By WIN Provider: Melissa Schumacher
WIN is now offering Sound Massage! Do you wonder what sound massage is and how sound massage can help you in your health?
There are multiple definitions of sound according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
as a Noun:
- mechanical radiant energy that is transmitted by longitudinal pressure waves in a material medium (such as air) and is the objective cause of hearing
- the sensation perceived by the sense of hearing
as a Verb:
- to make or convey an impression especially when heard, to make known
as an Adjective:
- free from injury or disease
- free from flaw, defect, or decay
- stable, secure, reliable
So many different meanings to this one little word, and there are still more than what is given here.
It is easy to see with this list how Sound has such an impact on the body. Whether it’s Mozart or Motown, music affects us all in different ways.
But on a fundamental level, music is just organized sound.
What is Sound Massage?
Sound therapies deconstruct music into pure sound, harnessing the knowledge that sound can have a powerful effect on our bodies and our emotions.
Using a Himalayan Therapy Grade Singing Bowl on and off, you can feel a soothing massage of rippling vibrations throughout your entire body. Like the ripples created by throwing a pebble into a smooth lake.
As the sounds expand, they gather up and break apart what does not benefit you. It is never harmful or hurtful to you, as the intensity of these waves depends solely on what your body is comfortable with releasing.
Vibrational Sound Massage (aka Sound Immersion Therapy) is so gentle and relaxing that almost all people fall asleep at some point during the session.
You hear the sound not only through your ears but also through the cells in your body.
Sound helps create the pathway to a place of tranquillity, just as a mantra helps you to arrive at the still point of meditation.
Instances of sound healing therapy are limitless
Western-educated doctors have explored the impact of sound on human health. Ultrasound is being used to break up kidney stones and plaque on our teeth. One study published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine found that an hour-long sound meditation using a range of singing bowls helped people reduce tension, anger, fatigue, anxiety, and depression while increasing a sense of spiritual well-being. People who had never done sound meditation experienced significantly less tension and anxiety afterward.
Vibrational Sound Therapy has proven to have significant results benefitting your health both physiologically and mentally.
Low vibrations can increase energy and cellular regeneration your body.
Therefore, inflammation and pain are greatly reduced. The more your muscles relax from the vibrational frequencies, the more your mind relaxes from the repetitive tone and frequencies.
A question now arises: how can this science of sound fit into our contemporary lives? After all, using bowls and forks for anything other than dinner may seem like New Age nonsense to some people. The beauty of these sessions is that they’re not invasive, and they’re not expensive—which means there’s no danger in giving it a try if you’re interested.
HOW CAN SOUND THERAPY HELP ME?
Sound healing helps to restore harmony and balance to the body’s biological rhythms and processes.
It re-establishing the correct functioning of the Endocrine system (the glands) and releases powerful healing hormones such as endorphins, oxytocin and serotonin into the body.
Sound Healing therapies can help with ADHD, Autism, PTSD, and insomnia, to name a few.
It also helps to reduce blood pressure and heal the effects of chemotherapy.
It also relieves pain from stress-related conditions, the discomfort of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome & depression and many more.
It can also bring about:
- Deep relaxation for pain relief and muscles, joints, and bones.
- Soothes and strengthen the nervous system
- Clears & calms the mind (anxiety/stress relief)
- Restores natural biorhythms: breathing, improved sleep cycles and circulation
- Strengthens the immune system
- Improved memory, creativity, clarity and energy
What Can I Expect in a Vibrational Sound Therapy Session?
During a session, your body will go through noticeable changes as it responds to deeper and deeper states of rest.
You may experience a profound sense of feeling nurtured and supported in a safe space of soothing and harmonizing sound.
Relaxation during a sound session brings on the same kind of brain states as yoga, tai chi, and meditation.
Your breathing and heart rate will start to slow down, and your body will absorb the waves of vibration into its muscles, bones, tissues and cells.
As the heart rate slows, blood pressure falls, and arteries expand, creating a feeling of warmth.
Your immune system works best when you are relaxed, allowing the body to start healing and repair itself.
Sessions are enjoyed fully clothed, and you can choose to be covered with a blanket for warmth if desired.
Therapy-quality bowls are then played around your body and head while you listen to the soothing, vibrant tones and feel the gentle vibrations.
Like most clients, you may start to relax as soon as the session begins as you will be invited to immerse yourself in the sounds of the bowls and allow yourself to listen and deeply relax.
You may even find yourself completely asleep or in a dreamlike state; some find that they feel what is likened to “a whole-body orgasm”, and others may feel very little.
Every body is different, and every “Sound Journey” is different, as it is essentially an intuitive process, requiring a deep sensitivity for what each individual person needs at that moment.
After waking from a state of deep relaxation, it usually takes a few minutes to reorient (fully awaken) yourself. Clients often report a deep sense of tranquillity, sleep soundly and feel the effects of the treatment for several days.
Whether your tune-ups are weekly or monthly, it is important that you remember to take the time for yourself.
Why Should I Try It?
Modern-day life is pretty stressful, and if you’ve tried other ways to relax with little success, this might help.
In fact, you will likely find it less challenging than meditation because the sounds keep your minds occupied, making it easier to relax and enter into a deep state of calmness.
To incorporate sound massage into your regular self care, visit with me at WIN Health for your sound massage visit.