community for people with voice problems started by The Lary Project
One of the contributors at the latest Lary Project support group meeting was Jacob Lieberman. He is a psychotherapist and osteopath specialising in the larynx. An important point he reminded us all of was the role of emotion in the voice.
I think it's an important thing to remember. A "new age" lady (forgive the pigeon-holing!) once said to me that the throat is the emotional spaghetti junction of the body. Certainly what many say about their voice problems bears this out. Even voice problems that have a physical cause (trauma, cancer, reflux, etc...) can still be greatly affected by one's emotions such as stress.
I suppose the next logical question is: how do we effectively manage our emotions in order to control their effect on our voice condition? What do people think? Some herbal remedies may be helpful, eg: St John's Wort, Bach's Rescue Remedy and 5-HTP (check with doctor before using these, particularly St John Wort!).
Some psychological approaches may also help. Something I've been told is very useful is "mindfulness". This involves being completely in-touch with the present moment so that we can escape - or at least try to put on the side for a moment - the daily worries that can crowd our lives and make us stressed. Practising mindfulness involves some meditation. A good link on this is here: www.octc.co.uk
What are people's views on this? Any other ideas?
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