Friday, September 4, 2015
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, 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 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.
Posted by Diana Yampolsky at 4:22 PM
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Voice and Vocal Disorders Treatment
Post Voice/Vocal Restoration and Coaching
Mild Voice/Vocal Diseases Cure
After the non-surgical voice repair and voice/vocal treatment is complete, the voice/vocal coaching begins. The voice repair client then becomes a voice/vocal student and learns how to speak/sing professionally not only complying with the standards of professional speaking /singing, but also assuring the safety and unlimited length of their found-again voice.
Post Voice/Vocal Restoration and Coaching
Mild Voice/Vocal Diseases Cure
We treat and cure most vocaldiseases and disorders. Most disorders are treatable and some of them are even curable. With our Vocal Science Trademarked technique and employment of the, specifically selected, natural herbal and homeopathic remedies, we are able to achieve results like no other!
How it is done:
The Vocal Science technique has been developed by the world renowned vocal coach, consultant and non-surgical voice repair specialist, Diana Yampolsky.
By utilizing the components of the Vocal Science method, Diana became capable to save the damaged vocal anatomy and restore the speaking and/or singing voice back to normal and beyond.
Using, (developed by Diana), speech and singing exercises, coupled with the certain body movements, she became capable of achieving the voice lift off of the vocal box and off of the vocal cords.
The voice, now got restructured to the different set of muscles, (facial cavities) and thus, get amplified 4 to 5 times its original volume. So for those who are suffering with low voiceprojection due to vocal injury, it is a savior. But the condition of it is that those facial cavities must work in full conjunction and coordination with the lower and upper abdominal muscles.
The latter is very important, as the lower abdominal muscles are responsible for the height of the sound which after the lift of the voice should be traveling 360 degrees above the person’s actual height. The upper diaphragm muscles, (rib cage), responsible for the width, (body of the sound). As the sound travels in a circular direction (as any physical material body does) relatively, respectively and prospectively to the height and the width of the body, the circumference of the circle must be totally fulfilled.
Otherwise, the sound will be “tiny and skinny” and thus, no “fullness” of the voice will come out on the surface and thus, the projection of the full, healthy voice will be diminished.
How we treat and cure voice and vocal disorders:
We advocate specially selected, natural herbs and remedies, which are designed to strengthen the vocal box and vocal cords in particular.
They also aid to the cleanliness of the overall vocal anatomy. They help to get rid of all of the impurities like gastric acid and mucus. They also help to lubricate the vocal cords and larynx and keep the “vocal machine strong, oiled and lubed”, so to speak.
Once the voice is lifted, structured, placed and projected, those natural herbs and remedies become double effective, as now, the voice is not mixed in with the vocal anatomy and allows the space (within the vocal anatomy) for the healing and cure.
For the certain and some specific voice/vocal disorders, we also use homeopathic remedies, especially for the vocal diseases which are of viral nature; such as polyps and specific types of papilloma.
Please note: Some vocal disorders can be vastly improved with the Vocal Science™ technique and natural herbal and homeopathic treatment, but may not necessarily be cured.
The latter include severe forms of spasmodic dysphonia, some forms of complete vocal paralysis and some severe forms of throat cancer, especially if the patient has undergone numerous radiation treatments.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
More and more, we are hearing about well-known artists losing their voices, cancelling their shows and tours and undergoing vocal surgeries.
Nevertheless, the amateur singers lose their voices in an everyday basis as well, we just don’t hear about it as much.
And lastly speakers: They are caught completely by surprise when their speaking voice seizes on them “out of the blue” or, at least, they think so. In reality, the voice loss is always premeditated. The worse it is for speakers, as they’re completely not expecting anything like that and the lost voice is getting them, the least to say, in shock.
The fact is that they do not realize that the voice is a vulnerable organ and could break very easily. Singers are, by far, more aware about it and those who proceed with caution, so to speak, are able to keep their voice healthy and lengthy for the rest of their lives.
So what about those who don’t know about voice preservation? We have the answer for them.
The Vocal Science technique, which we advocate, suggests you to use the different set of muscles (which are your facial muscles), instead of the vocal box muscles.
The facial muscles contain the sinus (vocal) cavities within.
That is where the voice (as a muscle) with the support of the abdominal muscles will get in and get secured within those cavities. Then with the proper breathing control, (also supported by the abdominal muscles), the sound gets projected to its aimed destination.
So, at that point, the mission is accomplished, as the wholesome mechanism, which allows the voice to work in its fullest capacity possible and with no pain or strain on the vocal anatomy, has been instilled in the human muscles and psyche.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
If you can, you will be able to use your voice, by design, and think on a parallel track and in synchronicity with your speaking or singing.
Nevertheless, this is an invaluable skill to have.
The fact is that the majority of people do not possess that skill, as they are simply out-of-balance and out of alignment. Some of them think long and hard before producing the speaking or singing sounds and thus, evidently, “missing the boat”.
The others, opposite; they speak and sing without boarders and think, if at all, after the fact.
It is especially crucial for those who have been undergoing a non-surgical voice repair ordeal. In fact, the above-described imbalance was also a contributing factor to their voice disorder in the first place.
The human being who is, in fact, in balance, is most likely able to think and act on a parallel track, which means that his/her subconscious mind and conscious mind are aligned and thus, work on a parallel track with each other.
The subconscious mind is responsible for the thinking and the conscious mind plays the role of the driving force. If they are in agreement with each other, the voice should come out as the outcome of the above equation.
If the synchronicity between the subconscious and conscious mind is disrupted, the person will not be able to produce any sound upon design and will get stagnated with their thinking and no action, or with the action, which is not supported by any structural thinking.
In this case, the singer most likely will be going out of tune and out of timing and, no doubts, sooner or later, will end up with some kind of voice disorder.
The regular speaking person, who is very loud in an everyday basis, screaming and shouting at all given times and without boarders, also will end up with some kind of voice damage down the road. As these people have no understanding of any kind that their voice is also one of their organs and if abused, it will lose its functionality, just like a liver will give up its functions for the alcoholics.
To conclude – The balance is everything, and so is the knowledge. Stop yelling and screaming before, during and after the voice repair work.
Speak in moderation and be always on guard that the voice is a fragile human organ and could snap and become damaged at any given time.
For singers - don’t push your voice to the extreme high or low notes without knowledge how to approach and access it. Please learn how to hear yourself thinking and act accordingly and timely.