Vibrational Sound Therapy
"There is no organ system in the body that's not affected by sound, music, and vibration." ~Mitchell Gaynor, M.D.
Virtually everything on Earth vibrates. The planet itself vibrates; all matter consists of atomic material which is in constant motion.
We are constantly being vibrated on a cellular level by heard and unheard sound frequencies. Sound vibrations have a tremendous influence over human functionality as sound touches and influences our emotions like no other source of input or expression. If we accept that sound is vibration and know that vibration touches every part of our physical being, then we understand that sound is heard not only through our ears but through our bones and our skin, basically through every cell in our body. Sound is a nutrient for the nervous system. The auditory mechanism is a mega-portal to the brain and sonic tools empower health, learning, and productivity.
Sound has been utilized in various cultures for thousands of years as a tool for maintaining overall health. Whether through the use of mantras as with the Hindus, the Icaros (medicine melodies) of various Indigenous peoples from Central and South America, or Pythagoras' use of interval and frequency. These various techniques all have the same intention: to move us from a place of imbalance to a place of balance, relaxation, peace, and harmony. Our body, mind, and spirit always want to be moving in a direction toward equilibrium, yet we often have too much outer stimulus and noise, and not enough time to dedicate to ourselves, which can prevent us from achieving deep levels of relaxation, balance, and overall well-being. Sound helps to facilitate shifts in our brainwave state by using entrainment. This same concept is utilized in meditation by regulating the breath, but with Vibrational Sound Therapy (VST), it's the sound and vibrational frequency that influences the shift.
A (VST) session is offered to a fully clothed recipient who is comfortably lying on a therapy table. By placing therapeutic Himalayan bowls directly on and around the body, a practitioner can engage with clients both physically and aurally. The bowls are gently struck with a felt mallet to produce their unique vibration and sound. The ambient tones lull us into deep relaxation, while the subtle vibrations from the bowls offer a gentle “massage” to the cellular tissues of the body. Because the therapy bowl is doing most of the physical work, contact is kept to an absolute minimum. VST is much less physically intrusive than a traditional hands-on massage and most recipients will start to relax as soon as the session begins. The bowls quickly ease us into a nurturing state of mindfulness and well-being. Results vary of course, but VST has profound effects on the body and mind. The modality is above all a method of complete relaxation, and most recipients will reach this state quite quickly, even during their first session.
As we experience VST, the body will go through noticeable changes as it responds to deeper states of rest. Muscles lose tension within the first minutes and breathing and heart rates start to slow down as the body begins to absorb the waves of vibration into its tissue. The slowing of breathing and lack of muscle tension are both signs that the metabolism is slowing. Insulin levels rise and cortisol levels fall. As the heart rate slows and blood pressure falls the 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 is so gentle and nurturing that almost all recipients will fall asleep at some point during the session. Relaxation is not only a physical state but also a state of consciousness, and VST has very strong effects on alertness and perception. A session brings on the same kind of brain states as yoga, Tai chi, and meditation.
Some of the additional benefits of Vibrational Sound Therapy can include:
• Deep relaxation and meditative states
• Reduction of stress and anxiety
• Lessening feelings of anger and fear
• Increased feelings of happiness, joy, and tranquility
• Ease of chronic pain and inflammation
• Improvement of the human immune function
• Lowering of heart rate and blood pressure
• Stimulation of deeper sleep
• Reduction in chronic fatigue syndrome and depression
• Increased mental and emotional clarity
• Support in working through past physical and emotional traumas
Clients who experience the deep state of relaxation through VST 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 manage our emotional reactions to outside influences. Like other kinds of meditation, VST can help us be more internally aware while being more present in the moment and connected with our surroundings. (Note: regretfully, VST is not suitable for clients with pacemakers.)
About our Therapy Bowls
Gentle Earth uses 16 precisely-engineered therapy bowls for client care. Click the play button below to hear a sample of what a few of our bowls sound like.
ZT300 -This bowl is used as a call to attention at the beginning of your Vibrational Sound Therapy session to help transition you from a place of thinking and doing to a place of being and feeling. Thanks to the nature of its small size, this bowl can also be used on the head and neck. It is additionally utilized at the end of your session to call you back into full awareness of the studio room.
Size: 4.75” x 1.75” (12cm x 4cm), Weight: 0lbs 11oz (300g)
ZT700 -This bowl is used as a lightweight replacement for the heavier ZT1300 which makes it perfect for use on joints, such as the elbow, or knees. This bowl offers a great amount of vibration for its size and is optimal for also using off the body around the head.
Size: 6.75" x 3.5" (17cm x 9cm), Weight: 1lbs 8oz (700g)
ZT900 -This medium-sized bowl is an integral part of the Vibrational Sound Therapy session. It provides intermediate vibrations perfect for use on the legs, feet, arms, and hands. It is also used on the back, shoulders, or chest.
Size: 8.5” x 3.5” (22cm x 9cm), Weight: 2lbs 0oz (900g)
ZT1300H -This bowl has a diameter similar to the Z900 but is quite a bit heavier. The thicker walls of this bowl sustain stronger vibrations for a longer time, making it ideal for use on the back and shoulders.
Size: 9” x 3.25” (23cm x 8cm), Weight: 2lbs 14oz (1300g)
ZT2000 -This bowl provides strong and deep vibrations that resonate deep into the core of your body. This bowl is mainly used on the back, chest, and stomach.
Size: 11.5” x 4.5” (29cm x 11cm), Weight: 4lbs 7oz (2000g)
ZTGrounding -This large bowl brings deep vibrations that are excellent for grounding, thus, the origin of its name. In a session, this bowl is used off the body at the feet or under the table. As a stand-alone experience, the grounding bowl can be used in a brief session to bring a sense of calm, relaxation and profound grounding to the client.
Size: 22” x 7” (56cm x 18cm), Weight: 24bs 12oz (11,225g)
Licensed Vibrational Sound Therapist
and Honored Member in Good Standing with the Vibrational Sound Association