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IF YOUR VOICE IS BOTHERING YOU, IT COULD BE…YOUR LAPTOP!

By : on : March 9, 2020 comments : (0)

Have you heard that expression “Straighten up and fly right”?  Well, in last month’s blog we learned how to straighten up and sing…or speak…right! Posture is so important for voice, for breathing…for everything we do.  We hope everyone is using the simple posture exercises we posted in February’s blog. But there’s another aspect of posture […]

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POSTURE AND VOICE: STRAIGHTEN UP AND SING (OR SPEAK) RIGHT!

By : on : February 4, 2020 comments : (0)

One of the first foundation skills that I teach at Professional Voice Care Center in Voice Session 1 or Singing Lesson 1 is posture and alignment. As soon as I present this concept in our sessions, people look at me, sometimes with confusion, like “Why posture?”, with abject fear (“I have to sit up straight?”), […]

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MAKING DAILY VOICE CARE SIMPLE

By : on : September 24, 2019 comments : (0)

As a vocologist for 38 years, I’ve heard every excuse in the book for why my clients didn’t practice or follow my therapeutic recommendations:  I was busy with my family, work was crazy, the dog ate my homework, I forgot…and on and on. But as I always say in my office, no one is too […]

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CLEAR YOUR THROAT SAFELY AND PROTECT YOUR VOCAL CORDS: LET’S “CLEAR UP” THE CONFUSION!

By : on : July 31, 2019 comments : (0)

By now most of us know that repeated forceful throat-clearing is not a good idea, as far as your vocal folds are concerned. In fact, my friend and colleague, laryngologist Dr. Joel Portnoy, says “Throat-clearing is like injuring your vocal cords just before you want to use them”… to sing, to teach, or even to […]

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CIRCUMLARYNGEAL MASSAGE DE-STRESS YOUR VOICE

By : on : July 25, 2019 comments : (0)

As a vocologist, I see people in my office every day who have voice problems. They have many different ideas as to what factors have contributed to their voice issues. So, what’s one of the biggest obstacles to having a healthy voice, whether speaking or singing? Reflux? Surely a big problem but probably not the […]

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ALL STEAMED UP: STEAM YOUR WAY TO VOCAL HEALTH

By : on : June 26, 2019 comments : (0)

According to my clients, good voice care (what we call vocal hygiene) can seem overwhelming at first. So much to remember, so little time. Today, I’d like to simplify some of that vocal hygiene for you. What if I told you there’s something you can do, in only 5-10 minutes a couple of times a […]

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DIAPHRAGMATIC BREATHING DE-MYSTIFIED: IT’S NOT A LOT OF B.S.!

By : on : March 6, 2019 comments : (0)

In this fast-paced world of work deadlines, high-stakes presentations, and competition for clients, stress is a given. Add to that the stress of your SECOND job: caring for your family, with carpooling, rushing to your kids’ appointments, and trying to keep up with exercise, a good diet, and enough sleep. Sure enough, stress becomes an […]

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“Tune In To Tune Up” Episode 6: Muscle Tension & Your Voice

By : on : October 10, 2018 comments : (0)

How to Conquer Vocal Tension, featuring Joel Portnoy, MD and Kathleen Brooks, PT. If you’re a singer, or someone who makes your living with your speaking voice, then you won’t want to miss the next episode of Tune In to Tune Up with Karen Sussman, MA, CCC, voice therapist and singing voice expert. Have you […]

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