Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Serious, Or Quite Serious, Non-Surgical Voice Repair Ordeal… Is it Possible To Conquer Vocal Damage in Just 10 hours?
Working with voice repair clients for over 4 decades, I have determined that any voice disorder requires at least 30 hours of intense and tedious instruction and natural herbal and, in some cases, homeopathic treatment.
The voice repair sufferer should understand that not only their speaking and/or singing voices have to be fixed, but it also requires the adaptation of the new modality of the completely new behavior with respect of using speaking, and especially, singing voice.
Moreover, after the voice is fixed and the new vocal behavior has been established, the, so to speak, “screws” have to be tightened to confirm the new adapted habits.
The intellectual understanding of the very intelligent method of visualization has to be interconnected with the motor skills and the kinesthetic feel.
It also requires an establishment of the muscle memory such as facial muscles adapting the sound, and upper and lower abdominal muscles which require to work in full conjunction and coordination with the facial muscles and which are being used for the support of the height and the width (body) of the sound.
Yes, I do offer 10 hour Non-Surgical Voice Repair courses and treatments, but only for those who do not want to spend more money right away and, so to speak, “test the waters”.
I call that course an introductory/exploratory session.
And I make it clear to anybody who inquires for any such courses.
I have to note that I still produce miracles; however, the voice repair client cannot expect the full completion of their voice repair endeavor in such a short period of time.
Everybody in Canada knows about Dr. Bernstein’s Diet clinic (Dr. B Diet). He guarantees that the overweight person, (Via his starvation diet, LOL), could lose up to 20 pounds a month.
And, believe it or not, it is true, as I have been there myself several times over. So, if you follow the protocol, you are indeed guaranteed to lose 20 pounds.
Let’s say that the person who enrolled into his program needs (for arguments sake) to lose 50lbs.
It is a known fact that the human body is pretty much able to release a maximum of 20lbs to 25lbs a month.
Is that the doctor’s problem that the person is overweight 60, 80 or 100lbs?
Evidently not, as he had nothing to do with that person putting that weight on (and probably for a number of years).
In fact, if, let’s say, the 50 pound overweight client will walk away after losing just 20 pounds in a month period of time, he/she is guaranteed not only to not lose more weight on their own, but to put back on those 20 pounds, and much more.
Why, you may ask?
The answer is: Because the new lifestyle model could not be changed and established in such a short period of time, especially if you are older (remember, bad habits die hard). Therefore, the overweight person will come back to his original habits in no time, thus his investment in him/herself will be, (if not completely), but for the most part, lost.
So naturally, the person who is overweight over 20 pounds cannot expect that they will lose 100 pounds in one month and will not have to spend the time, energy and money for that matter any further.
Sounds kind of funny, doesn’t it?
It is indeed!
But, believe it or not, people who are coming to me for non-surgical voice repair and arranging a 10 hour introductory/exploratory course, are convinced that all of their vocal problems and voice issues will be way behind them…
The ten hour course and natural herbal treatment allows the voice repair client to completely understand and experience first hand what the Vocal Science ™ method and techniques are. So, if in doubt, and if especially located locally, by all means arrange a 10 hour course and see for yourself what it could do for you if executed properly and, especially, projected at least 20 more hours of instruction and treatment forward.
Best of health and prosperity now and in the future.
Monday, March 9, 2015
For the last three decades, I have been mostly specializing in Non-Surgical Voice Repair more so than the regular singing or speech lessons.
It appears to be that more and more people are ruining their speaking and singing voices, not knowing how to properly use their voices, let alone knowing how to take care of their voices.
Usually, their lifestyles are quite unhealthy – diet wise, fitness wise, and enormous stress wise.
They live a very strained life, so to speak.
Naturally, a lot of them, (speakers and singers), are pushing and pulling their voices while concurrently gripping their voices into their necks, thus paving their way to what’s called Muscle Tension Dysphonia.
While having these symptoms, naturally these people affected by them, are thinking of going to an ENT specialist. They are hoping to get their diagnosis, (unfortunately, most of the time, quite wrongful), and after that, also hoping to get some relief and also have a ‘quick fix’ of their vocal problem.
Quite often, the ENT specialists suggest the “standard labels” like: acid reflux on the vocal cords, vocal gap (sulcus vocalis), muscle tension dysphonia, etc.
If there is any growth on the vocal cords; (like nodules, polyps or cysts) they, no doubts, will suggest a surgery whether it is needed or not.
Meanwhile, the mind, body and voice have to be assessed separately and collectively.
In fact, I have heard numerous of times that the ENT specialists suggest to the vocally injured patients that it’s “all in their head”, while the person is literally having a vocal damage and thus, is devastated out of their wits!
I never could understand that and at first, it was really hard to believe that something like that is possible!
Naturally, the person with the vocal problem is very upset and frustrated, to put it mildly and, of course, they act a little erratically and are being very emotional, which is completely understandable.
Their body usually is very tensed, as almost any vocal injury results in muscle tension dysphonia, i.e., a very tight neck.
By virtue of the Vocal Science technique, I work on client’s posture and get the pressure out of their neck, shoulders and lower back, which a lot of times, they have a problem with, as they are standing and walking with their pelvis out, throwing their sound backwards instead of forward and thus, pushing and pulling their voice forward double force.
Naturally, the voice itself becomes really strained of constant pushing and pulling, the vocal cords become weak and sometimes to the point that the vocal folds are unable to come back close together.
That’s how the vocal gap, (sulcus vocalis) takes place.
Also, the vocal cords become dry and deprived of oxygen; thus such growths as vocal nodules, polyps and cysts will, no doubts, occur.
