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Healing Sound Instruments

What Are Sound Healing Instruments?

Most sound healing instruments are tuned to specific frequencies that induce well-being. Each instrument also has its own unique quality depending on how it is made and what it is made of.

The instruments I use in my sound meditation classes include:

Tibetan Singing Bowls.

The enchanting secret of the Tibetan singing bowls lies in the making. They are made from seven different metals: gold, tin, silver, iron, mercury, lead and copper. Each bowl is hand made and good intentions and healing mantras are imprinted into them during the process. When the bowls are played, the vibrations from these good intentions and healing mantras are released, and you will absorb them. The effectiveness of using positive intentions is very important in sound therapy. Thoughts and intentions also have their own vibration and positive ones are more likely to bring about a good outcome. Never underestimate the power of good intentions – the meaning behind our actions can be just as important as the results of those actions.

Crystal Singing Bowls.

Crystal singing bowls are made from 99.9 percent crushed quartz crystal which is heated under high temperatures and formed into different bowl shapes.

The vibrational frequencies of sound healing crystal bowls have the ability to move through the skin, fluid, and bones of the body, creating a full body relaxation and recalibration down to the level of the cellular structure. Like a stone that is dropped into water, the sound vibrations can radiate through our bodies. The experience creates an environment of resonance within the body which feels like a sonic massage.

Gongs

The sound of a gong helps the brain to reach deep relaxation. The frequencies cause the brain, heart, and respiratory rates to slow down and increase the release of the body’s feel-good hormones that are linked to feelings of well-being. We tend to reach these states during daydreaming or deep sleep, and they are known to aid relaxation, creativity, and natural healing.

Wind Chimes

My wind chimes are tuned to Solfeggio frequencies. These frequencies are believed to profoundly affect the conscious and subconscious mind in order to stimulate healing and promote well-being.

Rain Stick

Have you ever sat inside on a rainy day and listened to the rain beat against the window? There is something very calming and comforting about the sound of rain which is why rain sticks are used in many sound therapy sessions. It can slow your pulse, calm your breathing and lower your heart rate.

Ocean Drum

The ocean drum is an incredibly magical instrument that replicates the sound of the sea. It instantly recreates the soothing sounds of both rolling and crashing waves. The relaxing effect that the ocean sounds have on you is due to something called, acoustic camouflage. This is a passive sound that drowns out a lot of other noises and distractions. It helps you to clear your mind of anxieties and other pressing concerns.

Flummi

I love my flummi’s. They make the most incredible haunting whale noises when played on the gong. They create a mystical atmosphere and it feels like the whales are not far away. The spiritual energy of whales teaches you about listening to your inner voice, understanding the impact your emotions have on you, and following your own truth. It has been proved that whales show love, empathy, and grief and that family is immensely important to them. Whale meanings and symbolism include magnificence, communication, music, protection, gratitude, wisdom and transformation. The sound the flummi’s create helps you to connect to this energy.

Shruti Box

The shruti box is a hand-pumped Indian drone instrument that traditionally works on a system of bellows. The sound creates a mesmerising steady tone for a myriad of uses including sound healing, meditation, and chanting. Each note corresponds to a chakra, colour, planet, body part, and more. Your brain will automatically tune into the healing frequencies through the phenomena of brainwave entrainment and sympathetic resonance. My shuti box is a low G which creates a deep resonance that can be felt within the body. It has hypnotic frequencies that calm the mind leading you into a dreamy state.

Shamanic Drum

Rhythmical drumming helps to release anxiety, stress, and depression. It is an ancient approach that uses rhythm to promote healing and maintain physical, mental, and spiritual health. Shamanic drumming is used in ancient ceremonies to induce a state of trance.

These are the main instruments I currently use but I am looking to add more as time goes by.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and I hope you enjoyed it.

If you can’t get to one of my classes, please subscribe to my YouTube channel.

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My channel is a fantastic way to share my work and reach out to people all over the world. I do hope you enjoy my sound baths, gong baths, meditations, ASMR videos, Tapping Therapy videos, mindfulness tips, and anything else I find interesting.

Big love

Louise Xx

 

The Healing Frequencies of Sound

We all know how music can move us. It can uplift us or it can make us feel sad. It can have us dancing around the kitchen table or have us singing our hearts out in the car. Sounds affect us in many ways.

Today’s world is noisy and we are constantly surrounded by sound. It may be the gentle sound of a ticking clock or the humdrum noise of traffic but it is constantly influencing us on some level. We resonate with sound.

Sounds are made up of vibrations that affect the world around us and all objects and organisms have their own resonant frequencies. Every cell in our body is vibrating at various frequencies and certain sounds can potentially restore our vibration, bringing us back into balance. How often do we hear someone mention a good or bad vibe?

