Thursday, March 23, 2017

Non-Surgical Voice Restoration and Holistic Laryngological Care

More and more, my practice seems to consist of non-surgical voice repair cases.

The speakers, the singers and the wannabe singers, are pouring into my studio in Toronto as well as in my alternative location in UK.

Nevertheless, people always had problems with their voices and perhaps not necessarily less than today. However, no doubt, the food and the air, i.e. environment overall, used to be much cleaner and more pure than today.

Outside of the environment, people in the past were more conscious of the education in general and vocal training in particular. In the past, they appreciated the knowledge which was giving them confidence about the safety of the use of their voice.

In the past, people had dignity and integrity and a lot of them were coming to me, with or without any indicative vocal problem and were saying, "I want to sing in a better and more respectable venue and not in a toilet bar."

Today, they don't care how and where they sing, as long as they can squeak some sound out of themselves and get through the night, keeping their fingers crossed, having their prayers in their minds and hoping that they will come out of that at least with the speaking voice (singing voice is optional) and preferably not vocally injured.

They push and push and push their sound to the max, until, like my former client from Boston said exactly that, "Diana, in my last performance, I pushed and pushed and pushed my voice until I could not push any more. At that moment I knew this was the last time I could push it at all."

Back to nowadays, nobody cares for the quality of the sound, or the venue where they perform, as long as they get their "fix" and preferably make a "dollar or two" while at it (lol).

Today, they come because they "can not push anymore" and now, they scream or even whisper with their raspy voices "HELP!".

The good news is, that once I non-surgically repair their voices, as a side effect, I teach them how to comply with the standards of professional singing, while concurrently educating them how to work smart and not hard and with the minimum effort, achieve the maximum vocal result and performance.

Needless to say that the references to the above sentences are geared towards safety and protection of one's voice for life.

Isn't that the "name of the game", while your whole life depends on your voice - speaking or singing - you, my reader, may ask...

Often, I ask my voice repair clients (after even a short period of time being under my care), "What price could you put on this?"

The usual answer is, "IT'S PRICELESS."

And that, I hear from people whose first reaction to my tuition fees to restore their voice, to save their voice and realize their dreams, is "OH MY GOD! It's very expensive!"

Needless to say that in a lot of cases, especially where I spot the real need, I give them a break.

Nearly 30 years ago, I had a remote voice problem myself; and on that premise, nobody can sympathize with my clients more than myself. However, my problem was purely emotional and not physical; thus it had nothing to do with the mechanics of my voice.

But it is very rewarding when during and after the voice repair course and treatment, I receive authentic e-mails from my now former clients who express their true gratitude and happiness while stating that all of their vocal problems are finally behind them.

For those who are still wondering, please visit our website's section Post Course Letters and please read the recent e-mails from the clients who nearly lost everything that was always dear to them -THEIR VOCAL ABILITY TO PERFORM (singing or speaking for that matter)!

Needless to say, it got restored with mine and their hard work and with the magic of the natural herbs and remedies, which are perfect partners to my holistic approach to voice mechanics; and, while in partnership, they, as well as the Vocal Science(TM) technique, assure the proper and non-surgical laryngological care.



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Diana Yampolsky is the Master Vocal Coach, Studio Vocal Producerand Non-Surgical Voice Repair Specialist at The Royans Professional Vocal School  and The Royans Institute for Non-Surgical Voice Repair, in Toronto, Canada and worldwide. She is the sole creator of the Vocal Science (TM) method - Trademarked with the Government of Canada.


If you would like to stay up to date with Vocal Science news, Subscribe to our Vocal Science Newsletter (Located HERE). You can also follow us on , Facebook,Twitter and LinkedIn.

If you find yourself struggling with voice/vocal performance or are in need of non-surgical voice repair, you can reach Diana Yampolsky personally via email (info@vocalscience.com) or phone, (416-857-8741)

Monday, March 13, 2017

If Voice Damage is Undeniable…, Suffering should be Optional.




You are experiencing voice problems:


  • Sore throat, hard to swallow, burning vocal cords, difficulty speaking/singing, etc.
  • “Should I ignore all of this and hope that my voice will come back on its own and will be as good as before or better?”
  • “Should I agree for a surgical procedure?”
  • “Should I try to find a “magic” pill, which will solve all my voice problems?”

Should you continue suffering, or should you do something about it?

 I am sure that the first thought that usually comes to your mind is,  “let’s go to the doctor and find out what’s wrong with me”.
Then you get a referral to the ENT specialist. And after that, "if you’re lucky", you may be diagnosed with something not so serious, and most likely, you would be offered some kind of a medical drug, which usually is designed to knock down your gastric acid, regardless weather you have it or not.

If you are "not so lucky", you may not be diagnosed with anything at all, or could be diagnosed with something serious which is, in doctor’s opinion, may require a laser or even a scalper surgery.
Now you may have a dilemma:


My advice would be the latter.

