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.
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