Sound is a physical vibration and as it moves through the air it resonates with whatever it meets. If you are close to the sound of an instrument you will sense the vibration in your body. Your ears will translate this vibration from the sound into an electrical signal, and the auditory nerve will carry this to your brain. Sound healing instruments are tuned to frequencies that induce relaxation. When we use sound in therapy, we utilize the calming frequencies to induce the alpha and beta brain wave states to calm the mind.  You will automatically tune into the frequencies through the phenomena of brainwave entrainment and sympathetic resonance. Occasionally people get so relaxed they drift off into the delta.

The four Main Brain States are:

Beta waves are high-frequency waves that are commonly observed when you are awake. It is the normal electrical activity of the brain when you are conscious and alert.

Alpha is the normal electrical activity of your brain when you are conscious and relaxed.

Theta waves are strong during internal focus such as meditation, prayer, and spiritual awareness. It reflects the state between wakefulness and sleep and relates to the subconscious mind.

Delta brainwaves are the slowest measurable brainwave band and are most prevalent during deep sleep.

Sound waves also resonate throughout your whole body, potentially soothing and harmonising your various organs and possibly every cell. The vibrations lead you into a deeper state of contemplation or relaxation, shutting off your body’s fight or flight response. This activates your parasympathetic nervous system which then releases endorphins, the body’s feel-good hormones. This is where the healing starts.

How many of us are running on empty? When our phones and tablets run out of energy, we plug them in and recharge them but we need recharging too. The frequencies created during sound therapy can potentially recharge and rebalance us, and even trigger a phenomenon called sound healing.

Sound therapy is a meditative experience where you are bathed in sound waves. It can be experienced by attending a sound bath or gong bath. Sound healing instruments are used including quartz crystal bowls, gongs, chimes, and Tibetan singing bowls.

I combine mindfulness with my sound meditation classes. I always start with a gentle guided meditation for relaxation, which opens people up to receive the healing frequencies of the sound instruments that follow. I always end my class with a grounding meditation to bring people back into full awareness.

Potential Benefits of a Sound Meditation Class

  • Reduces stress levels.
  • Brings profound relaxation.
  • Lowers blood pressure.
  • Balances emotions.
  • Strengthens the immune system.
  • Rebalances chakras.
  • Unblocks and energises the subtle energy field.
  • Helps decrease or remove physical pain.
  • Calms the anxious and chattering mind.
  • Helps to cleanse the body of toxins.
  • Strengthens the body’s ability to heal itself.
  • Improves sleep

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What Are Sound Healing Instruments?

Most sound healing instruments are tuned to specific frequencies that induce well-being. Each instrument also has its own unique quality depending on how it is made and what it is made of.

The instruments I use in my sound meditation classes include:

Tibetan Singing Bowls.

The enchanting secret of the Tibetan singing bowls lies in the making. They are made from seven different metals: gold, tin, silver, iron, mercury, lead and copper. Each bowl is hand made and good intentions and healing mantras are imprinted into them during the process. When the bowls are played, the vibrations from these good intentions and healing mantras are released, and you will absorb them. The effectiveness of using positive intentions is very important in sound therapy. Thoughts and intentions also have their own vibration and positive ones are more likely to bring about a good outcome. Never underestimate the power of good intentions!

Crystal Singing Bowls.

Crystal singing bowls are made from 99.9 percent crushed quartz crystal which is heated under high temperatures and formed into different bowl shapes.

The vibrational frequencies of sound healing crystal bowls have the ability to move through the skin, fluid, and bones of the body, creating a full body relaxation and recalibration down to the level of the cellular structure. Like a stone that is dropped into water, the sound vibrations can radiate through our bodies. The experience creates an environment of resonance within the body which feels like a sonic massage.

Gongs

The sound of a gong helps the brain to reach deep relaxation. The frequencies cause the brain, heart, and respiratory rates to slow down and increase the release of the body’s feel-good hormones that are linked to feelings of well-being. We tend to reach these states during daydreaming or deep sleep, and they are known to aid relaxation, creativity, and natural healing.

Wind Chimes

My wind chimes are tuned to Solfeggio frequencies. These frequencies are believed to profoundly affect the conscious and subconscious mind in order to stimulate healing and promote well-being.

Rain Stick

Have you ever sat inside on a rainy day and listened to the rain beat against the window? There is something very calming and comforting about the sound of rain which is why rain sticks are used in many sound therapy sessions. It can slow your pulse, calm your breathing and lower your heart rate.

Ocean Drum

The ocean drum is an incredibly magical instrument that replicates the sound of the sea. It instantly recreates the soothing sounds of both rolling and crashing waves. The relaxing effect that the ocean sounds have on you is due to something called, acoustic camouflage. This is a passive sound that drowns out a lot of other noises and distractions. It helps you to clear your mind of anxieties and other pressing concerns.

