GROUP COACHING

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RELEASE YOUR VOICE

The online group coaching program for those suffering from vocal fatigue and muscle tension.

Muscle tension dysphonia is an extremely frustrating condition. Essentially, I think of it as a fancy terminology for saying that muscle tension in inhibiting the quality of your voice. The condition exists on a spectrum, which means you can experience anything from intermittent vocal fatigue to a loss of range to complete inability to make sound.

I have dealt with my own case of muscle tension dysphonia since 2007 (you can read my full story HERE). Even before I began to experience voice issues, I was very interested in vocal training. Since then, I have made a career of teaching how the voice works and how to heal it.

A note from Elissa about Muscle Tension Dysphonia and the group coaching:

Muscle tension dysphonia is an extremely frustrating condition. Essentially, I think of it as a fancy terminology for saying that muscle tension in inhibiting the quality of your voice. The condition exists on a spectrum, which means you can experience anything from intermittent vocal fatigue to a loss of range to complete inability to make sound.

I have dealt with my own case of muscle tension dysphonia since 2007 (you can read my full story HERE). Even before I began to experience voice issues, I was very interested in vocal training. Since then, I have made a career of teaching how the voice works and how to heal it.

There are many important aspects of vocal training that can address MTD.
These include:

  • Re-training breath support so there is optimal airflow to create a free and easy sound
  • Releasing tension in the shoulders, neck, and head in order to relieve pressure on the larynx
  • Balancing the engagement of the vocal folds so there is full contact without excess effort
  • Utilizing resonance to create more sound with less work
  • Activating the articulators in a precise yet released manner that allows for accurate speech without over-efforting
  • Recognizing and shifting any habitual vocal patterns that may be reinforcing the problem. (Common issues include: speaking in a low or reduced pitch range, vocal fry, glottal onsets, and pushing the singing voice beyond its natural range, especially when belting.)
  • Finding ways to shift communication strategies during work or your personal life so that you are more likely to have a healthy voice when you need it. (This is very important for those who rely on their voice for their career, such as voiceover actors, singers, teachers, lawyers, call center employees, etc.)

For the past seven years, I have been working with individual clients and groups to help them address these issues related to muscle tension dysphonia. Included in that work has been teaching a technique to use vibration for your voice to release tension. (Yes, I mean a vibrator… and you can learn more about that practice at vibrantvoicetechnique.com.) I am now beginning a weekly group coaching program for all those who require training and support to relieve MTD.

An ideal participant in this group:

  • Has been dealing with long-term vocal fatigue or extreme muscle tension in the shoulders, neck, and throat
  • Has gone to see an otolaryngologist to have their vocal cords scoped and either been explicitly diagnosed with muscle tension dysphonia, or told that there is nothing functionally wrong with their vocal folds
  • Has likely already been through a course of therapy with a speech pathologist or other practitioner
  • Is seeking a longer-term solution to maintain tension release and improve their vocal resonance and ease of sound production

How the group coaching works:

We meet once a week live on Zoom: on Wednesdays from 12-1:15pm Eastern Time.

There are four sessions per month, with exercises, coaching, and Q&A time.


The weekly coaching curriculum will be determined by you. Each week we'll check in with everyone who's on the call to see what issues are coming up and what support is needed. We'll then choose exercises to practice that support the whole group. If you stay in the program for long enough (I recommend at least three months), you'll learn about all the vocal training aspects listed above, and have a big repertoire of exercises you can use to improve your voice. Group participants can also get personal attention through spotlight coaching.

All sessions will be recorded and available to watch in the membership portal. If you cannot attend live, you can still participate in the program. If you want to reference what we covered in coaching, you can always return back to the portal to revisit the recordings of previous sessions. The portal will also house other resources we share such as handouts, exercise videos, and resource lists.


Membership in Muscle Tension Dysphonia group coaching opens at the end of each month for a start date on the first Wednesday of the following month. Once you are enrolled, membership is month to month. By enrolling you agree to be billed $199 per month beginning on the day you sign up, and each subsequent month on the same date.

This coaching program is not a clinical curriculum (I am a voice coach, not a speech therapist), and there is no guarantee of results. If you do not have a clear medical diagnosis or are concerned about your voice, you must consult your doctor before enrolling in the vocal coaching program.


You may cancel your membership at any time, and retain access to the weekly coaching and membership area until the end of the current month. Refunds cannot be issued after your billing date.

Other perks of being in the coaching program: 20% off all private session packages with Elissa, and 30% off all online courses (How Your Voice WorksHow To Have Presence, and Vocal Health for VOs)

Join us to release your voice.

Enrollment for the new program will open again in January


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Success Stories

I entered class with two issues: a chronic cough left over from a 2017 virus and habitual throat clearing also related to the virus. Over the first month, Elissa’s exercises proved to be incredibly effective. The vocal and breathing exercises have helped relax and open up my throat, reducing the coughing. One of her primary meditation exercises has been extremely useful in controlling the urge to clear my throat, which ironically, also reduces the cough. Elissa’s class is always interesting and informative and Elissa is consistently cheerful and entertaining.

I was drawn to Elissa's online class because I knew already of her experience and style as a voice coach.  There is very little out there which specifically addresses a condition such as MTD, particularly from a self-help perspective.  The class is a holistic exploration of different elements, such as breath support, and emotional blockages. I am glad to be taking the course, and recommend Elissa as a voice teacher.

Christian Stockwell

Naturopath

Christian Stockwell

Naturopath

Elissa truly impresses me with her expertise, combining the best of Western science and Eastern wisdom with anatomy lessons, energetic theory, videos, reading and practical, effective exercises. Just in a few weeks new ideas and practices are sinking in and after years of trying, I'm already feeling real results! She has particularly helped me understand breath support and I am beginning to re-pattern my stressed, unnatural physical expressions. After unsuccessful surgery I had pretty much given up on finding vocal ease before this, and I didn't even realize MTD was common.  I'm so grateful to Elissa for putting this class together so that we can support each other and share our progress!

Jessamine Kelley

Actor

Jessamine Kelley

Actor
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