Laryngeal massage assists the muscles of the larynx (voice box) to stretch and relax. It promotes circulation in the laryngeal area, and relieves discomfort associated with excess tension. Laryngeal massage should result in reduction in height and stiffness of the larynx, as well as increase mobility and awareness of muscular tension. Once the larynx is “released” and range of motion is improved, a notable difference in vocal effort, quality, and vocal range should appear.
Laryngeal massage is effectively taught to clients, so that they can continue the tension reduction on themselves when needed. It is most effective when done frequently throughout the day to prevent laryngeal tension and discomfort. It is highly beneficial for heavy voice users, and those diagnosed with muscle tension dysphonia.