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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. http://glasgowhypnocbt.co.uk/

 

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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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Meet the student: Sandra Hewson

In this series of blog articles I’ll be introducing you to some of the talented students who have completed both Level 1 and Level 2 of the Sound Healing Academy’s Integral Sound Healing course. This will give you some insights into how they have used sound healing both for their own self-care and professionally. 

First of all I’d like you to meet the amazing Sandra Hewson. Sometimes you are so grateful when the Universe brings someone into your life and Sandra is one of these people. I call Sandra my sound buddy as we both share the same passion for sound. Sandra has completed the Level 1 Multi Instrument course and is now working towards her Level 2 Diploma for 1 to 1 clients. You can meet her in person at the next Level 1 Sound Healing with Voice weekend in Glasgow where she will be assisting.

I asked Sandra how Sound Healing has changed her life.

“I have been interested in Sound Healing for many years but it was through meeting Morag and attending her in person workshop for the Level 1 Multi Instruments course, that I began to appreciate the effectiveness of this modality and it has become a passion for me.

I love to play with my drums, Tibetan singing bowls and tuning forks most days for relaxation and release of tight muscles or even to have an energy boost. I have also introduced them into my client sessions alongside my Kinetic Chain Release and subtle energy therapies.

Sound Healing is an enjoyable and easy way to help my clients to relax at the start of a treatment. The more relaxed they are, the easier and quicker it is to establish rapport and trust.

This helps them to allow me to guide them back into balance and to begin resolving the issue they attended with. It is also useful for grounding and integration at the end of a session.

Kinetic Chain Release(KCR) is a whole body treatment of gentle stretches and joint mobilisations which is designed to help bring the body back into balance and to provide stress and pain relief. I have also used tuning forks and Tibetan bowls alongside it as a way of assisting the release of areas that were very tight and painful, before continuing easily and effortlessly with the KCR protocol. This allows my clients to maintain their relaxed state and to address these areas more quickly and easily.”

More information about KCR can be found at www.kineticchainrelease.com where Sandra is listed as an Accredited Practitioner. You can also find her on Instagram under @sandrabhewson .

Thank you Sandra, for sharing your insights and your passion for sound healing. Next time we’ll be talking to Zoe Pearson who holds the Level 2 Groups Diploma. 

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The beauty of crystal singing bowls and why they’re so special

Since I started studying Integral Sound Healing I’ve become fascinated by how different sound frequencies can clear deep-rooted and long-standing energy blockages in the body as well as promote general health and well-being. In that time I’ve loved expanding the range of tools or instruments that I bring to my sound journeys.

Recently I invested in a chakra set of 7 beautiful white frosted crystal singing bowls which I really love: I frequently set them out in the living room and get totally lost in their exquisite sounds.

So what is it that makes crystal singing bowls so special? And what can they add to a sound journey?

Well firstly, crystal singing bowls have beautiful pure, clear sounds. They have an angelic quality to them which creates a feeling of peace and harmony. Nothing scratches or grates. They have a long sustain and amazing harmonic tones.

Crystal singing bowls are a by-product of the electronics industry. They were originally used to make components for microchips as they could withstand very high temperatures. Somewhere along the line, sound healers found that they created beautiful healing sounds and they are now made specifically for sound healing. They are made of 99.9% quartz and so contain all the qualities of quartz crystals. Quartz has the innate ability to amplify, transform, store, focus and transfer energy which is why it is used in the electronics industry. Likewise, the human body is said to contain crystalline structures which will transmit the sounds received from the bowls through our organs, tissues and cells. Hence, having a strong positive intention is very important when working with crystal singing bowls.

Because they produce exact notes and pure tones, they are very effective in chakra balancing and can be used on and off the body. Placed directly on the body they give the client a direct experience of the vibrations moving through blocked chakras removing deep, ingrained physical, emotional and mental imbalances and getting to the root of issues. Long standing pain can be alleviated as the emotional blocks behind the pain are removed. If you have a long-standing back problem for example, you may not even be aware of the fact that you are creating tension through the way you stand or hold yourself – you may be protecting your back from further injury and so creating tension. Once you become aware of this, the pattern can be released, the natural energy flow restored and the back pain vanishes as if by magic.

Finally the frequencies of crystal singing bowls have the abilities to affect our brainwaves slowing them down from our daily waking state of beta into the relaxed meditative state of alpha or even deeper into the theta state where we can change our subconscious beliefs and activate our bodies’ own healing. The most common feedback that I receive from participants at my regular sound events is that they have never felt so relaxed. And it feels effortless – like meditation without the work it usually takes to get there. There is a very special silence at the end of a sound bath as people slowly start to become present again.

So crystal singing bowls can bring us back to our natural state of balance returning our chakras, aura and physical body to its natural vibration and flow.

I love playing my crystal bowls as they allow me to enter totally into the present moment. Absorbed in their sounds I feel at one with my bowls.

If you’ve never experienced the wonders of crystal singing bowls, I’ll be doing a special meditation with them at my next sound bath – to help you relax into the sound bath and connect with your emotions.  There will also be Tibetan singing bowls, gongs, some Shamanic drumming, koshi chimes and healing voice. I’m so looking forward to sharing my beautiful bowls with you.

Next sound journey: Friday 10th June

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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.