Sound has been utilised in various cultures for thousands of years as a healing modality. The healing sounds of live ethereal harp, ancient gongs and the beautiful purity of crystal bowls, provides waves of peace, heightened awareness and relaxation of mind body and spirit and move us from a place of imbalance to a place of balance.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Sound helps to facilitate shifts in our brainwave state by using entrainment. Entrainment synchronises our fluctuating brainwaves by providing a stable frequency which the brainwave can attune to. By using rhythm and frequency, we can entrain our brainwaves and it then becomes possible to down-shift our normal beta state (normal waking consciousness) to alpha (relaxed consciousness), and even reach theta (meditative state) and delta (sleep; where internal healing can occur).
This same concept is utilised in meditation by regulate breath, but with sound it's the frequency that is the agent which influences the shift.
WHAT IS IT LIKE?
A sound healing treatment or sound bath is largely a passive experience which we believe is enhanced within the power of the group. By doing this, you prepare yourself to become the receiver of sound. It's in this place of stillness that you participate by becoming more open and aware of each sound that comes in.
When using Tibetan bowls, they are placed on and around fully clothed body and gently tapped by the practitioner. This produces audible sounds and vibrations. The client is transformed into a deep state of relaxation. These vibrations from the Tibetan and crystal bowls penetrate to the cellular level resulting in loosening tense muscles, allowing regenerative processes to take place and creates physical, mental and emotional well being.
CRYSTAL & TIBETAN BOWLS
The sounds and vibrations of singing bowls promote relaxation and restoration with subtle and sometimes profound healing effects. They can be used to take the recipient into deep meditative states, which can then, in turn lead the body into a place of homeostasis, which helps the body to self-regulate and create self-generative healing.
Our bodies are made up of 65-75% water, which is an excellent conductive medium for sound and vibration. The pure tones and vibrations from the Tibetan and crystal bowls are transmitted to our cells which release toxins, creating a purifying and cleansing action.
The body is also made up of many crystalline structures. When the crystal bowls are played, there may be profound effects on the tissues, cells and organs in the body. As well as re-balancing the circulatory, endocrine and metabolic systems. Our bodies resonate with the purity of the sound, creating balance within the energy centres/chakras.
“If we accept that sound is vibration and we know that vibration touches every part of our physical being, then we understand that sound is heard not only through our ears but through every cell in our bodies. One reason sound heals on a physical level is because it so deeply touches and transforms us on the emotional and spiritual planes. Sound can redress imbalances on every level of physiologic functioning and can play a positive role in the treatment of any medical disorder.
Dr Mitchell Gaynor, director of Medical Oncology and Integrative Medicine, the Cornell Cancer Prevention Centre in New York.
The enchanting sound of the harp has unique healing properties. The resonance, richness and tonal colour have a soothing and relaxing effect. The subtle use of sound cultivates inner quietness, balance and beauty.
The benefits of healing and expansion have been long observed in a range if settings including personal development groups, with children in hospitals, hospices, and in business and performance enhancement.
Sound can play an important role in facilitating healing.
It has been seen to be helpful in the following conditions.
Journey into sound, movement and healing the mind and body
Siobhan has always had a strong interest and passion in alternative therapies and the connection between the mind and body. Whilst performing as a full time harpist in London, Siobhan furthered her studies and qualified as an Acupuncturist gaining a Bsc Honours from the London College of Traditional Acupuncture. Siobhan has also been practicing yoga for 20 years and continued her studies and gained her 200 hr Yoga Alliance teaching qualification in Bali Ubud, Indonesia.
Bridging the links between movement and sound, Siobhan’s journey began after attending a yoga class to then experience a Crystal Alchemy Sound Bath from a friend in London. The sensations that were felt were profound not only on a physical level through tingling sensations, but also feeling clear and light on a mental, emotional and spiritual level.
From this moment onwards, she realised that combining movement and pure frequencies had a transformational effect on the subtle body and was intrigued to explore these modalities together.
Siobhan’s journey into sound was also a journey into stillness. From living a fast pace and stressful lifestyle in busy London, she had the desire to slow down and look after herself. This also lead to studying Yin Yoga, the practice of stillness and surrender where we release into connective tissues, a place we hold our emotional stories, stress and trauma.
Yin Yoga and Sound Healing allows us to drop down into the parasympathetic nervous system so we can relax, restore and feel safe. These two amazing healing practices when combined together, have profound healing effects that have been transformational for Siobhan and her students.
