1/25/2022 0 Comments
Come and enjoy an indulgent "spring clean" for your body, soul and spirit. We will be starting with a gong and sound bath session in the yurt, followed by individual Indian head massages, pressure point chair massages (back neck and shoulders, fully clothed) and crystal healing chakra balancing. We will gather together to hold an elemental ceremony around the firepit to celebrate the Spring Equinox, letting go of what we no longer need and setting new intentions for the rest of the year. We will end our half-day retreat with tea/coffee, homemade cake and some good old-fashioned chatting.
Social distancing will be in place where possible and with this in mind, numbers are strictly limited to six.
So that everyone can relax and feel really comfortable, we would ask people to take a lateral flow test before attending.
How does sound healing work?
Therapeutic healing with “sacred instruments” has been used for thousands of years by many civilizations worldwide, including the Egyptians, the original native cultures of Australia and America and the Celts. Shamans (back to prehistoric times) have used drumming to heal people and in India, Sanskrit chanting has been used for centuries to balance “Chakras” and heighten consciousness. One of the most well-known people to utilise sound instruments as medicine was Pythagoras, (500 BC) and he used a flute and lyre. Gongs have been used to stimulate healing since the bronze age and a more recent addition to the healing instrument repertoire has been crystal singing bowls, (originally a by-product in Silicon Valley, USA). Unlike handmade Tibetan bowls, (which usually have a predominant note, plus many overtones) each crystal singing bowl has a very pure frequency of one note, tuned to a particular hertz.
A “gong and sound bath” is a unique type of practice, using therapeutic sounds and vibrations to stimulate healing. The healing can be of a physical, emotional, or spiritual nature. This practice is referred to as a “bath” because participants are “bathed” in meditation sound waves of specific frequencies. The goal of a sound bath is usually relaxation, although it can be also used to release pain and stagnant energy.
Sound therapy has long been used to manage a broad range of health conditions. The treatments are based on the understanding that all forms of matter, including our body’s cells, vibrate at different frequencies. Factors such as stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia and disease cause cells and organs within our bodies to vibrate at non-optimal frequencies. Sound healing can help to re-set these vibrations to optimal frequencies, so that the body (and mind) is more balanced and able to heal.
Most people who participate in sound baths are lying down on meditation mats, with a pillow and a blanket (but you can also sit).
You just need to rest in a comfortable position. Various instruments and sound vibrations are played to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system. Once this is triggered and functioning well, it also improves the digestive and immune systems. The auditory stimuli of the instruments help to balance the left/right sides of the brain and cause the brainwaves to change, from an alert Beta state (24-30 Hertz), down to Alpha brainwaves (8-13.9 Hz). Alpha is associated with creativity and feelings of relaxation. In this state, people experience daydreams, creative thinking, and an animated imagination. This state is followed by Theta brainwaves (4-7.9 Hz), which are associated with meditation, hypnosis and REM sleep. Delta is the zone for deep, dreamless sleep (1-3 Hz). The optimal state for healing during a sound bath, is on the Alpha/Theta brainwave border (7-8 Hertz).
These are relaxing sessions using gongs, crystal singing bowls, Tibetan bowls, chimes, shamanic drum and various percussion instruments. All you need to do is lie down and be "bathed" in healing sound vibrations. Each session is £12 per person. Please contact Michele to book your place (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Saturday 22nd January, 5-6pm: Chilcompton Village Hall, Wells, BA3 4EX
Friday 18th February, 7-8pm: Clapton Village Hall, Clapton, BA3 4DY
Thursday 3rd March, 7-8pm, Bathampton Village Hall, BA2 6UL
Sunday 13th March, 5-6pm: Kilmersdon Village Hall, BA3 5TD
Saturday 19th March, 6pm-7.30pm, Yoga Bodhi, Bath, BA1 2QZ (please note, this is a special event including some chakra balancing and crystal healing. It needs to be booked directly with Yoga Bodhi and is £15)
Thursday 7th April, 7-8pm, Bathampton Village Hall, BA2 6UL
Sunday 10th April, 5-6pm, Chilcompton Village Hall, BA3 4EX
Arrival from 15 mins before the start of the gong/sound bath and please leave yourself 10 mins at the end, to drink some water and feel completely grounded before leaving.
GREETINGS! I am Michele Bentley and I am delighted to offer my services as a free-spirited, "Elemental Celebrant". I love working with nature and incorporating traditional rituals into my ceremonies, using the elements of Air, Fire, Water and Earth.
Feel free to get in touch
Wild Oak Ceremonies
Somerset BA3 4SA
Telephone: 07971 910769
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