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Integral Sound Healing Sound Healing Tuning Forks

Tuning Forks – the most versatile of sound healing instruments

In this post I’d like to tell you a bit about an overlooked sound healing instrument and that is the humble tuning fork. It doesn’t look exciting like a large gong or sexy like white-frosted crystal singing bowls. It doesn’t even have an air of mystery like some Tibetan singing bowls. When I run training courses, students are always a bit apprehensive beforehand but that reaction always turns to joy and amazement when they discover the powerful effects of tuning forks.

A student recently told me, “Tuning forks were one of the great surprises of the sound healing course for me. Before I tried using them, I couldn’t imagine how they might work, but I’ve found them surprisingly powerful.”

Tuning forks really are such versatile sound healing instruments:

  • you can carry them around in your handbag (I do!)
  • you can use them in quiet therapy centre settings where you couldn’t use a loud gong
  • they are light and relatively inexpensive.

They look a bit cold and clinical but when held at the ears, they emit lovely clear tones which instantly entrain your brainwaves. You can sink down into the alpha-theta healing zone or you can use different tones to energise yourself and stimulate a sluggish brain – that could mean waking up your creativity or feeling more mentally alert.

They are helpful for many conditions like:

  • stress and anxiety
  • sleep problems
  • nervous system balance
  • digestive problems and many more.

These are unweighted tuning forks usually played at the ears or in the biofield. I also work with weighted tuning forks which are amazing first aid tools. If you have tight painful muscles, you can use a weighted fork to relax them. If you have a sprain, a strain, bruising or other injury, regular use of a fork will speed up the healing process.You can use a large weighted tuning fork for lymphatic drainage.  A fork placed on the sacrum at the bottom of the spine sends soothing vibrations through the body stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system and the vagus nerve.

There are also tuning forks for chakra balancing tuned to different frequencies. There are tiny angel tuners that you can use the cleanse and recharge your crystals. Brain tuners can take your brainwaves down to delta (a sleep state) or up to beta (our wakened alert state).

The 528 hertz solfeggio tuning fork has been called the love frequency and is reputed to help with DNA repair. I love this fork as it brings me a feeling of peace and safety.

If you’d like to find out more about how to use these wonderful instruments I am excited to announce a very special offer for the month of January 2023 only. If you book on my next tuning fork workshop (18th/19th March) you will receive a whole 20% off the regular price. The offer applies to the full certified course which includes access to online resources, a 1 to 1 coaching call and assessment of your workbook leading to a Level 1 Certificate.

See here for details of this amazing Level 1 Course in Glasgow.

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Integral Sound Healing Meet the Student Tuning Forks

Meet the student – Zoe Pearson

The second in our regular series of articles about Sound Healing Academy students. This week meet Zoe Pearson. Zoe has completed Level 2 Diploma courses in both Groups and Tuning Forks. I loved working with Zoe over the course of her studies. I have seen her start to really flourish and grow into a confident and natural sound bath facilitator and tuning fork practitioner. Over to Zoe:

“I feel I have found the missing piece to my jigsaw of life with sound healing. My previous healing therapies (massage and reiki combined) have now fallen into place. I had what I call a ‘lightbulb moment’ whilst studying sound healing and felt this was the next chapter in my life and my soul journey, to help others and myself. It is now an important part of my life and I have only just touched the surface. I’m so excited to learn more with SHA and continue my journey with them. I wonder why I haven’t studied this before, but I realise that I wasn’t ready for this chapter until recently.

Do you use your instruments for self-care?
Yes, I always carry my OM tuning fork around with me in my bag, as it has healed my thumbs, after 24 years of massage. I also give myself a weekly treatment with my harmonising tuning fork set, to clear my aura and chakras. I find with hands-on healing, I sometimes pick up other peoples problems and negative energy, and the Tibetan bowls and tuning forks help me clear what doesn’t serve me. My stress and anxiety levels have dropped to almost zero since studying sound healing.

The level 2 groups course allows you to work professionally with groups. Have you been doing this and what sort of groups have you worked with?
I have been offering group sound meditations /gong baths since I finished the Level 2 Groups course and offer two sessions a week. I have had an amazing response and had people from all walks of life come to my sessions. The feedback has been so positive and it has been great to hear how the sessions have helped release blocked emotions, given people time to relax and to go on journeys to other dimensions. It has been a joy to use my new skills and knowledge and offer a healing service to others. I have mainly taught people with hectic lifestyles and very little personal time: people who feel guilty for having time-out and putting themselves first. The emotional release has been remarkable and life changing for some.

