Music and sound has been used to bring about positive change in people suffering both physical and emotional difficulties for millenia. I have pursued training in both music- and body-related therapies toward helping people to feel better. I am certified as a holistic massage and Thai massage practitioner, yoga teacher and soundwork practitioner. For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated and positively charged by my endeavours to channel healing energy through my hands to help relieve pain or stress in others and myself. It’s been an empowering meditation and a rewarding act of love. I feel a curious and wonderful parallel between this and my lifetime of experience creating music with my hands to heal, to inspire, to calm, to unify.
• MASSAGE •
For those who are keen to try something different, I augment the physical experience of massage with short periods of soundwork. I studied the use of sound and music in healing and soul shifting in my holistic massage course at The Art of Conscous Touch in British Columbia and with Sound Practitioner and musical collaborator Gary Diggins. I completed Levels 1 and 2 of Gary’s Soundwork program in Toronto in 2008 and 2009.
The latest scientific research on sound indicates that this vibrational art helps to synchronize the hemispheres of the brain, induce relaxing brainwave states, and produce the relaxation response: lower heart rate, blood pressure and deeper breathing. Besides promoting wellness, the experience of sound can be magical, mystical and creative connecting us deeply to our soul and spirit.
I use the deep resonance and soft beat of a large frame drum over a client’s body to help them sink into a relaxed, meditative state. These vibrations have also been shown to break up stagnation in the body, clear energetic blockages and even reduce scar tissue.
Clients may enjoy wrapping up a session with the pure, cleansing vibration of a singing bowl being moved over their body. Absorbing the rich vibrations of a didgeridoo can be a profound experience that moves energy in an intense and enjoyable way. Theses are shamanic techniques that have been utilized by various cultures throughout history.
• YOGA •
As a yoga teacher (certified by YogaSpace in Toronto, 2011), I have enjoyed opportunities to accompany yoga classes. I play regularly for Bibi Rahim-Hahn‘s popular Flow class at YogaSpace and for Suz‘s Yoga Drum class and Yin-Yang class at Fireflow Yoga Studio, both in Toronto.
I follow the dynamic set by the teacher closely, using a variety of instruments including drums, cello, flute, kamel n’goni (an African harp) and sometimes didgeridoo and a crystal singing bowl.
I welcome invitations from yoga teachers wishing to offer the deepening of practice that live music can offer their students.
• REIKI •
When Dany Lyne attuned her Reiki students in 2013, I had was invited to deepend the experience with ceremonial sounding. I used a buffalo drum, didgeridoo and crystal singing bowl to open the students more deeply to receiving their attunement.