Why Sound Healing?
Sound has been used in various cultures for thousands of years as a tool for healing.
Whether through the use of mantras as with the Hindis, the Icaros (medicine melodies) of various Indigenous peoples from Central and South America, or Pythagoras' use of interval and frequency, these various techniques all have the same intention: to move us from a place of imbalance to a place of balance.
How does it work?
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 and it then becomes possible to down-shift our normal beta state (normal waking consciousness) to alpha (relaxed consciousness), and even reach theta (meditative state) and delta (sleep; where internal healing can occur).
This same concept is utilized in meditation by regulating the breath, but with sound it's the frequency that is the agent which influences the shift.
Natural frequencies in the client will respond to the same frequencies in the gong, drum, tuning fork or crystal bowls that are played during a therapy session.
Through sympathetic resonance and entrainment, the client's state of consciousness is altered; stress is reduced, chronic pain addressed and the immune system strengthened.
The non-rhythmic multitude of harmonics produced by sound therapy instruments are such that the brain cannot follow. Surrender to the process follows.
The Alpha brainwave state (8-12Hz: daydreaming and imagination) is quickly achieved. As the client relaxes, Theta follows (4-7 Hz: deep meditation and psychic awareness).
Theta is an ideal level of consciousness for healing to occur.
What is it like?
A sound therapy treatment is both a passive and participatory experience. The passive aspect is that you become more relaxed by laying down and slowing your breath.
By doing this, you prepare yourself to become the receiver of sound.
It's in this place of stillness that you participate by becoming more open and aware of each sound that comes in.
Sound helps create the pathway to this place of stillness the same as a mantra helps you to arrive at the still point of meditation.
Some of the tools I use are voice, drumming, tuning forks and Himalayan singing bowls.
It's important to note that awareness plays a huge role in our own healing.
I find that vocal toning is an incredibly powerful practice that gives us the ability to fine-tune our greatest vibrational instrument: our own body.
I always encourage clients to incorporate simple, but effective vocal toning exercises in their daily routine, to help bring a greater sense of balance into their lives.
The Drum for Sound Therapy
The Drum is an instrument that has been around since early human history and has always been used for sound therapy; Shamans from all cultures would have owned a drum and used it for the benefit and well being of their people.
One of the few things we know about our universe is that everything in it is vibrating, and is in motion and has rhythm. We are surrounded in a world of rhythm. When giant meteorites crash into the planet with great force, the earth vibrates like a drum and shamans the world over know that the drum is "The Great Spirit's favourite instrument.
The drum is the most ancient instrument in the world, dating back tens of thousands of years. It has been used within healing work, ritual & ceremony, rites of passage, clairvoyance, divination, celebration and for moving between the worlds. More than any other instrument, it gives us a powerful link with our tribal past.
Since earliest times, drums have been used not only for music, but for their consciousness-altering ability. Shamanic drumming slows down the brain waves, so that the client can 'journey' from the present to other levels of consciousness. A 'sonic drum massage' (where the individual client relaxes to the powerful resonance of an all-over drum treatment) can help with stress and chronic pain.
The Human Voice for Sound Therapy.
Holistic Voice Therapy is a unique form of sound therapy, which uses vibration of the voice to encourage our own healing process. Because we are largely made of water, sound passes through us successfully. The vibration we choose to create with our own voice can literally affect us at a cellular level. There are two types of treatment available for this type of sound therapy.
Active Treatments - Vocal Toning the Chakras
The client explores their state of being through their own voice, with focussed support from the therapist.
This is fantastic for Self Confidence in Public Speaking and Socially Anxious situations.
Passive Treatments - Light Language Treatment, Mantras in Meditation
The client relaxes to the therapist's voice, which tones to redress their chakra imbalances.