As one of the oldest and most natural healing systems ever known, sound has the ability to positively affect our entire being. It has been used by many cultures for thousands of years as a tool for healing and to enhance meditation.
Sound Therapy combines ancient knowledge with modern science. It is a complete, holistic experience which embraces mind, body and spirit, and is a powerful way to move us into a state of balance, to restore harmony in our lives, and instil an overall sense of wellbeing.
The use of Sound Therapy has been seen to have positive results for many issues including:-
Anxiety and depression
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
And so much more
Here's a little example
Let's take the analogy of an orchestra; one large ensemble comprised of many individual players, with a conductor to keep everyone together.
Within the orchestra are the strings section, the brass section, the woodwind section, the percussion section along with other instruments to accompany. Each section then breaks down into individual instruments; violins, cellos, flutes, oboes, trumpets, horns etc, and each individual instrument must be finely tuned in order to create harmony within the group as a whole.
If one instrument were to fall out of tune, this would create dis-harmony within its particular section, which could lead to the entire group sounding "off" and out of tune.
We can look to our bodies in much the same way; one body comprised of many individual parts with "us" being the conductor. We have many systems including: circulatory, respiratory, digestive, excretory, nervous and endocrine systems with each system having its own organs and each organ breaks down into the finer elements of our our physical structure, right down to our cells and DNA.
Each part of our body vibrates at a particular frequency, which when "in tune", creates harmony within the whole system, and when we fall "out of tune", just like the member of the orchestra mentioned above, this can cause disruption through out our whole body.
We are more than just the physical aspect; we have "subtle bodies" and it is within these subtle bodies that we experience emotions, thoughts, insights etc, therefore dis-ease is not only limited to our physical body. In fact, in most cases (not all), dis-ease first starts to accumulate within the subtle bodies through tiredness, stress, anxiety and anger, or when we experience trauma, heartbreak, grief and loss, or when we lack exercise and a healthy diet. If we ignore these symptoms, we may gradually start to fall "out of tune", which can lead to dis-ease and illness within the body. In this sense, our physical body is the indicator that let's us know that something is not "in tune" and therefore not working harmoniously with the system as a whole.
So, how does it work?
Sound Therapy works around two key principles: SYMPATHETIC RESONANCE and ENTRAINMENT
Sympathetic resonance, also known as sympathetic vibration, can be demonstrated by the use of two tuning forks, both tuned to concert pitch "A"- a frequency of 440 Hz (or 440 cycles per second)
If one tuning fork is activated and placed near the other tuning fork, the second tuning fork will also start to vibrate as they share the same resonant frequency.
The same phenomenon can be experienced in our relationships with other people and why we can have an instant liking to someone - sharing similar resonant frequencies, or an instant disliking - a dissonant frequency.
When the body experiences stress of any kind - be it physical, mental or emotional, the natural vibratory movement tends to become rigid which we may experience in a number of different ways; physical discomfort, anxiety, anger etc. During a session, many different instruments are played, offering a wide range of vibrations and frequencies. Through sympathetic resonance these external vibrations match the vibrations within the body and activate them, causing them to vibrate and help to remind them of their natural vibration.
Entrainment can also be referred to as "synchronisation" and occurs when an external dominating source entrains, or synchronises, other objects or organisms to its own rhythm.
The moon "entrains" the tide and the waters.
Another example of entrainment can be seen through the pendulums of clocks. In a room full of clocks with all their pendulums swinging at different times, eventually, all the clocks would fall into the same rhythm and swing.
One of the primary benefits of Sound Therapy is relaxation, and this is induced through entrainment. Each instrument is carefully chosen to help entrain the body and brain waves to a more calm and relaxed state of vibration, which happens naturally when we sleep. During sleep our brainwaves reduce in their frequency which is essential to us "switching off" and getting recharged.
Recent studies have found that a "sound bath" is the equivalent of between 3 to 8 hours sleep.
What do I offer?
I qualified as a Sound Therapist in 2008 through the British Academy of Sound Therapy, and I have continued with my training, study and research to this day. With the ongoing advancements of research, there is always something new to learn...
The BAST Method of Sound Therapy is a carefully constructed treatment as taught through the British Academy of Sound Therapy.
It is a non-contact* therapy which uses soft, soothing and pleasant sounds that gently move along, and through the surface of the body, bathing the body as a whole at a cellular level. As the sound moves through the body it helps to remove any blockages that may be preventing the free flow of energy. When the energy is restricted this may lead to discomfort, pain or illness.
Sound is first used to detect any blockages that may be present within the system. I work with a Balinese Bell as a diagnostic tool to locate any blockages within the chakra system as well as the auric field.