As a Sound Therapist, Siobhan performs Gong, Alchemy Crystal Bowl Sound Bath around the U.K and Europe. Incorporating her Harp with various other London and UK Sound Therapists, Musicians, Kirtan leaders and Yoga Instructors. She combines Sound Healing and Sound Massage private treatments.She also teaches Yin and Restorative Yoga with Sound healing in Brighton and Hove.
Bsc Acupuncture London College of Traditional Acupuncture London
200 hours Vinyasa Flow Training Frog Lotus Bali
50 hours Yin Yoga training Louise Windsor UK
50 hours Restorative Yoga training Emma Cole UK
Diploma Sound Therapy - Academy of Sound Healing UK
Qualified Sound Massage Practitioner Peter Hess Institute Spain
Qualifed Gong Practitioner - Christine Heckle Spain
”Life is a symphony, and the action of every person in this life is the playing of his particular part in the music.” Hazrat Inayat Khan, Mysticism of Sound.
WORKING WITH GAVIN
GAVIN FRANK is a singer, voice facilitator, Kirtan leader, musician, recording artist and composer. He has been empowering people from all walks of life to find, embody and express the fullness of their own true voice for the last 17 years. Gavin also performs and records in the duo Madrum
and they have produced 2 CD's. Gavin is in the process of recording a chant CD.
He recently performed at the Barbican, London with renowned choreographer and dancer Darren Johnston.
He also plays several instruments including Indian harmonium, piano, guitar, drum and oboe.
Gavin is really excited to be collaborating with Siobhan Swider and hopes to be offering regular SOUND INFUSION events in your area soon.
WORKING WITH INGRID
The universe brought Siobhan and Ingrid together.
They immediately connected and in that first meeting, they recorded and videoed knowing that is was the start of an exciting and magical journey together.
Ingrid and Siobhan also connected easily because of the mutual interests that they share musically along with similar training in Shamanic and Ayurvedic healthing and yoga practices.
They have created spaces for their sound baths/journeys around the UK incorporating Voice, Harp, Tibetan and Crystal bowls along with different styles of yoga.
Ingrid and Siobhan integrate their live performances during their sound and yoga retreats as well as performing in other various venues around the UK and Europe.
They are in the process of working on their Resonance album. An ethereal fusion of Voice, Harp and Crystal bowls.
WORKING WITH GRATIA
Gratia was introduced to yoga on her travels to India in the 90’s and was totally hooked loving the experience of stepping off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced. Yoga has been part of her life ever since!
She initially trained in the Sivananda style but over the years continued her development completing trainings in Zenways Yoga and iRest Yoga Nidra. She also has a love of slow, deep Yin Yoga, rejuvenate Restorative Yoga and Women's Womb Yoga.
Gratia teaches in Brighton, where she is based, and has taught Yoga Nidra workshops in the U.K. and in Boston, USA. She has taught retreats in Egypt and well as closer to home. In 2007 she trained in Holistic Bodywork Massage in La Gomera, Canary Islands and she brings her healing touch into her classes
Gratia loves sharing her passion for Yoga, and her classes will often be a diverse blend of yoga from different traditions. Gratia is part of Brighton Kirtan and leads this heart centred practice - the singing of Sanskrit mantras to create an uplifted and meditative state of Voice, Harp and Crystal bowls.
SOUND BATH DATES
SOUND BATH RETREATS
A 5 DAY SOUND HEALING AND VOICE EXPLORATION RETREAT WITH YIN AND RESTORATIVE YOGA
NEW DATES COMING SOON
Brejo Fundeiro, Cemache do Bonjardim, 6100-209 Portugal
Come and connect with your highest wisdom through the vibration of sound! Siobhan and Gavin will take you on a journey through an array of practices to awaken the heart and nourish the soul.
with Gavin Frank and Siobhan Swider
NO VOCAL OR MUSICAL EXPERIENCE NEEDED
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The sessions I had with Siobhan were relaxing, insightful and helped to shift a lot of energy. I decided to focus on the solar plexus area and I felt a great healing to that area during our sessions. The resonance of the bowls on my body felt like it was touching stuck energy and helping me to bring it up into the light to be cleared. Siobhan has a kind and relaxing way about her so I felt able to really let go during the sessions. She created an atmosphere of trust and acceptance which I think is so important for this kind of work. Sometimes I would come away from the sessions feeling like my whole body was resonating a beautiful chord. That feeling is priceless. Thank you Siobhan. Martin