Healing through Sound Therapy
Every second Wednesday at 8pm
Sound Healing at Wicklow Yoga.
Sound has been used throughout human history to heal the body, balance the mind, to soothe and stabilise the emotions and to awaken consciousness and elevate the spirit. Through all religions and races, sound has been an essential component in healing practises, shamanic work, rites of passage, ceremony and celebration and in everyday life, from singing to ease a long work day and lullabies to comfort and settle our children to sleep.
Science is catching up with what the mystics of old knew instinctively, everything vibrates, everything generates sound, from the planets in the cosmos to the subatomic level of our body’s cells, we are sound! We are constantly surrounded and influenced by sound- both harmonious and disharmonious, much of which is beyond our limited human hearing range.
The ancients believed that sound is the prime creative force in the universe, that it can structure and change physical matter, science is now showing us this is true. Think of Hans Jennys cymatics, showing the Om, when toned, creates the beautiful structure of the Sri Yantra, a mandala meditated on for millennia by Buddhist monks and doctor Emoto’s work with chanted prayer over bodies of water, changing the pattern inherent in the water molecules from incoherent and polluted to coherent and harmonious crystalline forms, like snowflakes. This becomes more relevant when we remember that our physical bodies are hugely made up of water!
Sound healing works with a simple range of instruments, gongs, Tibetan and crystal singing bowls, shamanic or frame drums, tuning forks and a selection of shakers and rattles and sometimes the voice.
The simple sounds guide the mind and body down into a deep and nurturing state of rest and relaxation, dropping the brain waves from busy and active beta state to the meditative and healing pulses of the alpha/theta zone, where the bodies self-healing is optimised with the release of its own restorative and balancing chemistry, inflammation is reduced and tensions on every level are unwound. The cells and tissues of the body are effectively and gently massaged by the sound waves, assisting detoxification and release of stress and trauma. The vibrations also flow through and influence our energy bodies, helping with the release and resolution of injuries and issues on all levels of the being, supporting us coming into peace, harmony, alignment and communion with our most authentic selves.
Next group sound bath: Wednesday 2nd May
Pay per session
“One who desires true union of yoga should leave all thinking behind and concentrate with single-pointed attention on the Nada” – Hatha Yoga Pradipika.
Sound baths at the Sacred Sound Stream
When you arrive at the sound bath, you will be invited to lay down (fully clothed) on a yoga mat, with cushions for comfort and a blanket for cosiness, you may sit if this is better for you.
We will do some deep breathing and bring awareness to being fully present, in our bodies and become ready to experience a vibrational journey where you are immersed in waves of sound and healing energy.
In this safe and sacred space, nothing is expected of you, this is your time to receive and let go, allowing the healing sounds to cleanse any discordant or chaotic energies from your field and be replaced with harmony, balance, clarity and coherence.
As your consciousness surfs the sound waves you may experience deep relaxation, expanded consciousness, profound healing and peace. Occasionally, old memories or pain may surface ready for release as the sound is washing it out, this is good, this is the past letting you go, just bring your awareness to your breath and the sounds and let it unwind.
Repeated sound bathing can increase your energy and wellbeing and can build up a beautiful sound shield around you, which helps to keep you centred, calm, aligned and coherent as you go about your daily life.
Sound healing supports
- Relief from stress
- Deep meditative relaxation
- Improved circulation
- Deep states of altered consciousness
- Heightened awareness
- Increased mental clarity and focus
- Balances and aligns the chakras and energy bodies
- Rejuvenation and wellbeing
- Balances and repairs the nervous system
- Immune system boosting
- Recovery post-surgery
- Reduction of:
- High blood pressure
- A decrease in heart rate
- Anxiety and tension
- Chronic pain
- Can support recovery from cancer, PTSD and many other illnesses
What is sound healing?
Sound healing is the process in which a practitioner uses aspects of music to improve the health of their receiver. Sound healing offers to bring us into a deep state of relaxation as the vibrations of the sounds entrain the brain to move into the Alpha / Theta brainwave frequencies that induce’s deep meditative and peaceful states. There are five main frequency brain waves: Beta, Alpha, Theta, Delta, and Gamma.
Alpha is a state of heightened creativity and relaxation, where effortless awareness, imagination, visualization, learning and concentration are all heightened. Alpha brainwaves are associated with releasing stress and rapid anxious thoughts, balanced mood and stable emotions, Dropping down into the Alpha frequency bring’s one into a state of calm and relaxation. The Alpha state helps to produce endorphins and boosts the immune system.
Theta is a state of very deep relaxation where we can experience deeper levels of meditation, insight and memory. It is the space we experience during REM Sleep. Theta helps us let go of painful emotions as it opens us up to emotional healing. The brain waves are slowed down at a frequency of 4-7 cycles per second.
Tibetan Singing Bowls have been used for centuries for healing and meditation purposes, the pure sounds create a pulsating tone, that feels good and helps you to relax. The more you listen the deeper you relax, as your brainwaves begin to bring you down into the Alpha / Theta state, in this state deeper intelligence, intuition, creativity and self-healing mechanisms of the body are activated. We are not only listening to, we also feel the sounds as much as we take it in with our ears.
The principle of sound healing
The basic principle of sound healing is the concept of resonance (the vibratory frequency of an object.) The entire Universe is in a state of vibration. Everything is in a perpetual state of motion and vibration, every atom, every molecule, all of the stars and galaxies. This includes human beings. Every organ, cell, bone, tissue and liquid of the body and the electromagnetic fields which surround the body has a vibratory frequency. Sound can redress imbalances on every level of physiologic functioning and can play a positive role in the treatment of virtually any medical disorder. Stress, trauma, illness whether physical, mental, emotional, spiritual part of the body that isn’t vibrating at its optimum frequency will benefit from sound healing. What is held in the body can safely be released and brought back into balance.
Sound Healing in relation to yoga
Sound healing in yoga is known as the path of “Nada Yoga”, Nada Yoga means “union through sound.” The original texts on Nada Yoga (the Nada Bindu Upanishad) date back between 500 and 200 BC. These texts focused mostly on the sound “Om”. Nada yoga sounds composed of all elements (space, air, fire, water and earth) are brought together to create a unique experience for the client.
Nada Yoga is a powerful tool to find peace and clarity. These practices include chanting mantras, chanting sounds and sound meditations. “Sound meditation”, also known as “sound healing” or “sound baths” is the practice of listening to ancient sounds and deep tones to ease into profound states of meditation, restoration and healing.
Yoga nada is a practice of deep listening, we may not “hear” all the frequencies that surround us but we are affected by all of them. “Anahata” means the sound of space, yoga nada is to get to this point where you can actually be in touch with the sound of silence. Anahata is the sound where all frequencies arise and dissolve into. When you tune into the subtle vibrations around you, you become more receptive and open to the different tones and layers of information that before you may have missed.
Please do not consume drugs or alcohol before a sound bath.
Sound bathing is not suitable if you have frequency triggered epilepsy or a serious mental health condition e.g. bipolar schizophrenia, advanced psychosis
Please let me know if you have:
- A pacemaker
- Metal implants, plates or pins
- Are in the first trimester of pregnancy
(This will not exclude you from a sound bath, the sound will just be used differently with you)
Please feel free to bring eye pillows, extra blankets and anything else you need for added comfort to the sound bath. It is advisable to bring a bottle of water and to stay well hydrated before and after a sound healing.
Wicklow Yoga is based on the South Quay in Wicklow Town