The Relaxation Response and Vibrational Sound Therapy

I truly love giving Vibrational Sound Therapy. It offers instant gratification in the best way.

It brings me the immediate satisfaction of having sincerely helped another being. It brings my clients the immediate benefits of deep relaxation of their body and mind.

When the 1 hour session is completed, my clients tell me and I can literally see and feel that they have released their anxiety, stress and tension. In some cases if they had pain due to muscular tension, their pain is relieved as well.

How does this happen?

It has to do with the Relaxation Response. The Relaxation Response is defined as your personal ability to encourage your body to release chemicals and brain signals that make your muscles and organs slow down and increase blood flow to the brain. 

The Relaxation Response is the opposite of the ‘fight or flight’ response. Vibrational Sound Therapy helps you get to your personal ‘relaxation place’.

You may be thinking “Well, I relax when I sit down to watch TV or scroll through Facebook.”

Nope, not the same kind of relaxation. Not at all.

The Relaxation Response is a physical state of deep relaxation which engages the opposite part of our nervous system from the fight or flight system—the parasympathetic nervous system.  Research has shown that regular use of the Relaxation Response can help any health problem that is caused or exacerbated by chronic stress such as fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal ailments, insomnia, hypertension, anxiety disorders, and others.

There are many methods to elicit the Relaxation Response including visualization, progressive muscle relaxation, energy healing, acupuncture, massage, float therapy, breathing techniques, prayer, tai chi, and of course yoga. True relaxation can also be achieved by removing yourself from everyday thought and by choosing a word, sound, phrase, prayer, or by focusing on your breathing – in other words: meditation.

As beneficial as all these methods of deep relaxation are, most require time, patience, and discipline to learn and practice. Hence, a modality to help one easily and quickly achieve the Relaxation Response can be extremely beneficial in our busy lives.

With Vibrational Sound Therapy, I use specially crafted Himalayan singing bowls placed directly on your body to induce vibrating sound waves with rhythmic strikes to the bowls. These vibrations, along with the soothing ambient tones from the bowls, are such a strong treatment that most clients report falling into a place of deep relaxation and meditative state, usually very quickly.

Thus, they enjoy the instant gratification of the benefits of the Relaxation Response.

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There are quotes and references in this blog post from a blog post from the web site Psychology Today by Marilyn Mitchell, M.D. ( and the book The Relaxation Response (c. 1975, 2000) by Dr. Herbert Benson, professor, cardiologist, author and founder of Harvard’s Mind/Body Medical Institute.