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soundbaths & 1:1 sound therapy
an introduction to some of our sound therapy instruments
" The most relaxed I have ever been!" - A
"Can't thank you enough for the treatment yesterday. I feel pain free both physically, emotionally and at peace. You are pretty wonderful!!" - AF
"I haven't felt this good in living memory" - RG
"This was an incredible and very special experience! It felt like I'd had a massage afterwards... I can't wait to go again. Thank you Ruth!" - FW
"Just had my first experience of a soundbath, it was an incredible experience and something I would definitely repeat, thank you" - EP
"Just wanted to say that I feel fantastic after your tuning fork treatment.." - AF
crystal singing bowl therapy
Crystal singing bowls are very unique sonically, they encourage deep relaxation and create beautiful musical intervals which can really help transform and release. The crystal bowl's 'sonic signature' has been described as 'beautiful', 'clear', 'pure', 'expansive', 'peaceful', 'ethereal', 'mellow' and 'bright'
Himalayan singing bowl therapy
Himalayan singing bowls are often described as 'nurturing', 'warm', 'safe' and 'gentle' can be used in combination both on and/or off the body for a wonderfully relaxing treatment. Sonic Massage - Experience a fully clothed massage using the gentle vibrations of our beautiful Himalayan bowls to help relax and relieve stress held in the body, neck, shoulder and back
drum therapy & massage
We also offer Drum Therapy and Massage, as with the Himalayan bowls, a fully clothed massage for deep relaxation, muscle tension and to help balance our 'Rhythm of Life'. We also offer 1:1 or group Drum Journey. The drum's 'sonic signature' has been described as 'grounding', 'natural', 'primal', 'warm', 'earthly' and 'stabilising'
Gongs can be both gentle and nurturing as well as powerful and physical. The gong's 'sonic signature' has been described as 'expansive', 'rich', 'powerful', 'relaxing', 'layered', 'dynamic' and 'deep'
The repetition of Sanskrit mantra in order to balance mind, body, emotions and spirit. The practitioner chants one or more mantra as you relax either laying down or seated. Mantra therapy is deeply relaxing, taking one to a state of being similar to that of meditation, softening ego and enabling one to experience a more unified, peaceful state of being, opening up the space for the transmutation and transformation of energy from one state to another. Clients have described mantra therapy as 'deeply comforting and nurturing' and 'like a sonic cuddle'. You can also be taught a simple mantra for your own practice if you wish
tuning fork therapy with kinesiology
Tuning Fork Therapy has proven to have great potenial in helping those who are finding their flow of life restricted by anxiety, fears, phobias, traumatic events and is also beneficial for releasing negative/limiting beliefs and patterns of behaviour. Kinesiology (muscle testing) - A person's energy level is weakened if they come into contact with something that does not serve them, anything that does serve them will strengthen the energy system and this is also felt within the muscles. The therapist uses muscle testing to tap into one's 'bio-computer' to identify the optimum tuning fork therapy treatment
soundbath under canvas
Bringing the sounds of summer, nature & bird song into the sound experience
Himalayan Singing Bowls & Gongs
1:1 soundbath or with you and a friend*. These sessions are held in our garden at Rottingdean, just outside of Brighton and can be arranged at a day and time that works for you, daytime or evening spaces available. Please contact us for more details.
Our marquee has two open sides so that it is still an 'outside' space with plenty of fresh air but also allows for a little shelter and a sense of 'being held'. Our marquee is 6m x 3m so there's plenty of space to get comfy. If you would prefer to lay on the grass in the sunshine, if the weather allows*, you are more than welcome!
What to bring: Please note that due to Covid-19 and hygiene reasons we are unable to provide pillows/cushions and blankets at this time so do feel free to bring your own items for your personal comfort. We are able to provide a yoga mat if required, which will be cleaned after every use. If you would prefer an 'anti-gravity' reclining chair or treatment couch for your session, these can be provided on request.
As we are 'outdoors' you may want to bring something to cover your eyes, an eye mask or scarf to help reduce light levels which can encourage even deeper relaxation.
*We have space for 4/6 people in our marquee so do get in touch if you would like to book for a group
Please note that whilst our garden is generally a very quiet space full of the sounds of birdsong, there is the potential for other 'sounds of summer' which are out of our control to become part of the soundbath - this is all part of the sound-bathing experience which we can explore further together.
*These sessions may need to be re-arranged last minute if very windy
therapeutic sound & gongbaths
1:1 - group sessions - soundbath for two (you and a friend)
Relax on a comfortable yoga mat (or chair on request) and allow the beautiful sounds and tones of gongs, Himalayan singing bowls, crystal singing bowls, rainsticks and other therapeutic percussion instruments to wash over you, enhancing overall health of mind and body. Proven to relax on a deeper level than other relaxation methods* So what actually is a Sound or Gongbath?
What to bring? Due to new hygiene requirements we do encourage you to bring your own yoga mats and blankets for your personal comfort where possible. We are able to provide some yoga mats but please feel free to bring your own items for your personal comfort such as blankets and pillows.
