Sound Therapy for Addiction and Depression
Sound Therapy is rapidly becoming one of the most sought after methods of stress reduction leading to a more effective way of processing negative emotions and habits.
Sound moves in "wave" like patterns and can penetrate the human body, deep into the muscles, bones and organs. Sound also can reach into the unconscious mind facilitating a recognition of harmony and disharmony. Under the direction of a skilled Sound Therapist, these sound patterns create an Acoustic Landscape allowing the participant to discover, for themselves, a method by which peace can be attained.
"The fundamental principle of Energy Medicine is that an underlying energy field generates physical, emotional, and mental behaviors or symptoms. If we change the energy field, the physical, emotional, and mental behaviors will also change.”
~ Dr. John Beaulieu, ND, PhD
Science has shown us the body and all it's many parts emanates a frequency and vibration, a subtle sound if you will. (read article HERE) When Sound is introduced to the body, either through hearing or physically on the body, then there becomes a "resonate behavior" whereby the sound of the instrument, like a Himalayan Bowl, gong or tuning fork meets the sound of the body and a communication begins.
"Rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul."
"Sound can redress imbalances on every level of physiologic functioning and can play a positive role in the treatment of virtually any medical disorder.”
~ Dr. Mitchell Gaynor,
former director of Medical
Oncology and Integrative
Medicine at the Cornell
Cancer Prevention Center
As the body finds it's balance, the mind accepts the peace
then the soul finds it's direction.
This begins the new neural pathways of behavior and habit in a holistic way that is sustainable in life. The old patterns of behaviors are shifted into a new rhythm and from this, a new "soundtrack" takes the place of the worn out record playing its repetitive, destructive song, over and over again.
Sound Therapy interrupts the repetitive thinking of the brain and somatic experience of the body from negative patterns of past behaviors. This gives the participant an opportunity to "rewire" their desires for a more productive and joy-filled outcome. Often deep insights arise from both group and individual sessions leading to epiphanies of old patterns and new options. Although Sound Therapy is not Spiritually motivated, often there is a Spiritual Awakening or deeper connection with something "greater than themselves" coming from years of Spiritual neglect.
Sound Therapy is a complementary therapy well suited
to enhance any form of wellness program.
"Peter Guy Manners, M.D., a British osteopath and sound therapy pioneer, spent more than 50 years on sound frequency research. Manners used the analogy of an orchestra for describing how stress affects the body. Imagine a gust of wind blows away the sheet music of the first and second violins. This stress causes a struggle for harmony in the string section of the orchestra. Left without a master pitch pipe, the lack of harmony spreads to other parts of the orchestra.
Likewise, in the body, stress or injury pulls cells out of their coherent structure. If the stress is not handled properly, a complex web of disharmonies perpetuates—the whole orchestra is soon out of tune. An out-of-tune body begins to experience a variety of stress signals, including anxiety, insomnia, allergies, food sensitivities, or physical and emotional pain."
~ Mandara Cromwell, inventor / author "SoundFlower"
How can Sound Therapy help you?
Sound Therapy is a new, innovative method of transformation and healing based on ancient techniques of wisdom through the ages. Rapidly gaining attention and acceptance, the world is ready for a new approach to healthy living and diverse methods to getting there. It's easy. It's painless. It's effective.
Sound Therapy is available for everyone, yet not everyone is attuned to the same sound. Each person is unique and the sound, frequency and vibration is uniquely designed for the individual and/or the circumstances. People who suffer from addiction require a different modality of sound as opposed to someone who is suffering from environmental stress and is different than someone suffering from depression. The type of addiction is also a factor when determining the modality of Sound Therapy as well. Someone who is addicted to white wine is different than someone who is addicted to dark liquor and is different than someone addicted to shopping or eating. However, all addictions are labeled under the heading of "addictive behavior" which is different than "non-addictive behavior."
After a session, the client often feels a sense of calm, a sensation often missing from people suffering from addiction or depression. As new neural-pathways are developed through multiple sessions of Sound Therapy a new habit is more easily formed and the client is able to make better choices and avoid circumstances triggering aberrant behaviors.
Sound resonates in the body for a minimum of 72 hours after it has been introduced. As additional sessions are attended, both individual and group, the longer and more effective the sound resonates, creating a more cohesive system of healing and stress reduction. Soon, the body and mind are operating at a level of optimal function in harmony with each other.
Don Reed Simmons is a Sound Therapist, sound therapy instructor and Meditation Teacher who has worked in the world of sound therapy for over 20 years. As fromer president of the International Sound Therapy Association, he has developed and taught a unique form of stress reduction and healing to countless therapist and individuals.
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