What is Sound Healing?
“Sound healing is the therapeutic application of sound frequencies to the body/mind of a person with the intention of bringing them into a state of harmony and health.” Simon Heather, The College of Sound Healing
We know from science that everything in existence is vibrating, therefore even the cells of our bodies are in a state of vibration. All vibration creates sound, or an orchestra of sounds, even though humans are only able to hear a small portion of the audible spectrum. With Sound Healing, the idea is that if we are sick, or ‘out of tune’ harmonious sounds can help bring us back into harmony and balance. This process utilises the principles of vibration, resonance, harmonics, intervals, rhythm and entrainment, combined with intention and applied using a combination of instruments and voice.
How can Sound Healing help?
Firstly, Sound Healing never takes the place of medical treatment. If you have a health issue you are advised to seek and follow the guidance of a medical professional. But the good thing is that Sound Healing can be used alongside other ongoing treatments and does not interfere with these. It is thought that Sound Healing assists the body’s own natural healing processes and many feel that it has aided their recovery from illness or surgery. Others have found relief from many common ailments especially those related to stress and a busy lifestyle. As well as alleviating physical symptoms it has also helped people suffering mental and emotional issues. You do not have to be in poor health to benefit from sound healing. Doing something positive to keep healthy and well, and to promote a positive frame of mind – this is ‘Wellbeing’ and I believe Sound Healing can help maintain this.
What to Expect in a Treatment?
An individual sound healing session is quite gentle and I can vary the level of sound to suit each person. The treatment is given with the receiver fully clothed lying on a treatment couch or sitting in a chair. The session may include some gentle touch but I can do this without physical contact if preferred. In a typical treatment I use my voice around and directed into particular areas of the recipient’s body. These vocal sounds are usually composed of vowel sounds but may also include simple chants or mantras. Whilst making vocal sounds I may use a CD to create a background tone with which to harmonise or to create
musical intervals. I might sing your name as long as you were comfortable with that or use tuning forks to create sound around your body and sometimes use other instruments. The sound healing session will also include some periods of silence. The silence is actually a very important part of the session. Similar to a group session however, in this treatment the sounds are created specifically for the individual for optimum results.
Group Sound Healing Sessions
Often referred to as a ‘Sound Bath’ or ‘Gong bath’ as the participants are completely bathed in the sounds of gongs and singing bowls that ‘wash’ over them. In my sessions I use a range of instruments including gongs, singing bowls, reverie harp, chimes and bells. The session will usually last about an hour and includes some periods of silence.
You normally lie down on the floor or you can sit in a chair if you prefer. It is most effective if you are comfortable, so wear loose-fitting comfortable clothes, have a mat to lie on and a blanket to cover up with. The resonant sounds of the gongs and singing bowls are likely to take you into a state of deep relaxation. Many find it similar to practicing meditation but can go into that state much more easily with the sound. The sound vibrations create a soothing inner massage which I have found help to release muscular tension, soothe the nervous system, relieve the effects of stress and can bring relief from many common ailments. It is a natural means of restoring harmony and balance to the physical and more subtle levels of being.
Self-Care After your Sound Healing Treatment
There is always an adjustment period after any healing treatment and this is also true for sound healing.
Do drink plenty of water after your session and in the next 2 to 3 days following on from the sound bath or individual treatment.
You may feel lightheaded directly afterwards so do not drive immediately. Take some time to come back to normal awareness first.