When was the last time that you can honestly say you experienced something that left you speechless? Okay, maybe you’re thinking that the last Tom Cruise Top Gun sequel was pretty amazing, and the jet-flight cinematography left you speechless. Or the filet mignon and wine pairing you had for your birthday left you speechless. Or that sunset view over the Grand Canyon you had the pleasure of witnessing with your significant other left you speechless. Sure, those are great examples. But hear me out. I might have an equivalent experience for you to try. It’s called vibroacoustic therapy.
As the name implies, vibroacoustic therapy is a combination of vibration and sound used to reduce stress and reduce the symptoms of certain health conditions. It uses sound frequencies, tones, and instruments to create an immersive environment coupled with vibrations that resonate throughout the body. A person reclines on a special mattress with embedded transducers that send sound and vibration through the body. At the same time, headphones provide a continuous sound bath that is synchronized with the vibrations.
This unique combination of sound and vibration stimulates the entire nervous system, from the brain to the base of the spinal column. The body responds by releasing calming neurotransmitters that promote relaxation, pain relief, and a reduction in blood pressure and heart rate. This type of therapy shares many of the benefits that you would get through meditation.
Vibroacoustic therapy is not necessarily new. In fact, it has been studied for many decades, as far back as the 1960s. It’s a safe, drug-free, and non-invasive therapy, and has been associated with improving symptoms for health conditions such as chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. Over the years, vibroacoustic therapy has had ongoing research published by the National Institute of Health.
Sound and vibration techniques have been used by many ancient civilizations for their healing properties. For example, the Aboriginal people of Australia developed a type of wind instrument called the didgeridoo. Made from the hollowed-out limbs of Eucalyptus trees, the sound created from this instrument also generates physical vibrations that can be felt. The combination of low sound frequencies and vibration are thought to heal musculoskeletal problems, as well as promoting general wellness.
My first vibroacoustic session was profound. I was totally immersed in a sound environment with these intense vibrations passing through my whole body. All of my worldly thoughts dissipated away. I had no concept of time. I was only focused on the experience. I fell into a deep state of relaxation and my body eventually felt like it was levitating above the table. After 30 minutes, the session ended, and I “awoke” from the experience. I remember lying there for many seconds trying to conceptualize the experience so that I could tell other people what it was like. It was hard to put into words. I was speechless, you could say.
Gwen Helvie, a sound therapy practitioner, and health coach is now offering vibroacoustic therapy at Salted Desert. Gwen has been a passionate advocate of alternative health treatments for many years and recognizes the importance of a harmonious balance between the mind and body. Come check out this truly awesome experience!
For more information and to schedule a session with vibroacoustic therapy, please visit our website at https://www.salteddesert.com/.
Stay safe and be well,