Sound has a profound effect on us. Think about that song that always lifts your mood and makes you want to sing. Or imagine waves hitting the shoreline or the first birdsong at sunrise and the way these sounds bring you right into the present moment.
That’s why sound has been used for centuries in a practice called sound healing to promote mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.
Sound healing is a type of meditation that uses sound as its focus. It works by harnessing the power of sound’s vibrations, frequencies and rhythms to affect your brainwaves, guiding you from normal consciousness to relaxed consciousness to a state in which internal healing can happen.
By triggering the parasympathetic nervous system, sound healing prompts deep relaxation for the body and mind. With deep relaxation, you get a wealth of health benefits, including stress reduction, deeper sleep, reduced inflammation, pain relief, decreased mood swings, lower blood pressure, and more. (Check out some of the scientific studies underpinnings these benefits in the Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, the Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine, and Trends in Cognitive Sciences.)
A sound healing session is a reboot for your body and brain. Afterward, you may feel like you could float home.
If you’re curious to learn more, here’s what you need to know about sound healing at Exhale Studio in Shelton, CT.
We encourage you to arrive a few minutes early for your session to give yourself time to get settled in the room and still your breathing before you begin. Wear comfortable clothing and make sure you’re hydrated ahead of time.
Before you start, you’ll have a chance to get completely comfortable. We’ll provide mats, blankets, bolsters, eye pillows and whatever else you need to feel totally supported.
There are many methods of sound healing, and each of our expert sound healing practitioners uses their own unique technique. Before your session begins, your sound healing guide will let you know what to expect and what you might notice during and after your experience.
Then, you’ll lie back (or sit, whatever works for you), while you are bathed in sound. Depending on who is guiding your session, you may hear voice, drumming, tuning forks, Himalayan singing bowls, bells, gongs or other instruments. You’ll be immersed in sound, with each instrument tuned to a different vibration to help provide rest, relief and clarity.
For people who find it difficult to meditate, sound healing can be a good introduction to the practice because sound is such an effective tool for getting you out of your head and into the present moment. And, it’s fine to fidget during your sound bath, so if you need to yawn or stretch, please feel free to do so.
If you’re looking for deep relaxation (and a whole lot more), look no further than sound healing at Exhale Studio. You can schedule your sound healing session online or give us a call on 203.712.0802.