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Sound Therapy

What is sound therapy and how does it work?

Using my voice and instruments, I put sound into the client’s body and work to bring a client to a place of relaxation so that the body, mind and spirit can begin to do their own work of healing. Different clients need different things and every treatment session is unique.

The stress of daily living affects us all and can prevent us from functioning at our full potential. A sound therapy treatment provides a quiet and gentle space where we can be surrounded by harmonic sound, letting our brains “switch off” so that our bodies, minds and spirits can move to a place of greater health and well-being.

Research speaks to why and how sound works on the human body. It involves thinking that draws from various fields, from science and vibrational studies, to eastern traditions and their consideration of chakras (Sanskrit: cakra) and human energy fields. This is not predominantly a talk therapy, though talking is involved at the beginning of a session as the client conveys hopes and intentions and afterwards as we share feedback.

This is also not predominantly a touch therapy, though some touch can be involved if the client gives permission.

It is important to note that Sound Therapy is not a replacement for medical treatment or psychotherapeutic care.

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What Sound Therapy Can Do

Clients often say that after a treatment they... 

  • Sleep better

  • Have more energy

  • Feel more focussed

  • Feel more relaxed

  • Feel more positive

  • Can breathe more easily and more deeply

  • Experience a reduction in specific aches and pains

A Sound Therapy treatment can address...

  • a physical concern (a sore shoulder, neck or joint, for example)

  • an emotional concern (feelings of anxiety or grief, for instance)

  • spiritual needs (helping to gain insight into your higher purpose, for example)

Sound Therapy treatment can be personally tailored to meet your needs...

  • Do you want to work towards a specific goal of letting go of an old hurt or anger?

  • Do you have a big decision to make that you want to clear some mental space for?

  • Are you processing a grief or bereavement?

The combination of visualisation and sound has helped many clients with these experiences.

What A Typical Sound Therapy Session Looks Like

Different treatment goals call for different treatment structures, but each one follows this general pattern…


  • After completing the necessary health forms, the client and I talk so that I can gain a greater understanding of their hopes for the session.

  • Remaining fully clothed, the client lies on the table (or sits in the chair).

  • I gently stretch the client (if they are comfortable with this) and then tone (hum) over the client with my voice to scan the body initially. Then I put sound into the body in a more focussed way, either with my voice, or with another instrument. I commonly use gong, sruti box, tuning forks, drum, chimes, and/or singing bowls. Each instrument has its own effect in the moment.

  • The times of sound are interspersed with times of silence to allow the body to integrate the sound that is being put into it.

  • At the end of the treatment, the client and I have a time to share feedback from the session.

Sound Samples

Sruti Voice
Ocean Drum
Small Bowl Voice
Voice Alone
Big Bowl with Voice
Voice in Minor
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