What is Sound Healing?
Sound healing is a form of healing that uses different vibrations to heal the body, mind and spirit. It works on two principles: That different emotions vibrate at different levels, and that blocked, or unexpressed emotions, are the main source of dis-ease. For most people, it is easy to express positive emotions like happiness and joy. However, many people don’t want to feel negative emotions, so they stuff them inside. If this is done over years, the lowly vibrating trapped emotions stagnate in the body and cause disease.
What To Expect From A Sound Healing Session
Like with most alternative healing modalities and meditative practices, everyone's experience is different, and new things may come up in each session. Most people will feel very relaxed and peaceful during a sound healing; some might have visualizations, receive creative downloads, or have an emotional breakthrough. How does sound healing work, on the energetic level?
As you probably also recall from your basic science classes, human bodies are 75% water, which is a great conductor for vibrations. Sound healers use instruments, such as Tibetan bowls, crystal bowls, glasses, gongs and even tuning forks, that vibrate at specific frequencies when struck. These vibrations correspond to specific emotions.
Many people don’t want to feel sadness or grief, so they close their heart chakras rather than allow themselves to feel these uncomfortable emotions. When the sound practitioner strikes this bowl, they release the healing vibration of the heart chakra into the body of the person being healed. This opens the heart chakra, releasing the trapped negative emotions.
Benefits of Sound Healing
1. It's super-relaxing
Deep relaxation is one of the most significant and universal benefits of sound therapy. "The sounds permeate our system returning it back to harmony," Sarhangi says. So if you take nothing else away from a sound healing session, relaxation is worth it. With our busy schedules and so much going on, we can all use some chill vibes.
2. It helps clears energetic blockages.
Some people experience deep healing during sound therapy as the sound vibrations open, clear, and balance their chakras and release stuck energy. Schieffelin describes it as an "energetic deep tissue massage" that leaves you feeling balanced and replenished.
"When [a healing] happens, you may also feel physical sensations like tingling in your hands or feel or a sense of being hot or cold," Schieffelin says. "Breathe into the sensations without attaching to them or labelling them. Instead, focus on your breath as you allow them to pass."
3. It boosts your health.
That's right—it's not completely woo-woo. "Research has already demonstrated that sound healing can be incredibly beneficial when working with [a variety of] patients," Schieffelin says.
Benefits can include improved sleep, reduction of chronic pain and blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, and a decreased risk of heart disease. (Please see a certified medical practitioner for professional help with these ailments.)
4. It supports mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being
It also heals on the mental and emotional levels. "Sound healing helps reduce stress, anxiety, and depression," Schieffelin says. "It balances and clears the mind and leads to a renewed sense of purpose, well-being, calm, and happiness."
Happy Tree Yoga offers group sound baths and private sound baths. If you are ever interested in getting a bunch of friends together and doing a smaller group sound bath, I offer that as well.
"Sound healing balances and clears the mind, and leads to a renewed sense of purpose, well-being, calm, and happiness." —Susy Markoe Schieffelin, sound healer.
$60 per person for a 45-minute session
Groups of 3 or more are $45 per person
Private sound healing sessions
Typically, these are tailored to one’s individual needs. The sound healing practitioner starts the session with an intake form and a discussion of the client’s expectations for the session. Thus, the session becomes a joint effort towards wellness, and the recipient is as much a participant in the healing as the facilitator.
Group sound healing sessions
Group sound healing sessions are commonly called “Soundbaths.” During a group experience, many instruments are played to bring a sense of relaxation, meditation and wellness to the group.
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