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SOUNDBATHS AND PRIVATE SOUND HEALING

what's a sound bath

Entraining brainwaves, cellular healing & intention setting
 

how sound healing works

Fascinating research is being shared, Sound not only entrains brainwaves but increases cellular healing, reduces inflammation and speeds up the recovery process. The more you practice with sound the deeper the healing can be. Using rhythm, vibrations, chords, harmony, and sound patterns we can ease the client into a meditative state, free from thoughts, judgment, and fear.

 

The physical body is given a chance to rest, allowing the vibrations to heal on a cellular level. The brainwaves are entrained so they synchronise, encouraging neuroplasticity, depression can be lifted and trauma soothed. 

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You don't need any special clothing or equipment for a soundbath, but you should wear comfortable clothes. Bring a yoga mat, blankets, pillow, eye pillow, or other props that will make you comfortable.

 

"A Soundbath seeks to balance our physical, emotional, and mental systems, restoring a sense of harmony,"

Josephine will guide you through a short meditation to ease you into the space, during a soundbath a variety of instruments are played in a specific order to ease you into a meditative state.

 

These include metal hammered bowls, chimes, crystal bowls, gongs, voice and drum.

 

Josephine draws on her musical background, her years of yoga teaching and healing abilities to guide you through a soundscape like no other.

All you have to do is lie back, take a deep breath, and let go.

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Every time I book a soundbath I know I'm in for a treat.

Led by a knowledgable and talented teacher all your troubles disappear as you are immersed in many beautiful sounds.

Don't hesitate if your are in need of some soul soothing

- Gaile

SOUND Client

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WHAT'S A SOUNDBATH?

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People have been using sound to promote healing for thousands of years. For example, ancient Greek physicians used musical instruments as therapy believing that the instruments' vibrations could aid in digestion, treat mental disturbance, and induce sleep. Meanwhile, ancient Egyptians thought musical incantations healed the sick. We have just taken this ancient form of music medicine and made it accessible.

 

✨Deepening relaxation

✨Lowering stress and anxiety 

✨Improving mood and well-being

✨Improving sleep

✨Heightening focus and energy

✨A feeling of rejuvenation

In general, a sound bath is a meditative experience where those in attendance are “bathed” in sound waves. These waves are produced by various sources, including healing instruments such as gongs, singing bowls, percussion, chimes, rattles, tuning forks, and even the human voice itself.

The music doesn’t have a catchy melody or rhythm like you’d experience at a rock concert or symphony but, instead, is a carefully selected wash of instrument and voice with notable resonance and overtones.

Working with a variety of instruments we are entraining brainwaves, and encouraging the body to 'let go'.

By providing a deeply healing experience, we can reset the nervous system, entrain brainwaves to a more medatitve state(theta) and heal on a cellular level by relieving pain and held tension.

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For thousands of years, we have called on healers, witches, tribe leaders, and women of the world for healing. Sound healing may seem like a new practice, but in fact, it is an ancient art form, used by many from the Egyptians to the Eskimos. The science of sound has only just started to be researched and invested in, we are at the tip of the iceberg.

 

Working with sound can be profound, from healing to finding more peace and calm.

 

+ Binaural beats, using tones that are close in frequency, but not the same, help to synchronize your brainwaves, thus encouraging a Theta state of brainwaves, this is the state you'll find yourself in during a deep meditation or on the cusp of sleep.

+​ Quantum Physics! We are using vibrations to move the whole of the physical form and baseline energy of the body, this promotes healing, rest, and a 'deep massage-like release. Our body holds everything, we don't often give ourselves time to process even day-to-day things, so the body holds on, it remembers. Sound healing can be exceptionally helpful for those who are suffering from depression, trauma, and grief. 

+ A few of the chosen instruments may encourage ASMR(A tingling all over the skin and head), scientist believe this is because the brain is telling the person they are cared for and safe.

+ Raising your vibration, ever walk into a room and you can FEEL the energy as heavy, perhaps the people, the words being said, the light levels or noise... then think, everyone, wandered into a 'light' place, perhaps the depths of nature, the cool sea, or maybe an outside concert? How it has impacted you. 'raising your vibration' is what we are doing in a Soundbath or healing. Untying knots, letting go of old feelings, beliefs, and energy. Resetting the whole system.