As I mentioned in one of my other blogs, I had a similar dilemma with my lower molar tooth. It took me a month of research and appointments with general dentists, root canal specialists, and tooth extraction specialists. The peculiar part of it was that I managed to concur the toothache completely using natural herbs and remedies during the month when I was very busy with voice repair projects from out of country, while concurrently I had to make my decision how to deal with my dental problem. In my case, I came to the conclusion that the best way would be to extract my doomed tooth, as everything else would be much more complicated and, in the final analysis, I may lose that tooth anyways. I, however, examined all of my options before making my decision.

With respect of the voice problem, I know people who did not even ask for a second opinion and momentarily agreed to the vocal operation. Granted, they wanted to end their sufferings immediately, but unfortunately, not always they acquired the desirable outcome. Moreover, shortly after the operation, they found more polyps or nodules on their vocal cords then they had originally.
Why, you may ask?  The answer is that they got rid of the symptoms momentarily, but the cause of the problem was still unsolved.

Holistically speaking, you have to look at the entire human body and not only at the organ(s) effected. Once the body is properly cleansed and the immune system is significantly boosted, the quality of the voice will inevitably improve on its own. Then, when the “instrument” is, so to speak, tuned, now it is the time to teach the “player” how to extract the maximum capacity from the given “instrument” in order to achieve the desirable performance - speaking or singing. 

I have to note that sometimes the vocal surgery cannot be avoided, but the post-surgery care and proper voice instruction should not even be up for discussion...

IT HAS TO BE A MUST!

The conclusion of all of this is: Stop feeling sorry for yourself. Stop being scared. Do something about it, STOP YOUR SUFFERING ONCE AND FOR ALL!

THOSE (LISTED ABOVE) ARE YOUR OPTIONS!

Diana Yampolsky is the Master Vocal Coach, Studio Vocal Producerand Non-Surgical Voice Repair Specialist at The Royans Professional Vocal School  and The Royans Institute for Non-Surgical Voice Repair, in Toronto, Canada and worldwide. She is the sole creator of the Vocal Science (TM) method - Trademarked with the Government of Canada.
If you would like to stay up to date with Vocal Science news, Subscribe to our Vocal Science Newsletter (Located HERE). You can also follow us on , Facebook,Twitter and LinkedIn.
If you find yourself struggling with voice/vocal performance or are in need of non-surgical voice repair, you can reach Diana Yampolsky personally via email (info@vocalscience.com) or phone, (416-857-8741)

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Voice and Overall Wellbeing - Inspirational Coaching


This blog is my point of view on my non-surgical voice repair clients, who lately, I have no lack of...

Yes, more and more people are approaching me with various voice disorders (speakers and singers). Some of them have tried everything, but nothing worked and they ended up suffering for years.

That category (desribed above) is extremely difficult to attend to.

First of all, because they had lost the belief that they will ever get better and regain their voice. Some of them have undergone two or three vocal operations; unfortunately, majority of them did not get any better but, on the contrary, they actally ended up getting worse. Needless to say that almost all of them have been traumatized and some of them were quite depressed.

Obviously, when you have health challenges in general and the symptoms are not going away for some time, you become disillusioned and almost clinically depressed, if not, in some cases, even suicidal. Some of these troublesome people also have spent a lot of money in hopes for a full recovery. Some of them had even mortgaged their houses and left their countries in search of a cure.

It is extremely sad, but it is a fact.

The worst part is that they had almost lost hope and when they have approached me, they right away started to explain how much money and effort they had spent. It seemed like they almost were trying to hold me responsible for their previous unsuccessful and costly attempts and endeavours. But this is human nature and I do understand where they are coming from. So, when they finally began to trust me and gave me their commitment, my first task became playing the role of a psychiatrist, psychologist and inspirational coach.

Needless to say, unless the client is emotionally balanced and trusting, I will not be able to deliver my work to them.

Some of them have been coming completely emotionally "locked in", which, obviously, does not help their voice condition. In this instance, I need to use all of my four decades of expertise and experience, to unlock their hearts, souls and lastly, their voices. Some of them burst into tears, which, believe it or not, I do invite. Usually, right after that episode, they are becoming much softer, much more submissive, much more trusting and open to the new hope of their voice/vocal recovery. They drop their boundaries, they remove their "duct tape" from the "slot of their human computer" and they finally "plug their computer in".

Now I can finally begin to work and thus, deliver my Vocal Science "magic".

Through all of this, it looks like I acquired a new title - An Inspirational Coach - without which, I evidently can not attempt to live up to my real title - Non-Surgical Voice Repair Specialist.


Diana Yampolsky is the Master Vocal Coach, Studio Vocal Producerand Non-Surgical Voice Repair Specialist at The Royans Professional Vocal School  and The Royans Institute for Non-Surgical Voice Repair, in Toronto, Canada and worldwide. She is the sole creator of the Vocal Science (TM) method - Trademarked with the Government of Canada.
If you would like to stay up to date with Vocal Science news, Subscribe to our Vocal Science Newsletter (Located HERE). You can also follow us on , Facebook,Twitter and LinkedIn.
If you find yourself struggling with voice/vocal performance or are in need of non-surgical voice repair, you can reach Diana Yampolsky personally via email (info@vocalscience.com) or phone, (416-857-8741)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Voice Disorders - Prevention and Treatments


When I reached Canada in 1980 and almost right from the start began teaching voice (speaking and singing), I noticed that, in general, nobody per say paid attention to the way they were speaking/singing or, for that matter, even conducting a proper posture while trying to deliver a message. Some of them, while speaking, were literally falling backwards, arching their upper back to the wall behind them, rather than to me standing right in front of them.

