JAN 2019

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44 @dayspamagazine • Januar y 2019 Proponents also argue that because sound is both heard and felt, it can trigger physical and energetic responses. These range from relieving ailments to balancing emotions. "Sounds and vibrations touch deep within," says Montana. "They can penetrate our bodies to transform waves of energies and stabilize our emotions and being. If you really enter the experience, you can feel it on a molecular level." And science is starting to back these claims: Preliminary studies show that sound and vibrations can improve pain management and even help with wound healing. RESOUNDING BENEFITS For many, knowing the advantages of sound therapy is as simple as experiencing it. "It had a transformational effect on me and I knew right away that I wanted to perform it as a practitioner," says Greg Doss, LMT, a massage and sound therapist at Spa Ojai at Ojai Valley Inn in Ojai, California. He helped create Sound Energy Therapy (50 min./$180), a combination of hands-on and sound healing that incorporates Tibetan bowls, chimes and a Native American Chumash rattle. "For me, it was a way of getting energy work on the menu and into clients' awareness," he says, adding that the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive: "They walk out of the room feeling like a million bucks." Miraval Life in Balance Spa in Tucson, Arizona, has been offering sound healing treatments since 2004, including a Himalayan Sound Bath (45 min./$150) that uses water to amplify vibrations (sound travels differently through air and water). Guests say they experience profound states of deep relaxation and rejuvenation after such services. "I've had clients with fi bromyalgia who've reported relief that lasts two to three months. Another one has a painful nerve disorder that's only alleviated when she's surrounded by the bowls," says Lancaster. "More importantly, and what I love to hear, is that there's an increased level of creativity and a greater sense of joy." Spas don't have to offer full sound healing treatments for clients to benefi t. Six Senses Spas across the globe provide a singing bowl ritual at the beginning and end of each treatment to prepare and relax spa-goers. "We've had guests who feel it has cured their tinnitus and those who swear it has improved their sleep," says Mark Sands, corporate wellness director for Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas. ALTERNATIVE HEALTH COURTESY OJAI VALLEY INN Tibetan (Himalayan) Singing Bowls: Originally used by Tibetan monks for spiritual ceremonies, these metal dishes are believed to propel the mind into a deeper meditative state, and can be placed on the body—typically on the chakras—or nearby. Crystal Singing Bowls: Usually made of pure quartz crystal, they are played the same way as Tibetan bowls, yet radiate a more intense sound. Different sizes project different tones, which are said to correspond to the seven chakras. Gongs: Power ful instruments with a big sound— participants actually feel the sound waves reverberating through their bodies, which can help clear mental chatter and alleviate pain. Drums: Used for thousands of years because of their primary rhythmic beat, the cadence helps focus attention and possibly connects us to our deeper selves. Wind Chimes: More than ornaments, chimes transmit celestial sounds that charm the body and mind. Tuning Forks: Invented as a way to tune instruments, tuning forks come in different sizes with different pitches. They can be used around and on the body, the latter of which is called Acutonics, a form of sound healing that applies tuning forks to acupressure points to unblock stagnant energy. Rainsticks: These percussion instruments are traditionally made from hollowed out cactus branches fi lled with small pebbles or beans and, when tilted, simulate the therapeutic sound of falling rain. IMPECCABLE INSTRUMENTS

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