Our bodies and organs each have their own frequency, and blockages within the energetic field can alter these frequencies. The Balinese Bell gives a very pure tone, and any blockages will alter it's sound. The bell may ring louder, or quieter, or the bell may be pushed away from the body, or pulled towards it.
All these and more are detections of blockages. Sound is then used to help remove these blockages to encourage and promote the free flow of prana once again.
By tuning into the frequencies of the chakras, sound can be used to help bring balance and harmony to the mind, body spirit system and can bring positive results to our health.
*With conditions such as deep back pain, you may benefit more by having a light therapy bowl placed on your back as seen in the picture above. This causes a much stronger vibrational effect within the body. I will always discuss this with you first and will ask permission before any contact takes place.
Gong Therapy is an ancient form of sound healing, one that has grown hugely in popularity today, partly due to the increased awareness of sound therapy as a whole, but also to the rise in Kundalini Yoga which was brought to the West from the highly trained and learned teacher, Yogi Bhajan.
Yogi Bhajan shared his wisdom and knowledge, not only of Kundalini Yoga, but also the use of the gongs as an aid for healing and meditation.
One particular student of Yogi Bhajan was Don Conreaux, named as Gong Master, due to his wide scope of knowledge and expertise.
My teacher, Shiella Whittaker, learned with Don Conreaux and it was Don that named my teacher, Shiella, also as Gong master.
One only has to hear the sound of the Gongs to know and feel the depth and power of their deeply healing qualities.
They can take you on a journey of both the inner and outer realms through their cosmic sounds.
Mantra is a Sanskrit word comprised of 2 individual words:
Man - with the meaning “to think” (also manas, meaning “mind”)
Tra - with the meaning of “a tool” or “instrument”.
Therefore the literal translation of the word Mantra is thought of as “tool of the mind”. It has also been referred to as “divine speech”.
Mantra, or Mantra Yoga, is part of Nada yoga - the yoga of sound, which is one of around 40 different yoga practices found within the Vedic teachings.
It is stated in the vedas that these sacred sounds were reverberating throughout the cosmos and were heard and retrieved by sages and rishis, who were enlightened enough to tune into the vibrations during deep states of meditation.
The Sanskrit language is thought to be the mother of all languages, with many languages of today having their roots in Sanskrit. It is said that the Sanskrit language was given to mankind from the gods so that they could communicate more directly. For this reason Sanskrit has been called the “language of the gods” and the “higher language”.
Each petal of the chakra system is connected with each letter of the Sanskrit alphabet, and so as you chant, you are working directly on the Chakra system, vibrating and recharging the corresponding petals with each sound. As you activate and massage the petals, the chakras in turn start to vibrate which allows prana to flow through the body more easily.
If you think of the body as a light bulb with a wattage of 25, chanting Sanskrit mantra helps to increase that to a 40w and so on, and the more you work with mantra, the higher your “charge” will be.
Mantra has been used for thousands of years, by many different cultures and religions as a way to help aid with meditation as well as helping to relieve the physical, mental and emotional bodies of ailments and dis-ease. Mantra therapy is part of the ancient system of Ayurvedic Medicine where certain mantras can be used for certain parts of the body as well as tuning into the different vibrations of the planets and the cosmos which can be used to help bring healing to the planet as well as ourselves.
Holistic Voice Therapy
Just as the eyes are considered to be the window of the soul, it has been said that the voice is the sound of the soul; ur voices say much more about us than we realise.
When we feel happy, joyful and energised, our voices reflect this. Equally, when we feel sad, hurt and tired, it is hard to conceal this through our voices.
It may be that our voice reflects emotions, traumas and experiences that we aren't even aware that we're holding, but through the practice of HVT, the voice is used as a gateway into the physical, mental and emotional levels of the body.
HVT offers a wide range of vocal exercises along with physical movements to connect body, breath and sound to support release through sound and movement. It's amazing what a sense of freedom we can experience when we open our throats and release whatever it is that wants to come through, whether it be a sound, a song, a grunt, a scream, a shout, a whistle, or even just the breath.
Not everyone is ready, and or, comfortable to work with their voice in this way and it's important to honour ourselves exactly where we are. So for those who would like a softer and more gentle approach to opening and "finding" their voice, Jody provides sessions where she offers her voice, as you receive, much like a therapeutic voice bath where she will invite and encourage you to join your voice with hers.
Which method is right for me?
If you are interested in experiencing the benefits of sound therapy for yourself, please get in touch via the contact page.
Even though each method can be used for any number of conditions, it may be that what you need may be suited to a particular method.
If you are in Ibiza we can arrange a consultation face to face, and for those living elsewhere in the world, we can arrange a consultation online. For some methods, you do not have to be with me in person to start a course of treatment as I can work with you online from a distance.