Ash from The Sound Healing shares her passion with MysticMag. Ash believes in the transformative power of sound and vibration in restoring the body to its natural state of harmony and well-being. Among the various modalities available, Ash has found that singing bowls and gongs have a remarkable ability to bring about this healing resonance. By striking or singing these instruments in specific tone sequences, they emit vibratory frequencies that can create a profound impact on a cellular level.
Can you tell us about your journey and what inspired you to become a certified sound therapist?
My journey began unexpectedly during my time in Rishikesh, India, when I stumbled upon a small poster advertising something called “sound healing.” At that point, I had no idea what sound healing entailed or what it was all about. Intrigued, I decided to attend a two-day workshop on sound healing.
Being in my early 40s and having experienced early menopause, I was curious about alternative healing methods. On the second day of the training, something extraordinary happened. We were exploring a particular sound healing technique when I suddenly felt a shift within me. It was as if an alternate timeline had opened up. Remarkably, after that experience, my period, which had been absent for ten months, returned.
That was a pivotal moment for me, prompting me to realize that sound healing held deeper significance than I had initially thought. Motivated by this profound encounter, I embarked on a journey of research, seeking out sound healing courses and teachers in different countries.
How would you best describe sound healing?
In my work, I have categorized sound healing into three main categories. The first category I refer to as entertainment, which involves instances where I play instruments for a performance or at events. Although these experiences are enjoyable, they are primarily for entertainment purposes and do not necessarily have a noticeable therapeutic effect.
The second category is relaxation, which is typically a group setting where around 15 to 20 people come together. During these sessions, I use primarily singing bowls and gongs to create a sound bath experience. This deeply relaxing session often leaves participants feeling calm and at peace. Many people who struggle with meditation find these sessions helpful.
The third category, which I engage in extensively, is therapeutic sessions. These are one-on-one customized sessions where I work closely with individuals. In these sessions, I utilize sound, frequency and vibration to promote mental, physical, and emotional healing.
So, to best describe my practice, I would say it is the use of sound and frequency as powerful tools for holistic healing.
How do you approach sound healing, combining both Western and Eastern techniques?
During my training, I had the opportunity to learn from various teachers and explore different techniques. There are some notable differences I observed. For instance, when it comes to instruments, Eastern practitioners tend to use singing bowls, chimes, and gongs more frequently, while Western practitioners lean towards crystal bowls and tuning forks. Chanting is also commonly incorporated in Eastern practices.
Both approaches have their merits, and in my practice, I see them as one. When I work with clients, I apply my Western knowledge and training to observe their reactions and how specific frequencies affect different parts of their being. My experience with a wide range of instruments allows me to apply different combinations of tones and frequencies to suit different needs and to create a unique experience each time.
What makes your sound journeys unique and fascinating?
I have clients with experiences ranging from past life regression and emotional releases to a dream-like floating sensation. Many experience the theta state of mind and come out from the session with calmness, improved sleep, increased productivity and creativity. One recent client described his experience as “life changing” because the session caused a shift in his perspective which gave him clarity on a decision. As a practitioner, I believe in being genuine, being present and listening to clients. My commitment to the integrity of the practice is rooted in my dedication to providing a safe and effective practice, putting the well-being of my clients first.
After experiencing personal healing with sound, you traveled to various countries for professional training. How have these international experiences influenced your sound therapy practice?
When we embark on new experiences, we have a wonderful opportunity to be fully immersed in the present moment. Having traveled extensively and being exposed to diverse cultures and countries, I have found that it has deepened my own practice of being present. It has given me a broader perspective and a deeper appreciation for the value of the present moment, both in my personal life and in the sessions I offer to my clients.
The aim of sound healing is to create an environment where clients can fully experience the present moment. It’s about allowing them to let go of worries, distractions, and thoughts about what has passed or what is to come. These experiences allow the mind to rest and promote mental well-being.
If you would like to find out more about Ash and The Sound Healing, visit https://www.thesoundhealing.com/