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Adding a New Dimension – Bringing Therapeutic Sound into your Therapy Room

Do you use music in your therapy room?  If so, what is your preference – classical, new age, traditional, contemporary?  Something else?  Have you ever wondered how and why certain tracks or sounds are better at relaxation than others?  Have you ever struggled to find the ‘right’ music for your style of treatment?

I have been working with therapeutic sound and music since 1994 and have developed different techniques based on how our brains have evolved to respond to sound and music due to the way our brains have evolved over millions of years.  Different sounds (whether they be music or nature sounds) can elicit different responses, so high pitched sudden and short sounds will stimulate the mind and body and low pitches will relax”.

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These days more research is being done to find out how we react to different instruments. For example, people will use words such as ‘warm, rich and cuddly’ to describe the sound of the Himalayan singing bowls whereas the crystal singing bowls were found to be ‘cleansing, clear and cool’.  A BAST Sound Therapist will use this ‘sound psychology’ as well as other techniques based on research to help improve health and wellbeing.

Therapeutic sound and music can be applied in your therapy room and I’d love to share my latest project ‘LifeSonics RelaxÒ’ with you.  LifeSonics RelaxÒ is a ‘music medicine’ programme that will mainly be delivered in group relaxation sessions.  Participants will be taken on a musical journey designed to improve health and wellbeing.  As well as group sessions, you can download separate tracks to use in your therapy room or at home and/or work.  This ‘Consciously Designed Music’ (CDM) draws on research in the fields of sound and music psychology, sound therapy, sound cognition and neuroscience together with creativity to create music for a therapeutic effect. Great composers such as Mozart used sounds to elicit different emotions and many great artists use music to tell a story – especially in film.  Most composers use intuition and experience to create their music and there is nothing wrong with that – a lot of great music is created in exactly this way.

I also feel that reducing music just to a specific formula could take away its soul, which is something that I definitely don’t want to do!  I see my compositions rather baking a cake.  The cake could end up being chocolate, carrot or lemon. The basic ingredients you need will always be roughly the same (eggs, flour, butter) but you can add extra ingredients until you get the exact flavour, size and shape you want. When I set out to create a piece for relaxation or creativity – just like baking two different cakes, once I have the basic ingredients in place I will then add different ingredients (instruments, musical intervals and ‘motives’, tempo, shape and time). I also try to use as many natural sounds as possible.  A study by Ratcliffe et.al, (2013) found that ‘bird songs and calls were….the type of natural sound most commonly associated with perceived stress recovery and attention restoration.’

I will sit with a piece for weeks and weeks sometimes.  Listening to it and feeling the effect, tweaking one or two sounds, re-listening, re-tweaking – it can be a real ‘fine tuning’ process.  In my last piece, ‘Glow’, I knew the last track needed something and yet I just couldn’t find the sound I needed.  It took months!  One day I thought popped into my head – I need Gibbons!  I found a lovely sample of some Gibbons in the rainforest and it has brought the piece to life.

Take a look at my compositions on my Soundcloud account – you can also go on to www.lifesonics.com and in exchange for signing up you can get a sample of ‘Cosmic’ one of the LifeSonics RelaxÒ sessions. When you are next considering what music to accompany your therapy session, think about how the tracks make you feel. Stop for a moment, take in what you are hearing and feeling – let your mind go and see what happens.  If the music supports you, relaxes you and helps you feel refreshed it is perfect.  If it distracts you, the tempo is too fast or there are too many high pitches, you may want to try something else.

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By Lyz Cooper of The British Academy of Sound Therapy 

BCMA Independent School

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Therapy – Pelvic Diaphragm Releases: Incredibly effective myofascial release technique

“Blown away today to watch a baby turn itself from breech to cephalic during myofascial release work at an awesome School of Bodywork study day. The mother was so much more comfortable after the baby turned and grinned from ear to ear.

It was so gentle and permissive. Truly the baby chose to turn. Somehow the therapist merely held the space which enabled this. The change in the mother’s demeanour was profound from tense and experiencing chronic pain since 11/40 to smiling happy and comfortable. She told us the baby was moving big movements about 10 minutes into the treatment. The therapist’s hands were still. We could easily see the baby’s movements and all of us noticed the changed shape of her belly after the Release. She was kind enough to let me palpate afterwards, already convinced her belly felt quite different at the top. It looked so gentle and led by the baby. I was in awe and still am. More workshops may follow.”

