the myriad of benefits of sound healing
There is a myth in our Western culture that Sound Healing is some sort of “WOO WOO” new age phenomena and “why should I waste my valuable time?” Good question, why should you? Sound Healing is growing in reputation in our Western culture as a preventative, complimentary therapy to allopathic medicine, largely by word of mouth from those that have experienced the benefits. While Sound Healing is not a quick fix for serious illnesses, there are multitudes of neuroscientific studies being done at universities around the world on how sound improves mood, sleep, and memory, reduces pain and inflammation, stress, and hypertension and strengthens the immune and central nervous systems. What makes sound therapy difficult to understand is it is not visible or tangible like allopathic medicine where you can see and swallow a pill to treat the symptoms of some underlying disease or discomfort. Sound uses an invisible system, often referred to as “vibrational medicine,” to communicate with the cells in the body, and until you try and personally feel it, you cannot fully understand it. From a scientific perspective, Quantum Physics tells us all matter in the Universe consists of atoms and bonds in continual vibration and states of attraction. Regardless of whether we see or hear it moving, all matter has this vibration, including the earth, our bodies and our cellular make up. When vibrating in resonance, our cells are in a healthy state of harmony, balance and homeostasis. However, toxic emotions such as stress, anger, worry, and fear can lead to a loss of cellular resonance as can other factors such as poor diet and lifestyle, environmental toxins and WI-FI devices. This loss of cellular resonance has a proven correlation to inflammation leading to adverse quality of life, chronic disease and sometimes even early death. Sound Healing Therapy, through various notes and harmonics, overtones and undertones and binaural beats can detoxify, hydrate, and energize the cells while also inducing a state of deep relaxation and cellular resonance. Once the body’s cells are back in a resonant form of communication, the body is able to go about healing itself. It is well worth the time to watch a 3-minute video on YouTube called “Live Blood Results After a 20 minute Gong Meditation” to visualize and understand this concept.
Sound is deeply rooted in all ancient cultures and used around the world to promote a deeper sense of calm and inner peace or higher states of consciousness. Sound has such a healthy and beneficial effect on the mind because sound frequencies entrain the brain to cycle through five different brain wave frequencies. The five brain waves in order of highest frequency to lowest are: gamma, beta, alpha, theta, and delta. Our brain’s ability to transition through various brain wave frequencies plays a large role in how successful we are at managing stress, focusing on tasks, and getting a good night’s sleep. If one of the five types of brain waves is either over-produced or under-produced in our brain, it can cause problems. For this reason, there is no single brain wave that is “better” or more “optimal” than the others. Each serves a purpose to help us cope with various situations – whether it is to help us process and learn new information or help us calm down after a long stressful day. Therefore, we can conclude that sound healing therapy benefits the whole person - their physical, mental and emotional well-being.
Sound Healing Therapy can be experienced with a Sound Practitioner in either a private therapy setting or in a group therapy setting, also known as a Sound Bath. There are many variations in these experiences depending on the practitioner you work with and what tools and instruments they use. Sound Bath group therapies tend to take place at a wellness center or yoga studio where you come prepared to lie comfortably for up to an hour as the Sound Practitioner plays specific instruments such as Singing Bowls, Gongs, Bells, Chimes, Drums, Digeridoo, Flute and more. The sounds and vibrations of these instruments wash over your body like waves as you deeply relax and restore the body. Every once in awhile you may doze off which is fine too as your cell still receive what they need for healing. Kimberly offers both private and group Sound Healing Therapies at the Tranquility Center conveniently located between Auburn and Grass Valley, CA at 10594 Combie Road, Ste 1, Auburn, CA (near Lake of the Pines and Bear River school district). See her website www.tranquilitycenter.net for a detailed description of her services and reach out to her at (530) 298-7455 for more information or to book a sound therapy service.
If you are not sure which therapy to start with, the “Full Works" provides many of Kimberly’s most valued services in one 2-hour session. Or, ask Kimberly about a 30-minute Vibroacoustic Sound Table session – great for reducing stress, pain and inflammation and simply feel amazing as if you are getting a massage from the inside out. Kimberly has two Vibroacoustic Sound Tables so you can come and share the experience with someone special. Finally, for chronic conditions, ask Kimberly about her 30-minute therapy sessions using the FDA-approved AMI-750 medical device that speaks the language of the cells and brings the body back to its natural resonance with sound and vibration.
Kimberly’s Group Sound Baths are held on Sunday, 4:30-5:30 pm. Alternatively, book your own private Sound Bath on a day and time that works better for you and your party. Group sessions are limited on space so please reserve your space(s) in advance.
KIMBERLY STEELE is a Holistic Wellness Practitioner offering a variety of services to lift one up wherever they are on their journey. Her passion is to assist clearing imbalances in the mind, body, spirit to support one’s natural ability to heal. When balance & vitality is restored, one feels healthier, happier and motivated to THRIVE.
Published in the Union Paper, Healthy You 2022 Magazine, page 40.