Why Music Therapy?
Our current social culture is built around achievement, needing to be on top of things, forgetting how important good wholesome sleep & rest can be on our system. Stress compounds over time, leading to many illnesses and disorders, which can be alleviated through shifting our habits and practicing deep rest for our overall health.
According to a recent survey South Africa is ranked in the top five of the most highly stressed countries in the world with chronic stress being linked to the six leading causes of death: heart disease, cirrhosis of the liver, lung ailments, cancer and suicide. Alternative therapies, such as sound therapy, are gaining ground as a new tool in diffusing and alleviating stress levels.
A SoundScape session is solely about de-stressing tired minds and bodies through the use of sound therapy practices. The session is held in an appropriate room, where it is possible to create a safe and comfortable environment. Participants are invited to lie down on bedding, which they’ve provided themselves. The session begins with participants being verbally guided to direct their awareness through the various areas of the body, in this way making areas of tension conscious. Empowering visualisations help the participants to relax and settle further. The process of softening the body is carried by soothing sounds performed live, allowing each participant a chance to feel completely in the moment.
Only once the participants have fully grounded and settled into the moment, do we begin the full SoundScape experience. A collection of world instruments is played in a meditative way, designed and structured to hold the group in a dream like state (alpha), moving towards a deep state of rest or sleep (theta). The instruments performed include: hand pans, tibetan singing bowls, monochord, didgeridoo and other subtle percussive instruments.
Its is in this deep state of rest that the body is able to turn on important healing processes; through activation of the parasympathetic nervous system, rest and digest functions begin to operate normally. Chronic stress hinders this process of healing, since stress perpetually activates the sympathetic nervous system. If this state of sympathetic nervous system activation is continuous, serious health issues can emerge.
Benefits of Sound Scape
A deep state of rest – often times participants claim to have had their deepest rest in a long time.
Restful sleeping – participants have claimed that they’ve slept more soundly with clearer and more vivid dreams after a Sound Scape experience.
Body repair – participants have claimed that areas of injury; tightness, tension and pain have either shifted for a short time or have softened to a point that they are hardly aware of it any more.
A SoundScape experience hosts small groups of 20 to maximum 100 participants.
From an article by Michael Drake:
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