Monday, October 17, 2016

How Health-Care for The Voice Contributes to ones’ Balance and Health in General?

Vocal Science™ Technique advocates not only health-care for the voice, but also for the human being as a whole.

In order to structure, place and project the voice to its aimed destination, the alignment between the subconscious and conscious mind has to take place. In a nutshell, Vocal Science™ method is about the integration and synergy between mental, physical, physiological, emotional and vocal components.

When the subconscious and conscious mind are aligned, the person is more inclined to think and to act upon thinking. Unfortunately, (especially lately and due to enormous stress), people often act irrationally and without thinking first. Some, instead, are thinking forever and never act upon their thoughts.

Both statements suggest the complete imbalance of the above aforementioned components. That said, addressing the above aforementioned components could have a positive effect on the person while their voice is being fixed and/or trained. Those people who suffer from upper or lower respiratory infections and/or asthma could also benefit from proper voice training via the Vocal Science™ method.

The female population of the world could definitely benefit from intensive work with facial muscles, which (no doubts) provide the toning of such muscles and significantly reduce facial wrinkles.

While working with the abdominal muscles (for the support of the height and body of the sound), the stomach muscles become much stronger and the tummy is constantly “tucked-in”; which (by itself) makes the person look and feel trimmer, slimmer and more beautiful.

Once the person feels and experiences all of those benefits, he/she (by osmosis) would want to execute a healthy diet; stop bad habits (like smoking, drinking, drugs), and rather, instead, engage in physical fitness, lose or gain weight (whichever needed) and overall, become a more healthy and fit human being...

The conventional vocal coaching, however, suggests to stick the stomach out and fill it with air for, so to speak, “better breathing”; and thus, look and sound like a “pregnant ballerina”, nevertheless.

If you refer to my book (Vocal Science – Flight to the Universe), you would find a chapter, which describes such an ordeal.

It also falls into a key chapter which is called “How Not to Become a Singer and Work Harder at Doing it”. Now you can draw the conclusion from there…

In the past, I personally got across the new student who’s demeanor appeared to be skinny, but her “quite ballooned” stomach suggested that she might have been pregnant for at least 5 to 6 months. When I inquired about it, she was very surprised and revealed to me that she wasn’t even sexually active!

Go figure!

She also revealed to me that she had been taking conventional singing lessons for the last 10 years, and was suggested by her coach to “stick her stomach out while singing, at all given times”. So her abdominal muscles were warn out and became weak; and thus, she indeed resembled a woman who would be in her second trimester.

To conclude:
The Russian proverb is such:
“In a healthy body, there is a healthy spirit”.
Since I always advocate that the voice is your spirit and is also a reflection of the state of your being, (not to mention an identification of who you are), then (without a doubt) the healthy voice should be in perfect “Marriage” with a healthy and sound body.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Vocal Science – Health With Voice! Asthma Anyone?

Believe it or not, asthma disorder could be very much connected to a voice disorder, due to improper breathing.

If the asthma sufferer is not aware of his/her breathing patterns, it could very easily effect their voice, as the throat, at the time, becomes very dry, and also the use of the medicated puffers will dry out one’s throat in no time.

One way to help the asthma sufferers with their asthma disorder and, if needed, their damaged voice, is (first of all) to teach them proper breathing, which will immensely help the sufferers with asthma symptoms during the attacks; and concurrently, due to the lift of voice off of the lower and upper respiratory system, the voice healing will be enhanced by the virtue fact that it had gotten removed from the infected area.

Now let’s talk about breathing exercises:

I usually do not work with clients on just breathing; it always connected to the speaking/singing sounds, syllables and vowels.

The objective here is to employ three components of the breathing mechanism such as:

  • Lower abdomen – for the support of the height of the sound.

  • Upper diaphragm – for the support of the width (body of the sound)

  • Mouth breath – which has to be taken very quickly, passing by all of the respiratory anatomy and becoming placed underneath of the sound, traveling on a parallel track with it and propelling the sound forward.

Once the above is achieved, the respiratory cavities are freed; so is the vocal anatomy, which open up a space for the natural herbal and homeopathic remedies to be applied and act to its’ fullest capacity.

That too plays an essential role in the asthma patient’s recovery.

