I now offer group sound healing journeys in the following locations:
Balnain Community Hall in Balnain, IV63 6TJ
St Stephen's Church Hall, Inverness, IV2 4XA
I hope that these frequent gatherings may help you to:
Release anxiety and stress
Bring a deep relaxation
Aid with any physical and emotional pain
Help you with your sleep
Make you feel more relaxed, happy and mindful
I long to create a community of like-minded people, who are ready to embark on a personal spiritual journey by directly connecting with the sacred sound.
For many people, sound healing is a concept enshrouded in an ethereal layer of ancient Eastern spirituality. Indeed, some sound healing practices can be dated back as early as 40,000 years. Even so, sound healing circles are becoming a popular choice as a subset form of meditation today.
Sound is a very powerful and effective means of changing brain state and improving mood. It is understood that low-frequency sounds are linked to relaxing brain states, while higher frequencies encourage alertness and focus. When we combine the right sounds in the right way, we can train the brain to behave in more effective ways to suit our needs.
While there are a couple of theories behind sound healing, the predominant one is brain entrainment, the phenomenon in which the rhythmic wave patterns of an external instrument can induce specific brainwave patterns. Generally speaking, our brains are constantly emitting brain waves at all times of the day, and the frequency of those brain waves differs depending on what activity we’re engaged in.
The theory follows that by “tuning” our brainwaves to a different frequency, we’re able to evoke different mental states. Specific frequencies are associated with specific cognitive states. For example, the neurons in our brain emit alpha wavelengths when we’re in a more relaxed and calm state of mind, while theta wavelengths are associated with an even lower frequency exhibited in meditative and dream-like states.
While there’s limited research on brain entrainment itself, there are a few studies that position sound healing as a promising alternative to traditional medication. At the foremost of the list of purported benefits is a lessening of anxiety and stress and mood improvement.
A 2016 study conducted by the University of California San Diego has shown singing bowl meditations to do just that. Following the sound meditation, the participant group (N=62) reported significant reductions in tension, and anger, and an improvement in mood.