Needless to say that by doing that, they were throwing their speech backwards and the voice would be falling to the back of their vocal cords, which is quite deadly for the vocal health. Nevertheless, the words were coming out slurred and un-pronounced; thus, their enunciation was quite poor. A lot of them were complaining of dry and/or full of mucous throats. Some of them were complaining of the actual pain and discomfort in their vocal boxes.

Today, 33 years later, the problems still persist. The difference is that I am not surprised anymore why they actually persist.

Being well-rounded educated in Russia, we were taught how to conduct our bodies at all given times, not only while speaking, but also while reading, (clearly announcing and pronouncing each and every syllable of the word). Not to mention, we were taught phonetics (which is very foreign for the North American education system). We were taught phrasing, emphasis, inflections and were constantly pointed out to pay attention to a very important component - breathing between the phrases.

Here in Canada, the majority of people who come to my private classes do not have the slightest idea of anything that I described above. The absence and lack of knowledge of those components could  not only contribute to some illiteracy, but mainly will infringe on the health of the vocal box and vocal anatomy in general as well as on some bodily components of health such as (for example) lower back problems. While staying inclined backwards with the pelvis pushed forward, they distribute their whole weight on the lower back muscles and their legs. No doubts that down the road, if not already, these people will be suffering from skeletal disorders.

The voice, in the meantime, has been thrown back; therefore the person trying still to deliver some coherent message would push that voice stronger, at least just to be heard and somewhat understood. If, for a minute, you would visualize a violin player who holds the violin in the wrong position, you will easily visualize that the sound that violinist will be producing will definitely be wrong and not pleasant for the ear. Likewise, the sound (speaking or singing) will be produced, so to speak, from the wrong side of the "instrument".

The human being represents the "instrument" and the "player" at once. If the instrument is broken, untuned or used improperly, the playing (no matter how good the player is) will be insufficient and inadequate.

Conversely, if the instrument is intact, but the player is not utilizing it properly, the so called "total performance" will not be achieved either.

So, with that said, we need the integration and synergy between the "instrument and the player".



Let's talk about the vocal anatomy per say, right now.

In Russia, we have a saying, "You are what you eat". If the person eats a lot of acidic foods and a lot of mucus forming foods, his vocal anatomy, not to mention the anatomy in general, will never be intact. So the clean and mucous-free body, would be a really good start for the vocal health and the health in general. In the holistic teaching, the rules are: cleanse and build.

If in need of a healthy body and a healthy voice, find the good cleansing natural means which will clean your body from the excess mucus and find the natural herbs, which will clean your blood, as it is equally important. Simultaneously, try to build your body with the good nutrients, anti-oxidants and find the care for your immune support.

The stronger and more vibrant your body is, the stronger and cleaner your voice will come out.

Once we clean and tune up the human "instrument", now we can be concerned about the manner of playing on that "instrument".

The conventional voice coaching suggests to drop the jaw down, to stick the stomach and pelvis out and to distribute the whole weight on the lower part of the body. If you refer to my writing above, you will see that my philosophy and point of view on this is not corresponding with that teaching. In fact, all of it could be quite detrimental to the vocal anatomy and the human anatomy in general.

My suggestion to the reader is: while conducting the proper posture of the clean and fit body, release the vocal anatomy and the lower part of the structural anatomy of any pressure.

The weight has to be distributed equally through the body, while supporting and utilizing the sound, which will be coming out of one's mouth. Your voice is a spirit and it has to be flown freely off of your physical body and, as I like to say, "straight to the Universe, where the sky is the limit".

By lifting the voice off of the vocal cords and restructuring the whole sound to the set of the facial muscles (sinus cavities), the vocal anatomy will be freed up, and by utilizing the lower abdomen and upper diaphragm muscles, the pressure of the lower part of the body also will be released.

Now, the facial muscles will begin to work in full conjunction and coordination with the abdominal muscles and thus, the use of the throat, larynx and vocal cords will be minimized and practically, in a manner of speaking, eliminated.

In this instance, the health and longevity of the human voice will be assured for life.



Diana Yampolsky is the Master Vocal Coach, Studio Vocal Producerand Non-Surgical Voice Repair Specialist at The Royans Professional Vocal School  and The Royans Institute for Non-Surgical Voice Repair, in Toronto, Canada and worldwide. She is the sole creator of the Vocal Science (TM) method - Trademarked with the Government of Canada.

If you would like to stay up to date with Vocal Science news, Subscribe to our Vocal Science Newsletter (Located HERE). You can also follow us on , Facebook,Twitter and LinkedIn.

If you find yourself struggling with voice/vocal performance or are in need of non-surgical voice repair, you can reach Diana Yampolsky personally via email (info@vocalscience.com) or phone, (416-857-8741)
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