it has some validity to it.

For example, every one of us would know of the nasty sexually transmitted disease, such as HPV (human papilloma virus).

The general awareness about it is that, if the virus was received from the infected partner, it would be manifested, primarily, in the sexual organs. However, the above described virus could settle in on the vocal cords and drastically infect the vocal anatomy and thus, dramatically affect the quality of the human voice.

The voice becomes raspy and hoarse and easily could be mistaken for the cold, flu, strep throat, or simply an acid reflux. Months and even years could pass until all the specific tests will be thoroughly executed by a professional ENT doctor/surgeon.

Once diagnosed, the surgery is usually recommended. You may be curious if there is, perhaps, a non-surgical way of dealing with this virus. There might be, but it will take a big effort, a lot of time and quite a bit of money to deal with it unconventionally, i.e., holistically and alternatively. There are ways to draw the virus out of the infected body but, in my opinion, as much as I am against the surgical procedures, in a case like that, the best course of action would be to surgically remove the papilloma, and through the biopsy, which will be taken during the procedure, to find out if the nature of it is benign or malignant.

In the best case scenario, it is benign and no other organs have been affected.

In this case, I would provide a post-operative voice care to restore the voice to its natural condition, as it used to be before the infection. At the time, the natural herbs and homeopathic remedies will be in order to heal the infected and disturbed throat flora. 

Simultaneously, the voice itself has to be lifted off of the vocal box, off of the vocal cords and restructured to the different set of muscles.

All the natural remedies will work much more effectively if the vocal box will be, so to speak, on its vocal “rest”. The voice, meanwhile, will be released from its own “vocal prison” and will be much more freely floating through the facial muscles with the support of the abdominal muscles. As a “side effect”, (and as a result), the person will speak and communicate much better than before with a newly rejuvenated and restored voice.

Also, that person will finally learn to practice the safe sex to avoid this kind of occurrence in the future.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Singing Voice And Speaking Voice. Color And Tone... Can It Be Improved, Enhanced or, Outright Changed?

A couple of days ago, I received a phone call from an 18 years old man who was asking if I could completely change his voice, (surgically, or non-surgically LOL), so he could sound like a certain rapper…? I wasn’t quite sure whether I should laugh or cry.

The question was funny, to say the least, but the issue was sad, as at 18 years of age, he was still very naive and simply foolish, to put it mildly. In our, so to speak, at least technologically advanced age, he sounded like he had no slightest idea about this world and how it operates, let alone about the human voice and what triggers it to work in a certain way.

I always said previously that the voice, like fingerprints, does identify the person, as each human being has their own unique voice, which, in turn, also reflects the state of their particular being.

Could that be completely changed or modified, you my reader, may ask?
The answer for the former: “No, like fingerprints, it cannot be changed. 

But the answer for the latter: Yes, it could be somewhat modified and enhanced”.
For example, somebody speaks very nasally.

Could it be corrected?
The answer is: “Yes”.

I usually treat the nose congestion with the herbal and homeopathic remedies and then restructure the voice to the facial muscles and away from the nose. It then sounds wider, rounder and fully bodied and definitely not ‘nasally’ anymore. Somebody speaks too high or too low.

Could that be addressed?
Yes, absolutely!

When I work on a wholesome mechanism, which allows not only for the voice to work in the fullest capacity possible, but also puts that voice in a complete balance, i.e., for those who sounded too high (primarily males who never really came out of puberty), begin to speak with some base underneath of their high toned voice.

Those who speak very ‘bass’ie’, (men and women), begin to sound much more balanced and also consistent with the size of their physical bodies. In my practice, I had petite women who spoke with the low baritone voices, and quite short and, not necessarily masculine looking men, who also spoke with a low baritone or base voice.

That type of thing could be modified, mainly balanced to the gender and, as I pointed out before, the size of their bodies. As for singers, in majority of cases, singing voice could be exponentially enhanced with respect of the tone, color and fullness of one’s voice.

Once the voice is properly supported, structured, placed and projected, it begins to sound much more clear, much more articulated and much more full in its entirety. Of course, there are better quality and not-so-good quality singing voices I had been working with.

If the person’s inner energy is quite heavy, the voice also sounds less flexible and yes, sometimes, heavy duty. In this case, I definitely have to work on the person as a whole to lighten up his/her energy and, sometimes, release the grip that they could be carrying since their childhood. Some voices are sounding too light and, in this case, I have to build a solid foundation underneath of the person’s voice.

Usually, these types of people lack the overall confidence, which, quite amazingly, grows along with their voice development. Needless to say, without the needed confidence and the strong thriving voice, they cannot realize their dream to become a professional performer/speaker/singer.

The conclusion of it is:
Please take care of your speaking and your singing voice to the best of your ability. And, if you’re not satisfied with the way how your speaking or singing voice sounds, look for professionalhelp, as the satisfaction with your voice, will give you satisfaction overall.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Mind, Body and Voice; Miraculous Throat Cancer Recovery

“Diana, I am amazed: the doctors - the ‘experts’ - just keep saying 'nothing can be done, be happy for what you have left' and they're wrong. You have proved them wrong with your vocal approach” - Tim Bristol, throat cancer survivor of Niagara Falls, New York.

Tim Bristol, a professional musician and singer for the last 40 years was, unfortunately, diagnosed with tonsil cancer. He was given a choice to undergo quite extensive chemo and radiation therapy, or otherwise, it could have endangered his life. He chose the former, but then he was experiencing the side effects of such therapy.

He lost his salivary glands, his throat was always dry and his voice was drawn in a very low position and sounded raspy and hoarse when he first came for his non-surgical voice repair sessions. Also, he lost nerve endings on the tips of his fingers, which was very crucial for his career as a musician/guitar player.

The doctors were congratulating him on being alive and conquering his cancer and did not want to hear any of his complaints with regard of the above. His mind, however, was very strong and his will to recover his professional craft was unshakable. Via my special speaking and singing exercises and natural herbs and remedies treatment, I was able to recover Tim’s voice in a super-fast manner.

He arrived on his first session with me on one of the Wednesdays and, already by Friday of the same week, he was singing in our local Karaoke place to everybody’s amusement.
They were asking me why I was hiding such a good singer from them, and had never introduced him to them before.

I tried to explain that he came from the US only for a few days for non-surgical voice repair sessions with me, but they had no listening to that, as for them, it was quite unbelievable that he could hardly speak, let along sing, just a couple of days ago.

One more miracle, amongst many, has been produced!

That said, if you have a strong mind and complete determination to recover your voice, or conquer any other physical problem for that matter, your body will eventually listen to you, providing that the correlation between mind, body, voice and, of course, the soul is very sound and in sync.

You obviously have to be given the positive affirmation by your mentor/healer and definitely the proper directions/instructions on how to access your inner resources and make your body heal thyself.

One more victory!
One more champion!

Way to go Tim!
You are an inspiration to others.