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Sound Therapy

“One of the best and most effective of treatments is to strengthen the mental and spiritual strengths of the patient, to give him more courage to fight illness, create a loving, pleasant environment for the patient, play the best music for him and surround him with people that he loves.” ”

— Avicenna/ Ibn Sina, 980-1037

Since ancient times, humans have used sound to soothe, uplift and energise. Across the world, systems of music have formed part of medical treatment including the scales of Pythagoras, the raags of India and Arabic makam therapy, now being revived in modern day Turkish Hospitals.

What is Sound Therapy? 
In a sound therapy or sound bath session, instruments and voice are used to create a meditative state of relaxation.  Listening deeply to sound calms the mind, soothes the emotions and gives the body a chance to take nourishing rest - studies show that listening to music can reduce blood pressure.  These sessions are particularly effective for those who cannot receive physical touch - such as cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or those on the autistic spectrum who are tactile defensive.   

During the Ottoman Empire, Makam Music Therapy was used in hospitals.  Courtyards were used for musicians to come and play specific forms of music to patients.

During the Ottoman Empire, Makam Music Therapy was used in hospitals. Courtyards were used for musicians to come and play specific forms of music to patients.

Sound Therapy Courses
Katie designed and delivers a 2 day non-residential Sound Therapy Module for the Holistic Healing College which is part of a Diploma Course, but can be taken as a stand-alone course. 
This is an experiential module in which you will learn simple and profound ways to use sound within a therapy practice and/or for self development.  We will look at how the voice can be used for healing and also instruments such as gongs and singing bowls. 
Contact the Holistic Healing College for more information.

Katie was certainly the best thing about this module, she was a great teacher, obviously very experienced. A confident facilitator whom I really respected. She sensitively balanced the different needs of the group, and you felt safe with her.​ ”

— Janice, Therapist, Holistic Healing College

Sound Therapy Out & About 
Katie has facilitated Sound Therapy Sessions for groups and individuals at 
Aman Spa at The Connaught Hotel, RNIB, RNID, The Little Escape, British Wheel of Yoga, International Federation of Aromatherapists, Mind Body & Soul Too, Bilgi Paylasim Istanbul
and at Festivals including Glastonbury, Big Green Gathering and Big Chill.

The day Katie was able to spend with us was amazing; we were inspired by her visit. The People who use the Service all seemed very relaxed after sessions, and Katie's sensitive approach was perfect.”

— Ben Hallman, Action for Hearing Loss Bath (RNID)