What is Sound Therapy?
Sonic Harmony incorporates the 'BAST' method of sound therapy which combines carefully considered therapeutic sound techniques that have been shown to affect physiology, neurology and psychology with a form of reflective enquiry (a kind of questioning). This approach has been shown to be very effective at improving health and wellbeing
The BAST method of sound therapy is based on;
1) facilitating a deep state of relaxation which helps improve health and well being achieved by using specific techniques and combinations of instruments, and
2) a reflective technique combining gentle self-questioning and inner listening.
The main way of working is through reflective practice which enables a client to become more aware of their process as the sound interacts with their system. This interaction can be mental, emotional, physical or even spiritual, making sound therapy perfect for imbalances on any level of being.
It is now widely accepted that most illness is stress related. Therefore treatment methodologies that promote relaxation and help reduce stress can be a very effective way to prevent and treat illness. Our method of sound therapy is very effective at reducing stress. It also enables an individual to relax deeply, achieving an altered state of consciousness similar to deep meditation
The therapeutic sound and sound therapy techniques are delivered using tonal and rhythmic instruments and voice. The tonal instruments used are Himalayan and crystal singing bowls, gongs and tuning forks. The vocal techniques are toning (the singing of one tone – usually using a vowel sound), overtoning (a technique where more than one tone is sung simultaneously) or mantra (the chanting of Sanskrit words)
A therapeutic rhythm treatment/session is given using frame drum and therapeutic percussion comprises rainsticks, shakers, chimes and other percussion tools delivered in a specific order to maximise the therapeutic process
Information gathered over the last 20 years has informed us that certain instruments seem to effect a person in different ways. This information is used by a BAST trained therapist to create a treatment specific to their client’s symptomatic state and their intention for the treatment – a relaxing treatment would be very different from an energising treatment for example. We specialise in combining instruments in a specific way to influence brainwave frequencies, enabling a person to enter an altered state of consciousness (ASC) similar to very deep relaxation or meditation. In this state many different therapeutic process occur.
BAST method of sound therapy uses reflective techniques to enable a client or group to gain insight into their personal ‘wholing’ process.
Reflective techniques combined with the therapeutic sound really enables us to gain a deep insight into a person’s process and empower them to make life-changing improvements to their health and wellbeing.