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Vibrational Sound Therapy (VST) is a singing bowl based sound relaxation technique. VST combines powerful vibration and tones to induce an immediate relaxed state. The induction of the sound waves directly into the body along with soothing ambient tones is such a strong treatment that clients report effects ranging from a meditative state to deep relaxation. By placing the therapeutic singing bowls directly on the body and using correct techniques, a practitioner engages with their client both physically and aurally. Benefits include:
Improved sleep pattern
Decreased sleep disturbance
Lower stress levels
Decreased depression symptoms
Reduction of anger and aggression
Increased ability to focus
Ellie Shrader has a background as a classically trained vocalist; Ellie studied music from junior high through high school and college. She earned a liberal arts degree with a focus in music and liturgy. She continued performing locally until she entered graduate school for mental health counseling. Ellie began studying with the Vibrational Sound Association (VSA) in 2019. She describes sound work as a lovely weaving of her musical and mental health backgrounds; tuning the mind back to the body. Ellie currently offers individual vibrational sound healing sessions and co-facilitates group sound meditation with Matthew.
Matthew Shrader began playing percussion instruments around age 14; he could be described as an audiophile and can turn almost any item into a musical instrument, anywhere, any time! Matthew developed a passion for hand-percussion and plays a wide variety of traditional and non-conventional percussion instruments. Matthew plays with a local band, Edge of Arbor, in his free time. He co-facilitates group sound meditation with Ellie.
tuning the mind to heal
GROUP SOUND BATH EXPERIENCES
Sound bath is a meditative experience where attendees are “bathed” in sound waves. These waves are produced by a variety of means, including healing instruments such as gongs, himalayan singing bowls, crystal singing bowls, percussion, chimes, rattles, tuning forks, shruti boxes, and even the human voice.
Sound meditation doesn’t always have a catchy melody or rhythm one would associate with going to a concert, but instead is a carefully selected wash of instrument and voice with notable resonance and overtones. During the sound meditation, participants lie on their backs—sometimes referred to as the Savasana position in yoga—for the entire experience as Ellie and Matthew weave together sounds which bathe participants as they tune the mind for healing.