The above account was written by Liz Nightingale an extremely well regarded independent midwife of 13 years.

On the 8th of August I, Emma Gilmore Director of School of Bodywork was kindly invited to Oxfordshire to teach 13 chiropractors and one midwife some incredibly effective myofascial release techniques, to free up restrictions in the pelvic diaphragm and abdomopelvic cavity which allows breech or posterior babies to turn. After settling into the space and getting over my fascination at the tiny chiropractic couches we settled into what was to become a very moving day.

The course entitled Pelvic Diaphragm Release is a one day course and in the past has been attended by midwives, physiotherapists, massage therapists, doulas or partners. So working with chiropractors was new to me.

After an introduction to fascia and an exercise to tune the therapists into the subtle yet profound touch of the myofascial techniques, I went on to teach the “workhorse” of MFR, the Cross Hand Release, a gentle, flat handed technique where the therapist contacts the patient’s body and feels for the first restriction or barrier. With light, sustained, yet constant pressure applied into the patient’s body, the trained therapist will begin to feel the restrictions release, working through barrier after barrier, releasing layers of restriction within the fascial system. This subtle yet profound work created a great atmosphere in the room and there was great focus amongst the students; everyone truly understood the essence of this work.

Cross Hand Release

Cross Hand Release

After lunch Geri a 34 week pregnant patient of a chiropractor present joined us, she had been in a lot of discomfort since week 11 of her pregnancy, she had numbness and pain down her left leg, and had been walking on crutches, she did not look 34 weeks pregnant. Her baby boy was in breech position. She looked exhausted and in pain, although had a charming disposition. She climbed awkwardly and tentatively onto the couch with the help of a foot stool and lay in a supine position. I ensured she was as comfortable as possible and explained briefly what I was going to do, she seemed very happy. While I worked with Transverse plane technique;  which frees up restrictions within the pelvic diaphragm; Geri talked about some of the difficulties of her pregnancy, her baby was almost never still (as he was constantly trying to get in a more comfortable positon for both of them). As I worked I felt her sacrum soften and “drop” into my hand, allowing space into her body, I continued for several minutes more, tuning into what the baby and mother needed, we both felt further restrictions on the left of the abdomopelvic cavity, so after gently removing my hands from the original position I worked here with a Cross Hand Release, after a few more minutes of this technique there was a terrific movement and Gerri looked almost shocked as the bay repositioned himself in a cephalic position, it was clear that my work was done. So I invited Liz to palpate…….the baby had turned itself cephalic, Geri got off the couch saying how different she felt, the baby had dropped and she now looked like a pregnant woman, she then walked without crutches.

Transverse plane

Transverse plane

These techniques are a MUST for all midwives and bodywork therapists working with pregnant women.

Next course: Tuesday November 25th 2014

Pelvic Diaphragm Releases: Incredibly effective myofascial release techniques, to release restrictions and allow breech or posterior babies to turn. Invaluable techniques for midwives, massage therapists, doulas or partners. £95

7 CPD points awarded by APNT

www.schoolofbodywork.com

 

 

 

BCMA Spring Road Show – Spotlight on Speakers part3

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Spotlight on Speakers – Alison Young

Please join me for an interactive session in learning about how you can help yourself and have the fitness and the physical health you want.

What is the Sarling Technique of Body Mechanics?

The Sarling Technique of Body Mechanics is a complimentary therapy used internationally based on the theory that good posture, alignment and daily Body Use Patterns, together with a series of simple Remedial Exercises, will ensure balance of Postural Muscles and so relieve strain from muscles and joints. Over a period of six weeks, Body Mechanics (BMT) will bring many benefits to the muscular skeletal systems. However, long term commitment to the BMT technique is necessary to bring lasting results! Muscles are the ‘pulling power’ on the skeleton. Skeletal muscles work in pairs – as one group shorten during movement, the opposing muscle group must lengthen. When muscles are correctly balanced, strain on the skeleton is minimised. BMT is a SELF HELP Therapy.

Remedial Exercise
The remedial exercises are designed to address unbalance with counter balance movements, which will then, over a period of time, return the muscles to their balanced state. Daily exercise programmes are set to suit the individual’s needs and lifestyle. The precision remedial exercises can be done in bed before rising and at night on retiring. Each session takes approximately 3 minutes.

