What Is Sound Therapy?
Some practitioners are familiar with Yoga Nidra as a spoken form of progressive deep relaxation. Sound Therapy is similar, but without the words. We use the vibrations of instruments like “singing bowls”, bells, gongs, voices, chimes, etc. to reorganize the pulses of the neurotransmitters in the body to create greater harmony and relaxation in the body.
All sounds have frequency patterns that are measured in Hertz’s. Think of them as waves at the beach that rise and fall in interval patterns. We could then measure the distance between each rise and fall, peak and valley and label them a Hertz Frequency. Every word and sound that we humans make has a Hertz reading that is then registered by the tympanic membrane(ear drum) of all living creatures within hearing range. Laughter, greetings, sighs, anguish, rage, lullabies, etc are all heard and felt by bodies and are then categorized for chemical response. Scientists that study the science of Audiology design certain sound devices to disrupt our thinking patterns, usually in order to get our attention and to alert us into action. Angry words and sounds register within the human brain in the same disturbing way that alarm clocks, honking horns, sirens and fire alarms do. Audiologists have proven that alert mechanisms can spike adrenaline, raise blood pressure and can tip off anxiety responses. So, if a smoke alarm is meant to illicit those responses in case of an impending emergency, imagine how a body feels if many of the sounds it hears every day are angry, loud, shouting or crying. Even if the sounds come from one’s own self, the body responds the same: anxious, elevated blood pressure, high cortisol levels, tense muscles, tight jaw.
Those same frequencies also wash over the body’s soft tissues effecting neurotransmission and response and in some cases, vibrate through the bone structure. That means that even people with hearing loss benefit from soothing sound waves through their nerve endings. Imagine if the body were only surrounded by soothing sounds of perfectly tuned instruments or a soothing voice? Music has been proven time and again, to be able to reset circadian rhythms, soothe “nerves”, illicit not only nearly any possible emotional response but a love response as well by releasing oxytocin. What if someone could play you sounds that your brain and body needed, like your own personal lullaby, in order to smooth your neurotransmission responses so your the brain could respond chemically to effect your overall wellbeing?
Body and mind are the product of programming. The soul, I believe has a voice and rhythm of its own. When the “trinity of health” are out of sync, life seems to be a intermittent storm. When we begin to work on bringing the trinity of health into congruence, life begins to make more sense. We are less reactionary and more actionary. We feel more “in control”. Sound is a valuable tool to unify the trinity of health, whether through spoken meditation like yoga nidra, audible Selfeggio frequency recordings, humming to oneself or sound therapy.
Sound sessions are performed in safe environments as an individual treatment or in group settings. We used organized groupings of sounds that match the body’s natural frequencies in order to settle any out-of-range body frequencies, back into their natural patterns. Group sessions are offered monthly in The Yoga Hut and in many other locations in the surrounding community. Group sessions are listed under the Workshops & Certifications tab under Upcoming Workshops. Individual sessions can be booked directly through Caroline Karditzas at 443-534-3689.
What Is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. Reiki is a system of energetic healing used to open and clear energy channels in the body.