Meet the Student Sound Healing Tuning Forks

Meet the student: Natalie Minnis

This week we will be talking to Natalie Minnis who completed the Level 1 Multi Instrument course in the summer of 2022. She runs her own mountain guiding business and is qualified as a hypnotherapist.

Natalie has been loving working with her instruments for self healing. Here’s what she says about them.

“Sound healing was one of these things I always wanted to do, mainly because I love the sound of Tibetan bowls, and I’ve often listened to them on YouTube while meditating or just for relaxation. My reasons for doing a sound healing course were quite vague – I just wanted to do it.

I loved the course, and what surprised me was the power of healing sounds. Healing sound can bring about quite dramatic changes of mood, emotional release, visions, colours… Listening to the sounds of bowls, drums, gongs and other instruments can inspire ideas and motivation. It’s a very different experience from going to a concert or listening to a symphony. I will definitely be doing more courses in sound healing.

I use my instruments on a daily basis, sometimes for self-care and sometimes just as a break between one activity and another, as I work from home. My instruments are in another room, which has a nice view from the window, so I’ll go and play the bowls, or turn over the rain stick while enjoying the view. If I’m feeling irritated or “out of sorts” I use the tuning forks for rebalancing. 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.

My frame drum sits beside me as I work, and every now and then I pick it up and tap it with my hands. The vibrations from it are very powerful and I feel them around my head and chest.”

You can find out more about Natalie on her website.


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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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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.