Patients who complete the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (R) program are introduced to vocal glides, and participants in Voice Aerobics (TM) classes are also introduced to vocal glides, with the addition of arm movements. Vocal glides help to elevate the larynx and lengthen the vocal folds with resultant elevation in pitch.
This particular voice and swallowing exercise points to the complex interrelationship of the mechanisms of respiration, voice, and swallowing, and reinforces the notion that strengthening one component of the system may have a beneficial effect on the whole.
So, if you are not already completing vocal glides as a a part of your daily voice practice, why not begin now. They don't take much time, and coupling them with movement may create an opportunity to use other muscles in your body as well.
If you would like to join a Voice Aerobics class in performing some vocal glides, click on the YouTube link below: