Wednesday, February 14, 2018

We are your healthy voice consultants. Psychological aspects of Voice Disorders.


I am lately receiving more and more clients which require non-surgical voice repair, possessing voice disorders like muscle tension dysphonia and/or spasmodic dysphonia. With our very hectic and stress-induced lives, a multitude of sufferers with the above mentioned voice disorders have their voice problems related to their highly stressed emotional conduct.

Some of the emotional stress is related to their business lives, but even more so common, it is related to their family lives. To give you an example, I have been presently working with two beautiful middle-aged women, (but still fairly young) who have their dysphonia disorders (one of them had been diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia and the other, who has joined recently, had been diagnosed with muscle tension dysphonia). The former has ben suffering for 5 years prior being under my care.

She has been extremely stressed at work (working 3 jobs simultaneously) and mainly (and more so) at home - not getting any required and/or desired attention from the spouse. Also having 3 teenage children is understandably stressful on its own. 

My business associate who is also a natural health practitioner, likes to ask her clients, especially those who also have voice or other health problems, “What do you think that you can not swallow?” I really like this question because all those emotions can greatly effect not just the voice itself,  but also other related health issues.

Trying to bare all the duties and responsibilities at home and at work, these above-mentioned women (for almost 20 years) were trying to “hold on" to their work and family lives; no doubt, surpassing their emotions (like anguish, anger and just disappointment) which, eventually manifested in their physical body and became a cause of not only their voice disorders, but also the cause of other related and non-related health problems.

While ones’ emotions are suppressed, the thyroid is effected & the neck muscles, along with the thyroid, are holding on to the sound of the voice.

In the holistic teaching, the thyroid represents suppressed emotions, causing (due to limited expression of the voiced feelings) tightness in the thyroid and the neck muscles. If the voice drops down a level below the above-mentioned parameters, the Muscle Tension Dysphonia will most probably turn into Spasmodic Dysphonia.

The main part of my work is to identify and address the cause of those above-mentioned disorders. I have always said: “The voice is an expression of who you are and the reflection of the state of your being”. So once the emotional makeup of the person is disturbed (and not happy), the person may acquire all kinds of disorders and one of them is the voice. Interestingly enough, while my voice repair clients’ voices are getting stronger, their self-esteem, self worth, mind strength and body health are rising along with the voice-acquired health and strength.

Thought this, however not-very-easy, process, they began to feel better about themselves and those who had not been living a healthy lifestyle, changed their diet to a much healthier one, lost or gained weight (if it was needed), began newly-found physical activities and got rid of the bad habits like smoking, drinking and even the use of drugs.

In the interim, their spouses began to sense their newly found mental, physical and vocal strength; and thus began to act and behave accordingly, i.e., with more respect and newly found attention towards their partners.

A few years ago, I had a client from the UK with serious voice/vocal issues who I was attending to within a 2 and a half year span period of time. Especially since she had lost her singing voice and partially had a problem with her speaking voice, her love life was, the least to say, very unsuccessful and (to put it mildly) quite dramatic and traumatic. Over this 2 and a half year period of time, while she was travelling to me here in Toronto, Canada, and me also travelling to her to the U.K, I not only had been attending to her voice, but also to her emotions concerning (with her permission) her private life - boosting her confidence and self-worth to the point that she was able to finally find a (worthy of her standards and expectations) steady boyfriend and is still living with him now, happily ever after. 

On this note, I will wish her, and you my dear readers, a Happy Valentine’s Day! Attending to the voice repair clients holistically, I work on the person as a whole. Besides the voice repair, the counselling for the physical and emotional fitness is definitely present practically within all of my sessions.

In Russia, we have a saying: “In a healthy body there is a healthy spirit.” And since I have always declared that the voice is your spirit which we have to discover, uncover and make it flown straight to the universe where the sky is the limit.  

To conclude, our wish for you and your loved ones is stated below:

Give your special loved one the gift of best health and the best voice!
When you care for and love that special someone, they will love you more; and thus they will be able to express their love (with a much healthier and clearer voice) through a love poem or a love song.

For more info, contact us: 
info@vocalscience.com | 416-857-8741 | www.vocalscience.com

Friday, February 9, 2018

Vocal Science™ - Voice Disorder…? We can help you and your voice “rise to the occasion”, so to speak…


What do we mean by that? Let’s find out!


If I could say so myself, The Vocal Science™ method and technique is truly “engineered” to amaze! 

For many years, we have been attending to all kinds of people with all kinds of voice/vocal disorders (speakers and singers). Our voice repair clients, nevertheless, are experiencing today the 22nd century in voice/vocal innovation.

