Sound Therapy (Sound Bath) in Addiction Recovery
Sound Therapy, also known as Sound Healing, is a holistic treatment method that uses vibrations to encourage relaxation and restore health. While no controlled clinical trials have been performed to prove the efficacy of sound healing, the effects have been remarkable on those suffering from mental health disorders and physical ailments.
Whether these results are due to physical shifts in the body or are simply a placebo effect, many who have practiced sound healing have experienced powerful benefits and a new sense of wholeness.
The Focus of Sound Therapy
While sound healing may seem like a fleeting trend, the truth is that it has been around for centuries. In fact, records show vibro-acoustic healing practices date back to ancient civilizations who integrated music into their holistic healing methods to achieve a state of balance.
Sound Healing works to synchronize our brainwaves with a stable frequency, leading to relaxed consciousness, a meditative state, or even sleep. This place of stillness encourages:
- Slowed breath
- A greater state of awareness
- Released physical tension
In this state, the listener can tune into their “subtle body,” which harbors imbalances and traumas, bringing forth blockages and regions in the mind, body, and spirit that must be addressed for holistic healing.
What is a Sound Bath?
A Sound Bath is a common method of sound therapy. In a traditional sound bath, participants are invited to lay on a mat in a comfortable position, occasionally with the use of bolsters, blocks, blankets, and other yoga props as music vibrates through the body.
Throughout the sound bath, which typically lasts about an hour, the player uses instruments such as Himalayan singing bowls, chimes, tuning forks, gongs to create vibrational healing sounds that draw the listener into a relaxing, meditative state.
Because of this, sound baths are known to offer the same benefits as meditation but require less discipline as they are a passive practice.
Learn more about the sound bath experience.
Sound Bath Healing
While sound healing is beneficial to anyone looking for a higher state of relaxation, balance, and inner peace, sound baths also lower blood pressure, release stress, reduce tension, increase happiness, and encourage sleep.
Sound healing therapy provides holistic health benefits for many mental and physical disorders such as:
Sound Bath + Guided Meditation With Anne Bergstedt
Anne Bergstedt (TCTSY-F, RYT-200) blends her educational background in movement, music, and performance to create a unique and safe space for her clients to experience the healing art of Sound.
Anne uses crystals, scent elements, Tibetan bowls, Crystal sound bowls, breath work, and guided meditation that when combined together, navigates the client through all the Chakras and into a deeply meditative state.
A Sound Bath is an experience in which gongs and sound bowls are played in a way to promote a more relaxed mind and central nervous system. In a well-played sound bath, the sounds guide listeners on a journey of self discovery and inner exploration, promotes deep relaxation and peace, expansion of consciousness, and helps to open the body’s entire energetic system.
Anne uses a varied range of bowls including Crystal singing bowls and Tibetan singing bowls, as well as a Gong. When the practitioner is skilled in combining the sounds, the greater amount of gongs and bowls is very effective in relaxing the mind and body, and helping one to feel a greater sense of overall health and well being.
Coming from a background in music, movement, and trauma-informed yoga training, sound baths with me are unique because I keep it intimate and personal, as well as provide a guided meditation with breath work. I am about helping you connect to you, not everyone else in the room.
What Makes a Good Sound Bath?
While the ultimate judge of a good sound bath experience is the receiver, there are certain things that are important in creating a great sound bath.
The quality of instruments, how they are played together, and how skillfully the player performs all matter in the sound bath performance.
Anybody can hit the gong, but not everyone can blend and merge the sounds of the gongs and bowls together in a way that create a therapeutic sound bath experience.
Knowledge of basic music theory, the quality of instruments, volume management along with the sound bath performers’ connection to themselves, the participants and their instruments will influence the quality of the sound bath.
For example, if the performer is ungrounded (or spaced out), or focused on themselves and not the group, the sound bath may feel “disconnected.”
What to Expect During a Sound Bath with Anne
During a sound bath, participants relax in a comfortable position, usually laying on their backs. I teach participants to listen and stay present with the sounds they are experiencing.
One can get much more out of the sound bath if they stay present, and not just use it as a time to take a nap.
Each sound bath experience is unique – sometimes more physical sensations are felt, other times it feels like an emotional journey, and other times people will see colors, shapes, or images similar to a waking dream.
Occasionally the sound bath will activate the higher mind and people will receive creative insights, or work out issues they couldn’t solve prior. Generally, a deep state of relaxation of the body and mind is achieved and most people look and feel brighter and more relaxed after a sound bath.
What is Pranayama?
Pranayama, or “breath” in Sanskrit is the “control of your life force.”
I teach several variations of breath work including 3-part breath work, fire breath, alternating nostril breath work, and Ujayi at various levels of difficulty. I teach clients to meet their breath “right where they are at in the given moment.”
ASMR – Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response
ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. It’s a fancy set of words for feeling in the body – sensation. It’s a physical response that you feel when watching or listening to content that you find relaxing. Many people describe it as a “tingling sensation.”
It’s almost like you are entering a conscious trance. ASMR is extremely subjective though.
Everyone has different triggers and preferences and I believe the physical sensation differs from person to person as well. It uniquely manifests itself in the body, individually, to each person.
I’ve always struggled with maintaining a normal sleep schedule so I needed something to help me unwind before bed. I watched everything I could access to learn about ASMR and began to curate content that was straight from the heart.
Being someone who has a voice-over career and works in the Sound Healing Arts, I have always wanted to use my voice to be of service to others, which is in alignment with how I live my life. It fell into place for me by combining my skill sets and backgrounds, and infusing them together to generate unique ASMR material.
ASMR can be used as a meditative tool, a vessel for sleep, or simply experienced as a way to evoke the senses.
Alo House Sound Bath Community Event: Alo Recovery’s Sober Zen
At Alo House, we embrace a holistic healing model that works to balance the mind, body, and spirit through both traditional and non-traditional methods.
Because sound therapy creates balance, promotes relaxation, and helps to remove mental and emotional blockages, we are proud to offer sound bath therapy to our community.
We believe that stress management, connection, and support are the pillars of sobriety and offer weekly sound healing events for anyone in need of balance.
Alo Recovery’s Sober Zen is an experience designed to promote deep relaxation, open the energetic systems of the body, and take the participant on a journey of inner exploration and discovery.
The sounds of the soul will relax both the mind and body, expand consciousness and provide a sense of wellness to aid in healing.
While the event takes place each Monday, every sound bath is unique and will focus on different intentions for each experience.
Through this practice, participants will be able to activate their higher mind and work out previously unsolvable issues.
Alo Recovery’s Sober Zen* Sound Bath and Meditation
- Every Monday, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Alo House Intensive Outpatient Program
- Every Saturday, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Alo House (Silver Lake) Intensive Outpatient Program
- Free and open to the community
- Refreshments will be provided