What is sound therapy?
Sound therapy affects the physical body in much the same way as a “hands-on” massage. It also affects the physiology of the brain. Much like hypnosis, sound therapy alters brainwaves from a hyperactive state and moves them through states of deep calm and relaxation. Sound affects us in the physical, emotional, and mental realms.
Therapeutic sound initiates the relaxation response by shutting down the “fight or flight” systems and re-activates the “rest and digest” systems of calm. Harmonic sounds produce a better mood, a more rational mind, regulate breath and metabolism, reduce muscle tension, improve sleep patterns, and many others. Harmonic sounds have been shown to promote structure to the stresses the body encounters in everyday life and give them an outlet to get back on track.
One benefit almost all participants report is experiencing rejuvenation and restoration to achieving deep states of relaxation and disconnections from anxiety and stress.
How to enjoy the experience of Sound Therapy
• Turn off your cell phone (not even set to vibrate).
• Get comfortable: Remove any metal that you might be wearing, such as large jewelry, belt buckles, key, etc. Weddings bands should be ok.
• Settle in: Lie on a mat, cover up with a blanket, wear warm socks, use a bolster under your head, knees, and/or neck, or an eye covering
• Be open to the experience: Feel free to set an intention or just relax and enjoy.
Karen Pujals has an MS in Educational Psychology (Counseling) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, an MS in Administration (Healthcare) from Central Michigan University, and a BS in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She has completed Sound Therapy and Gong Master certifications with the unparalleled 9 Ways Academia, under the mentorship of internationally renowned scholar, instructor, therapist, and performer, Mitch Nur, Ph.D.
She established her private practice, Soul Freqs, Sound + Energy Works in 2015. In former lives, Karen served 14 years as a Military Intelligence officer in the US Army and administrated Fox Cities Dermatology in Neenah, WI for 10 years. She currently lives and practices in her beloved studio on the shore of the Fox River in Menasha, WI.