Well, in essence, it is any sort of treatment or workshop, which incorporates the use of sound as a means to bring the body and mind back into a state of balance. Sound Therapy has its origins in Ayurvedaand Qigong, where specific tones are used to bring balance back to the body.
Sound Therapy can also be used forPain Management and relief. In our work with individual clients, we have successfully worked with special Weighted Tuning Forks, set to the frequency of 111hz. These tuning forks have been created especially to not only relieve pain but also bring the body and mind back into a state of equilibrium and open up the “channels” to our intuition and “higher mind”.
For example, a corporate client who came to see Emily in September 2018 had been in chronic back pain for three months. After a 25-minute session with her special Silver Singing Bowl and the aforementioned 111hz Weighted Tuning Fork, he had no pain and has been pain-free ever since. Within ten minutes of the treatment, he was able to ascend and descend four flights of stairs with ease.
Dr. Helen Lavretsky is a Professor In-Residence in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA and a geriatric psychiatrist with federally-funded research program in geriatric depression and integrative mental health (NIMH and NCCIH) using mind-body interventions. She is a recipient of the Career Development award from NIMH and other prestigious research awards. Her current research studies include investigations of psychopharmacological treatment of geriatric depression, mild cognitive impairment and the use of Tai Chi and yoga for treatment and prevention of late-life mood and cognitive disorders. She is the Semel Scholar in Integrative Mental Health and the Director of the Late-life mood, stress and wellness program.
In the interview she adds credence to the way that we use Sound Therapy as part of our practice, as she alludes to both the use of the special Healing Sounds of Qigong(known as the Six Healing Sounds) as well as the use of Music Therapy in Clinical Practice where doctors are using music as a way to alleviate anxiety and pain. Music Therapy has also been used for decades with children and adults who have Autism and ADHD or Down’s Syndrome. She also alludes to its use as part of Yoga, which, once more, has its origins in Ayurveda.
This is both through the use of Qigong’s Six Healing Sounds, which use special sounds and movements to bring balance to the Lungs; Kidneys; Liver; Heart; Spleen and Triple Burner as well as using specific toned notes or weighted tuning to bring all the energy centres in our bodies, otherwise known as Chakras, into balance. These energy centres correspond to specific organs and meridians in the body and have their origin in ancient Ayurveda and Five Elementstraditions.
On a one-to-one basis, which can be incorporated into any bespoke Workplace Wellness Programme, we can also work in a more focused manner with individual staff suffering from stress; anxiety; pain and / or emotional problems. This way we can work not only work with them using toning, but can also use special tuning forks on their bodies to alleviate pain and bring the body back into balance. Included in these treatments are special tuning forks set to the frequencies associated with all the different meridian points for all organs in the body. They are designed to bring these energy channels into balance and work on the Shiatsu / acupuncture / acupressure channels of the body with sound instead of physically touching the skin.
Here is a video feedback from one client who attended one of our Sound Therapy workshops in Spring 2019. She runs her own business and had been under a lot of stress.