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Tobias Kaye
from: Tobias Kaye
Category: Setting Standards

On Mitch Nur's recent article: Undertaking an Assessment of Sound Therapy Training

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tobias recently added this review note about Mitch Nur's article: Undertaking an Assessment of Sound Therapy Training 

I welcome Mitch Nur's opening of this debate and hope it gets a good airing.
As someone who has followed their own intuition in developing the Sounding Bowls I do in part feel spoken too, yet when it comes to learning how these new instruments might be effective I have watched and learnt from others, thus combining the academic and the inspirational approaches he recommends.
One point I would like to contribute an opinion on is the words therapy and healing.
To me these terms are not interchangeable.
Having watched, listened and read views by people describing themselves in both terms I have come to see them as distinct modus operandi
THERAPY appears to me as a way of engaging the activity of the client/patient either outwardly or inwardly, physically or psycho/spiritually such that their skills and abilities are increased. Here I would quote physiotherapy in which the abilities in a damaged limb may be returned to better function. Also psychotherapy in which such issues as traumatised relational patterns can be returned to more functional levels.
HEALING appears to me as a way of intervening below the level of conscious participation so as to assist a process, either physical or psycho/spiritual to enter a healing mode. Here I would quote the use of medication to heal an illness or hands on healing in which the client/patient remains similarly inactive, or vibrational 'therapy' intended to activate things below the level of attention in the client/patient.
I am aware that there is not quite this level of clarity in everyday usage of the terms. You might have heard "drug therapy" as a term in hospital use. Yet I would suggest that this is a misnomer and possibly taken as a term specifically in order to elevate drugs in situations where psychotherapy might have better long term effects.
I believe we should define these terms clearly along the lines laid out above and seek different practices and trainings for each discipline.
It seems to me that each of these activities requires a different approach, different techniques, different client relations.
I would be most interested in other practitioners experience and understanding on this.

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