Friday, September 4, 2015
It's not Speech Therapy... but Innovative Speaking Voice Repair (Part 1)
Over the years, I have been attending to many clients with voice problems who had undergone speech therapies of one kind or another.
Unfortunately for them, they have not gotten anything out of it and some of them actually got worse. Needless to say that, at best, they left the speech therapy office feeling exactly the same as quite a few speech sessions ago and “quite a few” dollars spent. They were especially doomed if they came to the speech therapy to fix their singing voice.
The fact is that those speech therapists are not trained in vocals, thus they could not be knowledgeable in the restoration of voice mechanics.
Some of the singers who have, so to speak, lost their ability to sing for whichever reason, actually have their speaking voice intact or close to normal. When they come to speech therapy, they are asked to blow into a kazoo or blow a bubble into the water.
They are also asked to “moo and hum” some strange sounds, which really have nothing to do with the brutal reality of the loss of singing, or even speaking voice for that matter.
Out of an estimated 20,000 people who have ended up in my care, not one of them was satisfied with the conventional speech therapy or ENT specialist’s diagnoses and treatments.
So what is the solution, you may ask?
The solution is to approach it completely holistically!
A couple of days ago, I ended up talking with a male individual who, according to 2 ENT’s, ended up, “out of the blue”, with a paralyzed vocal cord.
He, in fact, was not even offered speech therapy but, outright, was offered a “temporary solution” via injections to his vocal cord; or a ”permanent solution” via surgery, which would consist of installing an artificial device which, supposedly, will bring the paralyzed vocal cord closer to the healthy one.
In my opinion, both solutions are not viable. The cause of the problem with the voice, lies much, much deeper.
After interviewing the potential client, I found out that he was quite a heavy smoker for many years. He also works around a quite toxic environment. And prior to getting his voice sounding very deep and raspy, he acquired some kind of a cold or virus.
In my opinion, the combination of all those ‘mentioned above’ toxins, set off a chemical reaction; and that reaction attacked the person’s throat.
So, in this case, the aforementioned person would have to undergo a very deep cleanse and very heavy-duty build of the immune system and all of the body’s systems simultaneously.
While undergoing the latter, the sufferer’s voice has to be rebuilt and restored, i.e. via special speech exercises, coupled with specially designed body movements, the support, structure, placement and projection of the voice must complete the “installation” of the wholesome mechanism which will allow the human voice to work in the fullest capacity and with no pain or strain on the vocal anatomy.
Needless to say, the annunciation and pronunciation will become much clearer, the projection of the voice, and thus the volume of the voice, will become much louder and the person whose speech was hardly understood by others before, now, with absolute confidence, could totally communicate with no difficulties and be certain that he is received and perceived exactly as it was meant to be.
I will elaborate in more depths in my next blog about singers with lost voice, their treatment and possible cure.