Friday, October 30, 2015
Danger!!! Do not attempt to do any vocal exercises over the Internet or using related CD's or even DVD's. Your voice may be in jeopardy!
Due to the Internet being so accessible virtually by everybody, a lot of people think that they could find the answer and the solution to every problem they’ve got.
In majority of cases, they might; but in some cases, it’s just simply not possible.
We just got yet another client who literally explored all the internet sites available on earth, and ended up coming to us with an obstruction on the right vocal cord/larynx and, somewhat, mild symptoms of muscle tension dysphonia.
He was pushing and pulling his voice to the max, (almost to the point of no return).
He followed numerous methods and instructions and had done lots of speech and singing exercises, which lead him to the obvious damage of his vocal anatomy.
Being born and raised in New Zealand having a specific accent, his voice was very low positioned and his speech was hardly understood.
Needless to say, he spoke very softly and was hardly heard.
Today, after less then 14 hours of voice repair and concurrent speech and vocal instruction, his volume increased quadruple times over (speaking and singing), his annunciation and pronunciation became completely clear and he was able to embark on 2 sets (beginner and intermediate) of singing exercises, being able to reach over C of the second octave!
It was nothing short of a miracle!
A person who hardly spoke on Sunday and could not sing anything, (even a very simple melody), today, is heading towards a semi-professional singing level.
He originally booked us for 30 hours of voice repair and vocal instruction.
Yesterday, seeing and experiencing the huge progress, he changed his flight back home and booked an additional 10 hours which, in total, will make 40 hours.
Our projection is (literally pulling him out of the “swamp”) that we could bring him to a semi-professional level now; and on a later date, when he comes back to refine his newly found skill and take it to a professional level, we will be able to record a great demo with him, giving him a head start to realizing his dream of becoming a professional singer/songwriter.
We have to note that this particular person wrote numerous songs and even learned how to play a guitar, but basically had to “pack it in” so to speak, as his voice was no longer reciprocating towards his desires and goals. We are putting him back to his “vocal shoes” and we hope that he will have a “good run” with his newly found skills and rejuvenated voice and spirit.
So, on this note, we wish you to come to your senses and stop experimenting with your voice and your health in general.
We would not want you to feel like a Dracula outside of the Halloween celebration.
Best of Vocal Health and Prosperity Forward!
Thursday, October 29, 2015
In our roster, we have more and more people coming to us for voice repair and voice restoration, but they are also coming to actually “find” their voice.
We have clients who come to us with various voice/vocal issues and who have already tried everything else, especially through the means of the Internet.
Some of those people are very "computer savvy" and are able to deeply surf and navigate voice-related sites. Evidently, they have been trying to save money, so they would not have to travel anywhere to rectify their voice problems and, instead, were trying to do it on their own and from the comfort of their home. Needless to say that eventually, accomplishing nothing to what they were looking for, they actually managed to make their voice/vocal issues even more pronounced and, in some cases. completely non-repairable (at least with a non-surgical approach) ...
I really like one of the commercials for men’s weight loss (that is running very often via our Canadian media); and within this commercial, the guy who promotes his system on how to efficiently lose wait has a slogan:
“If you could do it alone, you would have done it already!”
“If you could do it alone, you would have done it already!”
Isn’t that that truth!
So, eventually, those “smart” individuals end up in my studio where now I have to find their lost voice, discover it and uncover it, restore it and channel it through the certain facial cavities and body muscles.
What do I mean by channeling the voice through facial cavities and body muscles?
By that I mean that the voice has to be supported, structured, placed and projected to its aimed destination, utilizing certain facial cavities and body muscles.
Via special speech and singing exercises, coupled with certain body movements, I am able to access designated cavities and muscles and then re-channel the damaged, low-positioned voice in such a way that the sound will become clearer and significantly amplified!
In this instance, the range will expand exponentially; and mainly, the pitch, in this equation, will become correct due to the achieved alignment between the subconscious and conscious mind.
In some more severe voice repair cases, this approach is extremely crucial, as the main agenda is to relieve the vocal box from the pressure of the sound; and then, by applying natural herbal and homeopathic remedies, heal the throat flora and vocal box as a whole.
So save yourself time and aggravation (nevertheless, your voice) and DO NOT ATTEMPT to do something on your own, as it does require many years of experience and expertise to accomplish something as complex as the above described.
Friday, October 16, 2015
Non-Surgical Voice Repair: What is the role of the natural herbs and homeopathic remedies in this ordeal?
There have been more and more requests I have been getting about how to obtain herbal and homeopathic remedies, which (preferably, in an instant) will “fix the voice”. Majority of the voice problem sufferers were told by their ENT specialists that they have acid reflux or some form of muscle tension dysphonia.
In some cases, they were right. But in some cases, they were completely incorrect. But even if they were correct, they still had nothing to offer to their distraught and disillusioned patients.
The patients, of course, were prescribed some medications like Gaviscon or Zentax, (not to mention medications for relaxation..?), but after a while of taking the prescribed medications, their vocal (and now, even emotional and psychological problem) still remained the same or had become even worse.
After a year or two of this ordeal, they have gotten quite disappointed and discouraged by the incompetence of their medical professionals. However, even after all of this, the voice sufferers were still unable to understand that, in majority of cases, their voice/vocal problem had been, more so, a mechanical issue; therefore, no pills, (including the “magic” ones), would not be able to help in that ordeal.
However, if the mechanical part of the voice function is taking care of, the specific kind of natural herbs and homeopathic remedies will play a very essential role in voice restoration and recovery.
In a nutshell, if the voice is lifted off of the vocal box and off of the vocal cords, the bottom of the vocal anatomy is now released from the pressure of the sound and is then free to receive proper remedies which will clear out the bottom of the vocal box (lower throat) from all of the impurities such as acid, mucus and whatnot. So the “instrument” via herbs and homeopathic remedies, is now cleaned up and “tuned-up”, so to speak.
