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Healing Sound is a form of sensory therapy.
Sound as a wellness tool has roots that extend deep into human history. All cultures have created sound, via music, chanting, toning, and other methods to soothe the mind and invigorate the spirit. In contemporary society, sound and music continue to be used to promote health and well-being, relaxation, stress relief, and personal growth.
How do you use sound as therapy?
We use professionally tuned Master-quality© Contemporary Singing Bowls and 432Hz tuned Crystal Singing Bowls, also known as sound bowls to facilitate sound baths, meditation, and guided meditation infused with the spiritual energy of reiki.
The goal of Akimitsu Healing Sound is ultimately balance and restoration through sensory and personal experience that reconnects the mind, body, and spirit back to its own brilliant light.
By relieving stress and allowing these aspects of ourselves to come back into balance we emerge restored through feelings of equanimity and peace.
The average person spends a considerable amount of time listening to music and sound, regarding it as one of life’s most enjoyable activities.
While sound itself is simply energy in motion, sound waves of specific frequencies or notes in combination create a somatic effect on the body, the nervous system, and the brain to promote relaxation which in turn elevates our natural ability to heal alongside alleviating the deleterious effects of the stress response in the body.
There is documented difference in how types of music affect the human body. While some music is helpful to reduce stress, other music increases hormone levels that excite the body's stress response.
When used in sound therapy and sound baths, sound is a vehicle, that can help the recipient arrive at a healthier state of being, both physically and mentally.
It also allows one to explore and experience feelings on a deep level. Studies as recent as 2017 support that sound therapy is becoming increasingly popular to treat anxiety disorders, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder among the various psychological states.
This is because the vibrations work throughout our bodies massaging, cleansing, and purifying, while the calm meditative state allows individuals to experience a deeper state of awareness.
Singing bowls can also be incorporated into stimulating and cleansing the subtle energy body. Singing bowls, correlated with different notes, are able to open and balance these centers of the body which correlate with nerve branch bundles within the nervous system. Tonal instruments such as tuning forks and singing bowls can be used as standalone techniques or in conjunction with meditation or reiki treatment sessions.
Observational studies have shown beneficial effects of singing bowl sessions on a number of markers related to well-being. Additional studies support that specific musical vibration on the skin through the meridians is effective with symptoms such as pain, anxiety, fatigue, nausea, and depression  .
From the mid-1990s through present support that meditative music and sound significantly reduce plasma levels of cortisol and norepinephrine, which are related to stress.  High levels of cortisol and other stress hormones are known to be associated with:
The sound and vibration of singing bowls used in specific sequences have been shown to significantly improve :
Guided by Dr. George Patrick's work with the National Institute of Health, we often begin sessions with guided relaxation techniques combined with vibroacoustic sessions through the use of singing bowls to enhance the relaxation response and overall effectiveness.
While using singing bowls is generally regarded as safe, there is not a great deal of research on the possible risks and side effects of this type of treatment. People who may want to avoid singing bowl therapy include those who:
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