+ Spiritual connection. For those of us who come from a yoga background or believe beyond the physical realm Sound can be immense transformative, it can support ancestral healing, and allow deeper thoughts and ideas to emerge, it also tunes up the Chakra system, something I'm deeply passionate about. If you focus on the sound and let go of the physical world, profound healing and energy work can take place.

+ Neuroscience: Brainwaves. Which brainwaves are you likely to encourage during a session(if you focus on the sound and encourage the mind to get quiet, and yes, just like meditation, this might take practice!)

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  • Among the benefits are relaxation, an increased sense of well-being, expanded awareness, and access to inner visionary experience.

  • The general intention of a sound bath is to create a state of harmony in the listener by using sound to clear discordance from the participants' energy fields.

  • In addition to helping the body relax, sound baths can potentially foster physical healing. Similar to the experience of acupuncture.

  • Energy can be blocked somewhere that the practitioner helps unlock. Josephine uses frequency and vibration instead of needles.

  • While it may sound “too good to be true,” corroborating data exists. Numerous studies have pointed to the therapeutic effects of music and sound therapy.

  • Sound therapy is deeply rooted in science and based on the principles of quantum physics and sacred geometry. There are hundreds of clinical trials and peer-reviewed white paper studies on the healing properties of sound. Fir example, Western medicine uses sound waves on a daily basis in the form of ultrasound technology, which can be used to break up kidney stones among other things.”

Mental health benefits

Sound baths may help treat mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety.

One 2016 studyTrusted Source of 62 adults gauged their feelings before a sound bath, and again after a meditation session that included a sound bath. The researchers found that tension, anxiety, and negative moods decreased significantly after the therapy.

2018 studyTrusted Source with 60 participants asked 30 of them to listen to the music of Tibetan singing bowls before getting surgery and gave the other 30 headphones with no music.

The analysis found that heart rate and other vitals that indicate anxiety improved in those who were given the headphones with music.

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In a 2020 research reviewTrusted Source that analyzed four studies, improvements in distressed mood, tension, anger, and confusion were seen in study participants after a sound bath with Tibetan singing bowls.

Physical pain reduction

Participants in the previously mentioned 2016 studyTrusted Source were also asked whether they were in pain, and to rank their pain on a scale from 1 to 5 if they did feel pain.

Before a sound bath, these study participants tended to rank their pain higher than they did afterward. More research is needed to confirm whether this trend in pain reduction would reach clinical significance, though.

In the 2020 reviewTrusted Source, physical symptoms such as blood pressure and heart rate also saw improvement. The review concluded, however, that more research is needed to definitively say sound bath has these effects on most people.

THE INSTRUMENTS USED.

TIBETAN BOWLS.

Tibetan singing bowls have their origins in the Himalayan region and are believed to date back many centuries, but their history is shrouded in mystery as very little written information is available.

Tibetan singing bowls which have a particular combination of metals are so called because they originate from Tibet and when played they sing or create beautiful harmonic tones and overtones.

The Tibetan singing bowls should be seen as being universal instruments which when played their vibrations are symbolic of our devotion and surrender as multidimensional beings created by a universal Divine consciousness. The bowls themselves when played create a symphony of harmonics; they are deep and comforting and connected to the earth from which they came. The size and the thickness create the pitch, but the bowls do not have one single set note.

When using an electronic chromatic scale detecting device the notes can be seen moving from one note to another through changes in the bowls tones and overtones.

This shows the different harmonics that are created within the bowl itself as it is played. The notes can also change depending on which wand is used and there are a variety of wands available. The Tibetan bowl wands are usually made from wood and often have other materials attached to the wood.

CRYSTAL BOWLS

Crystal bowls are tuned, similar to the notes on a piano. They are clear and pure, they can entrain brainwaves and help synchronise brainwaves, producing a meditative theta state. When played gently and mindfully, beautiful harmonic patterns can arise, drawing on the subconscious to become more present, our thoughts and words grow quieter and we can hear, feel and see our truer meaning. It can take a little bit of practice and a few soundbaths before you truly experience the exceptional magic of the crystal bowls, if our thoughts are very loud, busy and present it can pull us away from relaxation. 

