We often hear the saying, you are what you eat.
I can also, with absolute certainty, say that you are what you speak and sing.
How so, you may ask?
Holistically speaking, the voice is an expression of who you are, and identification of the state of your being.
The voice is a very important tool for communication. When you speak with the person, by his/her voice tone, you can determine the person's mood and even the state of the person's health; especially if you are, at least, somewhat, familiar with the person.
On that note, I could say that when I work with the Voice Repair client and get their voice out of their throat by restructuring it to the facial and abdominal muscles, the person starts to sound completely different, i.e., the voice starts to sound much healthier, more vibrant, more colorful and more reflective of the actual person's make-up. The sound becomes much clearer and the words are more announced and pronounced. The hoarseness disappears and the tone of the voice changes. When we are talking about the voice disorder, the voice often sounds quite sopranoish. It is especially pronounced with the male gender, the condition of which causes a lot of discomfort and insecurities.
These peoples lives become literally handicapped, as they are afraid to communicate in person and terrified by phone conversations, by simply not ever picking up the phone and/or initiating any phone conversations. It does affect their social lives and their professional lives. Needless to say, most of them are depressed and some of them are even suicidal.
Once the voice is improving and they are gradually getting their lives back, they are also gaining back their zest for life. Their mood becomes exponentially happier, their spirit is rejuvenated and their soul is now singing, even though that some of them have never sung in their lives.
Those, however, who are singers, or I should say, have had been singers before they damaged their voices, experiencing the double whammy. They need to restore their speaking voice first, and then, and only then, their singing voice. However, the good news is that after the speaking voice falls in place, it is much easier to fix the singing voice, as ultimately, the voice mechanics are virtually the same.
With the singers, however, I have to restore their tone and, mainly, pitch, which in some cases, becomes very challenging. Usually, in these cases, the confidence is really damaged, as the singer is scared to reach the high notes and to project his/her voice. Therefore, on the background, there is a lot of psychological counseling that is required for those cases.
I have to say it has been the making of me meeting you Diana in more than just the voice, wrote to me one of my former Voice Repair clients, now Opera singer, Evie Bonella of Essex UK.