by Cari Cole
Throat tension and vocal stress are common complaints. A lot of people suffer from the end-of-the-day vocal fatigue that comes from accumulated tension — from talking (on the phone) and/or using the voice incorrectly. Also keep in mind that most voice problems come from being dehydrated.
Your vocal cords lie within the “Adams Apple” in the front throat or your area. When there is tension in this area the “Adams Apple” usually moves upward and closes the throat. The result is a voice with a thin tight sound or an uncontrollably breathy sound, either lead to a sore throat and/or voice problems. Here’s a way to relax that tension:
Exercise for Releasing Throat Tension
- Put your finger across your throat at the top of your “Adams Apple” and swallow.
- Notice the upward motion of the “Adams Apple”.
- Now keeping your finger at the top of your “Adams Apple” relax and begin a yawn. ( It is the sensation that occurs at the beginning of a yawn that releases tension in the throat. The full yawn brings tension).
- Notice the downward motion of the “Adams Apple.”
This motion opens the throat and releases tension.
- Yawn again (not a full yawn) and exhale by sighing “ah” at a comfortable high note
while descending rapidly through your voice.(sounds like a sigh).
- Practice releasing tension in the throat with a yawn/sigh motion 5 times to release throat tension.
Leave a comment below if this works for you!