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Yuletide Soundbath

date:  Sunday 19th December, 2021
time: 11:00 - 13:00
cost: £18 per session
A very special Yuletide Soundbath evoking the comfort, connection, scents and sounds of Christmas - with mince pies and Christmassy drinks.

Take some time out to experience deep relaxation of body and mind and emerge refreshed and re-energised.

We will draw the blackout blinds, light candles and you will lay down, wrapped in a blanket you will simply close your eyes and listen to the soothing sounds of Himalayan Bowls, Crystal Singing Bowls, Chimes and Shamanic Percussion as Emma takes you on a journey to deep inner peace. The chatter of the mind ceases, muscles relax and tension melts away leaving you in a state of deep calm.

The session also includes relaxation stretches and breathing and a beautiful guided meditation. After playing Emma will welcome you to have a Christmassy drink and a mince pie while you sit and absorb and enjoy the effects.

Come along to experience the power of intelligently applied sound, which our ancestors intuitively understood.....

How do Soundbaths work?

When we hear sound we respond physiologically. Our heart rate, brain waves, muscles, chemical make-up and thoughts all change. We can therefore harness sound to create deep relaxation.

During a soundbath I use specific tones, rhythms, volumes and tone intervals to take you on a journey which will enable you to release tension and enter a deep altered consciousness between wakefulness and sleep. In that state of deep relaxation the entire physiological system calms and renews, physical and emotional pain can subside and the mind can let go of surface ‘chatter’ so that deeply known insights can surface.

Humans have been using sound in this way for at least hundreds of years but now we have science to show us what actually happens in the body and brain when we hear sounds.

Why is it called a Soundbath?

There’s no water and everyone stays clothed!
It’s called a Soundbath because people often describe the experience as very immersive, as though they were completely surrounded by or immersed in the sound.

What happens in the brain with a Soundbath?

What happens in the brain when we hear music is unique to humans. When humans are exposed to repetitive sound waves our brainwaves can match those sound waves.

This matching is called entrainment and can be harnessed by sound therapists to create sounds that will have specific effects on emotions.

We can for instance create a sense of calm, uplifting energy, or we can help clients to work through difficult emotions such as grief or fear by playing tones and rhythms that match those emotions.

Are Soundbaths new?

Although Soundbaths have been popping up in exclusive and trendy spas from LA to Sydney, they are ancient. Our Palaeolithic ancestors were using low frequency sound, shamens used sound for healing,...here’s a quick history...

Anthropologists think that we developed the ability to be entrained by sound when we became bipedal (walking on two feet), which enabled us to use our hands to create tools by hitting things against each other. This created rhythm which we became entrained by, although we don’t know why evolution gave us this gift of a love of music, but it was likely to be to help us form bonds with non-family members, which would have been important for our survival.

The paleolithic caves have been found to be acoustically perfect for creating sound that would be deeply entraining and the areas of the caves that were particularly exceptional for creating resonance have been found to have markings on the walls which anthropologists think suggest they were repeatedly hitting the walls with rocks, perhaps to create sound.

Many cultures have used sound for physical, mental and spiritual health. We have the meditative chants of Hinduism and the Christian Monks, the drumming of shamans and the singing bowls of Buddhist culture.

Somewhere along the line we in the West ‘forgot’ how to use sound to heal, but now brain scanning technology and robust studies are showing us again how to create soundbaths which take us into a deep rest state and then how to create emotional soundscapes within that deep rest state.

What should I wear and bring?

Wear something you are comfortable stretching in and laying down in. We also recommend warm socks because your temperature may drop a lot with the deep relaxation.

You don't need to bring anything but you are welcome to bring an eye pillow or eye mask and if you prefer to bring your own pillow and blanket you are also welcome to do so.

about the Therapist

Emma Lowther-Wright Sound Therapist

Emma is a certified sound therapist Practioner holding the British Academy of Sound Therapy PL.Dip.ST and trained with Marla Leigh, one of the world's leading frame drummers. She is also a yoga teacher and our Studio Director.

Emma's Soundbaths are very popular and she performed at the Under the Moon exhibition at Harris Museum and at the Lancashire Encounters festival.
RYT 200hrs, BAST PLdip, Groove Facilitator, POUND, Barre Concept

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