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Striking a chord to deep relaxation

13 July 2018 Blog
Mental health Pain management
Sound massage, although a relatively new relaxation technique in Australia, is becoming a recognised form of relaxation therapy. Sound Practitioner Megan Shaw explains how the therapy can aid wellbeing.

What is sound massage?

During sound massage, a practitioner uses therapeutic singing bowls, gongs and other instruments and plays them directly on your body or slightly away from your body as sound is a multi-sensory modality; it can be heard and felt.

This form of therapy offers an opportunity to calm the mind, to connect with the body and heal through vibration.

How can sound massage help?

Vibrations from the singing bowls ripple through the body like a stone being dropped in a pond; its effects are felt through our skin, muscles, joints and organs, massaging each of the trillion cells in our body.

All matter vibrates, including the human body, so in a healthy state, the body and its organs vibrate at their resonant frequency, optimising health and wellbeing.

Through stress, disease, injury or the pressures of everyday life, our body’s natural vibration is altered, resulting in pain, dysfunction and disease.

What is the history of sound massage?

Using sound and vibration as a method to return to balance and healing has its roots in ancient traditions.

Australian Aboriginals use the didgeridoo to heal illness, Gregorian chanting intends to bring stillness to the mind and sound plays a central role in the healing art of Ayurveda developed 5000 years ago in India.

How has sound massage evolved?

The contemporary practice of sound massage is now based on 30 years of work and research by German Peter Hess, a known expert in the field.

Based on his experiences and ancient sound knowledge of Nepal, Tibet and India, Peter has developed a sound technique for the Western world.

Armed with her beautiful set of therapeutic singing bowls handcrafted in Nepal, Ms Shaw offers Murdoch Community Hospice patients and their carers a moment of calm and relaxation at Footprints Day Centre.

It’s wonderful to be able to offer a moment of stillness to those who are feeling unwell and anxious.

At a time when so many of us are seeking healthy ways to combat stress, pain and illness, the ancient healing technique of sound can provide us with a great sense of peace.

Megan Shaw - Sound Practitioner
Megan Shaw is a sound practitioner at St John of God Murdoch Community Hospice. She has an extensive background in the health industry, Megan has worked in occupational therapy, nursing and midwifery for the past 20 years. As a registered Peter Hess sound practitioner, Megan is keen to spread her passion for sound and eager to share its soothing, restorative gifts with other like-minded souls.