Daily Body Use
The Body use Patterns can be incorporated daily so that there is no disruption to lifestyle. These very soon become a way of life – as natural as your daily hygiene routine.

Posture and Alignment

Correct posture is the foundation of healthy movement, so it is important to check in regularly to see if your posture is aligned. When you practice proper posture, your running and walking will feel more fluid and efficient. Practice regularly and you’ll be creating the conditions for energy to flow through your body all day long

Massage

For thousands of years the ‘Laying on of hands’ or massage in many forms has been used to heal the sick. To Ancient Greeks and Roman physicians massage was the way of healing and relieving pain. Hippocrates, the father of medicine wrote “rubbing can bind a joint that is too loose and loosen a joint that is too rigid. Julius Caesar who suffered from epilepsy was ‘pinched’ all over daily to relieve headaches and neuralgia. Massage was known to disperse toxins found in muscles which were not expelled by exercise. The effects of massage depend on the knowledge and skills of the therapist and through skilful treatment all systems and organs will benefit from massage.

Individual advice is necessary for posture and alignment correction. Often this is thought to be the hardest part of BMT technique. For most people at least four changes need to be made to their skeletal alignment structure. This is normally taught over a six week period, together with the Body Use Patterns. A basic remedial exercise programme is set at the first consultation and may be progressed if necessary.

About Alison

Alison Louise Young is a ‘Sarling Technique’ Body Mechanic’s Therapist who has been working in the field of Holistic Therapy for over 3 years. Alison had the great opportunity to be trained by the founder of the therapy Grace Olive-Collins who is a professional member of MCSP member of the chartered physiotherapists and HPC registered BCMA ALTT and registered with the National society of Back Care. Olive has worked within this field for over 30 years, during which time she has provided professional training to a variety of practitioners, as well as practicing from her own studio in Ware in Hertfordshire, England.

Previously Alison worked within the scientific industry for over 18 years supporting various therapeutic groups including Pain, Psychiatry, Translational Pharmacological Sciences, Neuroprotection, Neurodegeneration, Gastrointestinal Diseases, MRI, Metabolism and Respiratory research. Her belief in the importance of treating the physical, mind and body is not only due to her training but also her own physical condition and as well as providing the therapy has also been on the receiving end, which has been invaluable.

Roadshow Information

Along with the speakers we will have tables promoting courses/selling CAM related products, (a few table spaces are available please contact the office if you would like a table), and the BCMA team will be on hand during the day to answer questions and offer advice

The venue is easily accessible and there is plenty of car parking behind the hall The cost for the day will be £35 for BCMA membersand £40 for non members which includes tea/coffee and biscuits but not lunch (bring a packed lunch and enjoy networking with other attendees)

For more information and booking click here

BCMA Road Show 5th April 2014 Spotlight on Speakers

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Spotlight on Speakers – Ursula Barbieri

Life Alignment Healing: for physical and spiritual well-being

In this talk you will be introduced to the Life Alignment Healing system, which works with the Energy Body and with Soul spiritual guidance.

We are powerful co-creators in our universe, at all times connected with the sacred spirit of life, inside and in the world around. When our energy body is a clear and fluid we feel vital and strong and are able to express our unique soul identity. In this talk there will be demonstrations and a guided meditation.

Biography

Ursula Barbieri is a Life Alignment healer. She has also intensively trained in shamanism (Inka shamanism, Core shamanism and Celtic shamanism). Ursula has explored many healing techniques such as Advanced Spiritual Response Therapy, NLP, Awakening the Light-body  and more. She holds a first class degree in Economics. www.ursulabarbieri.com

Roadshow Information

Along with the speakers we will have tables promoting courses/selling CAM related products, (a few table spaces are available please contact the office if you would like a table), and the BCMA team will be on hand during the day to answer questions and offer advice

The venue is easily accessible and there is plenty of car parking behind the hall The cost for the day will be £35 for BCMA membersand £40 for non members which includes tea/coffee and biscuits but not lunch (bring a packed lunch and enjoy networking with other attendees)

For more information and booking click here

BCMA AGM 5th June 2013

We look forward to seeing our members at our AGM on 5th June 2013.

The AGM will take place at Victory Services Club London at 11.30 am.

Make sure you are represented! check with your association that they have a BCMA Representitive who will be attending on your behalf, if not could you volunteer?

Members are also welcome to attend by prior arangement please contact Tracy at the BCMA office to book your place.

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