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Other than an anesthesiologist wielding an endotracheal tube, I’ve never let anyone touch my throat, inside OR out, until I met my guest today. Listen in to my interview with vocal tension’s worst foe: physical therapist Gena Thurston!
Things we talked about
- Why a vocalist might want to work with a physical therapist
- How Gena developed her unique, multifaceted approach to treating patients
- How it was to work with the cast of Hamilton
- Working with muscle tension dysphonia
- The tricky subject of powering the voice from the pelvic floor without overdoing it
- Back muscles, singing in heels (thanks for those questions, Mark Thress:)
- Specific exercises she demonstrates on her Instagram feed
- Why, when and how to book an appointment with Gena
About GenaGena Thurston is a PT (physical therapist), DPT (doctor of physical therapy), CIDN (certification in dry needling) professional who works with a unique mix of orthopedic manual therapy, myofascial release, dry needling, manual-resisted exercise, cupping and vocal massage.
She works with a wide variety of patients and ailments, but has a special interest in singers and musicians with vocal tension. Having worked extensively with Broadway singers including the cast of Hamilton, Nashville is very fortunate that she now practices as part of Steve Kravitz Physical Therapy.
- Website: https://stevekravitz.com/our-team/gena-thurston/
- Instagram: @thevocalpt
- Her mentor Walt Fritz's courses: https://www.treatingtmj.com/foundations-in-manual-therapy-voice-and-swallowing-disorders/