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Andrew Hodges
Category: Gong Work

The Gift of Sound

The Gift of Sound is one that I feel privileged to share with others. It’s an incredibly powerful way of balancing our whole being – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Sound can bring wonderful healing – releasing stresses and tensions that may have been buried deep within us.

As a sound healer I have a tremendous sense of responsibility. Releasing and rebalancing through the medium of sound is amazing. I spent a long time training, honing my skills, working to really understand the power of sound.

Everyone will have experienced how hearing a song can take you back to a past experience – feeling it all over again… perhaps evoking strong emotions. Healing sound does this too. – affecting us on many different levels. in the hands of a well trained, sensitive, experienced and well intentioned player the therapeutic benefits can be profound.

It’s the vibrations of the sounds that work the magic – the sound waves. Our bodies are a mass of vibrating energy – every organ has its own natural vibration. When things get out of balance – the vibrational energy is affected and healing sound can aid bringing things back to a state of equilibrium. We are 70% water and water is a fantastic conductor for sound waves. The healing sounds can shift stagnant energy, remove energy blockages, and ‘entrain’ or cause the body to energetically respond.

The term ‘Sound Bath’ refers to the body being bathed in the soundwaves. As we relax and open the sound vibrations can work their magic. Whilst Gongs are probably the most powerful of instruments due to the incredible range of vibrations they can emit, Tibetan Bowls, Crystal Bowls, Rattles and Shakers etc can all have a deep impact.

In yogic terms, sound works on all the koshas – Anamaya, Pranamaya, Manomaya, Vijnanamaya and Anandamaya. Some will refer to Sound Baths as creating sacred space – a powerful therapeutic space.

It is the role of the Sound Therapist to sensitively create a journey through the medium of sound to enable relaxation, release and restoration – be this in a one-to-one or group setting. Each individual will find their own path in the sound bath.

To me intention is key. I recognise that when I play, I am blending art and science – using a mix of learnt skills and intuition and feel privileged to share the magic of sound.

I play regularly in North Oxfordshire .... do get in touch if you would like to come along

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