muscular tension

Why is my neck so darn tight?

If you’ve ever experienced vocal issues or worried about your voice (and you’re here reading a Vibrant Voice Technique blog, so chances are you have), you know what it’s like to feel tight, constricted, uncomfortable, or even nauseous when you

By |February 4th, 2016|Vocal Health Tips|2 Comments

Spotlight on Anatomy: The Shoulder Girdle

In today’s Spotlight on Anatomy we’re going to be talking about the shoulder girdle: the skeletal structure of the shoulder.

The shoulder girdle consists of three bones:

  • The clavicle, also known as the collarbone
  • The scapula, also known as the
By |October 16th, 2015|Spotlight on Anatomy|Comments Off on Spotlight on Anatomy: The Shoulder Girdle

Spotlight on Anatomy: The Sternocleidomastoid (the sexy neck muscle!)

Today’s Spotlight on Anatomy blog is focused on the sternocleidomastoid muscle, one of the most prominent muscles of the neck.

That’s a pretty long name for a muscle, which is why it’s often abbreviated and called the SCM. To understand …

By |July 23rd, 2015|Spotlight on Anatomy|Comments Off on Spotlight on Anatomy: The Sternocleidomastoid (the sexy neck muscle!)

Spotlight on Anatomy: The Temporalis Muscle

Today in our Spotlight on Anatomy blog series, we’re focusing on the temporalis muscle, a muscle very involved in the action of the jaw. In this previous blog post we talked about the masseter muscle, which is our primary jaw …

By |June 30th, 2015|Spotlight on Anatomy|Comments Off on Spotlight on Anatomy: The Temporalis Muscle

Why am I more tense after I did a release exercise?!?

Periodically we get a message from someone who’s just learned the Vibrant Voice Technique that goes something like this:

Dear Elissa and David,

I’ve been dutifully practicing my VVT tension release exercises for the past couple of days and I’m

By |June 11th, 2015|Vocal Health Tips|Comments Off on Why am I more tense after I did a release exercise?!?

Spotlight on Anatomy: The Suprahyoid Muscles

Today in our Spotlight on Anatomy blog series, we’re focusing on the suprahyoid muscles, the group of muscles above the hyoid bone.

Suprahyoid_muscles

The suprahyoid muscles are highlighted in magenta in the Gray’s Anatomy picture above. In a recent Spotlight on …

By |May 28th, 2015|Spotlight on Anatomy|2 Comments

Spotlight on Anatomy: The Strap Muscles

Today in our Spotlight on Anatomy blog series, we’re focusing on the strap muscles, the muscles directly surrounding the larynx.

Infrahyoid_muscles grays anatomy

The strap muscles are so-called because they are small, flat, and strap-like. More technically, they are called the infrahyoid muscles…

By |May 1st, 2015|Spotlight on Anatomy|3 Comments

A Gift For You on World Voice Day!

Today is World Voice Day, an international event that happens annually on April 16th. Throughout the world today there will be activities, concerts and celebrations of the voice. However it’s especially fitting to be wishing you a happy world voice …

By |April 16th, 2015|Vocal Health Tips|Comments Off on A Gift For You on World Voice Day!

Spotlight on Anatomy: The Omohyoid Muscle (Or, why your shoulder tension is affecting your voice)

Today in our Spotlight on Anatomy blog series, we’re focusing on the omohyoid muscle, the muscle that creates a connection between the shoulders and the larynx.

Musculus_omohyoideus Gray's

The omohyoid muscle is highlighted in red in the Gray’s Anatomy picture above. The name …

By |February 18th, 2015|Spotlight on Anatomy|2 Comments

Spotlight on Anatomy: The Digastric Muscle

Today in our Spotlight on Anatomy blog series, we’re focusing on the digastric muscle, a great one to understand in terms of its relationship to our voice.

digastric, gray's anatomy

As you can see highlighted in red in the Gray’s Anatomy picture above,

By |January 21st, 2015|Spotlight on Anatomy|1 Comment