What is Sound Healing?

Sound healing is the therapeutic use of sound and music for healing and embraces five broad areas of activity:

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    Vocal Expression:

    Toning, Singing, Chanting, Laughing;

  • 2

    Using Instruments:

    Crystal bowls, drums, gongs, Himalayan bowls, tuning forks and other musical instruments;

  • 3

    Sound Healing Therapy:

    where a person receives a sound healing treatment from a sound healer;

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    using sound healing exercises for self-healing;

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    the use of music to relax, reduce pain or assist before surgery.

What are the benefits?

Sound healing offers the possibility of a drug-free way of treating pain and illness, is simple to use and has no harmful side effects. It works on the principle that the body is made up of energy vibrating at different frequencies and that illness or dis-ease is caused by disharmony within the body, mind and emotions. Sound healing helps to bring the body, mind and emotions back into harmony with our soul or spirit.

"One reason sound heals on a physical level is because it so deeply touches and transforms us on the emotional and spiritual planes."

Dr. Mitchell Gaynor

What happens in a treatment?

There are many different types of treatment format which involve using either the voice and/or a wide range of other therapeutic instruments (such as those shown above). Generally speaking – using a vocal sound healing treatment as an example - you will be asked to simply lie down fully clothed on a treatment couch, after which the sound therapist will use their voice to tone over and around your body, with the intention of bringing you into a state of harmony and health. There will be alternating periods of silence and most people experience such a sound healing treatment as deeply relaxing.

Examples of client feedback following vocal sound healing treatments:

"Thank you so much for my introduction to sound healing. I’ve had a wonderful week and feel that I have passed through a major threshold in my life, with all sorts of opportunities opening up for me. I have even written my first children's story - quite out of the blue!"

Mrs S. F.

"I have been feeling more positive and confident since starting sound healing, with a new mind-set that 'wonderful things are happening'. I have also not been worrying so much about my children, accepting the ongoing difficulties as an 'interlude'."

Mrs J. A.

"I really enjoyed the tuning forks, the journey of the tones and the 'breathing' sounds during my sound therapy session. I felt very nurtured throughout with a pervading sense that all the sounds were exactly what was needed and just right. Many many thanks."

Mrs K. S.

"Thank you for my three memorable sound healing treatments. The sounds you made connected me to healing images in my mind's eye that I would otherwise not have experienced. One, like a soft lullaby sung by a mother's voice from long ago times, seemed to connect me to all mothers the world over, down through the ages. We focussed our sessions for me upon the word 'abundance' and I've now taken up folk dancing as part of this process!"

Ms A. N.

  • For further info about all therapy treatments currently offered by Sue Pready

    Please visit the THERAPIES page of this website

  • For info about training to be a sound therapist with Sue Pready in Oxfordshire

    Please visit the TRAINING/WORKSHOPS page of this website for full details & links.

“Sound Healing with the Voice (CoSH)® Practitioner Training”

Overview & Basic Details:

Sue Pready is a Tutor for The College of Sound Healing and has been running the above practitioner training programme in Hertfordshire since 2012. Having relocated to Oxfordshire at the end of 2019, Sue will be offering this same course in Abingdon from March 2022.

This is the College’s Core Practitioner Training and consists of five weekend modules delivered over a period of approximately 12 to 18 months and is fully accredited by the CMA (Complementary Medical Association). The fundamental focus of this whole programme is on developing and using the voice for healing. During the training you will learn a wide variety of methods for giving sound healing treatments with the voice. (The only other instrument required is a set of C&G Tuning Forks at Part 2). Once you have successfully completed this Practitioner Training you can become a full Member of the College of Sound Healing (MCSH) and the Therapeutic Sound Association (TSA).

"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 (1861 - 1925)