The more I learn, the more I find there is to learn. There are so many varieties of sound therapy. Some resonate with me and some do not. Some focus on particular frequencies and chakras, some on music that make us happy, ancient instruments, and some just on the effect vibration and sound has on us in general. I’m going to touch on a few that I love and that I have found success with. Both in myself and with clients!
Gong Resonance Therapy Often in the form of or called; a Gong Bath, a Gong Wash, Gong Meditation, or a Sound Bath if other instruments are used in conjunction with the gong.
I’ve attended multiple Sound Baths. Some have been amazing. I’ve felt like I was floating, seen amazing colors, have retrieved forgotten memories, and had many inspirational ideas. Others have sounded like noise or someone pounding on a gong until my ears bled. So buyer beware. For the most, part the experiences are in a group setting where you can lie down on a mat and relax into the sound of the gong. The compression wave from a larger gong can travel over 30 feet before it begins to dissipate, so the wave will go straight through you down to your bones. When I play for others I usually play a set of “songs” that relate to different elements such as wind, water, earth, fire, and ether. It can feel loud at times because of the compression waves and how full the sound is, but I keep the sounds at a safe decibel range for the human ear. As much healing happens in the silence between the sound as happens during the sound of the instruments. The person playing and the instruments do not heal you but facilitates a safe and relaxed space for you to heal yourself. You can find more information or experience one for yourself at www.rootedinsound.com
Sound Therapy Provides Deep Relaxation and:
...is non invasive ...can be used in private settings ...feels soothing and pleasant ...harmonizes the body ...helps rebuild our sense of safety and security ...provides space to let go of what no longer serves us ...is supportive to many other therapies
Combining Sound Therapy and Light Therapy.
What is the Harmonic Egg?
This is a relatively new type of sound therapy . However I have found it to be an extremely helpful and a gentle approach.
Have you ever felt as though you struggle to maintain a relaxed state of mind, body and soul? So many of us are stuck in a flight-or-fight response, constantly in a low to high state of stress. When the body is in this state, it is out of its state of balance and natural ability to heal and reset itself. Imagine an egg-shaped chamber that allows and supports that reset that you so greatly need. The Harmonic Egg is designed to create for you an environment of deep relaxation and balance. Vibration builds within the chamber to help regulate your autonomic nervous system. If you are in the Boardman Ohio area or the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania area learn more at www.harmoniceggboardman.com or if you want to really get to know the technology check out the creators website at www.harmonicegg.com
Peter Hess Sound Massage, Singing Bowl Massage, and Singing Bowl Therapy
There are many myths out there about singing bowls and the way they have been used in the past. The short end of it is, the traditional bowl that is identified as a Tibetan Singing Bowl is not from Tibet. Second was originally used to eat food out of. It was in the 70s and 80s that this style of bowl was used for sound therapy. There was a bowl called the rin gong that was used in Japan in temples. What we think of being the traditional metal bowls are made in Nepal or India and are still made in the traditional way these metal bowls have been made for centuries. Crystal bowls are actually a result of the power industry and were originally made to fit over conductors. Sound therapy using these bowls is a new technique but still highly effective. The bowls are essentially bronze made from 80% copper and 20 % tin the same mixture used for bells and some gongs.
Peter Hess Sound Massage: Sound massage is based on ancient knowledge concerning the effect of sound that was applied in Indian healing therapy as long as more than 5000 years ago. According to Eastern ideas, man was created out of sound, therefor he is sound. If a human being is "in tune" with himself and his environment, then he is able to arrange her/his life freely and creatively. Since the early 1980s, the German engineering graduate (FH) in Physical Technology Peter Hess, born 1941, has been studying radiesthesia intensively. He did a series of investigations on places of force in Wales and Nepal. Since 1984 he has been looking more and more into the effect that sound has on people. Based on his manifold experience with sound, particularly in Nepal and Tibet, he started to work with singing bowls in that year. Investigations and experiments on the effect of traditional music on the human mind and body form the basis for sound massage. In the course of many years of practice, Peter Hess has adapted this knowledge to people in Western cultures. The result of this work is the Peter Hess-Sound Massage.
The most important effects of Sound Massage:
Fast achievement of deep relaxation, since the sounds appeal to a person’s original trust.
Gentle massage and harmonization of each individual body cell through sound.
Relief of tensions and blockages in the body.
The client experiences the body to be pleasantly light and vibrating freely.
Reinforcement of self-healing forces.
Positive influence on self-confidence, creativity and productive energy.
Attainment of renewed joie de vivre.
Letting go of old patterns - a new order can evolve.
Other therapies using the singing bowl are: using it around the body (essentially using the bowls to practice energy work), guided meditation using singing bowl, and crystal bowl meditation and music. Most of these modalities seem to work well but lack research backing them. The sound massage technique out of Germany has years of research backing it.
Find out more at www.Rootedinsound.com