Vocal Steamer: Why and How to Use Mabis Steam Inhaler

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Do you want to know an easy way to soothe
your irritated voice, hydrate it directly and reduce vocal fold swelling so that you
can continue singing even if your voice doesn’t feel great? If your voice is feeling under the weather
or if you just want to keep your voice healthy for many years to come, you should be using
a vocal steamer. In this video, I am going to tell you why
you need to use a steam inhaler. You will also learn why Mabis steam inhaler
is my preferred personal steam inhaler and I will show you a neat little trick to get
even more steam for a better effect. So, make sure to watch until the end. Hi! It’s nice to see you again. For those who are here for the first time,
I am Katarina from How 2 Improve Singing and here on this channel, I share tips on how
to use your voice in a healthy and efficient way. So, if you are new here, consider subscribing
to my channel and hitting that bell notification below this video so that you don’t miss
any of my videos. And I am curious to know if you’ve ever
considered using a vocal inhaler or if you use one. Leave me a comment below, I would love to
hear from you. Steam inhalation is a widely used method to
get relief from cold or flu symptoms. It’s also called steam therapy and it uses
warm water vapor to loosen dry and thick mucus from nose, throat and respiratory system. Here are some of the known steam inhalation
benefits: it decreases inflammation of the throat, it liquefies thick mucous secretions
that are easier to remove either from your nose or your throat, it reduces coughing and
it dilates blood vessels, which helps healing. But did you know that steaming has many benefits
for the health and function of your voice? It is actually a very easy and effective way
to keep your vocal instrument hydrated. So, I recommend steaming to singers and voice
users on a regular basis. Steaming is the only method of hydrating the
vocal folds directly. When you drink water or any other liquid,
the water does not come into contact with the vocal folds. And it takes hours and days to hydrate internally
when drinking water. But when you inhale steam, the water droplets
come into direct contact with the vocal folds and hydrate them immediately. Well hydrated vocal folds vibrate smoothly
and more efficiently. It takes less pressure to set them into vibrations,
so that means that you need to use less effort when producing a sound. Also, well hydrated vocal folds change their
shape more easily than dehydrated vocal folds. And when we sing, we need to change the shape
of the vocal folds on a continuous basis. And here is another benefit: hydration makes
the mucus covering the vocal folds thin. And I am sure you can imagine that thick mucus
is something no singer or professional voice user wants. So, as you can see there are many benefits
to steaming your voice. Here are a few examples of when singers can
use a vocal steamer: – To rehabilitate a tired, overused or injured
voice; steaming is an excellent method to help healing
– To reduce vocal fold swelling, for example when you experience hoarseness
– To rehydrate a dehydrated vocal instrument quickly and easily
– To relieve symptoms of allergies, sinus infections, cold, flu, head and chest congestion
or other infections – To keep a vocal instrument hydrated in dry
climates or during the winter season when homes are heated and the indoor air becomes
dry. I made another video about voice care in winter,
you can check it out here for more tips. – But singers and voice users can use a personal
steam inhaler on a regular basis as a preventative measure, even if they do not suffer from any
vocal or health problems. And this is what I strongly recommend to keep
your voice in a great shape. Inhaling steam as a treatment option is not
a new idea. It dates back to ancient Egypt, which is known
for its bath houses and steam rooms. And you’ve probably heard about, seen or
even experienced steaming over a boiling pot of water or steaming in a hot shower or bath. Well, today we have another option: personal
steam inhalers. And in this video, I am going to tell you
about my favourite steam inhaler Mabis. Here are 5 reasons why I like this particular
steamer: #1. It’s easy to use, and I will show you how
to use steam inhaler shortly, including a trick that will produce even more steam. #2. It’s a portable vocal steamer so it is a
good steam inhaler for singers who travel for their gigs. It’s not the most portable steam inhaler
but it’s small enough to fit it into your luggage and travel with it. #3. It’s safe. When you are inhaling steam from a pot of
boiling water, you need to be very careful not to burn yourself. This danger does not exist with this personal
steam inhaler. #4. It’s a good value for the money. It’s around 30$ US or 50$ CAD at the moment. There are cheaper inhalers but they are not
as powerful as Mabis steam inhaler. And of course, there are more expensive ones
but this inhaler does everything you need. #5. It’s efficient. It produces quite a bit of steam and it takes
only about a minute to heat the water and produce steam. Ok, so let’s look at the unit together. This is how to use Mabis steam inhaler:
It’s quick and simple. Just add a little bit of water to the inside
heated water compartment. You really need only very little water to
produce enough steam for 5 to 10 minutes. This is about 25 ml. Here is another compartment for adding essential
oils. You can actually buy different steam inhaler
essential oils. But if you are starting with steaming, I recommend
using just water because some people may be sensitive to certain types of essential oils,
and water is safe and effective. And here is a little trick that I promised
– instead of essential oils, put water or even saline water into this compartment for
even more steam. Then plug it in and wait for about 1 minute
until the steamer will generate steam. Inhale either through the nose or the mouth. If you want to reduce dry or thick mucus from
your nose, breathe through the nose. Otherwise, you can breathe through the mouth
or alternate breathing through the nose and mouth. Now, once the steamer is ready, instead of slouching over the steamer, align your body well so that you can inhale deeply. When you are hunched, you are not able to take full breaths. You don’t need to put your face too close
to the mask, because the steam gets hotter the closer you are. Steam for about 5 to 10 minutes twice a day
for best results. Added bonus? Your face gets steamed too, your pores get
a natural cleanse and your skin will glow! So, what do you think? Would you consider using a vocal steamer for
singers? I will leave a link in the description below
so that you can check out the Mabis steam inhaler. Or if you know about other inhalers that you
prefer, let me know in the comments below. Also, if you want to learn which vocal behaviours
to avoid to keep your voice healthy for many years to come, click this link or a link in
the description below and get a free vocal hygiene handout. In my next video, I am going to explain vocal
fatigue. What it is and how to take care of a tired
voice. So, don’t forget to click the subscribe
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31 thoughts on “Vocal Steamer: Why and How to Use Mabis Steam Inhaler

  1. Never heard of a vocal steamer! I teach a lot during the week and during the winter I always lose my voice. This would be SO helpful!

  2. Wow this was a great video! I never knew any of this!! Even when I was an avid singer back in the day, I never heard any of this!! Very cool!

  3. This is such a great product. I have a humidifier and am looking for something else for a smaller room…this would be perfect!

  4. I'm so glad to have found this channel. I've always wanted to improve the way I sing and worship God. I didn't know that steam can liquify thick mucous and hydrate the vocal folds! Thanks for the tips!

  5. I don't currently use a steam inhaler, but after watching your video I will be incorporating that into my speech prep routine from now on. Thanks for the video 👍

  6. I had no idea these steamers even existed! I'm going to buy one for sure, this is great! So if you have a sore throat and you need to sing, you just use the steamer right before and you will sound less hoarse?
    And another unrelated question. Do you recommend cold, warm, or room temperature water before singing? Thank you, Katarina!

  7. I can see how this would be so helpful for people who are constantly using their voice, whether singing or speaking, to give it some calming rehab. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Thank you, Katarina, for your most helpful videos. I never knew about a personal steam inhaler and will certainly buy myself myself one. I look forward to all your videos.

  9. Got my machine hours ago and have started using it. I think this will help me a lot with my vocal care. Great thanks to you!!

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