Now it is up to the “player” to remember not to misuse and abuse the vocal anatomy, but maintain the proper voice/vocal technique, which is much more efficient and safe, when the sound is approached from the facial muscles’ cavities, which now have begun to work in full conjunction and coordination with the abdominal muscles, amplifying the sound 4 times over and minimizing (and practically eliminating), the use of the throat, larynx and vocal cords.
If the same herbs and homeopathic remedies are taken without this type of instruction, (which suggests the latter voice application), those remedies could, at best, reduce some symptoms, but never will cure the problem. The reduction of symptoms could fool a lot of people, as now they are happy because their pain is, somewhat, eased-off and they are under the impression that all of their voice/vocal problems are behind them.
Therefore, we never recommend starting taking herbs in advance of our non-surgical voice repair courses. It is also, in a very unlikely occurrence, those natural remedies could set up a minor flu-like reaction.
Therefore, we prefer that our non-surgical voice repair clients would start taking those herbs in our presence, so we could supervise and educate our clients about those remedies; the dosages of taking them and also the time and compatibility of certain remedies intake.
We even include the actual herbal kit in our tuition fees, as we are treating these “gifts from God” herbal products as a very valuable supplement to our very invaluable unique vocal instruction.
Friday, October 9, 2015
It sounds completely absurd, doesn’t it? Believe it or not, in some cases, it is completely true. At first, when the person gets diagnosed with any kind of voice problems, they become devastated, then frustrated; after that, depressed and then, believe it or not, they get used to it and, in some cases, they truly embrace it.
They have no other choice, you may exclaim!
Yes, partially you are right, my reader. They have to embrace it and get into balance to be able to deal with their voice issues accordingly and promptly. However, a lot of people, after conducting a short search, give up on getting better and soon give up on even claiming their life back. Moreover, they discover support groups where they get “support”, but not how to fix their voice problem, but how to learn to live with it; and yes, “love” it.
So now, they are caught in a catch 22 situation, so to speak.
They have found, so called support, from group members.
They also seem to have found emotional support from their family members and friends. Everybody is feeling sorry for them and expressing their sympathy. And before they know it, they, very quickly, get use to it. Then, sometime down the road, they discover the real help, which could actually suggest and lead them, in majority of cases, to the full recovery of their normal, or even better voice then they originally owned.
And then, believe it or not, instead of getting excited, they are getting scared. . ?
Of what, you may ask?
The answer is; they are afraid of taking action towards becoming better and conquering their voice issues.
Because once they are back to normal, they might lose the attention of those who originally were expressing their sympathy and feeling sorry for them. They got use to it and they do not want to lose it.
Having a voice disorder, they feel, somewhat “special” and expect special treatment by the people surrounding them.
I am just going to give you one example from my 40+ years of practice dealing with all sorts of people with and without vocal disorders, issues or problems.
About a couple of years ago, a young girl of 26 years of age, walked into my studio/clinic with a horrible voice disorder known as muscle tension dysphonia. She hardly could speak and told me in despair that she used to be a medical assistant for ophthalmologists. When she lost her voice due to her very erratic behavior, (smoking, drinking, drugs and loud late night parties), she was let go from her position, as she could no longer communicate with the clients.
At that point, she was collecting employment insurance.
Nevertheless, I offered a huge discount for my non-surgical voice repair program, consisting of psychological counseling, diet and nutrition counseling, my unique voice instruction coupled with certain body movements which help to lift the voice off of the injured area (the neck muscles and the vocal box); and lastly, natural herbal and homeopathic treatments to heal the throat flora by also removing all of the impurities (like acid and mucus) from the bottom of the throat.
After I explained to her all of this, which took about 2 hours, she left with no charge from my side and with tears in her eyes and promise that she will be back as soon as possible to take me up on my generous offer.
Sometime after, she called a couple of times, arranged appointments and payment schedules, and never showed up once. Eventually, after about a year and a half from our initial meeting, she called again and now said that she is definitely coming to pay me and pick up a set of herbs so she could start her instruction and treatment with me almost right away.
She showed up a couple of times; each time late for at least an hour or longer.
She did half of the instruction, as she always had to go somewhere; and also she was, according to her, feeling tired. Out of 10 hours she arranged with me, she took only a maximum of 6 hours in total, which she had stretched for over a year period of time and canceled her appointments with me, at least 10 times in the process.
Then she disappeared for another year and, as usual, being apologetic and blaming herself, she almost “swore on the bible” that this time around, she would finish her remaining hours, as she wanted to go back to work. (All this time, she was collecting government assistance and gotten used to staying up late and getting up at 3:00PM).
Nevertheless, by now, she was loving it all the way.
However, (not being stupid, by far), she intellectually knew that it was all wrong and she should get better and get back to her normal life. She also kept confirming that I was her one and only vehicle to bring her to victory.
By now, it is shooting close to 3 years from the beginning of this ordeal.
She contacted me at the beginning of this year again and promised to restart the program with me no later then, now, past April/May.
Ever since then, I have not heard from her for about 8 or 9 months.
She is in her late 20s by now and, as far as I am concerned, her young life is ruined. She fell in love with her present lifestyle on a physical and psychological level and constantly fighting with her intellectual understanding of the matter.
However, it does not prosper her forward and frankly, I don’t think that it ever will.
How sad is that?
To conclude: Please don’t get used to your voice disabilities.
Please don’t fall in love with it and with the newfound “lifestyle”. The longer you are in it, the harder it will be to snap out of it.
And if you don’t, it will be a complete waste of your, once precious, life.
I have numerous examples of that happening which I will reiterate to you in my future upcoming blogs.