“There will come a time when a diseased condition will not be described as it is today by physicians and psychologists, but it will be spoken of in musical terms, as one would speak of a piano that was out of tune” – Rudolf Steiner.
It has only been since the age of science that the West seems to have lost its cultural memory regarding the power of sound as a healing modality. Internally by exercising the power of voice or externally by exposure to music, tones, beats and chants – sound has always had the power to cure what ails you. The Greeks of antiquity knew it …both healing and music belonged under the auspices of the same deity, Apollo, the Sun God.
“A person does not hear sound only through the ears. One hears sound through every pore of their body. It permeates the entire being, and according to its particular influence either slows or quickens the rhythm of the blood circulation. It either wakens or soothes the nervous system. It arouses a person to greater passions or it calms him by bringing him peace,” explains Sufi musician and author Hazrat Inayat Khan. “Sound becomes visible in the form of radiance …the same energy which goes into the form of sound before being visible is absorbed, as the physical body recuperates and becomes charged with new magnetism.”
For more than 5000 thousand years, every musical instrument in China had to be tuned in accordance with the imperial tone which was called Kung. The Emperor’s responsibility was to be certain that the Kung was in perfect harmony with the ever-changing celestial influences to insure that divine energies continued to flow from above, manifesting as harmony below.
If you think that you are not a part of this celestial symphony, simply stop and listen to your own heart. It beats in a continuous rhythm. The Earth too produces a global electronic beat, a wave with a fundamental frequency that oscillates at approximately 7.83 Hz. This wave and its harmonics are known as the Schumann resonances, named after physicist Winfried Otto Schumann who first predicted them mathematically in 1952. After his colleague Hans Berger invented the EEG machine, which led to the first recording of human brain frequencies and upon reading Schumann’s results about the Earth’s frequency, Dr. Anker Mueller realized that the frequency of the earth was an exact match with the recently discovered alpha wave frequency of the human brain.
That skeptical “brain” which perceives the world around you is made up of specialized nerve cells called neurons that switch on and off in a binary dance with the planet, in action and then at rest. Those atoms that make up the cells of your body are whirling in harmony with the stars and planets of the universe. At least they are as long as you are healthy and in a state of balance.
Since the early eighties, Peter Hess has been studying radiesthesia, a compound word that describes a form of sound healing. The initial radi couples radio waves or radiation with aesthesia, (the counter-opposite of anaesthesia) a state of alert mental responsiveness in which you are aware of yourself and your situation.
If tuning forks will resonate in sympathetic harmony, so will the cells and organs of your body. Based on his experience with sound healing in Nepal and Tibet, Peter Hess started to experiment and study the effects of singing bowls on the human mind and body to form the basis of his theories of sound massage. The results of his more than 30 years of work are worldwide, starting with the founding of the Peter Hess Sound Massage Institute in Germany, where sound healing is integrated into the nation’s medical system.
“The tangible world is movement, not a collection of moving objects, but movement itself. There are no objects ‘in movement.’ It is the movements which constitute the objects, which appear to us; there are nothing but movements,” explains Alexandra David-Neel and Tibetan lama Aphur Yongden in their book, “The Secret Oral Teachings in Tibetan Buddhist Sects.”
Sound massage with singing bowls is movement of the cells, atoms and electronic aura of your body accomplished by placing a select metal and tonal bowl on the dressed body or within the aura of an individual. Then, they are tapped gently with a felt mallet to cause them to resonate. The calming harmonizing sounds as well as the gentle vibrations of the singing bowls, induce a feeling of well-being and a very effective, deep, sound-based state of relaxation.
“Sound affects us though several channels. The human cells, when bathed in sound, light up and shine in bright intense color, as the vibrations of health are being reinforced,” says Gina Armstrong sound massage therapist at Balance on Buffalo in Manitowoc. “All of your body-healthy processes are fortiﬁed and intensiﬁed by the complex sound waves of a singing bowl, bringing your mind to rest, quickly becoming calm and relaxed.”
Balance on Buffalo invites anyone who wants to experience a sound massage to do so by appointment with Gina Armstrong. She is one of only six accredited Peter Hess Trainers and sound massage therapists working in the USA. For the first time in she will be bringing the Peter Hess Sound Massage Training to America with teachers Janusz Urzykowski from Poland and Alex Andrzejewski from Australia. The week-long course at Balance on Buffalo in Manitowoc, WI takes place from May 19 – 25. For more information stop in or visit www.balanceonbuffalo.com.
Posted on 22. Apr, 2014 by Stephen Kastner.
Celebrating Earth Day 2014, with actions (instead of words) we bring you a message from DCEC’s Citizen of the year… Bob Bultman is a consulting naturalist and an ecology educator, named Door County Environmental Council’s Citizen of the Year in 2013. He specializes in helping Door County landowners restore and steward the bountiful plant and […]
Is yoga a sport or a spiritual practice? Find out with a Free Introductory Class at Junction Center May 2
Posted on 21. Apr, 2014 by Stephen Kastner.
While Debate.org says the vote is split 50/50 (now 43/57 after my post) on this discussion, most serious practitioners will agree that yoga is instead, a way of life. It can best be described as a fitness lifestyle, one that builds the connection between your body, mind and spirit. If yoga is a sport, it […]
Posted on 13. Apr, 2014 by Staff Reporter.
“The Importance of Early Detection,” an Invasive Species workshop on imminent invaders takes place on Friday, May 2 from 3 -4:30 pm at the Bailey’s Harbor Town Hall. You can already spot Garlic Mustard …and Phragmites? Everyone knows Phragmites! But what about the newcomers? What about those impending threats, the ones that plant biologists call the early detection […]
Posted on 07. Apr, 2014 by Staff Reporter.
Americana trio Red Molly featured in concert at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek on Wednesday, April 9 sold out, so they are extending their stay one more night, Thursday April 10. Tickets for the 8 PM concert, the very last of this season at the inn, are $20. Since 2004, Americana trio Red […]
Posted on 05. Apr, 2014 by Staff Reporter.
Join in celebrating the extraordinary within our everyday lives by submitting your personal perspective on experiencing Door County life. “What’s Behind the Door? Everyone has a story…” the first collaborative publication created by you, Leadership Door County and Write On Door County, will become a one-time only, printed book, consisting of original short stories and poetry. Submissions will be accepted […]
Posted on 26. Mar, 2014 by Staff Reporter.
The Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp marks the first time in Birch Creek Music Performance Center’s history that a vocal curriculum has been offered to students – slated for the 9th week of the 2014 schedule that includes Big Band Jazz, Symphony, Percussion and Steel Band sessions. Now in its 26th year, the Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp […]
Posted on 15. Mar, 2014 by Stephen Kastner.
The UWGB Faculty Ensemble will provide an irresistible collection of tasty musical treats on Friday, March 28 at 7 pm at the Prince of Peace Church in Sturgeon Bay.
Posted on 10. Mar, 2014 by Audra Baakari Boyle.
Peninsula Players Theatre, America’s oldest professional resident summer theater and Door County’s theatrical icon, received the Governor’s Award for Arts, Culture and Heritage at the Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism (WIGCOT) earlier this week in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. This award is presented to a business or destination that showcases the arts, culture, or heritage for […]
Posted on 05. Mar, 2014 by Staff Reporter.
American Osteopathic Academy honors leaders in the field. Dr. Phillip Arnold of Ministry Door County Medical Center will receive the Award of Fellow from the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM). The award recognizes the highest level of experience, dedication, service and contributions to the advancement of Sports Medicine. Dr. Arnold is a family […]