Raise your hand if you endlessly see images or stories with Broadway people strapping on a weird contraption to their face like the photo above.
No, they're not on oxygen after a run-in with Broadway's frightfully good Beetlejuice. ;)
It's a vocal steamer.
Taking care of your voice is vital for a long career on Broadway. As a singer, no one else can do that for you. When you dance, you can go to a Physical Therapist after an injury and still keep dancing, but for a singer, the prescription is usually medication or vocal rest. So prevention is key.
The good news is that you can reduce inflammation with steam.
Steam helps settle the vocal chords and keep them hydrated, but not all steamers are created equal. To help you find the right fit for you, I've put together a little video breakdown of what to look for when shopping, plus which I think is the best Vocal Steamer for Singers.
According to their website:
MyPurMist has re-invented steam delivery by providing germ free steam instantly without the presence of any boiling water. The instant fine mist penetrates deep into your sinuses, nose, and throat for superb relief. MyPurMist's soothing mist provides effective symptomatic relief of allergies, sinusitis, colds/flu, cough, laryngitis, parched throat, and discomfort from sore throat.
Instant fine mist penetrates deep into your sinuses, nose, and throat - Provides superb relief
100% natural & 100% drug-free
Handheld, portable, and lightweight
99.9999% germ-free warm mist
Microprocessor controls multiple safety features and regulates temperature within 100-1150F
Instant steam for fast relief - No waiting
Automatic drying cycle - No cleanup
No boiling water - No scalding risk
Great for the whole family (for ages above 12 years)
Why is this steamer different from a regular humidifier? MyPurMist goes directly to your throat to help alleviate any symptoms. I wanted to give this thing a try (it ain’t cheap) to see if it really makes a difference.
You see, I suffer from a little bit of post nasal drip and acid reflux. On some days, I feel as though I am constantly clearing my throat. One of the things my voice teacher always said was steam, so I would just take a long shower. First off, I would run out of steam, and second, I don’t always want to take a shower.
Since I’ve gotten the MyPurMist, I can sit and steam wirelessly (and in my clothes). It’s a miracle!
It requires only distilled water, and even though it’s such a costly investment, I encourage you to invest in one, if you can. You can purchase them through the MyPurMist website, or find deals on Amazon and at Walgreens.