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 massage 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 masseur, 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 is the only person in the UK to hold this qualification in conjunction with the Estill Master Teachers Licence, so is able to combine the manual therapy skills with an expert understanding of what the singer needs.
He has undertaken advanced training in Myofascial Release techniques with Alex Fugallo at LSSM, and 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 is a senior member of the vocal faculty on the BA and MA (Musical Theatre) Programmes at Mountview, London. He is also Specialist Visiting Lecturer in Functional Anatomy on the MFA Programme at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and on the MA Musical Theatre Programme at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
His clinical practice is split between Cardiff, London and Helsinki and provides support for many West End cast members, onsite support for major touring productions most recently including members of the Miss Saigon National Tour in Birmingham and Cardiff as well as referrals from a number of ENT Specialists and Speech and Language Therapists.
With more than 20 years experience as a singer and teacher, alongside five years of clinical practice as a therapist, Ian is uniquely qualified to help restore efficient function.