Have you ever been moved to tears or had goosebumps or chills when listening to your favourite track? Do you find high pitched sounds such as alarms or nails down a blackboard really intrusive or even annoying? Have you ever wondered why this is? The way we respond to sound and music is down to the way we have evolved over hundreds of thousands of years. This evolutionary process has enabled us not only to survive, but thrive – without this ancient programming it is unlikely that humankind would be around today. Since the dawn of civilisation we have used sound and music for pain control, creating and building communities, celebration, ceremony and healing. A greater understanding of how and why sound and music is so powerful can have far-reaching benefits for future health and well-being. Sound therapy and therapeutic music can change our lives, improve our health and well-being and enhance our emotional intelligence and self-awareness.
Lyz Cooper, founder of The British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST) has spent the last 20 years immersing herself in this fascinating subject with the aim of understanding how and why sound and music can be so powerful. BAST specialises in bringing cutting edge research together with ancient methods and offers a range of dynamic courses that enables anyone, regardless of experience, to train to be one of the best therapeutic sound professionals in the world to date.
A sound therapy treatment can be beneficial for a wide range of different health issues, but also for anyone wanting to bring more peace and tranquillity into their lives. Research has shown that the BAST method of sound therapy is more relaxing than meditation. Sound therapy treatments can be used to treat chronic pain, anxiety, stress related symptoms, muscle tension and as a preventative treatment to maintain wellbeing. Sound therapy can also be used in a group setting – relaxation classes known as ‘sound baths’ are becoming increasingly popular, for example. If you would like something more active why not try drumming for fitness and just for the fun of it! Sonic art-forms are also becoming more mainstream and are not only a creative modality but also a powerful therapeutic tool, rather like art or music therapy. BAST runs a course which teaches sound-art, voice-art and soundscapes (where pictures are painted with sound and/or voice) encouraging communication, improvisation, expression and relaxation.
BAST runs courses in the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The UK courses are held at the Bognor Regis campus of the University of Chichester in West Sussex. For further details please email [email protected].