New Hope for Sufferers of Vocal Injury
Beth Lawrence, an award-winning Phoenix singer and composer, is helping business professionals and older adults recover from vocal injury with holistic therapies she developed after facing nodules that threatened her own singing career. She says, “People don’t have to live with vocal problems. Voices can heal. You can have a strong, healthy, powerful voice, no matter what your age.”
According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, approximately 7.5 million people in the United States have trouble using their voices. Lawrence’s company, All About Voice, provides private consultations, as well as online group classes, for individuals suffering from a variety of vocal issues. Her therapies were developed after she learned about the methods of 92-year-old Los Angeles instructor Maestro Giuseppe Balestrieri.
Much of her vocal rehabilitation therapy includes expansive breathing techniques, placing the voice in the “core” of the body, and helping individuals learn how to use their bodies when speaking, instead of straining with the throat.