Vibrational Sound Therapy: A Quick Way to Deepen Meditation
Sep 04, 2017 08:48PM
By Allie McFee
“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration,” ~ Nikola Tesla
Vibrational Sound Therapy, also known as “sound massage”, is a modality that changes consciousness by invoking the same deeply relaxed brain wave patterns that come from profound meditation.
“In this method, bronze Himalayan singing bowls are directly placed on the body in different locations,” says certified Vibrational Sound Therapy practitioner Becky Hillman. “Bowls are struck to produce vibrations that go into the body, stimulating the chakra system.”
Hillman recently began offering sessions to the Indianapolis community after finishing her certification training with the Vibrational Sound Association. She was particularly interested in offering this type of therapy because of its quick impact.
“Some forms of meditation and relaxation require a great deal of effort on the person,” says Hillman, “but as soon as the person lies down on the table, whether they think it will help them or not, the vibration has an effect on them, because their cells react to the vibration.”
This method originates in the Himalayan regions of Nepal and India. Company founder Jeff Howard has more than a decade of experience with singing bowls and has traveled around the world learning about sound therapy from many cultures including Tibet, Nepal, India, Thailand, the U.S. and China. He created the Vibrational Sound Association to offer the first-ever professional training with singing bowls that is now used in spas, hospitals, massage therapy clinics, reiki practices and many other organizations.
After a session, Hillman says clients often respond that they feel more relaxed than from a whole night of rest. This is because the muscles release tension as the person slips into an alpha brain wave pattern, hence its nickname “sound massage”. Alpha brainwave patterns are associated with daydreaming and pre-sleep. It helps the heart rate to slow down and will encourage deeper breathing for a relaxed state which allows the body to repair itself instead of responding to outside concerns. The immune system is at its best when the body is relaxed.
“In our society, people are so stressed out, and they are exhausted because they are stressed out. This therapy is effortless on their part. It just washes everything away,” says Hillman.
Vibrational Sound Therapy not only decreases physical stress, but also emotional stress. Hillman says clients also come when they feel emotionally distraught about a challenge. After a session, clarity and peace of mind are achieved, bringing focus and the ability to make decisions. In addition, clients may experience enhanced creativity and entrainment of mind, body and spirit.
Sessions can be grounding, relaxing or even energizing, depending on the request of the receiver. For an energizing effect, a large bowl is used near the feet and then another bowl is struck to rise the energy frequencies up the body. For a grounding effect, a bowl is struck above the head and is brought down the body to carry the vibrations to the feet.
As Tesla suggested to think in terms of vibration, Hillman agrees sound therapy is aligned with these teachings.
“Every cell in the body contains water,” says Hillman. “If you picture throwing a rock into a lake or puddle of water, the water doesn’t choose to vibrate, it just reacts to the stimulant. Every time you introduce a vibration to water, it will vibrate, and this is what happens to the cells of your body during a Vibrational Sound Therapy session.”
For more information on Vibrational Sound Therapy, visit VibrationalSoundAssociation.com.