COVID UPDATE – November 2021

We are currently only offering Manual Therapy sessions from the Cowbridge Studio. Appointments are available by request from  info@howthevoiceworks.co.uk

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Voice is about movement, movement is about muscularity, muscularity is about balance. A balanced voice produces clear tone more efficiently.

Muscle tension around the larynx, as well as more general issues of tension around the cervical spine and shoulder girdle can have a significant impact on the efficiency of vocal function. Small changes in postural alignment here adversely affect the resting position of the larynx, and make clear tone without pressure harder to achieve.

We both get regular manual therapy to help keep our own vocal function in good working order and we are delighted to be able to offer that service to you all now. No elite athlete would consider an on-going programme of training and competition without the regular support of a manual therapist, and a multi-disciplinary approach is needed to optimise the training and conditioning of a modern singer.

The hours and days following treatment provide the best opportunity to establish improved patterns of muscle recruitment in voicing, so sessions always conclude with some vocal coaching and practical advice on specific exercises to help maintain laryngeal mobility.

Ian trained at the prestigious LSSM school in Regents Park, London and holds the highest qualification level of Soft Tissue training available in the UK. He was the first person in the UK to hold this qualification in conjunction with the Estill Master Trainers Licence, and combines his work with the model with Manual Therapy for voice users pioneering an integrated model for the treatment and rehabilitation of Muscle Tension Dysphonia and other issues.

He is a regular contributor to Multi-Disciplinary Voice Clinics in Wales, and the South West and appointments are available for all voice users suffering from Muscle Tension Dysphonia or other functional issues.

He has undertaken advanced training in Myofascial Release techniques with Alex Fugallo at LSSM and with Walt Fritz, and also Osteopathic Techniques with Jacob Lieberman. He draws upon a range of therapeutic techniques including Neuromuscular Techniques (NMT) , Muscle Energy Technique (MET) , Soft Tissue Release (STR) and Positional Release Technique (PRT).

Ian lectures in Singing and Voice at UWTSD, Cardiff, and was formally a senior member of the vocal faculty on the BA and MA (Musical Theatre) Programmes at Mountview, London as well as a visiting lecturer at RWCMD and RCSSD.

His clinical practice is split between Cardiff, London and Helsinki and provides support for many West End cast members, onsite support for major touring production and the Helsinki City Theatre Company.

With more than 20 years experience as a singer and teacher, alongside many years of clinical practice as a therapist, Ian is uniquely qualified to help restore efficient function.