While many people are just discovering it, vibrational sound healing is actually a return to ancient practices that used chants and singing bowls to restore health and relieve pain. A recent study found that singing bowl therapy reduced stress, anger, depression and fatigue. All of these are known to impact physical health and raise the risk for disease.
Vibration and sound are all around us every day. Even though we are not conscious of it, our body and mind feel the effects of these vibrations. When we are exposed to a tone or combination of tones and vibration, our brain dips down very quickly into the calming alpha state - the state between sleep and waking. This state of deep relaxation is elusive to many people in our stressful lives.
Vibrational Sound Therapy (VST) combines ambient sound and vibration through the use of therapeutic Himalayan singing bowls which are specially designed to send vibrations down into the body. These deep vibrations affect the body on a cellular level opening up the flow of energy to facilitate the body's own innate healing ability.
Studies have shown that VST helps people with the pain of arthritis, muscle strain and post-operative pain. It has also been found to improve mobility and stiffness, increase blood circulation, lower blood pressure and heart rate, facilitate the release of endorphins and melatonin, reduce anxiety and synchronize the brain hemispheres.
Clients have reported experiencing a feeling of lightness, well being, focus and relief from pain that lasts several days. They also often sleep better following the treatment.
We use Zen Therapeutic Singing Bowls in our sessions which are crafted for deep vibration and sound with subdued volume and a purity of tone with a rich multitude of overtones.
Alissa Okrent, Energy Management Expert
“Scientific studies show that sound can produce changes in the autonomic, immune, endocrine and neuropeptide systems. Every atom, molecule, cell, gland, and organ of the human body absorbs and emits sound. The goal of music therapy is to reduce stress and pain, promote deep relaxation, develop self-awareness and creativity, improve learning, and clarify personal values.” -Sarah Rose
Will sound, vibration and frequency be the medicine of the future? We believe so!
Why do I need a VSA licensed sound therapist?
Sound Therapy is a fast growing relaxation modality that is still in its infancy. The goal of the VSA Licensed Vibrational Sound Therapist Board is to bring legitimacy to the community and encourage state and federal governments to offer this in the future.
Licensing is not currently required by any state or federal government at this time. By choosing a VSA Licensed Vibrational Sound Therapist you can be confident in the knowledge your practitioner has completed the VST certification program, has a commitment to continuing education, has current liability insurance, and has passed a thorough background check.
What is a VST session like?
Prior to a Session:
Please wear comfortable clothing and come well hydrated. Prior to the session you will be asked to remove bulky jewelry and your shoes. The sessions may run a little over time, as first we will have a short intake discussion, and then a little time at the end before you leave.
During the session:
The session is done with you lying comfortably on a massage table full clothed (and can also be done sitting in a chair). I will place the therapeutic singing bowls directly on your body, or if more appropriate, near the body. Most clients start to relax as soon as the session begins. Muscles will lose tension, and you may even start to slip into the alpha brain wave pattern - you may daydream or fall asleep - it’s all good.
After the session:
Drink plenty of water to help eliminate any toxins that may have been released. You may feel energized or may want to take a nap - listen to your body. Please note that the healing will continue to integrate over a few days after the therapy.