What is Sound Healing? – Part 1

‘Let’s start at the very beginning …’
What do we mean by “Sound Healing”?

A definition: “Sound healing is the therapeutic use of sound and music for healing”
More specifically, sound healing involves the application of different sound frequencies to the body/mind of a person with the intention of bringing them into a state of harmony and health.
Sound healing is one of the oldest forms of healing known to man and was used in the ancient civilisations of China, Egypt, Greece and India. In the Bible it says that David played his harp to lift King Saul’s depression. Handel wrote his ‘Water Music’ to help King George’s problems of memory loss and depression …
Over recent years, sound healing has been enjoying a widespread and much needed resurgence and scientific research into sound healing has indeed shown that certain sound frequencies help to heal the body and speed up the body’s natural healing processes.
Sound healing is a natural way to treat pain and illness, is simple to use and has no harmful side effects. Sound healing can help support us on all levels of being: physical, mental, emotional, psychological and spiritual. Most people find receiving a sound healing treatment or sound-bath a deeply relaxing experience.
What does Sound Healing involve?
1) Vocal expression – Toning, singing, chanting, laughing
2) Using instruments – crystal bowls, drums, gongs, Tibetan bowls, tuning forks and other musical instruments
3) Sound healing therapy – where a person receives a sound healing treatment from a sound healer
4) Self-healing – using sound healing exercises for self-healing
5) Music – the use of music to relax, reduce pain or calm a person before surgery
As you may well recognise from the above list of the 5 main areas of life in which sound healing comes into its own, using sound for healing and to bring about an enhanced sense of wellbeing or ‘feelgood’ is very much rooted in the normal activities of everyday life. In my personal experience of sound healing over the last 10 years, once we become more consciously aware of the immense benefits which sound healing in general can offer us, we can transform our lives. Indeed, sound can connect us more directly to our own souls …
In my next blog I will give some examples of how each of the above 5 categories of sound healing work in practice … and in the meantime, I’d like to leave you with:
A Testimonial
“Wow. That’s the best I’ve felt in years!” were my parting words to Sue as I left my third sound healing session this week, and I meant it.
The sublime sounds of the instruments coupled with Sue’s rich vocal toning make for a profoundly healing and deeply relaxing experience. The vibrations which you are immersed in remain with you far beyond the healing session. For myself, this healing has been a spiritual awakening. I have felt a deep sense of balance and harmony, leaving me a clear path through the white noise of my own thoughts to hear the voice of my truest self. The most recent session using the chakra bowls (which prompted the exclamation above) has left me full of vitality and mental clarity.
Sue’s wisdom and gentle guidance has had a positive effect on my life. Sound healing has not only helped me; my family and friends have benefitted from the presence of this peaceful vibration that I now carry with me.
Sue’s sessions have re-attuned my senses. I have a new perception of sound and its influence on our mind, body and spirit and, rippling out from that, our connection with the world around us. I am now able to fully appreciate the difference between listening and hearing.
‘If you’re really listening, if you’re awake to the poignant beauty of the world, your heart breaks regularly. In fact, your heart is made to break; its purpose is to burst open again and again so it can hold evermore wonders.’ – Andrew Harvey
I have been humbled by the sounds from these healing vibrations which have had a deep impact on strengthening my connection to nature and its process of living, and that is the greatest gift I could receive from these sessions. The ears of my soul are now open and my heart is ready to hold many wonders. Thank you Sue Ms J. O. (at The Letchworth Centre).

Sue Pready MCSH, MNFSH, DipITEC, has practiced Sound Healing since 2009, and currently, as a tutor at the College of Sound Healing, is responsible for its Core Practitioner Training Programme in Hertfordshire.  A Reiki Master Teacher and member of the UK Reiki Federation, Sue is a Spiritual Healer with the Healing Trust and writes healing stories for children.

If you would like to experience a sound healing treatment you can book onto the summer sound healing workshops at the Letchworth Centre on 16th, 23rd and 30th August 10.30-12.00. Please call reception on 01462 678804. For lots more information about sound healing, visit www.collegeofsoundhealing.co.uk/what_is.php