As longtime lovers of sound healing, we’re thrilled to share that Bryony Body is hosting a Yin & Sound Healing 90-minute workshop on Sunday, September 17th in Exeter, NH.
Since we are living in the unofficial GOOP-POOSH era (IYKYK), many of us have words like ‘reiki’, ‘ayahuasca ceremony’ and ‘grounding’ in our vocabulary. However, ‘sound healing’ is a term that seems to still require an explanation. Scroll down to learn more about the benefits of sound healing and how to sign up for the upcoming Bryony Body Yin & Sound Healing Workshop.
What is Sound Healing?
Before we dive into the do-re-mi’s of sound healing, it’s important to remember that every part of our body is vibrating at a unique frequency. When things are going well in life, you might feel like you’re literally BUZZING! When things are a bit ‘meh,’ you may feel physically flat. This is because emotions are just that: energy in motion. In many ancient and modern yoga practices, there’s the belief that the human body consists of seven energy centers called ‘chakras.’ As we go through the ebbs and flows of life, these centers can become energetically out of balance or even blocked.
For over 40,000 years, people have used sound vibrations from specific instruments, tones, beats, sonic vibrations, music, nature, or even a person’s voice to restore their chakras, improve their mental health, strengthen their immune system and/or find a deeper connection to the world around them. For example, it’s thought that certain notes and frequencies correlate with a specific chakra, therefore specific sounds are used to help clear and/or restore specific chakras. However, sound healing is also thought to help us influence and achieve optimal brain wave states for performance, creativity and deep rest.
Put simply, sound healing is the use of sound to create a therapeutic atmosphere that encourages you to activate your parasympathetic nervous system, open your heart and mind while realigning with your true energetic self.
Examples of Sound Healing Therapies
The act of sound healing can be done at home, under the guidance of a practitioner, through individual or group meditation, as part of a ceremony, or as an artistic or performance aid. Sound healing can also be delivered and received in a number of ways.
Some people use crystal or metal ‘singing’ bowls while others might opt for a rain stick or gong. When it comes to using sound healing for neuro-performance and reaching that elusive ‘flow state,’ you may just pop in your ear buds and cue up a playlist of binaural beats.
Common sound healing therapies:
- Sound bath
- Singing bowls (metal or crystal)
- Nature sounds (e.g. a rain stick)
- ASMR (Autonomous sensory meridian response)
- Binaural beats
Why do People do Sound Healing?
As part of being human, it’s inevitable that certain experiences, relationships and world events will leave us feeling sad, heavy, confused, blocked, hopeless or in a way – even broken. This is why consciously ‘healing’ and ‘doing the work’ is so necessary.
But how do we heal and what is the work?
Truthfully, healing and doing the work is going to look different for everyone. Some of us will need to let go of attachments and uncover underlying fears while others will need to rest, recharge and reframe their thinking. Others may turn to therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy, meditation, reiki or sound healing.
What are the Benefits of Sound Healing?
As mentioned, many people turn to sound healing to increase their energy, achieve a sense of calm, sharpen their mental clarity and reduce physical and mental pain. However, sound healing is also often used to help prime oneself for meditation or raise energy for a performance or high-stakes interaction. Spiritually speaking, some report that sound healing helps them achieve a higher state of consciousness and connection with ‘Self’ and others. Below is a list of reported benefits of sound healing.
Potential Benefits of Sound Healing
- Lowers blood pressure
- Decreases heart rate
- Promotes sleep
- Reduces physical pain
- Improves symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Prevents and/or heals adrenal burnout
- Restores energy levels
- Helps with processing grief
- Decreases brain fog
- Sparks creativity
- Boosts confidence
Book your spot at Bryony Body’s Yin & Sound Healing Workshop on September 17th
The Bryony Body Yin and Sound Bath Healing Workshop will be run by Lily Goldberg and Lauren DiRenzo on September 17th, 2023 from 6:00-7:30 pm.
Intended to provide you with a multi-sensory experience that will restore your body and mind, the Yin and Sound Bath Healing Workshop incorporates 90 minutes of sound healing using the frequencies of quartz bowls with 60 minutes of yin yoga and an extended 30-minute savasana. This gentle practice is suitable for all levels.
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