Sound is all around us, it permeates every aspect of our lives, from our alarm clocks in the morning to the whispering of the leaves in the branches of the trees. How much of the sound you hear on a daily basis is tuned out by your inner senses?
Sound has been around forever. Shamans, Medicine men/women, and healers use sound as a way of connecting us to our Spirits, our inner landscape, the Universe, and beyond. Sound travels on waves of vibration, creating various frequencies, that can then turn into harmonics helping to balance our inner worlds. “Hippocrates, 350 BC was regarded as, “the father of medicine,” devised a diagnostic method for hearing fluid in the lungs, by shaking patient’s shoulders and then listening to the sounds from their chest.” (A sound approach to advancing healthcare systems: the future of biomedical acoustics | Nature Communications)
A Sound Immersion can help a person feel less stressed, improve a person’s mood, and bring about better body awareness, having a person become more in tune with their body, mind, and Spirit. The use of resonant sounds, produced by gongs, rattles, drums, and bells can help our brain waves change, called brainwave entrainment, from the active state of Beta waves, changing them into Theta waves, which are associated with meditation, creativity, and relaxation.
Edgar Cayce, born March 18, 1877, also known as the “Sleeping Prophet” suggested that, “Sound is the medicine of the future”. An article published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine in 2016 found that an hour of sound therapy reduced tension, anger, fatigue, and depressed moods in participants. (Sound Healing Works: The Science Behind the Practice | Mirage News). Modern medicine uses Lithotripsy, high-frequency sound waves, to break up kidney stones. (Lithotripsy | Johns Hopkins Medicine)
Sound healing can also help activate the body’s natural healing processes, helping to release deep-seated emotions that are stored within the body. Sound healing can also stimulate the endocrine system, helping the body regulate hormonal functioning, to strengthen the immune system.
My typical Sacred Sound Immersion gives you the opportunity to connect to deeper levels of your physical body, your thinking mind, and your Spirit. The participants bring a yoga mat, sleeping bag, pillow, blanket, journal/pen, nonslip socks, and water for their comfort, but we do have chairs if people cannot lay on the floor. I will usually set the tone for the month and begin the session with a short guided meditation. I use Tibetan/Crystal singing bowls, chimes, bells, drumming, the Sacred Gong, and my voice to allow the participants to sink into their journeys. We take time, afterward for the participants to share their unique experiences. I hold the Sound Immersion/Bath once a month, usually the first Saturday of each month.
At my business Body Links 915 Airport Rd in the Essential Energies building, I also offer Private Sound Immersion for physical, mental, and Spiritual well-being. The one-on-one application of the various instruments helps to induce a state of relaxation, reducing stress levels, and opening up the possibility for deep body/mind/Spirit rejuvenation. Because the experience can allow blocked emotions to surface, you can experience a somatoemotional release, releasing emotions from your body's cellular structure. The experience can be quite profound.