Here at Grayshott Health Spa, our sound therapist, Faye Gadbury, uses the power of sound bowls and tuning forks to support health & wellbeing.
If you’ve ever wondered about sound therapy, we have put together a quick guide for you.
What exactly is sound therapy and what can it do for you?
Sound therapy is a school of holistic healing that believes the body contains ‘energy frequencies’ that work through vibrations, and that if these get out of sync or the frequency is knocked off balance, then this can be the cause of physical or emotional stress. Indeed, Faye describes it in this way: ‘It’s all about working on vibrations. Everything around us and within us, whether we hear it or not, it is on a vibration.’
How does Sound Therapy help?
In a sound therapy session, deep meditation is induced using instruments’ own sound frequencies and vibrations to interact with our own, to try and return balance to the body’s own energies. The instruments used are a mixture of stimulating and relaxing, and they create sounds rather than music, with many creating sounds imitating nature. In a standard sound therapy session, you may hear the harmonic tones of drums, bells, bowls, gongs, and tuning forks. The human voice is also a powerful tool used to vocalise intention at the beginning of class and to chant during.
These sounds and the meditative nature of a sound therapy session aim to let you look inwards and truly focus on your own energies whilst the sound frequencies surround you. This process alone reduces blood pressure and stress levels but, on a deeper level, like meditation, this has the ability for you to access and attend to both your mental, physical health and focus your energies on any areas that may be causing pain or difficulty.
What happens in a class?
Sound healing can be carried out either a one-on-one basis, or in a class with multiple people and a practitioner which will be more generalised, but the practice is mostly the same.
Firstly, everyone must state an intention, whether this is a general aim for relaxation or a hope to reduce specific trouble. Bells will then be used to clear out the energy in the room before a breathing exercise to relax the body and begin controlling the breath to enhance the meditative state. The sound therapist will then carry out the session using their own choice of instruments, or whichever ones they believe will be most beneficial to the individual.
Once the session is over, the therapist will mark the end with bells and leave the room for several minutes to allow the individual, or class, time to reflect and process the experience they have just had.
Who can Sound Therapy Help?
Sound therapy is a very beneficial treatment, that can help address anything from general stress and imbalance to specific aches, pains, and worries. In the past, clients have claimed to experience a reduction in migraines and joint pain after a class- but you can sign up and experience it for almost any worry you may have or simply to enjoy a session of relaxation.
Also, unlike some forms of holistic healing, it doesn’t require physical exertion so it is open to absolutely anyone willing to try and see if they could benefit from the practice.
Here at Grayshott, we are firm believers in holistic healing, and we love to recommend this to our guests particularly on our Health Regime or on The Mayr Fasting Programme as the healing powers of a sound bath will help you on your way to finding balance and fine-tuning your body’s energies.
If you would like to read a little more about Faye’s approach to her work, please read here.