September 15, 2016

Top 5 instruments used in Sound Therapy

We often hear from people who are interested in Sound Therapy but haven’t been able to find much information about the instruments that are involved.

We’ve put together a quick guide into our top 5 instruments that we use here at The British Academy of Sound Therapy based on the recommendations of our Founder and Director Lyz Cooper. This list is intended to give a little hint of what to expect when studying towards one of our Diploma in Sound Therapy qualifications. So come on in, the water’s just fine!

Have a read below to find out the top 5 instruments on offer here…

1. Voice

One of the most powerful and effective sound therapy instruments is the voice because you can use it to calm anxious and distracting thoughts.
A low pitch hum is an excellent way to unwind but you can also energise your mind by using a high pitch.
My first introduction to the power of sound was when I used my voice to get better from a life-limiting illness – fast forward 22 years and here I am running The British Academy of Sound Therapy!

2. Gongs

Originating in Bronze Age China and the East, the gong is one of the most ancient of the metal instruments we use.
The gong has a ‘big’ sound – you can literally feel the sound waves shimmering through the body. In our method of sound therapy we use the gong to help with pain in the body, to release muscle tension and encourage mental, emotional and physical flexibility.
My first experience of the gong was during a healing session in 1994 – I went in stressed out and came out completely calm and refreshed!

3. Himalayan Singing Bowls

The Himalayan singing bowl also originated in the East but is not as old as the gong.
They were originally hand hammered and give a gentle and soothing sound.
They can also be very effective at soothing tense muscles when placed on the back and played.
I found my first singing bowl in a new age shop near Guildford – I couldn’t get it to play at first, but I persevered and was rewarded by its beautiful and gentle sound.

4. Drums

Drum rhythms can alter the brainwave frequencies, enabling people to go into very relaxed trance-like states.
Until fairly recently little was known about the benefits to health and well-being of regular ‘trancing’ with sound but now we know that it is so good for you!

(Click here to read more about our research).

I love working with my drum – just a few minutes drumming a heart-beat ‘lub dub’ sound is great for switching off at the end of a busy day.

5. Crystal Singing Bowls

One of the newest instruments we use as it is approximately 30 years old.
They create a pure sound without any harmonics which at first may sound a little strange, but after a few minutes you will drift into a deep state of relaxation.
In sound therapy we use combinations of two bowls to create different moods and therefore the crystal bowls are perfect for working with the mental and emotional well-being.

Interested and want to find out more about our courses? Drop us an email at: [email protected] or call us on 01243 544454.


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