The Vibrational Sound Therapy modality is focused on the deep penetrating vibrational properties of Zen singing bowls. Zen Therapeutic singing bowls separate themselves from traditional Tibetan singing bowls by having longer lasting vibrations as the primary method of focus.
During a Vibrational Sound Therapy session, Zen Therapeutic singing bowls are placed directly on the client’s body. The bowls come in a variety of sizes and weights that can be used to provide direct vibrational therapy. These bowls have a multitude of uses on and near the body and this variety allows us to work with our clients to provide the most comfortable and relaxing experience tailored specifically to each person.
How does VST work?
Vibrational Sound Therapy (VST) combines powerful vibrations and tones to induce an immediate relaxed state. The induction of sound waves directly into the body along with soothing ambient tones is such a strong treatment that clients report effects ranging from a relaxed meditative state to a deep sleep-induced state. By placing the therapeutic singing bowls directly on the body and using correct techniques, a practitioner engages with their client both physically and aurally.
The techniques associated with VST have many advantages over traditional massage. One major barrier that prevents many people from receiving a traditional massage is discomfort of being touched by a stranger. In the VST method, the client remains fully clothed and is never touched directly by the practitioner. This does not diminish the connection between client and practitioner because spiritual intimacy is maintained with sound and vibrations transmitted through the bowl. Vibrational Sound Therapy is also much less physically intrusive than traditional hands-on massage and will not leave the client feeling sore.
What happens during VST session?
Vibrational Sound Therapy (VST) has profound effects on the body and the mind. VST is a gentle method and most people will reach this state of relaxation quickly, even during their first session. During a VST session the body will go through noticeable changes as it responds to deeper and deeper states of rest. Relaxation is not only a physical state but also a state of consciousness, and VST has strong effects on alertness and perception. Relaxation during a VST session creates the same type of brain states as yoga, tai chi, and meditation.
Most clients will start to relax as soon as the session begins. Their muscles will lose tension, and they may even start to slip into an alpha brain wave pattern within the first few minutes. The alpha wave pattern is associated with daydreaming and pre-sleep. At this point the client’s breathing and heart rate will begin slowing down, and the body will start absorbing the waves of vibrations into its tissues. Slowed breathing and lack of muscle tension are both signs that metabolism is coming to a halt. Insulin levels will rise and cortisol levels will fall. Blood pressure will fall and arteries will expand, inducing a feeling of warmth. This relaxed state allows the body to repair itself instead of responding to external stimuli.
Those who undergo a state of deep relaxation often report a feeling of mental freshness that they carry with them after the session is over. Relaxation and meditative states of mind have also been shown to increase the threshold for emotional response, meaning they can help us control our emotional responses to external stimuli. Like other kinds of meditation, sound therapy can help us be more internally aware while being more present in the moment and better connected with our surroundings.
Brainwave entrainment is a method used to stimulate the brain into entering a specific state through the use of a pulsing sound, light, or electromagnetic field.
Many times VST causes brain entrainment. Sound healing synchronizes brain waves to achieve profound states of relaxation, helping restore normal vibratory frequencies of cells in our bodies.
When we feel agitated, tense, hurried, pressured, afraid, and stressed our brains are in the “Beta” stage. When we alter our brain rhythm to Alpha, we are slowing down our brainwaves. The benefit of this is that we put ourselves in the ideal brain state for optimal performance and super learning. This positive effect lasts for hours and even days. Lower frequency brain waves can also stimulate the release of nitric oxide, which signals smooth muscles to relax, so our blood vessels can dilate and increase blood flow. Release of nitric oxide positively affects pain transmission and control, which some scientists believe helps modify our relationship to pain. After the “Alpha” stage brainwaves can alter to Theta brainwaves, or even a dreamlike state (Delta brainwaves). These sounds and vibrations take the client to a deeper state of consciousness.