I’ve been singing and performing since I was a kid, and I wish to become a professional performer.
I took part to many shows and I had leading parts in them.
When I was thirteen years old, my voice started getting tired and breaking. I didn’t understand what was happening to me.
For two years my voice got worse and worse. I then went to the largest hospital in my area to get the specialist ENT to check on my cords and the doctor found that I had oedema and prenodules on both cords.
It is at that same period that I heard about Robin. I didn’t know it then, but I had found the solution to my problem. He was going to be able to help me.
Through his technique, he made me aware of how my body, my singing, my breathing were functioning. He made me aware of the mistakes I did when I sang and the bad habits I had got myself into.
I’ve been working with him for 8 months now and I after having gone back to the same ENT, the results are clear: the pathologies I had on my voice have completely disappeared ! As for the sound in itself, my voice doesn’t break anymore, it feels more secure and healthier.
However, according to Robin, I need to keep being cautious because my voice is not fully strengthened yet. I still have a lot to learn and this is the reason why I practise breathing coordination and vocal technique every week.
Robin is extremely competent, knowledgeable, kind and his sense of pedagogy is wonderful, I learn so much...
He’s a great teacher and re-educator! So THANKS Robin!! Célia Droz
It is through a singer that studied with Robin De Haas that I heard about Breathing Coordination (BC).
As I had to have a surgery in order to remove my lower right pulmonary lobe, I have decided to do about 10 hours of this method in order to get ready for what was about to happen to me in the best possible way.
Just after the surgery, I have endured a huge rise in my stress level because of the intense pain, of the lack of clear communication from the doctors and I was also under heavy medication.
Against all odds, even at that difficult time, the BC exercises allowed me to breath calmly and to not suffocate.
After the surgery and because of the missing lung tissue, I found myself with a shorter breath and difficulty to walk from a place to another.
As soon as I got home I went on and got additional BC sessions.
In doing that, and in participating to a 5 day workshop given by Lynn Martin and Robin, I have found a full exhale as I had had it in my BC sessions before the surgery and I can now walk from a place to another with no difficulty.
My exhale is long, calm and deep. Robin explains to me that his diagnostic is that I now have restored the mobility in my torso and diaphragm areas, and that this is what allows me to breath as much as I used to even though there is less lung tissue to work with.
This approach, unlike traditional physiotherapy for breathing, is soft, avoids pain while being very efficient and respectful of the perception of the person.
To this day, I practice this breathing method daily and I’m totally convinced of its fantastic effects. Thanks from the bottom of my heart to Robin and Lynn.
I started to sing when I was a child and have always wanted to become a singer, but at the age of 16, I began to have problems with my voice.
I was losing it little by little and I did not understand what was going on. It had become raspy and scratchy and I could not reach the notes I used to do be able to reach. Because of the frustration, I forced even more on it and the situation was getting worse.
I finally got to a point where I could not make a sound without feeling as if knives had been stuck in my vocal cords. I had constant pain, even when I was not talking. I was scared not to ever get my voice back. I went to the largest hospital in my area and asked to see the chief ENT, and he told me that there was fortunately nothing on the vocal cords, but that I had developed an extreme muscular tension around the larynx; that, in addition to years of bad vocal technique, provoked the pain and the vocal strain. The doctor immediately referred me to Robin.
During the first six months, we only worked on breathing coordination, as my body was so tensed and locked. I was impressed right away by Robin’s precise explanations. I had never met someone who could describe that well what was happening while singing, within the larynx, the body and the breathing mechanism.
Lots of people had categorised my voice problems only on an emotional level. Robin was the first to explain to me thoroughly what was happening technically, why I was hurting myself while singing, and how to get ridd of those bad habits. He found precise answers to each of my questions and looked for every possible solution to help me. I finally realised what was happening in my body when I was singing, through exercises based on real facts and it just clicked.
It has been now 2 years since I have started taking classes with Robin; thanks to him, not only have I got my voice back, but I have totally learned how to sing again. The improvement is outstanding and I don’t feel any pain anymore. He made me realise how much care one can have for oneself.
I started to have more and more confidence in my voice again and re-discovered the pleasure of singing ! Robin is very committed for his students ; one can see that he is really passionate by his work and that’s what makes him a great teacher, always ready to listen to me and to work according to my needs.
He is guiding me endlessly on the way of body and vocal balance, with precious tools for singing, but which also help in the every day life.
With him, working means no-judgement, pleasure and total confidence. More than a teacher, I consider him a bit like an elder brother. I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t met him. In one word, he is exceptional.
In fact, through what he brought me, he changed my life and I’m looking forward to working with him for many more years!
I started singing four years ago.
I ended up in a professional jazz school in Germany.
After a few months, I could no longer sing and the ENT said my vocal cords could not work well because of a poor singing technique. The more I sang, the more it hurt.
I quitted the school and came back to Switzerland. Robin's name came highly recommended in Switzerland.
As soon as the first lesson, I felt that he was understanding what was happening to me. Every problem is analyzed and has its solution, therefore no case is hopeless.
After ten lessons only I feel and live a powerful singing voice that feels effortless.
The way Robin combines the three coordinations (breathing, laryngeal and neuro-emotionnal) is more than a method for good singing, it is also a protection for life in a socitey that often ignores the needs of the body and the soul.