Ruth is particularly qualified and accomplished at assisting individuals to regain and
strengthen their voice thanks to more than two decades of performing and teaching
classical singing. Not only does she know the science of vocal production, but she has
years of experience listening to how people sound and is adept at pinpointing the
areas of tension that impede healthy voice production. Ruth refers to and receives
referrals from the UCSF Voice and Swallowing Center http://www.ucsfhealth.org/adult/special/v/98905.html
Ruth provides a number of different exercises to relieve this tension and encourage healthy
voice production. These range from relaxation and breath management exercises to a
variety of phonation tasks. The latter begin with whichever sounds the person is able
to produce without strain. These gradually increase in complexity as the new vocal
habits become engrained. Most of Ruth's clients require six to ten sessions,
but there are exceptions at both ends of the spectrum. Critical to success is both the
motivation to change one's speech habits and the daily practice of voice assignments.
Certain activities - such as smoking and yelling - should be dispensed with before beginning
rehabilitation. If you have not already been seen by a Laryngologist, Ruth would be happy to
recommend one for you.