So, with that said, we could “kill two birds with one stone”. The asthma is treated and could be actually cured; and the voice, concurrently, will also improve and recover dramatically!

In this case.., could you ask for anything more?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Sulcus Vocalis (Vocal Cords Gap). How Could it be delt with Employing Unconventional Techniques?

Thank God that not too often, but still, we are getting inquiries from regular speakers and some singers who were diagnosed with a voice disorder called Sulcus Vocalis.

These type of people usually possess a raspy and hoarse voice and can also sound like they stutter a little, as due to the enlarged gap between their vocal cords, their voice falls in between. The timing of vocal cords opening and closing does not correspond with the voice occurrence; and therefore, the above described symptoms do prevail. By that point, the “alignment” between the subconscious mind, conscious mind, physical body and the voice is challenged.

So the total aim (using specially developed speech exercises for that matter, coupled with the unique body movements) is to put the “alignment” between the above aforementioned components back to order; and thus, achieve total balance on a mental, physical, physiological, emotional and vocal level. Once the integration and synergy between the described components are achieved, the vocal cords will be commanded to come back to the proper width between them.

This revolutionary technique is also applicable to singers who, in any case, having any kind of vocal disorder, would have to start with bringing their speaking voice in proper order.

As a positive side-effect and due to all of those manipulations, the sufferer’s voice will be lifted to the much higher level of existence; and thus, the opening of the lower throat will become available for natural herbal and homeopathic treatment, which will also play a very instrumental role in the voice recovery and restoration. With this type of voice/vocal disorder, no doubt, the flora of the lower throat would be quite disturbed.

First of all, the bottom anatomy is hurt and wounded, because the person who acquired such a voice disorder as Sulcus Vocalis, no doubts (in the first place) was misusing and abusing his/her speaking and or singing voice by speaking or singing loudly and forcefully. Of course, there are some other factors that could prevail and induce the above described condition. Unfortunately for such patients, neither the ENT Specialists nor Speech Therapists could offer any solution to that kind of a voice problem.

We, however, are not only involved in solving vocal problems full-time, we are also employing full-time care, experience, knowledge and passion.
We proudly provide our clients with valuable voice and health solutions!!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Vocal Cord Paralysis: Could It Be Treated or, Furthermore, Cured?

Vocal Cord Paralysis (Paresis) is a very serious voice disorder.

If there are (God Forbid) both vocal cords paralyzed, (which means there is no movement whatsoever happening between them), there is not much (if at all) that could be done to bring those vocal cords to their normal working order. The person who suffers from that horrible voice condition, practically, is mute, as he/she cannot formulate any words.

It is indeed very sad!

A few years ago, a handsome executive-looking Asian man walked in through my office doors. Luckily, his wife was accompanying him; as otherwise, I would not be able to understand anything what he was trying to say. She told me that her husband had an operation performed on his thyroid when he had, what doctors thought, a benign lump.

After this first surgery, one of his vocal cords got paralyzed. At that time he, apparently, still could talk; however already, with great difficulty. Then, a year later, he was diagnosed with the cancer of the thyroid.

The doctors performed the surgery again, and this time around, they “managed” to paralyze the second vocal cord, which left the man unable to talk at all.

Does anybody could do anything about it, you may ask? My answer would be,  “Not to my knowledge and quite unlikely”.

However, when there is only one vocal cord paralyzed, there is a great possibility to improve one’s speech, by not only  (via special speech exercises) make the cord move (at least to a degree), but also by restructuring the sound to the different set of muscles altogether.

The facial muscles (where the voice now will be residing) will play the role of the natural amplifier or resonator. The lower abdomen and upper diaphragm muscles will be utilized to support the lift of the sound to the facial cavities.

Once the facial muscles begin to work in full conjunction and coordination with the abdominal muscles, the greater pronunciation and annunciation will be also implemented. Therefore, the person with only one paralyzed vocal cord could be well treated to the point that he/she could come back to their normal life and feel adequate enough in their everyday performance.

So even if the vocal cord does not begin to move fully, the lift to the facial muscles will greatly compensate for that and nobody will know the difference.

After all, if you cannot start your car the regular way, you may be able to start you car from the trunk. And if employing the latter will take you places, so be it.

Given the above, the mission becomes accomplished (whichever way it works); and that’s what counts!
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