Our non-surgical voice repair methods are very unique and totally holistic. We are not just working on a person’s voice. We are working on their mind, body and soul; and then treat the voice as a significant part of their anatomy, as well as their psychological makeup.

Once we succeed with all of the above, our now former clients had often been asked: “Is that…magic?” No… it is Vocal Science, they exclaim!

However, the restoration of a damaged voice could be a very tasking (needless to say) detailed and intense process.


Vocal Science…. 

“I will love again, stronger then before” - sings Canadian pop star, Lara Fabian.


Let’s hope that you too will love your voice again, especially once its fixed and restored back to its natural beauty, strength and beyond…

Your voice is your tool for communication, your pride and joy; not to mention that it is a reflection of the state of your being, which does (majority of times) identify your personality and even reflects on your very own “blueprint” in a manner of speaking.

In this case, it is clear that we are not just fixing voices; we are fixing people’s voices.

We promise to “have your back” all the way to our mutual success!

Voice….Health…Life!!

We are your voice associates!


We can state with absolute confidence that we can assist you with any of your voice/vocal issues in a fast and efficient manner.  We will utilize all of our experience and expertise (of nearly 4 decades) to rectify any of your voice/vocal issues.

However, we cannot produce any results without your cooperation and commitment to be the best you can be. We cannot do it without your dedication to achieve your goals and your ability to acquire the best voice possible (whether it has been previously compromised or not…).

As for singing performers, please note: 

Regardless of how healthy or unhealthy your voice may be and regardless of whether it will become any better via our combined efforts, if you don’t have it in your “persona” so to speak, and are unable to connect your voice to your “persona”, your effort to become any sort of performer will most likely be obsolete; and all of your efforts to chase that “wonderful voice” will be (the least to say) wasted.

So find yourself, open your heart and soul, connect to yourself and find the way to connect to other people while communicating (speaking or singing…).

Don’t be selfish and self-centred, as with those qualities, you will never become a performer, and thus will NEVER rise to the occasion… 


Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours!


If you embrace and adapt the latter…, 
WE will promise that YOU will rise to the occasion… 
AND IN MORE WAYS THEN ONE!


Monday, January 29, 2018

Why are vocal students (former and present) of well-renowned vocal coaches keeping "close relationships” with their renowned ENT Doctors?

My answer(s) and point of view was inspired by a news article from CBC News | Entertainment, titled: 




However, to start elaborating on the above editorial, I would like to bring to your attention a comment by my former voice repair student, presently singing student under my vocal care - Mary Ellen Stoll of Brockville, Ontario.

Please read below and get her point of view on the above-mentioned article.
I believe that she said pretty much all of what needed to be said:

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“Hello Eli:

I listen to and enjoy your reporting on CBC all the time. 

I also listened with great interest to your report on what's robbing singers of their voices. I have a very strong and personal interest in this topic and thought I might share some of my story with you, as a way of rounding out the perspective on the coverage.

Forty years ago at the age of 22 I had surgery to remove nodes from my vocal chord -- I had damaged my vocal cords through strenuous use of them in both singing, public speaking etc. Over the next forty years my ability to sing deteriorated, as did my speaking voice, with a very busy and strenuous career in the Ontario public service. However when I retired in 2015 I wished nothing more than to return to singing and joined a women's barbershop chorus. It quickly became apparent that I would need help not only to repair my voice, but to be able to endure the rigours of our practices and performances without further damage.

I was extremely lucky to find a Toronto-based vocal coach/voice repair specialist named Diana Yampolsky who has been working with singers and speakers from around the world for both voice repair and the improvement of their voices for almost 40 years. After a number of hours of learning her technique -- first for speaking and then for singing -- I can tell you that I am seriously amazed at my repaired voice. I have been told that my voice sounds like a twenty year old again and friends, family and fellow chorus members are astonished.

Diana uses some herbal treatments and definitely no steroid injections like (mentioned by you) Sophie Milman who, in fact, is a former student of Toronto Vocal Coach, Elaine Overholt.

On this note, I have to state that Diana's instruction and treatment is entirely unique.

I thought that a quick followup to your original report could help singers or speakers focus on Diana's technique and successes; and therefore, it might help round out your previous report.
Happy to speak to you and give you further insight."

- Mary Ellen Stoll | Brockville, Ontario | mes.steve@gmail.com

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I can only add that once the voice/vocal student is being taught the right application (technique) of the speaking/singing voice, no “close relationship” with any ENT doctor, or speech therapist/pathologist for that matter, will need to take place.