How has this helped you professionally?
The Level 2 Groups course has enabled me to be able to offer sound meditation classes and I now run them weekly. It has given me a taste for other sound healing techniques and I’m currently studying the Level 2 Healing with Tuning Forks. [Zoe has since graduated with a Diploma in Tuning Forks]. I plan to be able to offer group and one-to-one sessions and if I can help just one person along my journey, it has been worthwhile. My own journey has been transformed by sound healing and changed my life for the better. Thank you, Morag, for being so inspirational and thank you SHA.”

Thank you so much, Zoe, for taking the time to tell us about your journey with sound.

Zoe is based in the Leicester/Market Harborough area. You can find out more about her on her website and on Facebook.

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Integral Sound Healing Sound Healing

So how does Integral Sound Healing work?

Integral Sound Healing is a powerful process which balances the five levels of our being:

  • the physical (our body)
  • the emotional (our feelings)
  • the mental (our thoughts)
  • Soul (our inner wisdom)
  • Spirit (our higher guidance)

You can read about it here

But in this post I’d like to focus on how it works and what to expect when you have a 1 to 1 session.

Many of you will be familiar with the structure of a sound journey and how the sounds of singing bowls, gongs and other instruments entrain our brainwaves to a state of deep relaxation. Many people report sleeping really well after a sound bath and feeling more balanced in general.

But Integral Sound Healing is so much more. Deep relaxation is just the first part that allows us access to our subconscious beliefs. Working with these can facilitate change on a deep level. They can help us move forward from places we are stuck. They can help us let go of old emotions that are trapped in our bodies leaving us space to enjoy the present moment.

When you come for a 1 to 1 session we start with some coaching about where you are in life and what you would like to achieve. We then set a positive intention for your session. How would you like to feel? What would you like to have in your life?

The next part is quite magical. Once you are relaxed on the therapy couch I carry out an energy assessment with a chime bar. When you have energy blockages in the body, the sound of instruments will change – either suddenly dropping off or fizzing/getting louder. This allows me to hear which parts of your body and your biofield need attention. I work in 5 layers corresponding to the 5 levels of consciousness.

After playing some relaxing sounds to engage your parasympathetic nervous system (and the vagus nerve), I will then work with instruments directly on your body; that could be with singing bowls or tuning forks. The vibrations from these instruments will either break up blocked energy or nourish areas of depleted energy.

I always liken the energy flow in our bodies to a river that might have been dammed – the flow is held back and the water becomes stagnant while the ground on the other side of the dam may be arid/bone dry. Once the dam is removed (slowly and gently!) the river starts to flow again, the blockage is removed and the land on the other side receives the nourishment it needs. And so it is with our bodies. If we have a blocked chakra, the chakras either side may be depleted and need nourished.

So sound healing will allow whatever is suppressed in your body to be released – that could be old emotions, old grief, old anger or old thought patterns that no longer serve you. It could also be muscle tension as tuning forks, in particular, stimulate blood flow in the body by dilating the blood vessels. So you may feel warmth and tingling as the energy flow is restored.

A 1 to 1 Integral Sound Healing session is interactive: I may ask you to make sounds, to move your body, to sigh, to focus inside on a particular area, to use visualisation and other techniques to help this release.

There may also be some resistance to letting go. Often we fear the unknown: we prefer to keep old feelings even if they are painful and uncomfortable because they are familiar. Have you ever heard the saying “Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t”?

I prefer saying something like: “Why choose to stay with old pain, when you could recreate an amazing future full of joy and energy?”

Once we release what no longer serves us, there is a vacuum which we now fill. Now is the time when it’s important to remind ourselves of our new positive beliefs to replace the old, helping us to create new patterns. I will play gentle, harmonising sounds reminding you of your intention for this session.

After this I will use some shakers or a soft drum beat to ground you again so that you will feel back in your body after your journey. Then finally you will have some moments of silence. Sound healing is like throwing a stone into a pond – the vibrations will move through your cells like the ripples. It’s like taking a sonic pill which takes time to take effect. In fact, you will feel the effects for the next few days.

I’ll also encourage you to take charge of your own healing: between sessions, I might suggest a daily self care practice for you like playing your own sound healing instrument, or chanting a mantra daily or using vowel sounds. I might even give you some tracks to listen to on YouTube if you have sleep problems. You will get an After Care sheet too.

Integral Sound Healing is very much about taking charge of your own health. That way change comes much quicker.

If you would like to book a 90 minute session, please get in touch by emailing info@soundbalancescotland.co.uk or texting 07756 490562. I look forward to hearing from you and accompanying you on your journey.