Our Therapeutic Soundbaths have all the benefits of relaxation with the addition of therapeutic reflection and enquiry as described in 1-2-1 Sound Therapy treatments below. After the session, you are invited to share your experience with the sound with the group if you wish. Sound is applied therapeutically which helps to relax the system, brainwaves can lower to that similar to meditation or to that just before you fall asleep. The sound can induce a state of relaxation and allow you to rest there, allowing cortisone, the stress hormone to reduce, blood pressure and heart rate to lower, potassium/sodium levels in the body can rebalance and cellular regeneration can take place and our autonomic nervous system to restore.The BAST British Academy of Sound Therapy's method works on all levels of being, physically, mentally, emotionally, energetically/spiritually, we create a space within which an individual may see themselves and their process more clearly, through reflection and enquiry. The sound initiates a 'conversation' with the system through the '5R's'; resonance, resistance, release, responsibility and reflection.
*The original BAST method of sound therapy has been shown to be, on average, 64% more relaxing than conventional relaxation methods (Cook 2009)
Please note, if any of the following applies to you, please contact us before booking your soundbath: 1. You are in your first trimester of pregnancy. 2. You are being treated for or currently have severe mental health challenges such a severe/clinical depression, bipolar disorder or any other serious mental health condition, many thanks, Ruth
Bespoke Sound Therapy treatments for your specific therapeutic requirements using a combination of Gongs, Crystal Singing Bowls, Himalayan Singing Bowls, Mantra, Drum, Tuning Forks and Therapeutic Percussion..
As with our soundbath sessions, 1:1 sound therapy helps to enable deep relaxation and offers many other health benefits such as relief from physical pain, reduced stress and improvement in stress related symptoms, working on all levels of being, physically, mentally, emotionally, energetically/spiritually, in a person centred way.
Sound therapy combines sound applied in a specific way with a self-reflection technique which can increase self awareness and mindfulness and provides a space where therapeutic sound can initiate a 'conversation' with the system and an individual may see themselves more clearly through reflection and enquiry through the 'Cooper Sax '5Rs' Model of Experiential Processing'
Did you know Sound Therapy can:
- encourages resilience
- encourages shifts in consciousness
- encourages openness to new experiences and flexibility
- allows for a deeper appreciation of the arts and beauty
- encourages cognative flexibility
- encourages sociability
- offers the potenial to reduce pain, gain insight and transformation
- when we process sound and music either playing, listening or even thinking about music, it is more widely processed in the brain than any other activity
Most of our 1:2:1 treatments are with the client resting on a treatment couch for your comfort - we can hold these on a comfortable yoga mat on the floor if preferred
sound & therapy combinations
Through this Reiki Soundbath you will be supported to reflect inwards, rebalance, heal and harmonise the body so you can move forward with more purpose and clarity.
Ruth works with Sarah Taylor and Gar Lam as part of Empowered Journeys who are trained Reiki practitioners which means they have been attuned to channel greater quantities of universal healing energy. The energy is transferred to you through hands-on-Reiki. You may feel heat or tingling or sometimes cold as they place their hands lightly on different chakra energy centres in your body. Reiki works by raising your own individual energy vibrations, stimulating your natural healing response. When Reiki is combined with a soundbath it can have a powerful and profound effect as your body and mind are more deeply relaxed and offers the potential for deep transformation.
RAV drum meditations & visualisations
1:1 treatments & group sessions
Magical and nurtuing nature walk visualisations and neigong meditations accompanied by the deeply relaxing sounds of the RAV Vast drum - 'the sound of starlight' - these sessions can also be bespoke for your requirements
Koshi chime meditation
Relax to the beautiful sounds of the Elemental Koshi Chimes - Earth - Fire - Water - Air
At the end of my soundbaths people always ask "what were those lovely chimes at the end?!" They are the beautiful tones of the Koshi Chimes - journey through the elements live in our treatment room, feel their unique vibrations wash over you
performance, meditations & art installations
The beautiful and meditative sounds of the
RAV Vast Drum and the Native American Flute
Ruth is available for performance, meditation, soundscapes and retreats
Ruth also performs with other groups and organsiations and was honoured to be asked by Aneesa Chaudhry, musical director of with the wonderful Marlets Good Vibrations Choir to take part in their 'Be More Snail Concert' by holding a mini-soundbath and Tai Chi Qigong session. Photo credits StellaPix.com
take a breath, I am peace, reconnect to the flow
take a breath, I am peace, reconnect to the dao
harmony for the soul, melody for the heart
rhythm for the body, silence for the mind
music for the spirit
A mantra inspired by my time in magical Scotland at the Music Medicine retreat with Christine Stevens in May 2019 (photos below)
Dao Natural Health offer music medicine sessions, events and retreats - reconnecting to our creativitive self and nature through sound for healing, spirituality and health
Please contact us for more information on our Music Medicine offerings