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Sound Massage

In her book  'Tuning The Human Biofield' written by Eileen McKusick,  she quotes (pg 29)Max Planck (a quantum Physicist who received the Nobel Prize in 1918 for physics) "We have now discovered that there is no such thing as matter; it is all just different rates of vibration designed by an unseen intelligence"  

  • The effects of sound and vibration are felt & heard  on a physical, emotional, and mental level.  The vibration will travel through the medium used and be absorbed by your physical body and your energy body. 

  • The sound and vibration will promote activation of your parasympathetic nervous system.  This part of your nervous system helps your body repair and heal itself.   The following is a quote from a client who experienced the 9" metal bowl vibration to her upper & mid back before the hands-on portion of her massage: " The tension I usually feel in my mid-back was gone and I slept MUCH better for TWO days! The only thing different was adding on the vibration bowl - amazing!"   

  • A vibration sound massage is much akin to an assisted meditation . The vibration and gentle sounds are so  calming that you might just fall asleep, or enter that “in-between''  hypnagogic brainwave state (not awake yet not asleep).  During this state you may notice that you can hear yourself breathing deeper and more fully, but are so relaxed and “in-tune” with your inner-being that all you are is aware - not wanting to do anything about what you hear, feel, or sense around you.   

Types of Vibration Sound Massage offered:

1. Lunch break gentle vibration massage with weighted tuning forks:   

This is a 20 minute bodywork session w/ weighted tuning forks used by your ears & on  the top/bottom of spine simultaneously to induce a meditative (daydream) state of mind, then on  your feet, abdomen, sternum, , head & neck.  The gentle vibration you feel may elicit a sense of grounding, relaxation, & peace to assist you in moving through the rest of your day.  Performed fully clothed w/ tuning forks set to a frequency of 93.96 Hz.  128 and 136.1 hz.   

What clients are saying ... 

SONIC SLIDER (93.96 HZ) TUNING FORK to both feet & chakra points on body/scalp)

"I was surprised  how I felt during and after this kind of massage.  I felt very  relaxed.  It  almost feels like a warm hug to each part of my body that the tuning fork works on.  Crazy, but I could feel the areas around my chest and abdomen 'opening up' with the vibration.  I became more aware of each area and could feel the tension in my shoulders release when Julie used the tuning fork on my sternum. I think I'd like to do this again!" 

136.1 & 128 HZ WEIGHTED TUNING FORKS  simultaneously used next to ears as well as ( one on c-spine & one on sacrum):  "usually am able to get into a deep state of relaxation with your massages, but when you used these two tuning forks, they brought me to an even DEEPER state of mind than I thought possible during a massage.."  

2. Introduction to Vibration Sound Massage:  

 Your 1 hour session will start with a shortened version of the "Lunch break vibration sound massage with tuning forks" to guide you into the sensations of vibration and into a parasympathetic state of relaxation & calm.  You will begin lying on your back, then on your stomach.  After the beginning phase, you will be introduced to the vibration of metal bowls  on your upper/mid back, shoulder blades, lower back, sacrum, and feet.  You will then lie  on your back again while you enjoy the deep vibration massage on your hands, abdomen, and chest.  Time permitting you will experience the weighted tuning forks one last time on your forehead, temples, and cranium.  Julie will coax you back to reality with a few deep cleansing breaths and mindful awareness of the present moment and surroundings.

What clients are saying ... 

"The entire thing was so relaxing.  I can hardly believe how calm and relaxed my body and mind feel.  When you used the bowls on my back I could feel the vibrations throughout my entire body and felt myself slipping into that 'in-between' state of mind.  What a feeling!"


What should I expect during my appointment?

During your session you will remain fully clothed (comfortable clothing without metal belt buckles, etc) and will lie down on the massage table with pillows and bolsters to ensure your comfort.  You will experience sound vibration from either a tuning fork (weighted tuning forks are used on the body) or a Tibetan metal bowl, or a combination of the two. You will be surprised at how deeply relaxed your physical body and mind become.  


Potential BENEFITS 

  • Reduced sense of stress/anxiety 

  • Reduce sense of pain and tension of muscles/joints

  • Reduced sense of feeling depressed or sad

  • Improved sense of sleep quality

  • Improved sense of creativity, concentration, focus

  • Improved sense of feeling “balanced” in your body, mind & spirit

  • More calm, at ease, & more tolerant


As with anything, there are some instances in which you should not receive this type of modality.  


  • This modality is NOT SAFE for people who have a pacemaker or other implanted device for health purposes (such as coronary shunt, artificial heart valves, insulin pump, etc) due to the frequencies of the instruments potentially interrupting the equipment.  

  • If you have any metal implants we can perform this type of massage, but with caution.  The massage will not be performed over or near the implant. 

  • Unhealed fractures & injuries (vibration sound massage will not be performed over these areas). 

  • If you are pregnant, in an abundance of caution on-body vibration massage will not be performed. 

  • If you have sustained a concussion - it is advised that this modality not be performed for the first 3-6 months after the injury.  At that point, a written note from a physician will be required as clearance. 

  • If you suffer from seizures, this modality will not be performed in an abundance of caution.  Thank you for your understanding.  

  • If you have an active cancer, we will wait until you are in remission and have a doctor's note before we try this modality.  

20 minute lunch break with tuning forks only  = $35

60 minutes with both Himalayan bowls & tuning forks = $95

Prices increase soon - try it now at the introductory price


How Will I feel after my session?  

Vibration sound massage has the potential of leaving you in a more mindful or aware state-of-being following the session.   You may feel more “present” in your daily life vs. constantly thinking about your “to-do” lists, worrying about the future, the past, and things beyond your control. 


 You may leave a session extremely relaxed with a feeling of increased clarity, acceptance, and general peace with life.  You may also notice that muscular tension is diminished or greatly reduced.  This modality of bodywork/massage will not CURE what is ailing you. However, it MAY  allow your mind and body to rest long enough  to begin healing, gain  insight, clarity,  acceptance, and wisdom - relieving physical tension, aches, and pains caused by stressors.  


Will I get emotional?  I'm afraid to cry in front of the practitioner. 

*** On occasion, the effects of vibration sound massage may elicit feelings of pent up emotions that want to come to the surface and exit your body (much the same as in a regular massage session).  In such circumstances if you feel the need to cry, laugh, etc … allow it to happen.  You are in a safe and protected place with your massage therapist.  We are here to hold space for you while your body/mind releases emotions that need releasing.  We will not pry, but will simply be still and hold space for you.  We can come up with a "safe word" or signal in case you want to end the session early.  Nothing is right or wrong, it just “Is”.  



Below you will find links to articles that may help you understand the benefits more than I can explain here.  



Research article Possible Mechanisms For The Effects Of Sound Vibration On Human Health.  Authors:  Lee Bartel, Abdullah Mosabbir, & Academic Editor Jose Carmelo Adsuar


Observational Study: Effects of Singing Bowl Meditation On Mood, Tension, and Wellbeing; An Observational Study



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