Healing with sound is believed to date back to ancient Greece, when music was used in an attempt to cure mental disorders. Throughout history, sound has been used to boost morale in military troops, help people work faster and more productively, and even ward off evil spirits by chanting.
Sound therapy is also be known as sound healing and vibrational healing. Often it includes the use of human voice or other objects such as Tibetan singing bowls, gongs, drums and other instruments. The aim is to produce sounds that stimulate healing and relaxation.
What are the benefits of Sound Therapy?
Sound Therapy techniques vary but all involve the application of sound waves and harmonic vibrations to the body. This is with the use of instruments, including the human voice. Sound helps to facilitate shifts in our brainwave state by using entrainment. Entrainment synchronizes our fluctuating brainwaves by providing a stable frequency which the brainwave can attune to.
By using rhythm and frequency, we can entrain our brainwaves. It then becomes possible to down-shift our normal beta state (normal waking consciousness) to alpha (relaxed consciousness). We can even reach theta (meditative state) and delta (sleep; where internal healing can occur).
Sound Therapy is effective in not only achieving a state of relaxation but it also has a way of moving through blockages in the body. Sound Therapy has been known to help treat such conditions as stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, depression, sleep disorders, pain and autism.
What does a typical Sound Therapy session look like?
A typical session lasts around 75 minutes, of which 45 – 50 minutes is pure Sound. Sound Healing instruments are used, some of which are applied to the physical body, others played around the body in the subtle energy fields and energy centres (chakras).
Very deep relaxation, a profound sense of feeling nurtured and supported in a Safe bubble of Soothing and Harmonising Sound. Tuning Forks, Singing Bowls (both Tibetan and Quartz Crystal singing bowls), and the amazing Monochord Sound Treatment Bed are just some of the Sound Healing tools used in a Sound Therapy Session.
Instruments are either played close to the body, or placed directly in contact with the body. Tuning Forks can be used on Reflex points, articulations and meridian points, as well as over and around the chakras.
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How do I find a specialist that suits me?
Sound healing can take on many forms. Some practitioners will use a single tool, or many tools during the session and these sessions can be quite passive where you receive the vibration.
Other sounding sessions can be vocal based whether either vocal sounding techniques are used for you to receive passive sound, or you actively engage in your own vocal sounding to release trapped emotions.
Consider what type of sounding you would like to experience or try a few different ones to see what resonates best for you.
You may wish to consider the types of instruments you will want used such as