How Does Sound Therapy Differ from Other Healing Therapies?

by | Jun 28, 2019 | Sound | 0 comments

The main difference between a sound therapy session and other alternative health modalities is the tools used during the session. In a sound therapy session, Zen bowls (the name of the specially designed Himalayan bowls) are used either on the body or around the body. These bowls are designed to produce more vibration than sound. What is the difference between sound, massage, acupuncture and chiropractic work? I will give a brief overview of the differences and explain how sound therapy is complementary to other modalities.

In a sound session, the Zen bowls are used either on the body or off to relax the muscles and release tension. The vibration of the bowl being struck causes muscles to loosen; whereas, in a massage, the therapist’s hands ease the muscles. Both of the modalities have special techniques for effectively reducing muscle tension. I believe both modalities are complementary: especially when having a sound session before a massage; the muscles are relaxed from the vibrations and allow the massage therapist to concentrate on deep tissue soreness. 

The main difference between a sound session and acupuncture session is the tools. A sound session typically uses 4 bowls for the session and an acupuncture session typically uses between 10 to 30 needles.  Both modalities move chi  (energy) throughout the body. In a sound session, specially designed Zen vibrational point bowls are used on acupressure points similar to needles used on acupuncture points. There are numerous clinics around the world that incorporate sound therapy with an acupuncture treatment.  It is a symbiotic relationship in which these modalities enhance each other with the movement of energy.

The final healing modality is chiropractic treatment; how it is different and complementary to sound therapy. A chiropractic session tends to work on the nervous system and the sound session works within the muscular system.  I should clarify a chiropractic session can also be muscular and a sound session often helps the nervous system.  The biggest difference is the tools: a chiropractic treatment uses small instruments and hands, whereas a sound session only uses bowls. The two modalities are complementary with aiding the body move more fluidly. Some clients report a sound session is beneficial before a chiropractic session because it loosens the stiff muscles; making it easier to receive an adjustment. 

Sound therapy has the same common goal as massage, acupuncture and chiropractic therapies; to improve a person’s quality of life.  If you are trying to improve your self-care activities, consider adding sound therapy to your routine. I offer a complimentary session to all first-time clients. Contact me either by phone, text, or email to schedule your appointment.