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.
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.
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.
What’s a Soundbath?
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.
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.
✨Lowering stress and anxiety
✨Improving mood and well-being
✨Heightening focus and energy
✨A feeling of rejuvenation
How does it work?
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!)
· 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. For 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. A 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.
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.
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