Yes, of course, I agree that it is still a big demand on a singers’ voices; but being well and properly trained, they should not be thrown off of their performing careers and “off of their vocal shoes” so to speak.



In this instance, being a big fan of figure skating (nevertheless skating semi-professionally myself for over a decade), I can add that this sport is very much prone to serious injuries. However, well-trained skaters like our dance "Royal pair" Tessa Virtue &  Scott Moir, never had been injured as they always assured they obtained the best training from, nevertheless, the best world-class trainers.

For 21 years, since they were kids (7 and 9 years old), they have been together, taking care of each other, loving themselves, loving and respecting the audience and loving (more then life) their craft. We will soon witness them at the Olympic Games in South Korea and quite possible will see them the last time as Canadian competitors.


In this instance, they will be greatly missed by a big sport and, nevertheless, by me.



On a separate, but quite related note, a few years ago, one of my former voice repair clients who, after the voice restoration, became my singing student, and whom I made a professional singer  (signed with INTERSCOPE Records in LA), said exactly this: “Thank you Diana for putting me back into my vocal shoes”.

From my point of view, it is needless to say more then what has already been said.

Love your voice and love yourself!
And please remember, that your voice is a part of your anatomy and is an essential part of you! 

Now, my dear reader, given the above-written, I would like to ask you for a favour…


Please do not EVER ask me if your damaged voice can be fixed remotely…? Please do not insult your (or my) intelligence for that matter! Maybe in the 22nd century, you will be able to send your voice via e-mail to a repair shop, get it repaired and have it sent back to you… so you can download it back into your vocal anatomy… LOL. 

Wouldn’t that be nice? Yes, it would be..perhaps. But would it EVER be realistic…?
I highly doubt it. 


So, on this note, I suggest, if needed, that you read more of my actual blogs which highlight my unique and holistic approach to voice mechanics and to the person as a whole.

Thank you for reading.

Sincerely,
Diana Yampolsky


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Communication Difficulties and Treatment for Post-Stroke Survivors.


Written by 
Tushar Shukla of Netechnocrats.ltd.




One in three stroke survivors can experience difficulties in communication. Even after an extended time period of post-stroke, survivors can achieve major breakthroughs in communication with regards to the improvement of quality of life and the quality of their voice. This can be done with the use of intensive and alternative forms of speech therapy. Difficulties that arise due to a stroke affect everyone in different ways.

Here are some major points that you need to know:

After a stroke, you may have difficulty in speaking, it may also be difficult to understand others when they speak.

Reading and writing may be difficult.

Your alternative speech therapist will work with you to develop a rehabilitation program. They can also suggest ways of  how to communicate more easily, and aids that can help. 


Types of voice difficulties post stroke


Aphasia: Difficulty in talking, reading, or understanding other people when they speak. It can happen if your thinking, memory, and judgment are unaffected by a stroke. This can also be called dysphasia.

Apraxia: Difficulty in coordinating with muscles for speech. Your brain has trouble planning the moments, making it difficult to say the words. 

Dystharia: Weakness or paralysis of the muscles used after speaking. Your speech may become slurred or difficult for others to understand. 

Dysphonia: Weakness or paralysis in the muscles in and around the vocal cords. Your voice may sound rough, hoarse or whisper-quiet. There are also chances that you can't make any sound at all. This situation can be known as aphonia.

Cognitive difficulties: When you have difficulties, your memory, thinking, and judgment are affected. It may be difficult to pay attention when people talk to you. You may find difficulties in speaking or understanding any complex sentences. People may misunderstand the message you are trying to convey.


Treatment 


Communication difficulties affect everyone differently. An alternative voice specialist will assess your talking, listening, reading, writing, and understanding. After all these assessments, they will work with you to develop an individualized rehabilitation program to meet your needs and goals. They can suggest you ways to communicate more easily and suggest aids that can assist you. You will be advised on how to work on making sounds and improving the rhythm and speed of your speech as well. 


Recovery 


While most recovery takes place in the first few months, you can continue to improve for few years. After you leave the hospital, you can visit a rehabilitation centre to practice your communication. The more you practice, the more you will improve. 

Communication difficulties after a stroke can make it hard to connect with the people around you, It can be difficult to communicate how you are feeling. Communication difficulties can be isolating and frustrating and people with the above mentioned difficulties are at more risk of depression than other stroke survivors.

With the above described in mind, we at The Royans Institute for Non-Surgical Voice Repair offer a unique and powerful method that facilitates the restoration of the voice by utilizing both proper masterclass voice/vocal instruction and the application of natural herbal remedies. We have great success in non-surgical treatments for post-stroke survivors and many other factors that can cause voice/vocal disorders.
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