We’re eager to welcome sound therapy guide Lee Ann Dzelzkalns to Elements East. Lee Ann is a teacher of spiritual well-being with over thirty years of experience. While sound therapy is less widely-accepted in the west than other wholistic wellness approaches to healing, like yoga and meditation, it’s gaining popularity.
Read on to learn more about where this practice originated, the science behind it, and what you can expect when you experience sound therapy at Elements East.
Sound Therapy Origins
Ancient cultures have used sound and vibration to heal for centuries. From the Aboriginal people of Australia and their traditional instrument, the didgeridoo, to the songs and chants of ancient Egyptians, sound has been recognized as a powerful healing tool. It’s even been said that in ancient Greece, Pythagoras theorized that music was beneficial to health. Today, Tibetan singing bowls have come into the mainstream, and are an accessible way to bring vibration and sound into any home.
The Science Behind It
As we dove deeper into the world of sound therapy, one word resonated: entrainment. Sound therapy is really about vibration changing your state of being. Therefore, entrainment is essentially what happens in your brain when sound therapy is utilized.
First, visualize your brainwaves at any given time during your waking hours. They’re active, jumping and firing as new stimuli are introduced. Now, imagine entrainment as a stable, consistent sound or frequency that your brainwaves can tune in to. By stabilizing those waves, we can take our consciousness from a normal state into relaxation, then meditation, and even a sleep state.
If you are interested in learning more about the science of sound healing, check out the Sound Healer’s Association.
The Benefits of Sound Therapy
Today, sound therapy is said to benefit people who suffer from a multitude of symptoms, including:
- Sleep disorders
If you go back to the concept of entrainment, it’s easier to understand healing with sound therapy. It’s sort of like the old theory that you need to “get your rest” when you come down with a cold. By bringing your brainwaves into a stable place to rest, healing can take place.
Facilitator Lee Ann Dzelzkalns
Lee Ann has dedicated her career to facilitating programs that foster self-awareness, empowerment, wholeness and soul-growth. Her goal is to help individuals unfold their authentic self, and witness their soul shining.
Lee Ann believes that by mastering our wandering minds, we can recover our original state of unity-consciousness, unfolding the full expression of our One-Self. Her work cultivates kinesthetic awareness, quiets the mind, heals the heart, awakens the spirit, and seeks to bring a sense of inner harmony to all who participate.
In honor of Lee Ann’s workshop, a portion of all Tibetan singing bowl sales during her class will be donated to a school in Tibet.