By Abby Meaux Conques
Sound and vibration have been used as healing modalities in various cultures for thousands of years. Evidence lies in the Aborigines’ use of the didgeridoo for healing, Greco-Roman healing temples, and vowel sound chants of Tibetan monks, to name a few.
The intention of each culture remained the same: to restore balance.
How does it work?
Simply put, by getting us back into tune. Everything has a resonant frequency. This means sounds can make objects vibrate with sound waves. Think opera singer and a wine glass; if the singer hits a certain pitch, tone, and volume, it causes the glass to vibrate, even shatter.
Resonance actually heals, so when this is applied to the body, sound therapy is similar. Hospitals use this method by breaking up kidney stones with sound waves. Each cell, organ, and bone in our bodies has its own frequency, so sound is distributed easily since our bodies are 70+ percent water, a great conductor for sound!
One place you can experience sound therapy locally is at the Yoga Garden, thanks to Fran Clarke.
Who is Fran?
A psychotherapist for 30 years, Fran Clarke ran her practice with a holistic perspective. She focused on mind-body health, psycho-spiritual wellness, and consciousness evolution. Clarke utilized sound with classical music as a transformational process citing, “That work cuts through places that other practices can’t.”
She says there will always be a place for talk therapy, but she’s seen so many deep breakthroughs quicker when she used sound in sessions.
Her passion for sound therapy grew from her own deep healing transformation and a belief that society relies too much on pharmaceuticals to mask symptoms without addressing the root of imbalance.
Clarke was inspired to study ancient sounds for healing, which led her to trainings in Portugal and the UK, becoming a certified Sound Therapy Trainer for Tuning Forks and Therapeutic Tibetan Singing Bowls.
Leading a multitude of workshops, Clarke leaves the Acadiana area with 50+ sound practitioners to carry the torch of sound healing. “Leaving” because she recently followed a long, innate calling to reside in Portugal, staying true to her mantra, “Listen to the beat of your soul.”
The Yoga Garden now has a team of sound practitioners, taught by Fran Clarke, playing ancient sounds in a variety of classes as a pain-free, drug-free option to add to overall well-being practices.
Some instruments you’ll hear in Soundbath Meditations and Yoga + Sound classes are Tibetan & Crystal Singing Bowls, shakers, drums, and gongs. The benefits of sound healing include helping to relieve anxiety, depression, stress, PTSD, pain, insomnia, negative emotions, and more. It also strengthens the immune system and removes toxins and blockages.
Science aside, most people just feel really good after, which is reason enough for them to return week after week. Visit www.yogarden.net