Vibrational Sound Therapy
What is Vibrational Sound Therapy (VST)
Vibrational Sound Therapy (VST) combines powerful vibration and tones to induce an immediate relaxed state. The induction of the sound waves directly into the body, along with soothing ambient tones, is such a strong treatment that clients report effects ranging from a meditative state to deep relaxation. By placing the “therapeutic” singing bowls directly on the body, and using correct techniques, a practitioner engages with their client both physically, and aurally. Also known as vibrational sound massage.
The techniques associated with VST have many advantages over traditional massage. One major comfort barrier that prevents many people from receiving a traditional massage is fear of being touched by a stranger. In the VST method, the client remains fully clothed and is never touched directly by the practitioner. In fact, because the singing bowl is doing most of the physical work, contact is kept to minimum. This does not diminish the connection between client, and practitioner because spiritual intimacy is maintained through the sound and the vibration transmitted through the bowl. Also, VST is much less physically intrusive than traditional hands-on massage, and won’t leave the client feeling sore.
How much does a session cost?
Each session is $60 for a 50 minute session. You can choose from 50 minute on the back side of body, 50 minute on the front of body or 50 minute full body sessions. Custom sessions also available for those experiencing issues in a particular area.
What might I experience?
Most clients will start to relax as soon as the session begins. Their muscles will lose tension, and they may even start to slip into the alpha brain wave pattern within the first minutes. The alpha wave pattern is associated with daydreaming, and pre-sleep. At this point the clients breathing, and heart rate will start to slow down, and the body will begin to absorb the waves of vibration into its tissues. The slowing of breathing, and lack of muscle tension are both signs that the metabolism is slowing. Insulin levels will rise, and cholesterol levels will fall. As the heart rate slows, blood pressure falls, and arteries expand giving rise to a feeling of warmth. This relaxed state allows the body to repair itself instead of responding to outside concerns. The immune system is at its best when we are relaxed.VST activates the parasympathetic nervous system and may increase blood flow to major muscles, reduce muscle tension, gently reduce chronic pain, reduce fatigue, boost the immune system, help with sleep issues, increase energy, reduce stress, ease blockages and tension, and calm the mind, body and spirit in conjunction.
VST is so gentle, and relaxing that almost all people will fall asleep at some point during the session. The theta brain wave state is associated with meditation, sleep, and deep relaxation. The delta brain state is a deeper form of sleep, and is also associated with hypnosis, and ritual. During normal sleep, people will oscillate between both of these states. The brain wave state of clients undergoing a sound massage will change naturally, and in reaction to the modality, as positions are changed, and different bowls are introduced.
Those who undergo a state of deep relaxation often report a feeling of mental freshness that they carry with them after the session is over. Relaxation and meditative states of mind have also been shown to increase the threshold for emotional response, meaning they can help us control our emotional responses to outside influences. Like other kinds of meditation, sound massage can help us be more internally aware, while being more present in the moment, and more connected with our surroundings.