AN Ashbourne therapist is offering people the chance to experience the calming effects of sound therapy with a special introductory session.
Alan Wylie uses a variety of instruments including gongs, Himalayan singing bowls, rattles, percussion, wind chimes, voice and soft drums to create a rich repertoire of vibrations and sounds.
My Wylie said: “The sounds and vibrations promote healing helping to rebalance the body, mind and energy systems.
“The techniques I use have helped people with a wide range of needs both mental and physical.
“I have taught music with children who have multiple learning difficulties for many years.
“I stumbled across sound therapy during my researches and was fascinated.
“The therapy relies on the sounds that can be made with a whole range of exotic and sometimes unusual instruments played in sequence for periods of up to 45 minutes.
“I start by using Himalayan bowls that are gently rung giving deep, chiming sounds, then rubbed using wooden or felt covered sticks which produce a continuous, wailing sound which is comforting and stimulating both at the same time.
“These bowls are played in combinations, their sounds overlapping. Participants gently start to relax, their breathing shallows, and heart rate slows as the sounds hold them in a relaxed almost meditative-like state.
“Eventually and quite often reluctantly for the listeners, the mood changes when chimes, zithers and ultimately music is played to break the spell and bring the session to a conclusion.”
Alan is running the session from 10.30am until noon on Saturday, April 26 in Osmaston. It costs £5 and booking is essential at www.dovevalesound.co.uk or by calling 0781 6518351.