Deciphering Vocal Quality

Voice CharacteristicsBody functions to consider
Lacklustre, descending pitch, narrow tone lacking expressionPhysical and Mental Exhaustion
Sad- Sounding Habitually on the verge of tearsRespiratory issues (Lung, throat, nose)
Angry sounding- no apparent causeLiver, gall bladder, spleen
Fearful, anxious, trembling, hesitantBladder, urinary problems
Thick tone, slow, drowsy ariculationMigraine, nausea
Exaggerated sing songPreoccupation with past/fantasy/feeling inferior
Blocked or strangulated voiceLow self image, feeling invisible or silenced
Temporary voice lossShock, bereavement, trauma, emotional imprisonment
Stressed, Forced, rapid, jerky speech, explosive consonants, over emphatic deliveryWarning signs of circulation disorders, high blood pressure, hyperactivity

Some experts believe the voice is a reflection of overall health – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual. A healthy voice, as we have learned is one that has a pure, clear tone is bright and open with no sign of restraint or strain. A healthy voice expresses vitality, when we are filled with vital energy, we are well and whole.

According to Olivea Dewhurst-Maddock, the voice can be used to help identify and diagnose physical, emotional and mental issues. We previously examined the voice for characteristics such as pitch and timbre, this chart takes us one additional step and allows us to view the voice as a diagnostic tool. Using vocal qualities to determine which system of the body is in disharmony enables us to easily identify the nourishing sounds that can restore wellness.

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