Medical massage for voice, jaw, breathing and swallowing issues can help alleviate:
- Voice challenges faced by teachers, vocalists, public speakers, actors, etc. (These can include a “tight” throat, lack of vocal projection, a sense of tongue tension, difficulty taking a deeper breath or with breath pacing, and more.)
- TMJ dysfunction (jaw clicking or popping, tension, pain and associated issues like headaches, tinnitus, etc.)
- Speech pathologies and related
- Swallowing difficulties and disorders
- Repercussions from neck cancer, tumors and nerve damage
- Breathing issues
Whether you are singing or speaking, vocal massage can help you recover and maintain a smoother, stronger, more resonant and resilient voice.
If you’re suffering from any of the following, vocal massage and related therapies may help with:
- compromised vocal clarity, range or endurance
- difficulty projecting or breathing with ease
- jaw clenching, grinding and TMJ dysfunction
- headaches and migraines
- neck/back tension and pain (recent or chronic)
- tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- stress, fatigue, anxiety and depression
- emotions settling in the throat (feeling a “lump,” tongue tied, vocal tightness, etc.)
- other problems related to tension, discomfort, dysfunction, trauma and overuse
Treatment addresses muscles and joints contributing to your discomfort, tension and/or dysfunction. This may include your throat, jaw, tongue (using gloves) or elsewhere in your head, neck, shoulders, chest, ribs, back, diaphragm or overall posture. Each vocal massage is customised to the individual. After a postural assessment and discussion of problems you may be experiencing, a treatment plan will be agreed upon. The therapy uses a kind and thoughtful touch and is designed to be pain-free and comfortable, to help you achieve a healthy, optimally-functioning vocal instrument.
Training and treatment approach
My name is Marlene (say “Mar- lay-nuh”) Mayman and I have received specialized training to address these issues using Myofascial Release (with advanced studies for neck, jaw, voice and breathing disorders), TMJ therapy, Orthopedic Massage and DermoNeuroModulation, a nervous system calming technique, among other modalities.
I have had the privilege of working with voice professionals from Broadway as well as opera, jazz and rock singers, choir members and directors, professional speakers, lawyers, businesspersons and folks suffering from TMJ dysfunction, chronic tension and/or pain, and nerve damage from trauma and tumors.
- The techniques can help relax tension by calming a guarded nervous system or relieving unconscious holding patterns. This frees your body to feel and function better.
- Treatment is comfortable, gentle and thoughtful.
- The approach relies on a client-therapist partnership founded in trust. Areas of tension or discomfort are located through the therapist’s educated touch, combined with the client’s verbal feedback or hand signals.
- Manual therapies may include positioning, gentle skin stretching or gathering, comfortable tissue compression, slow strokes and holds, thoughtful muscle/joint stretching and other techniques.
- A whole-body assessment may be performed to determine what additional areas may be contributing to the localized problem, such as tension in the ribs and diaphragm. However, only the contributing areas will be focused on using a medical approach.
- Self-care suggestions may be given to help you maintain progress at home and work. Be sure to check with your doctor prior to following any suggestions.
This is client-centered work
- The client is always in control of what is being done.
- Comfort is of paramount concern.
- Communication is guided and encouraged.
Marlene says: I have a personal interest in this work
As a baby I experienced head trauma, resulting in an unnatural, strongly deviated septum (divider of the nose), a displaced jaw (TMJD) and other signs. As a child I had a lisp and underwent speech therapy to overcome it. Due to my nose/breathing issues growing up, as an adult I’ve undergone years of self-practice to improve my breathing techniques, learning how to become more of a relaxed abdominal breather (a continuous process). My voice was also impacted as a result of poor breathing habits and, like many, my emotions settled in my vocal chords, causing tension-related projection and resonance issues. I self-apply some of the therapeutic techniques I’ve learned to further my improvement and to relax and bring comfort to my jaw and voice. In addition to massage therapy, I can teach you some self-care to help you maintain comfort and vocal strength.
If you have a concern in this area you’d like to discuss, please don’t hesitate to text or call me at (240) 487-9387, email me, or simply schedule an appointment and discuss your issue(s) before your session starts (I always allow time for a thorough intake).
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