The elements that go into the voice lift evolved in large part from the treatment of singers who had strained their voices in some way. “The problems of singers are merely exaggerations of problems everyone can have,” Dr. Sataloff said. “Professional singers are analogous to Olympic athletes: If you can take care of them with their high level of demands and self-analysis, you can take care of the weekend warriors.”
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Like singers, anyone who undergoes a voice lift must commit to strengthening and exercising the vocal apparatus. Dr. Sataloff, a professional singer who has a doctorate in music and voice performance, has his own vocal workout. “I practice scales every single day for at least 5 to 10 minutes,” he said. “My scales are recorded on a CD. If all else fails, I do them in my car on the way to work. I’ve studied singing for more than 30 years, so I pay close attention to my own voice.”
Tom Valeo is a freelance writer based in St. Petersburg, Fla.