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VoiceWell® -treatments & education

VoiceWell® -method suits everybody but especially those who are professional voice users such as singers, teachers, priests, lecturers etc. Also the ones that have bad bite and problems with breathing benefit from the treatment. 

VoiceWell® -treatment increases general well being and relieves tensions in the body, thus freeing voice production and breathing. The aim is to make the client more conscious of one’s way to produce the voice, of one’s body and its functions as well as posture. 

In the VoiceWell® -treatment several manual treatment techniques may be used, including classical massage, fascia and joint articulation, soft tissue and joint mobilization The treatment is applied to the trunk, neck and throat area. Also the head including face as well as respiratory muscles, masticators and tongue are treated. After the treatment you may get coaching in basic vocal production. 

VoiceWell® -treatment is developed by two Finnish bodyworkers and voice professionals Kirsti Leppänen and Kirsi Vaalio.

For more information, please contact us voicewellkicka@gmail.com

Woman behind the VoiceWell-methodology:
Kicka Leppänen


I am Kirsti “Kicka” Leppänen, PhD, a vocologist, trained masseuse, and the developer and trainer of the VoiceWell® methodology.

The diversity of the human voice has fascinated me throughout my life, both in my work and my hobbies. I have progressed through many different stages in working life, from being a youth worker to a musical therapist and then graduating with my Master’s degree. As a trained masseuse, I have provided Voice Massage™ therapy for more than ten years.

Self-development and learning new things have always been at the heart of my work, and in 2003, I began studying at the University of Tampere, majoring in speech technology and vocology. My studies in voice research and practice are a passion for me, and as my studies progressed, I had the opportunity to complete a Doctorate degree in which I used various acoustic meters to investigate what the voices of female teachers are like in terms of their quality and longevity, as well as how various support measures could promote the vocal wellbeing of female teachers. I graduated as a Doctor of Philosophy in March 2012.

Alongside my academic research, I have gained many years of work experience in clinical work as a masseuse, and this combination sparked my interest in how I could put my research and skills to effective use in manual treatment work. Humans are fascinating entities in terms of their use of voice and how they carry their bodies, how the body resonates when talking or singing, and how, for example, the head position can affect the balanced functioning of the bite and jaws. These themes evolved over several years, resulting in the VoiceWell treatment entity in 2010, which I use today in my daily work with clients and teach to healthcare professionals.

You are warmly invited to attend my treatment sessions offering comprehensive wellbeing and my training courses to learn more about the fascinating world of body and voice management. I work as a VoiceWell carer and trainer at the VoiceWell centre in Tampere. In addition, I arrange supplementary training for speech therapists and other healthcare professionals on manual treatment approaches, as well as training related to the treatment of the occlusal muscles, especially for trained massage practitioners and people training to become massage practitioners.