What is Sound Therapy?
Sound Therapy is the generation and targeted application of sound waves, applied with the intention of enhancing physical and inner well-being.
How does it work?
It works in ways that can’t really be pinned down. There are those who would tell you otherwise, but the truth is that just as we can’t really explain why and how certain sounds and music can raise goose bumps on our skin, or bring tears to our eyes, no one really understands the effects of sound on our state of mind and body. I spent three years on a music degree trying to get to the bottom of it, and having read all the books on the topic I am delighted to report that the matter remains utterly mysterious.
A few interesting phenomena…
It has been shown that vibrational frequencies come into phase with each other when left to their own devices. This is known as entrainment and is a surprising and, to my mind, very pleasing fact of physics. It suggests an underlying structure to the apparently chaotic rhythms and resonances of the world we live in.
The deep and unusual state brought on in sound therapy sessions can elicit what has been termed the relaxation response. This is connected to the action of the parasympathetic nervous system, which in turn brings us to the vagus nerve, the activation of which is associated with a host of benefits – research ongoing!
What happens in a session?
A session generally involves a period of silence to facilitate presence, focusing on the breath and allowing the body to relax. This is followed by the playing of Tibetan, Nepalese and quartz crystal singing bowls. This slows the brainwaves, both by focusing the attention on the unique sound of each bowl as well as the bowls in combination, and via entrainment with the steady sonic waves set up by these extraordinary therapy tools.
I might use my voice to sing, hum or tone to create a variety of intervals, or chant Buddhist mantra.
The chakras are then attended to with the use of tuning forks, employed singly and in groups, each combination chosen intuitively as I sense the energetic activity at the seven centres. This is the part of Sound Therapy where my musical training really comes into its own; harmony and chord theory – so grueling to learn, gives me the means to choose the best intervals and combinations of notes to clear, fuse, ground and untangle energy.
A variety of rhythmic and percussive tools are then to bring the attention back to within the body, before a period of silence. Each session is unique in its composition, this is only a guide.
How might you feel afterwards?
Clients invariably report a feeling of uncommonly peaceful relaxation and freshness of mind.
Please see the testimonials page for more.