The Healing Power of Sound
There are few things in life that I love more than my nightly bubble bath ritual. I fill the tub with my favorite Lollia Bubble Bath (trust me it foams up like no other), light scented candles, open the windows, grab a good book, and sometimes a face mask. For me, it’s the one time I can be completely alone in my house (especially these days) and just relax.
Before the current isolation situation, I took my love of baths to a different level by attending a sound bath class at Alamo City Yoga. Led by Blue Elephant Vibes, this class was everything I love about a bubble bath, minus the warm water (which now that I think of it---if you could enjoy a sound bath while immersed in a bubble bath….nirvana!). Audrey Stephens, founder of Blue Elephant vibes, invited us to close our eyes and clear our minds as she replicated the sounds of the ocean through measured strikes of her bronze singing bowls. The sounds reverberated throughout the dimly lit room resulting in an experience that is best described as the auditory version of a deep tissue massage.
“It is designed to be a relaxation tool,” explains Stephens, adding that it is especially useful for people who suffer from anxiety, veterans with PTSD, people in chronic pain, and children with special needs or autism. “When the mind is relaxed the body can heal.”
A Certified Vibrational Sound Therapist and Reiki practitioner, Stephens was introduced to crystal singing bowls five years ago. She became certified and began teaching with so much success that two years later she left her fast-paced, high-stress, 30-year corporate career to devote her energy to her practice full-time. Since then, her work has taken her to corporate and clinical spaces, hospice care, yoga studios, and even to Thailand where she played healing vibrations for a pregnant elephant named Bodhi.
“That was just surreal,” she describes.
Tibetan Singing Bowls have been used for centuries for healing and meditation purposes. They are an effective and proven modality for clearing the mind and reducing stress, alleviating pain, altering consciousness, and creating a deep sense of peace, well-being, and better health.
“When there is deep relaxation through soothing, resonant sound, the body is affected on a cellular level,” explains Stephens. “Sound can help us shift our energy and remove the lower frequencies of emotions including fear, anger, and resentment, which at some point can lead to a disease state.”
Stephens is quick to point out that she is not a “healer,” but more of a facilitator in the healing process.
“I help you to heal yourself by calming the mind and letting it do what it is supposed to do,” she explains. “If your brain is an organ designed to send messages to your body, and your thoughts are whirling around or you’re over thinking, you are not allowing it to do its job.”
For more information or to schedule a session with Stephens in her private studio, check out her facebook page. @blueelephantvibes.