Who seeks sound therapy, and how does it relate to Chinese Medicine?
Let's say there's someone who tends to obsess over things, like a dog "worrying" a bone. Another person tends to anger easily. A third person is fearful....etc. And let's say that each of these people has pain. The pain will show up quite differently in each case. One might get stomach aches, another will tend to sprain an ankle or shoulder, while the third one might complain of low back or knee pain. In each case, there is an imbalance in the energy system of that person which incorporates the whole person - not just the bodily tissue involved. This is what underlies the term "Mind-Body Medicine" - something that is beginning to be embraced by western medicine, though it's roots trace back thousands of years to ancient China.
Back then, when the bells at each temple were rung, they noticed that when one bell was struck, the others would resonate. This led to the idea that there was an invisible force that...
"The day will come when man will have to fight noise as inexorably as cholera and the plague.” This was said by a Nobel prize winning bacteriologist in 1905 by the name of Robert Koch. I think that day arrived sometime in the last........maybe 100 years? There isn't anywhere you can go, it seems, and get away from noise. Our cities, suburbs, parks -- even in the woods - there's the ever present sound of human activity. I've read that not even the North Pole has silence anymore, what with the jet routes that cut across those skies on their way to another continent.
I need to clarify one thing here. When I say "noise", I'm talking about the sounds that come from human activity, not the sounds of nature itself - which can be very loud. We think of the forest as a place of quiet, but in reality, if you go into the rain forest at night, you'll be greeted by an insane chorus of frogs, all calling at once. It's almost deafening. But our ears evolved to hear those sounds, as well as...
“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”―
I'm always looking at articles about healing and health, and I'm always dumbfounded by what is written about so-called "alternative" medicine. For over 25 years I've practiced acupuncture and Chinese medicine - a practice that dates backs thousands of years. And yet, I'm considered "alternative". Same holds true for sound healing - a practice that exists in practically all cultures all around the world, since the beginning of time. And yet, we are "alternative".
There are scientific studies that are conducted on the "placebo effect", and it is well documented that if a person believes...
Not too long ago I had the pleasure of offering a yoga and sound healing event with my friend Cindy Shaw. It was in a beautiful little yoga studio over at the Town and Country Resort in Mission Valley, and we combined some simple warm-up exercises for both the body and the voice - humming.....not demanding that anyone be a singer! Then Cindy took the participants through some simple yoga poses, suitable for anyone, while I played my gongs. This was followed by each participant getting an individual "tune up" with Tibetan bowls and tuning forks. Then we ended with me singing a simple , beautiful chant, accompanied by my shruti box (pictured on the floor next to Cindy.)
The whole time I kept thinking of how blessed I am to be able to live in this space of sound and silence, and to find people who value the healing powers of sound and silence. In a recent podcast by Krista Tippet, Gordon Hempton - an "acoustic ecologist" (he collects sounds from all over the world) said that...
Tired of the pills....the shots......the trips to the doctor....physical therapy......blah, blah, blah! All of those work for a little while, but then the pain comes back.
I get it.
Over the past 25 years I've treated hundreds of patients just like you. And this is what I teach all of my back pain patients to do in addition to their acupuncture treatments:
1. Hamstring stretches:
If you've got tight hamstrings, good luck in trying to alleviate your back pain! Depending upon your level of pain and your level of flexibility, you can try any one of these methods:
a. Put your foot up on the edge of the bathtub and slowly lean forward, towards your foot. Go only so far as you can - this isn't a competitive sport! You should feel your hamstrings stretching, but you are not here to injure yourself!
Now stand up again and lean forward, this time at a 45 degree angle to your leg. Your leg is off to the side a little, and your head and upper body are moving straight down towards the tub. You...