I use sound and specialist instruments played in therapeutic ways, at times combined with deep self-reflection techniques, to improve health and well-being.
Sound therapy is a powerful tool to help relax people who find it difficult to relax on their own, or in any other way. I use tonal and rhythmic instruments combined and played in specific ways to enable you to relax into an altered state of consciousness (ASC) similar to very deep relaxation or meditation.
Key to good health
In this state, your body is able to quiet down out of your habitual fight-or-flight stress response, settling into its natural and deeply beneficial rest-and-repair state. Your body and mind can rest, your perspective can shift, and your body’s own healing mechanisms are supported. Being able to relax and reduce stress is key to good health, as it is now widely accepted that much, if not most, illness is stress-related.
This deeply relaxed brainwave state is very natural to you – it is the state you’re in when lost deep in daydreams, or just as you’re drifting off to sleep at night. Many essential body processes take place during this state. However, with our over-busy lives and schedules, we don’t allow our bodies to settle into this restful state enough during the course of a day. As soon as we start to flag or feel tired, we tend to caffeinate to rev ourselves up again, missing that vital time needed in this rest-and-repair state.
The instruments I use for sound therapy are the gongs, Himalayan singing bowls, crystal singing bowls, frame drum and therapeutic percussion. I will use various combinations of these depending upon your symptomatic state, and your intention for the treatment. My playing and technique choices will be different, for instance, between a relaxing treatment and an energising one.
My playing is gentle, working with the principle that less is more.
Empower you to make change
I have an additional powerful tool to bring alongside this sound therapy to support you in your healing (or ‘wholing’) process. This is the reflective process referred to as ‘The 5Rs’ which we use in BAST (The British Academy of Sound Therapy) method sound therapy. Using this self-reflection in alignment with sound therapy can help you access deep insight into your process, and empower you to make changes in your life to improve your health and well-being.
What happens in a Sound Therapy BAST Method session?
Your session will consist of therapeutic sound techniques combined with reflective enquiry, to assist you in addressing issues affecting your health and happiness.
We will begin by checking over your health questionnaire to make sure nothing has changed (you will have filled this out before attending your first session). I will then lead you through the reflective practice, starting with you choosing the issue that is most impeding flow in your life at the moment. (You do not need to share with me what this issue is if you’d rather not; the treatment will be just as effective.) I will then decide what and how to play in order to best facilitate your process.
You will lie down on the treatment couch (or sit in a chair, if preferred), and I will play, finishing with therapeutic percussion to reground you and bring you back to alertness and awareness. I will then ask you a series of questions designed to bring your awareness to insights and answers that may have arisen for you during your sound treatment. You will be welcome to share your experience and ask questions.
What happens in a Sound Bath?
Your sound bath will be immersive sound, designed to promote relaxation and reduce stress.
We will begin by checking over your health questionnaire to make sure nothing has changed (you will have filled this out before attending your first session). I will then invite you to share what you hope to gain from your sound bath, and I will incorporate that into the instrumental score I will play for you. You will lie down on the floor or the treatment couch (or sit in an easy chair, if preferred – sessions for three people will have you all seated, on sofa and easy chair), and I will play, finishing with therapeutic percussion to reground you and bring you back to alertness and awareness. You will then be welcome to share your experience and ask questions, if you wish.
Certain physical and mental health conditions can be a contraindication for sound therapy, or are a factor I should be aware of; I screen for these with a health questionnaire prior to working with a new sound therapy client to ensure their comfort and well-being.
Sound Therapy BAST Method session
Duration: 75 min. (1st session is 90 min.)
Package of 4 sessions (10% discount): £180
Duration: 60 min.
Cost: £40 (for 1 person), £50 (for 2 people), £60 (for 3 people)
Package of 4 sessions (10% discount): £144 (for 1 person), £180 (for 2 people), £216 (for 3 people)