EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPIES
Music and the expressive arts in conjunction with talk therapy can help open our creative side for deeper exploration of current issues and relief of symptoms. Music in particular can tap into our emotional states where release and relief are easily accessed. Home visits for neurologic patients and children are available on a case by case basis.
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and is a therapeutic, integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. For more information about EMDR and if it's right for you, please visit the EMDRIA site.
Reiki is based on the principle of universal life force energy.
Through deep listening, resonance and entrainment, the instruments I use in each session help to invite equanimity, calm, and release of tension and stress.
The combination of Reiki and sound helps to balance the autonomic nervous system through vibration and movement of stuck energy in in our bio-field.
In the practice of music therapy or other healing modalities, we sometimes find ourselves feeling alone, isolated, unsure of what the right interventions might be in a particular scenario with our clients. Supervision is a key component in creating on-going inquiry, self-care, and insight into our clinical work. I offer both group and individual supervision for healing arts practitioners and licensed clinicians.
SOUND BATH MEDITATIONS
Sound baths are sonic meditations that are often experienced lying down on comfortable mats, incorporating a variety of resonant drone instruments such as Himalayan metal singing bowls, crystal singing bowls, gongs, drums, rattles, monochords, hand pans and the human voice. One of the aspects of instruments found in sound baths is the musical drone – a continual sound – tonal or rhythmic – that, when properly employed with therapeutic intention, can stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system which in turn allows the body to Rest, Digest, and Recover, slowing down the heart rate and lowering blood pressure. A sound bath can, of course, include any instrument as long as the intention is steeped in mindful, deep listening.
What is Deep Listening?
Deep Listening is a meditation practice of mindful and non-judgmental listening but more importantly, it is a fully present, creative act of listening with all of our senses and with the understanding that by deeply listening we are exercising one of our most compassionate undertakings because it allows for connection, flow, and love to always be present.
What should one expect during a sound bath meditation?
Normally, sound bath meditations are experienced in Shavasana pose, lying down on a yoga mat and covered with a blanket or two, however it is not necessary to lie down and some prefer to remain seated in order not to fall asleep (although that is perfectly acceptable!)
Sound bath meditations can often begin with subtle breath work, guided imagery, or silent meditation, and are generally 60 – 90 minutes in length. During the sound bath meditation, the body’s central nervous system begins to recalibrate and the energy begins to shift after about 20 minutes, at which point one may experience deep relaxation or an Alpha-Theta brainwave state. Our brain waves have several frequencies (basically the brain is making music too) and our body and mind being to synchronize with the frequencies of the instruments. During this synchronization, sensations of weightlessness and transcendental connection may begin to surface, creating feelings of wellbeing and harmony. But yes…sometimes people can become agitated at a sound bath so if that’s the case, allow the breath to bring you back into your body, focus on the sound, breathe and if that doesn’t work, move about if you need to. The sound bath meditation is for healing, so take care of yourself in whatever way you need to.
What should one wear for a sound bath meditation?
It’s always best to wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing if possible but basically it doesn’t matter! Shoes off is always good so that your feet can benefit from all the good vibrations. Remember, meridians are found in the feet that correspond to specific organs so get those feet vibrating too!
What else should one expect?
Expect the unexpected. Sometimes people have an emotional release during the voice work portion of the sound bath at the end. It can be quite cathartic to use one's voice and when in a big group, supporting one another through vocal toning, it is safe and easy to let go of stuck energy. Voice work is mostly a lot of fun and very energizing! Sometimes during the sound bath meditation, one might have some body sensations such as itching, slight pain, or muscle spasm. This is very common and also fleeting. It’s the body’s way of reacting and adjusting to the vibrations and it’s a health energy release.
Other aspects of a Sound Bath with Katie: Essential Oils and Herbal Tea.
Depending on the venue, tea might be served or available before or after the sound bath to facilitate continued relaxation and rejuvenation. Katie incorporates essential oils before and after the sound bath meditation for the same reasons. At the end, participants can ask questions, share their experiences, or even try the instruments upon request.
The whole purpose of the sound bath meditation is to provide a healing, comfortable, safe, and welcoming environment for deep listening, stress-reduction, pain relief, community connection, and a sense of wellbeing that can often resonate in the body and mind for many hours or even days following the meditation.
Find a sound bath in your neighborhood! Try a variety of them to find the style and method that works best for you. It’s a medication-free, equal opportunity healing experience for all that is community focused and environmentally “sound!”
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