Riva Capellari

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Located in Brookside in the heart of Kansas City

The Split Brain

How many times have you heard someone confess they are right (creative) or left (logical)“brained”? Maybe you have categorized yourself as either/or. But does this notion of using one side of your brain more than the other actually hold up under scientific scrutiny?

According to Dr. Federmeier, a psychology professor with the neurosciences program at

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Old Man Winter Part 2

In last month’s newsletter I laid out the vocal consequences of taking some popular OTC medications to stave off the respiratory blues of winter. This month we will explore some other options.

Complimentary and Integrative Medicine (CIM) is defined by Andrew Weil, MD as “ a healing oriented medicine that draws upon thera- peutic systems

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First Responders

Neutrophils are white blood cells in plasma and are the first responders to tissue damage or injury.


Tizte, Ingo & Verdolini Abbott, K. Vocology: The Science and Practice of Voice Habilitation. NCVS. Utah

Life Long Learning - Life Long Friends

In July I traveled to Winchester, Virginia for additional training in Contemporary and Commercial Music, i.e., learning to teach and sing in styles other than classical. While I gained a tremendous amount of knowledge from the lectures and teaching classes, the most fulfilling payoff came from the formation of friendships with several other women in

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Vowel Power

In his book, The 7 Secrets of Sound Healing, Jonathan Goldman reveals his “vowels as mantras” system to resonate our chakras with our voice. He believes that vowels help us discover the power of sound. Opera singers know all too well the resonating power of vowels to propel their voices over a large orchestra!


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Our Own Personal Energy Fields

Chakra, the Sanscrit word for “wheel”, is widely associated with holistic healing. Located in the central axis of our body, the chakras can be resonated or “toned” to align our body’s vibrational harmonies. Following is a brief description of each of the seven chakras and their locations.

The root chakra sits at the base of

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