Why Try Sound Therapy? Art is the language of the soul, and this language doesn’t often convert to English. You can share some of the technical details, you may share how you felt or what emotion came to the surface for you, and still, there is an element that cannot be expressed. Think about your favorite piece of music. How does it move you? Can you share the essence of the song with others? Can you put into words how the song moves into a deeper space in which you feel or experience it? The same is true with all art, you can share techniques, inspirations, and emotions of art, yet art is very personal.
Unique to each person, art shares with us a reflection of us yet somehow captivates us in a way that language cannot describe. This disclaimer is out of the way; I will do my best to put this magic into words. Yet, the only way to really understand it…is to experience it.
However, for this question, I will do my best to give you a glimpse of the vastness of the subject. Sound therapy is a form of meditation, self-care, or mindfulness practice that uses harmonic tones on and around the body to create a state of presence or stillness within the body that is described by many participants as a dreamy, almost mystical experience. The tones used during a sound therapy session mimic white noise you would find in nature, like a babbling brook, wind through the trees, or a gentle rain creating layers of sound that create space for deep, restorative relaxation.
Elements of “surprise” are introduced between the harmonic layers to awaken new awareness and insights and allow the participants to observe thoughts and emotions as an observer, unattached to memory. These deep states of relaxation, combined with the ability to observe yourself, create a euphoric, blissful state of connection to the “now” moment. This bliss state gives us a feeling of floating and allows us the ability to open up the receiving mind into deeper states of awareness, connection, and revelations.
Why Try Sound Therapy?
- Feeling a lack of focus
- Difficulty sleeping or feeling rested after sleeping
- Trouble shutting off the thoughts at night
- Experiencing pain and stiffness in muscles
- Want to receive the benefits of a mindful practice, but mindfulness has been challenging for you in the past
- Feeling unengaged or dissatisfied with your current life path
- Feel disconnected from yourself and others
- Trouble defining goals
- Difficulty trusting yourself or others
What to expect during a sound therapy session?
During a private sound treatment, metal singing bowls are placed and played on and around the body, The overtones bring the mind to calm space while the vibrations of the resonated metals travel through the muscles. The Vibrations help the muscles to release tension while the overtones help lower the blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing rate. As the muscles relax the arteries expand causing blood flow to increase, giving a warm sensation in the body. The overtones from the different singing bowls create binaural beats with help move the brain into a slower state of theta waves.