Sound Therapy and The Sound Bath
What is Sound Therapy?
Since ancient times sound and music have been used as a powerful force of release, healing and transformation. This is still continued by traditional cultures such as Tibetan Monks, Sufi Mystics, South American Shamans and Indian Yogis who practise the Yoga of Sound through Nada Yoga and mantra. Hindustani classical vocal raga for example is considered the highest form of musical communication in India as when we speak or sing with our natural voice, we are connected with our innermost being, bringing about well-being and healing for ourselves and others. Pythagoras back in the sixth century BC used sound for healing discovering musical intervals. Modern science now supports the view that the physical world is made up of vibrating energy. Cymatics developed in the 1960's visually demonstrates that sound shapes matter by one vibrating object causing another to vibrate in harmony with it - this is called 'sympathetic resonance'.
Each part of the body vibrates at its optimum in order to remain healthy and if it does not the body may become in-balanced perhaps leading to illness. Jonathan Goldman in his book Healing Sounds, describes the metaphor of the body as an orchestra and with a single string player losing her sheet music, becoming out of tune and making the whole orchestra out of balance. Sound therapy uses a variety of tools consisting of voice through toning, over-toning and mantra, tonal instruments such as Tibetan and crystal singing bowls, bells, gongs and rhythmic instruments such as the buffalo drum, to assist the body and aura field to rebalance.
A detailed consultation is taken so that the treatment is tailored to the client's symptomatic state as well as their intention for the treatment whether for example it is to release unexpressed trauma or to feel more energised and uplifted. A sound therapy treatment is both passive and active at a subtle level as whilst in a relaxed state slowing the breath the client becomes still and more open to actively receive the tones and sounds.
A sound therapy treatment can consist of a range of instruments, or using gongs only. In a gong bath, multiple gongs and mallets are used to bring out the full spectrum of beneficial vibrations and frequencies. Just as a body massage works out tight and knotted muscles, the "sonic massage" of a gong bath can help us to explore and release emotional issues.
Duration: Allow 1 hour 15 minutes for the 1st consultation and 1 hour for subsequent treatments.
Sound Journey Meditation
A Sound Journey can also be described as a meditation through sonic immersion allowing a wide range of frequencies and percussive textures to wash over the body bringing therapeutic and restorative effects for the mind, body and soul.
The session begins either in a lying down or a seated position with a blanket. It can be helpful to set an intention for the sound mediation and this can either be chosen by the receiver without any pressure to share with the group or suggested by the practitioner. The sounds are created by a variety of instruments such as the ocean drum, including those producing overtones such as gongs, Himalayan and crystal singing bowls, shruti box, clarinet and voice which can assist in stimulating the alpha and theta brain waves.
The goal of the experience is to invite deep rest and relaxation, and explore self-inquiry and self-discovery. A sound journey experience is both uniquely personal and collaborative.
Sound can bring balance, relaxation and a sense of wholeness to the body. The sound of harmonic vibrations created by singing bowls, gongs and other overtone-emitting instruments are intended to stimulate the alpha and theta brain waves. These waves are associated with deep meditative and peaceful states that are highly conducive to healing. Sound can also slow down the heart and respiratory rate, creating a therapeutic effect on the mind and body.
Once the sound journey is complete, there are a few minutes of silence.
This is a time of deep relaxation and expansion, where transformation and healing occur.
We conclude with a drink and short discussion for anyone who feels like sharing their experience.
Please visit EVENTS to join us at an upcoming sound bath. Events are soon to be held online so please enquiry.
Duration: Approximately 1 hour. Please bring a blanket.