In response to a private inquiry I got about some suggested exercises for a thyroid issue, this is my general procedure, in a simplified version:
'As you know, there are so many ways to help a person open up their voice. To me, it's like peeling an onion, and everyone is unique, so exercises have to be tailored to the person and their particular need.
I start with breathing, it's the #2 step in my book 'From Shower To Stage....7 Easy Steps for Singing Like A Pro'. You've got to have a free flow of the breath, and good support for the tone.
Then I open up the other channels - the throat (relaxing the tongue, larynx and jaw).
Next I work on the level of emotion to clear any blockages, false belief systems etc. that are manifesting in the production of the voice. This is really powerful and gets lasting results. All of the above lead to releasing the voice from constriction and over-control.'
This, of course comes from working with voice on all levels, EXCEPT medical. I'm not a physician and always urge my clients to seek medical evaluation and treatment that they feel comfortable with as well as using alternative methods to unlock the voice and heal the underlying challenge on an emotional/energetic level. Cheers, Beth Lawrence, vivalavoice.com