What is Sound Healing?
Sound healing, or sound therapy as it's sometimes known, has been around for thousands of year and is one of the most ancient and natural forms of healing. According to ancient Eastern teachings, the universe and everything in it, including humans. were created from sound.
A Sound Healing Practitioner uses instruments to effect healing and promote relaxation. Sound combined with intention, is an opportunity to rest, to reach a calmer state of mind and reduce stress levels. At a cellular level it is believed that sound waves can transmit through the body as external vibrations causing a sympathetic resonance and a rebalancing within the body, much like concentric ripples from a stone dropped into a pond, the sound waves spread into ever increasing circles through flesh, organs and bone, relaxing, harmonising, and energising.
People sometimes feel that they are being submerged in sound, hence why the term sound bath exists although in reality no bathing in water occurs. No experience is necessary, sound healing is accessible to all.
In a group setting, which is typically referred to as a sound bath you will lie on a yoga mat or similar, with a blanket for warmth and cushions for comfort, and if this is unsuitable for you, alternatives are possible. The session will begin with a guided meditation and an invitation to relax the muscles in the body, followed by the sound session itself. For details of upcoming events, please see the Group Sessions page.
The main difference with a one-to-one session is that we are able to bring the focus on you and tailor the session to your needs. We either do this in the comfort of your own home, or a suitable quiet venue if that's preferred. The Tibetan bowls really come into their own in a one-to-one session, allowing us to place the bowls close to or on the body, (known as sound massage) effecting deeper healing and relaxation. If you are interested in finding out more or booking a session, please get in touch.
”What isn’t yoga is more the question?” ‘Yoga: a Manual for Life (Naomi Annand)’. To me, this sums it up perfectly as it highlights how all-encompassing yoga is, it is essentially everything and is what connects our minds to our bodies and to the universe.
The word yoga means ‘unity’ or ‘oneness’ and is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Yuj’ which means ‘to join’. In spiritual terms it is the union of the individual consciousness with the universal consciousness. On a more practical level, yoga is a means of balancing and harmonising the body, mind and emotions. It works on all aspects of a person, physical, vital, mental, emotional, psychic and spiritual, through the practice of asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, shatkrama and meditation. Yoga is essential a way of life, a tool for personal transformation, learning to quieten your inner critic and accepting who you are.
“Yoga is not something you do, it is something you are. We come to realise every moment is an opportunity to practice yoga,” Author unknown.