Sound Therapy combines powerful vibration and tones to induce an immediate relaxed state. The introduction of the sound waves directly into the body, along with soothing ambient tones, is such a strong treatment that clients report effects ranging from meditative state to deep relaxation. By placing the therapeutic metal Himalayan Singing Bowls directly on the body, and using correct techniques, a practitioner engages with their client both physically and aurally. This therapy is also known as vibrational sound massage. In Sound Therapy session the client remains fully clothed and is never touched directly by the practitioner. Because the Singing Bowls and other instruments are doing most of the physical work, contact is kept to minimum. Sound Therapy is much less physically intrusive than traditional hands-on massage, and won’t leave the client feeling sore.
During a Sound Therapy session the body will go through noticeable changes as it responds to deeper and deeper states of rest. Relaxation during Sound Therapy session brings the same kind of mental state as yoga, tai chi and meditation. Muscles will lose tension, and one may even start to slip into the alpha brain wave pattern. The alpha wave pattern is associated with daydreaming and pre-sleep. Breathing and heart rate begins to slow down, and the body will begin to absorb the waves into its tissues. This relaxed state allows the body to repair itself instead of responding to outside concerns. The immune system is at its best when in a state of relaxation.
A note from Rob:
Hi! I’m Rob, a Licensed Massage and Sound Therapist. What’s that, you say? Many people completely understand what a massage therapist is and does. But what does a sound therapist do? Well, here’s the answer you’ve all been waiting for: sound therapists use vibration to help others relax and release.
In my case, I use Himalayan singing bowls, tuning forks, gongs, and other instruments to introduce vibration to and around the body. This vibration communicates to the body through the water in our cells and through the “wave lengths” in our brain that it’s ok to relax and settle in to a space where the body can do what it is designed to do… heal.
Sound Therapy is not to be confused with Music Therapy, a specific type of therapy used in a clinical setting where the patient either listens to, moves to, or creates music to assist in meeting specific diagnostic benchmarks. Here you passively receive the vibrations from the instruments, while laying on a massage table, fully clothed, and your body does the work. Of course, active work may be accomplished; but ultimately our main goal is release and relaxation.
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