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Using Sound as a Healing Tool

Posted by Sarah Bolton-Locke on 30 October 2017

“I have recently joined the team here at Infobuzz as a Hidden Victims Project Worker, mainly working with children and families in Gloucestershire that are in need of therapeutic intervention to help them work through the impacts of a family member going to prison. 

“I offer a holistic assessment that considers the needs of the whole family and put together a plan of support. The plan is often achieved in many different ways and is likely to involve a mulita-agency approach to supporting the individual and the family in a way that suits them.

“As a team of project workers, we are able to be non-judgmental, supportive, creative and reactive to what is needed in the moment of support and with no time limit. Within our team we all specialise in different areas of expertise within health, criminal justice and social services. I have a passion for complementary therapy and for learning new techniques in coping with stress and anxiety. I have a range of skills and techniques that can be helpful for people as part of their healing process when dealing with significant changes within the family.

“I personally like to use sound as my own healing tool. It has helped me express emotions that had become stuck during a time of bereavement.  Since having this experience, I decided to go on and learn more about the effects of sound on our bodies. This is one of the techniques I have brought with me, to my work at Infobuzz. The technique is very popular for chronic pain, bereavement, sleep deprivation, rejuvenation and to complement treatments for long term illness.

“Using sound as a therapy is said to be like an inner sensory massage, as sound waves travel inside us. It’s a lot like dropping a pebble in a lake and watching the ripples vibrate out. As our bodies are made up of at least 70% water, you can imagine how vibration works inside the body.

“By using rhythm and frequency we can open our brainwaves, sometimes it is possible to reach a meditative state and improve sleep, which is where our natural internal healing can then occur. This same concept is utilised in meditation by regulating the breath and bringing in mindfulness. With sound it's the frequency that is the active agent influencing a shift in state and therefore helps clear away any negative or unwanted feelings.

“Vibration has a lasting effect on us; often you will hear people humming away to themselves, this is an inbuilt coping tool for stress and a natural remedy to reduce the heart rate bringing a sense of stillness and calm.

“Why not give it a go? ….. Try sitting comfortably in a quiet space. Place one hand on your chest and hum. You can immediately feel how the humming sound and vibrations travel around your body. Often starting around the head, throat and chest area.  If you try to concentrate on this unique sound of yours for a short period of time, your body will naturally feel more relaxed and grounded from doing this short exercise.

“I like to share techniques that can be used anywhere and by anyone, this way you know no matter what your circumstances, you can utilise a tool that works for you.  You will sometimes catch me humming away to myself when I am walking home from work to my car as it helps me transition from work mode to my journey home.” 

Sarah Bolton-Locke

Project Worker with Infobuzz