What is Sound Healing?
Sound healing is the practice of using sound vibration to induce deep relaxation so that your body can heal itself. While our bodies are always seeking balance, there are many factors in our modern world—from psychological stressors to air pollution and digital noise—that throw us off-balance, leaving us feeling anxious, exhausted, and irritable. Left unchecked, these emotions can fester in the body and present themselves as physical ailments or disease.
Pure sound vibrations help your body and mind become deeply relaxed, activating the body’s natural healing power as it regenerates cells, fights disease, and optimizes heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, and many other functions for optimal well-being. Sound healing functions on mental and emotional levels as well: It can lead you into a meditative state, allowing you to experience a mind free of thought, and it often activates emotions that have been stuck in the body, providing a cathartic release.
There is nothing you need to “do” in a sound healing session but just receive. Whether you are awake, asleep, or somewhere in between, the sound vibrations are entering your body and having a balancing effect. People often describe it as a pleasant journey where their burdens are lifted and their minds becomes free. But just like music itself, no description does it justice and everyone’s experience is unique, so the only way to know is to try it for yourself.
“Sound can redress imbalances on every level of physiologic functioning and can play a positive role in the treatment of virtually any medical disorder.”
—Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, Director of Medical Oncology and Integrative Medicine, the Cornell Cancer Prevention Center
Violinist Monique Mead has been a lifelong advocate for the healing power of music. As a professional violinist, she has performed on major international stages and has also brought the healing power of music to trauma patients, cancer centers, and hospitals. She is also actively engaged in promoting mental health and well-being at Carnegie Mellon University, where she is a professor of music entrepreneurship.
Monique discovered the transformative effect of sound healing at Rancho La Puerta, a premier wellness resort in Mexico, where she directs an annual music festival. This discovery began an ongoing journey into the healing effects of sound. Her practice combines deep musical understanding with mindfulness training to create sonic experiences that express the very essence of grounding, connection, and peace.
As we emerge from the mental and emotional stressors of the pandemic, Monique invites you to experience the sounds of the violin and singing bowls as a powerful modality for self-care and healing.
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