Vocal “health” is not a prerequisite for authentic communication.
In voice work, we often assign value judgements to sounds, especially when a sound is labeled “unhealthy.” The binary language of “good voice” and “bad voice” perpetuates the limiting self-belief that being in “good vocal health” is somehow a moral requirement for singing or speaking at all times. This mindset can lead to hyper-vigilance and a ruminating feeling that our voice will never be clear, connected, or enough. Even the concept of “healthy” can look and sound different in every body, is ultimately an individual choice, and depends on the ability and agency to access quality, equitable care and education. Trauma-informed voice care recognizes the non-dual nature of our body-mind-voice. Vocal wellbeing asserts that we can hold space for comfort and discomfort, create change when ready, and rest in the wholeness of our wounds and our healing.