Sara Gourlay is a Speech & Language Therapist and professional singer. She will make a comprehensive assessment of voice problems related to singing, and offer expert advice on good vocal hygiene for voice users. In some cases, a client may need to be referred to an ENT specialist before help can be offered.
If you are at all anxious about your singing voice, make contact to arrange an initial consultation to discover if you need help. You will then have an assessment of your singing/speaking voice and a therapy programme will be devised to suit your needs.
Fees are £48 an hour or £40 an hour for concessions
The initial assessment and report will be £80
If appropriate, ongoing convalescent SINGING training can be offered either after SLT treatment, or in conjunction with it, by Lucinda Houghton, working closely with Sara at all times.
'I was experiencing persistent problems, including a constantly sore throat, that were affecting both my singing and speaking voice. Visits to my GP hadn't led to any solutions, so it was a real relief to be referred to Sara and discover someone could help. Sara has taught me techniques that not only relieved the symptoms I was experiencing, but are also helping me to retrain the way in which I use my voice. I am now much more conscious of how what I do affects my voice and have a much better understanding of what I can do to take care of it. Without time - both to talk about the problems I was experiencing and to work out the solutions to them - and without support, it would have been very difficult for me to make the progress that I have, and to be back to pain-free singing and speaking, so I am very grateful to Sara for her help.'
- Katie Walter, Lecturer, University of Sussex
Ann is a Registered Osteopath with 38 years’ experience who specialises in treating Singers and Performing Artists, using Osteopathy, Laryngeal Manipulation and Inspirational Breathwork. She studied Laryngeal Manipulation with Jacob Lieberman, an internationally recognised specialist in treating the voice.
Laryngeal Manipulation is a method for releasing muscular tension within the Larynx which can improve stamina and range.
Dysphonia can be caused by emotional stress and over use of the voice, the physical reaction to which may produce hoarseness or roughness - or even loss of voice. Globus, the sensation of a lump in the throat, lack of stamina and a change in pitch, whether too high or too low, can also result.
Laryngeal Manipulation treats the soft tissues of the Larynx which houses the vocal folds and the accessory muscles that are recruited in phonation.
Treatment of the muscles of the jaw and tongue are vitally important.
Ann also assesses relevant postural issues and emotional holding patterns that may affect the supporting breath, both of which have an important role in a healthy and efficient voice.
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