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CAN YOU HEAL MY VOICE?


Voice Unbound™ makes no claims of healing medical conditions. If you have concerns about the physical health of your voice we encourage you to see a medical specialist. What we can do is help you coordinate breath and the support muscles to realign your vocal production technique. These adjustments can help reduce vocal fatigue and create a more conscious, less stressful, more dynamic use of your voice.




I'D LIKE TO RECORD OUR SESSION. IS THIS A GOOD IDEA?


The short answer: We do not record our sessions at Voice Unbound™ The long answer: The "stuff" of a session itself is fleeting. After our session, your next experiences will be coming from your new configuration. Rather than reaching back into the content of our session, I encourage you to be curious about what has changed - watch and listen and feel. Sometimes you have an Aha! moment. You feel everything cascade into a new alignment. The impulse is to go back to review the pleasure of that moment and to tell the story of the experience. In our work that Aha! moment is a benchmark experience, one to move through, rather than a goal. You may fear that you didn't "get it all" and want to go back to review. Trust that your body knows how to integrate the work. If you do want to record elements of our session: studies show that by taking hand written notes, by putting things into your own words, you're filtering and processing information with the executive function part of your brain, without re-internalizing where you were before the session.




WILL YOU MAKE ME LEAVE MY CURRENT TEACHER?


The short answer: No The long answer: No one has all the answers. I encourage you to find the combination of people and tools that serve you best. Sometimes our work will release you into new levels of work with new people, and often our work will bring your work with your current teacher to new heights.




About HYPERMOBILITY


Note: I use practical METAPHORS for working with the fully embodied voice. (I recognize all metaphors have their limitations and exceptions). The following is NOT A MEDICAL DEFINITION. People tend to equate "hyper mobility" with flexibility. In fact, joint hypermobility can actually contribute to very tight muscles and a lack of correct functional mobility. (You'll see why a little further down). To avoid confusion, I say "LAX TENDONS". There are a variety of reasons a person's tendons may be lax - collagen issues, the wear and tear that comes with age or misuse, or injury among others. The degree and location of tendon laxities varies from person to person. Many people's tendons and ligaments are not so lax as to cause medical issues or they don't have 5 out of 9 symptoms on the Beighton Score and yet, as we work vocally I can hear and see the imbalances that come from laxities that aren't specifically addressed by the Beighton Score test. I think of tendons that connect muscle to bone and ligaments that connect bone to bone as bundles of bungee cords. Like bungee cords, normal tendons and ligaments give way and retract again. They are meant tohave a limited amount of stretch in order to facilitate and limit the movement of muscles and joints. Hyper mobile (lax) tendons and ligaments behave like stretched out, well used bungee cords. They don’t effectively help moderate joint and muscle movement. Most of the task of moderating movement falls to the muscles. Some muscles get overused and even get really tight, even though the range of motion can remain quite extreme. Some muscles get underused or even fall into disuse because the tendons aren't calling them into action. ​​ Along with a myriad of other vital functions, vocal support also relies on all of the body's tendons and muscles. People whose tendons and ligaments effectively recruit related structures can get away with not "stacking up" the vocal support mechanism on purpose. If your tendons are lax, there's much less recruitment. You have to work your vocal support in a very specific way. PS - Depending on your state of tendon laxity, I encourage you to consult with your medical professional.




Are You HYPERMOBILE?


This Beighton Score test helps you determine if you are hyper mobile. For each yes answer, give yourself one point. Can you bend your right thumb down to the front of your forearm? Can you bend your left thumb down to the front of your forearm? Can you bend your right little fingers back to a ninety degree angle to the back of your hand? Can you bend your left little fingers back to a ninety degree angle to the back of your hand? Can you bend your right elbow backwards? Can you bend your left elbow backwards? Can you bend your right knee backwards? Can you bend your left knee backwards? From a standing position, can you fold forward and place your hands flat on the floor with the knees straight? If yes, you get one more point If your scoreis five or higher, you likely have joint hyper mobility. You may want to consult with your medical professional. And begin working with teachers who understand how to help you find your vocal stability, true flexibility and stamina.