What is Vocal Massage and who is it for?
Differing from vocal osteopathy and vocal physiotherapy, our approach uses gentle, integrated Myofascial Release for a pain free release of the muscles surrounding the larynx. After training massage therapists in the UK, and presenting this work around the world, Stephen has taught this unique, pain free treatment protocol to all the therapists at this clinic.
Vocal Massage is a staple maintenance tool in the performer’s toolkit. An elite athlete would not train or perform without releasing the residual tension that comes from working muscles to extremes, and neither should the elite singer.
What can Vocal Massage therapy successfully help?
- Globus Pharyngeus / Globus Hystericus a sense of a ‘lump’ in the throat
- Loss of range or smooth transitions between vocal registers
- Freeing up the belt voice quality
- Difficulty swallowing or swallowing disorders
- Muscle Tension Dysphonia
- Jaw and tongue root tension
Vocal Massage can be used as part of the treatment of rehabilitation for vocal pathology, this can be from any dysfunction such as Muscle Tension Dysphonia/ functional dysphonia, or even Nodules (but working with vocal fold pathologies must see a multidisciplinary team in place), so we would be then working alongside your Speech Therapist and Vocal Rehabilitation Coach.
Because our Vocal Massage has an evidence based approach to the treatment, we don’t need to pound and grip and bruise the muscles on which we are working, instead our integrated MFR has the lightest pressure of any soft tissue bodywork. Every treatment, with any therapist on the team uses a Myofascial approach to help the body change, relax and heal by putting the body into a rest and digest, Vagal state. It’s no secret that the Voice Care Centre has some of the most advanced Myofascial Release (MFR) practitioners in the UK, and with our own literature based research into this field specifically relating to voice, we take this level of expertise to a new level.
This evidence based approach to MFR takes the ‘woo and wah’ out of the treatment protocol and leaves the client engaged and in charge, as the client will be generating verbal feedback, and the therapist will follow the client feedback in order to maximise the outcome of this powerful interaction.
The client centred approach to treatment was pioneered by a Physiotherapist in New York called Walt Fritz, who Stephen can be seen talking with at the video below when Walt journeyed to London in March 2019.
Vocal Massage is an IN PERSON service led by our voice specialist Massage Therapists, Stephen King and Ronan Radin. This appointment is carried out in the Voice Care Centre, Soho.
Vocal Massage with Stephen
- 30 minutes
- This treatment is paid for in full at the time of booking
Vocal Massage with Ronan
- 30 minutes
- This treatment is booked with a deposit, and Ronan will invoice for the remainder of the fee
Who delivers this treatment?
PGCert.Voice.Ped, Cert.HE, Dip.RNMT, Cert.Adv.MFR, Cert.OSM, FRSA
Stephen specialises in the area of honing in on tension, and eliminating it in his singing teaching and manual therapy hybrid practice. Stephen’s breadth of genre knowledge sees him having worked with Hollywood A-Listers, and Disney Film Celebrities, to The 2018 World Champion Beatboxer, keeping them all in tip-top vocal health for whatever vocal load they have. Founding the multidisciplinary VOICE CARE CENTRE in 2017 with nothing but a dream of delivering specialist treatment to those suffering with their voices, Stephen has now become a leader in the field of holistic, multidisciplinary evaluation of both the voice, and the singer as a whole person. In 2019, the VOICE CARE CENTRE won the much sought after title of ‘Healthcare Provider of The Year 2019’ at the Industry Minds Awards for the contribution to mental health services in the creative arts.
Stephen initially qualified as a Raynor Massage Therapist (Diploma) and is one of the cohort of the only degree level massage qualification (Level 6 ACMT/BTEC) in the UK. He has studied extra modules in Spinal Manipulation (2019) and is currently on an Advanced Diploma in Medical Acupuncture (2020) (from Osteon Manual Therapy). Further to this, he has an Advanced Certificate in Myofascial Release (JING Advanced Massage Training) and two certificates in Laryngeal Manipulation (Jacob Lieberman 2017/2019), Stephen has also undertaken Laryngeal Dissection at King’s College, London (in 2019, 2020). Stephen also gained the first Level 7 Voice Pedagogy specific Postgraduate Certificate in the UK from the University of Wales, Trinity St David (Voice Workshop) and has since been awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society of the Arts for his contribution to changing the stigma around vocal health.
Stephen is now an Educational Director at the Modern Vocal Training Institute in Malaga, where he is also the resident anatomy teacher. He has delivered seminars/ lecturers and theory to practicum sessions at the 1st and 2nd Voice Geek Conference in London, The Advancements in Pedagogy conference at LCM (London), The 2nd and 3rd World Voice Teacher’s Expo (Poland 2018, Spain 2020), The Swiss Beatbox Camp, (Poland 2019) The Grand Beatbox Battle (Poland 2020) and The European Vocal Camp 9th and 10th edition (Poland 2019, Poland 2020). He has coached on a season of The Voice (Belgium 2016) as well as generated YouTube content reaching 60 million viewers with Spirit Young Performers Company (2016-2017), Stephen has also trained speech therapists, massage therapists and vocal coaches in Vocal Massage, Vocal Health and Anatomy and Physiology, as well as delivering thousands of hours of Vocal Massage treatments a year.
With fellow Vocal Coach Lydia Easton, he set up Pro Voice Care, London which deals with both the technical and rehabilitative coaching of elite singers as well as pre/post surgery, or simply for the preparation of a demanding role. In 2020, Stephen co-founded; Vocal Health Education, a guarantee company (not for profit) which seeks to demystify the genre of singing voice rehabilitation and vocal health advice by launching a brand new training pathway titled; “Singing Voice Rehabilitation Specialist”.
MAMT, MA, BA (hons), Cert.RNMT
Ronan is part of the first cohort of Vocal Massage therapists to be trained by Stephen in the Certificate in Vocal Myofascial Release.
Qualified from the Brandon Raynor International School of Massage, Ronan first specialised in Deep Tissue Massage before training in vocal massage. Recognising that no client is the same, Ronan provides tailored treatments to suit each individual, whether they have a particular problem/injury or just need to keep on top of their physical well-being.
In 2019, Ronan attended his first Laryngeal Dissection at King’s College, this allowed him to completely understand the structures and science behind vocal myofascial release.
Having trained in Musical Theatre at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and having worked as an actor, director and producer, Ronan understands the needs and demands of those in the Performing Arts Industry. Whilst his clients work in various sectors, Ronan mostly works with performers, athletes and professional singers to eliminate physical and emotional tension. He has recently worked with touring artists at the o2 and Wembley, enabling them to reach their full potential at sold out performances.
Ronan has been successfully running the London Raynor Massage company since 2017. For any deep tissue appointments we are happy to recommend London Raynor Massage.