Also, one of the main components of the wholesome vocal mechanism is proper breathing.
If the person does not execute the proper breath intake and would not leave the air underneath of the sound to propel the voice forward to also separate the physical body from the sound, that person starts to hyperventilate and feel dizzy, not to mention drying up their throat even more so than before.
So one more time again, the Non-Surgical Voice Repair has to be approached holistically, as I can promise you, no other approach will ever work.
Posted by Diana Yampolsky at 1:40 PM
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Non-Surgical Voice Repair: What Is There To Expect? It certainly is not for the faint of heart, so to speak …
Through my extensive practice I have been treating a lot of singers (professional or not) and just regular people with speech problems.
Some of them are quite easy to deal with, while with the others it is extremely hard, to put it mildly.
In general, both described above categories are quite troubled.
Some of those people, unfortunately, have been suffering for a decade or two, if not even more.
Some of them almost lost hope for their vocal recovery, while the others never gave up and continued their search.
Finally, the person arrives to my studio.
They are trying to look and act brave until we start the process, which is in its nature very tedious, very intense vowel-on-vowel, syllable-on-syllable, word-on-word instruction with simultaneous herbal remedies intake.
It is indeed not for the faint of heart and also definitely not for the person with below average I.Q.
It requires an intellectual understanding, in depth; it also requires the motor skills to be present, as the intellectual understanding works hand-in-hand with motor skills to recover the voice and bring it out on the surface.
I always said it before: “It is an integration and synergy between the mental, physical, emotional and vocal state.”
That’s what “in my books” defines the holistic approach to voice mechanics.
Needless to say that all of my voice repair clients are holding on to their emotions which they are desperately trying to keep inside.
When I deeply engage into them, so to speak, all of their frustration, anger, anguish and what-not is almost uncontrollably pouring out of them.
Interestingly enough, it is more pronounced with the regular people (not singers) who are experiencing speech disorder.
Moreover, when I begin to open up what was stored inside for so long, I often uncover more vocal and other issues than originally was determined.
This is completely normal when I, for example, treat sulcus vocalis, I suddenly uncover that the person also has muscle tension dysphonia, and what have you.
Just like during surgery, often some more deep and dangerous problems cannot be seen on x-ray or ultra-sound, and then during the surgery, the surgeon discovers something else which was not even anticipated.
So the voice repair client has to be prepared to face the unexpected and take it with a “grain of salt”.
Sometimes, I compare it with a complicated baby delivery, those which are conducted with the forceps, especially when the fetus is wrong positioned in the womb.
In most of the cases of the described above, the baby is still delivered healthy. Thank God!
The complications, however, could be very unpleasant and painful for the mother in question.
I hate to say it, but in the case of non-surgical voice repair, some discomfort and some unexpected surprises could also occur.
In other words, the voice repair process is definitely not always a “picnic”.
If you feel that mentally, physically and emotionally you are ready for such an endeavour, you are very welcome to contact me and get more in depth details.
Until then, I wish you all a speedy vocal recovery with whichever means you will find most suitable for you.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
You've Got a Voice Disorder... It Obviously Affected your Life. What Does it Take to Claim your Life back?
When you got any voice disorder, your life could change (and not for the better), momentarily...
Just in the recent past, you were a regular person like everybody else, and that one morning when you woke up, you felt that your voice is a little shut down and that you had to clear your throat extensively to bring any sound out to the surface.
"That was quite unusual" you might have thought, and hoped that all of it would go away soon.
You started thinking that your bedroom was quite dry and maybe, in the recent past, you had some cold, and maybe the new showed-up symptoms were just the residuals of the latter.
You went through your day, still feeling uncomfortable with your voice and even feeling that something just got stuck inside of your throat.
By the evening, you also started feeling a pain in your neck and shoulders, and overnight, your throat was 'literally' on fire, as the gastric acid began burning your vocal cords.
Due to that, some of you have even experienced a shortness of breath, which could be very scary for anybody, as you feel that you could not take a full breather.
With all these symptoms, no doubts, you lost your sleep.
You couldn't sleep also because you were worrying, not knowing what is happening to your voice and to yourself in general.
You got thrown out of balance and out of the regular routine of your life.
To focus at work became a real challenge.
For those who have to speak during the working day, it became a nightmare.
And for those whose singing is a full time occupation, the threat of loosing their careers and their livelihoods, became unbearable.
Could those speakers and singers claim their lives back?
Yes, the majority of them can!
That is the good news!
Is it easy though?
The answer is NOT AT ALL.
The "hardware", so to speak, is broken.
The mechanism which allows the voice to work in the fullest capacity possible, is dysfunctional.
Let's imagine that one of us owns a very expensive Mercedes Benz.
Suddenly, that beautiful, prestigious car, stalls.
What would you do if that happened to your car?
A. Wash, polish and wax the car?
B. Put it in the garage to "rest" and hope that it will fix itself?
C. Look for a highly qualified mechanic to fix the mechanical problem, which perhaps occurred
under the hood of your car?
If you chose the latter, you most likely still have a hope.
The majority of vocal coaches and speech therapists offer to the sufferer to take a vocal rest.
They also recommend to do the acupuncture and to see the osteopath or chiropractor.
The ENT doctors "prescribe" Gaviscon for acid reflux, which is actually available over the counter.
None of them offers to work on actually what's broken, i.e., voice mechanics.
Unless you do so, you will forever be looking for a "magic pill", or shots of botox.
To claim your life back, you have to understand what it takes and execute it in a full force; work smart, not hard, and with minimum effort, aim to achieve maximum results.