Flummi

I love my two flummi’s! They makes the most incredible haunting whale noises when played on the gong. The sound creates a mystical atmosphere and it feels like the whales are not far away. The spiritual energy of whales teaches you about listening to your inner voice, understanding the impact your emotions have on you, and following your own truth. It has been proved that whales show love, empathy, and grief and that family is immensely important to them. Whale meanings and symbolism include magnificence, communication, music, protection, gratitude, wisdom and transformation. There is a known phenomenon where humans become emotional with joy when hearing the call of the whales. The sound has a very high vibration and it is thought to emanate healing vibes. The sound the flummi creates helps you to connect to their energy.

Shruti Box

The shruti box is a hand-pumped Indian Drone instrument that traditionally works on a system of bellows. The sound creates a mesmerising steady tone for a myriad of uses including sound healing, meditation, and chanting. Each note corresponds to a chakra, colour, planet, body part, and more. Your brain will automatically tune into the healing frequencies through the phenomena of brainwave entrainment and sympathetic resonance. My shuti box is a low G which creates a deep resonance that can be felt within the body. It has hypnotic frequencies that calm the mind leading you into a dreamy state.

Shamanic Drum

Rhythmical drumming helps to release anxiety, stress, and depression. It is an ancient approach that uses rhythm to promote healing and maintain physical, mental, and spiritual health. Shamanic drumming is used in ancient ceremonies to induce a state of trance.

These are the main instruments I currently use but I am looking to add more as time goes by.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and I hope you enjoyed it.

If you can’t get to one of my classes, please subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Subscribe to my tribe https://www.youtube.com/@LouiseBates103

My channel is a fantastic way to share my work and reach out to people all over the world. I do hope you enjoy my sound baths, gong baths, meditations, ASMR videos, Tapping Therapy videos, mindfulness tips, and anything else I find interesting.

Big love

Louise Xx

(Please note, due to certain frequencies, sound therapy may not be suitable if you are epileptic or if you are taking anti-psychotic medication. Please get your doctors permission if you are pregnant)

Mindfulness In A Nutshell

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a very simple form of meditation which consists of focusing your full attention on your breath as it flows in and out of your body. Your breathe is used as an anchor to help keep you in the present moment. Focusing on each breath in this way allows you to observe your thoughts, feelings, body sensations and the world around you. Over time you come to realise that thoughts are not real and they come and go of their own accord.

You are not your thoughts.

Reminding yourself to take notice of any thoughts, feelings, body sensations and the world around you is the first step towards mindfulness. It enables you to step out of automatic pilot and become fully present in your everyday life which improves your mental health and physical well being.

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Gout Reflexology Blog

Gout and Reflexology

Reflexology is a therapeutic foot massage that aids relaxation and rebalances the body. It revolves around the understanding that there are reflex points on the feet that relate to the structure and function to various parts of the body. Applying pressure to these reflexes using gentle massage may influence the state of the body in many ways.

Gout is a condition which occurs when the metabolism becomes defective causing uric acid crystals to build up in the joints, most commonly around the big toe. It is another form of arthritis which can be intensely painful. These crystals may be present for years without you knowing, but on occasions, they can trigger an attack of gout.

The kidneys are the organs that are in charge of uric acid production so during a reflexology treatment I will work on the kidney point and the adrenal glands as well as circulation. I will pay particular attention to the urethra, bladder and any other organ points that indirectly support kidney function. Reflexology can also be used to break up uric acid crystal deposits that are found in the area of the foot that relate to the kidneys.

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Phobias and the power of EFT

Marie came to me for EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) because she wanted to clear her fear of heights phobia. She was due to go on a skiing holiday and she was finding herself worrying about how she would cope with her fear. The anxiety she was experiencing was preventing her from looking forward to the holiday.

Her fear had built up slowly over the years and with this fear she had developed insecurities such as, “I don’t trust myself, I think I’m gonna jump.”

In the first EFT session we discussed her past experiences that may have contributed to her fear and she shared a few memories with me. Her earliest recollection of fearing heights was when she was five years old and she was in a tree house, and another when she was on the cliffs at Branscombe. Other memories included being on the stairs in Ikea.

Each phobic memory created phobic feelings which reinforced her belief that heights were dangerous, and she couldn’t trust herself. Her fear was so strong that she could feel her phobia just by talking about it. Even though we were sat in the safety of my treatment room, just talking about her phobia, she could connect to her fear. It was palpable and real and alive in that moment.

The mind cannot differentiate between a thought and reality so when you are focusing on an event in your mind, your mind thinks you are experiencing it for real.

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