Quartz crystal singing bowls are produced by melting natural quartz crystals of exceptionally high purity silica (SiO2), which is the scientific term for quartz crystal. 

The original frosted quartz crystal singing bowls stem from the semiconductor industry and are used in the manufacturing process of computer chips. These original bowls have a frosted white appearance with a smooth glass-like texture to the inside of the bowl and a soft sandpaper texture to the outside of the bowl.Crystals consist of a single chemical compound, where one molecule is repeated throughout, forming a geometric internal structure. A crystal is defined by its internal structure, which directly influences its exterior form. The crystal is made up of atoms which have bonded together, creating regular repeating patterns. It is these patterns that create a crystal’s solid form with flat faces and arranged in precise geometry and called a crystal lattice. The physical body is composed of a liquid crystalline structure and therefore when working with crystals there is the profound possibility to create the same physical properties which creates changes and transformations in the organs, tissues, and cells as well as the circulatory, endocrine and metabolic systems.

As quartz has the ability to store, transform, amplify and focus energy, when working with quartz crystal singing bowls, they too have the same innate potential.

As the body also contains this potential, then the two combined together creates endless possibilities and potential, when using and working with the highest intention.

GONGS

Gongs get right to the heart of it all. There is no running away from the truth the gongs want to show and bring to light. Gong baths can feel challenging, but josephien talks through how the breath can help us let go, also it’s important you feel safe, held and seen by the practitioner in order for transformation to take place. If you are high functioning, high anxiety and fing it hard to let go, gongs can be an essential part of the sound process, often I’ve seen many clients release and let go completely during a gong bath. Gongs create tones that are absolutely amazing. Gongs of whatever size get to the very heart of the client and allow deep seated emotional, mental, physical and psychological issues to be brought to the surface in a gently therapeutic way, allowing these issues to be seen from an impartial and non-judgemental viewpoint. When played slowly and gently, gongs create soothing and healing tones and overtones, which allow one to slip easily into the waves of vibrations linked with deep states of consciousness.

When gongs are played quickly and energetically, they create tones, which are lively, quickening and awakening whilst still allowing one to be in a state of deep contemplation and relaxation. When gongs are played with a strong firm hand, they can be booming and

overwhelming with sounds that lift the essence and get to the very heart and core of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues, inter-relationships and blockages.

Gongs therefore are extremely adaptable and weave a sound web that is both divinely enchanting and physically earthly whilst manifesting deeply healing and transformational tones, which support and connect to the sounding of the spheres.

 

The history, science and art of gong making is believed to date back at least five thousand years and some believe to a much earlier period of ancient alchemy around 16000 BC.

Traditionally gongs are made by specialist families whose style, techniques and recipes are passed down from one generation to the next. Each gong making family is thought to incorporate their own unique design, symbols and metal quantities/combinations in order to create a sacred and distinctive instrument. Gong making stems back to four major centres of excellence including Burma, China, Annam and Java and there are thought to be many different shapes of gongs linked to these regions.

VOICE

Josephine has sung and used her voice since she was 4, having travelled all over the world performing, she is now harnessing her voice to help others heal. She doesn’t sing through out the whole Soundbath, believing that it can interrupt the theta state created through the bowls and gons. However, it is an emotionally transformative tool, often clients experience the biggest emotional release after she has used her voice with the bowls, accessing powerful mantras to bring about change and flow of chi/prana.

A mantra is a combination of sacred syllables that forms a nucleus of spiritual energy and serves as a magnet or lens to focus spiritual force.

Vocal toning and chanting mantras have been widely used in ancient cultures and are today integrated into many spiritual practices throughout the world. Mantras have been used for thousands of years as a tool for healing, transformation and to enter into altered states of consciousness. Many sages and masters throughout history have recognised mantras as having great power and potential.

 

Each unique person, regardless of the mantras’ innate meaning will have his or

her own individual experience. Taking part in a daily mantra practice is just as, if not more, important than an intellectual understanding of the translation of the

words of the mantra.

OTHER INSTRUMENTS INCLUDE, CHIMES, TUNING FORKS, FRAME DRUMS AND CRYSTAL HARPS.

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