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Elaine Whittaker
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. 

Asa sound healer I have a tremendous sense of responsibility. Releasing andrebalancing through the medium of sound is amazing. I spent a long timetraining, honing my skills, working to really understand the power of sound. 

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

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

Theterm ‘Sound Bath’ refers to the body being bathed in the soundwaves. As werelax and open the sound vibrations can work their magic. Whilst Gongs areprobably the most powerful of instruments due to the incredible range ofvibrations they can emit, Tibetan Bowls, Crystal Bowls, Rattles and Shakers etccan all have a deep impact. 

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

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

To meintention 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 themagic of sound.

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