Sound Healing: What Is It And How Does It Work?
Sound Healing, or Sound Therapy, has it’s roots in Eastern traditions and goes back thousands of years. It has been gradually emerging as a therapeutic tool in Western culture since the 1960’s, with Gongs and Himalayan Singing Bowls being the most prominently used instruments.
Gongs produce a huge range of tones, and vibrations, which can relax, re-tune, regulate, and re-energise the body at physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Science shows us that just like everything else in the Universe humans are energy and vibrate at differing frequencies. Our bodies are 70% water and are great conductors for sound, so when we have a Sound Healing session, the body has the potential to correct imbalances of energy deep down at a cellular level.
So how does it work? Let’s talk brainwaves. Our brainwave profile and our daily experience of the world are inseparable. Our brains and the rest of our bodies are totally interconnected so when our brainwaves are out of balance we will be experiencing corresponding emotional and physical health issues. Over or under arousal of the brain is linked with problems like anxiety disorders, sleep problems, hyper-vigilance, anger, depression, migraines, vertigo and tinnitus, to name just a few.
In Sound Healing we have the capacity to change our brainwaves in a positive way. Beta brainwaves which dominate our waking state of consciousness take up a lot of our energy, so moving via the sounds into Alpha brainwaves results in a nice resting meditative state, and moving deeper still into Theta brainwaves, which occurs when we are asleep or in deep meditation, enables us to access and process deeply held worries and fears. And then there’s the slow and low frequency of Delta waves, where profound healing can occur.
The sound frequencies and vibrations we encounter during a Sound Healing session can therefore help us access and release emotions, and re-regulate our nervous systems free from anxiety, stress and trauma.
Karen became interested in Sound Healing after experiencing a Gong Bath herself, and believes it fits well with the other brain and body based therapies that she offers like Somatic Experiencing, EMDR and Brainspotting.
Karen has studied with The College of Sound Healing under Gongmaster Sheila Whittaker and completed the Gong Practitioner Certificate. She now offers Sound Healing in the form of Gong Baths during which she uses Gongs, Himalayan Singing Bowls and other instruments.
A Gong Bath can be part of a therapy session or as a stand alone treatment. For more details:https://www.karenbresloff.com/gong-bath/