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Sound Healing


"In sound, we are born. In sound, we are healed.”
~ Mehtab Benton

What is Sound Healing?

  • Sound healing is an ancient practice that uses different musical instruments (including the voice) to create healing vibrations that can help improve a person's physical health and emotional well-being. Most ancient cultures used the power of sound and vibration to assist in religious, ceremonial, and healing practices. Gongs have been used as sacred instruments from 4,000 B.C. to as far back as 16,000 B.C. Singing bowls have been used throughout Asia for healing, meditation, and ritual purposes since the 12th century.

  • Sound healing works by activating the parasympathetic nervous system while helping to calm the mind, breathing, and heart rate. It also shifts our brainwave states into Theta (4-8 Hz) where deep relaxation and heightened states of creative and spiritual consciousness reside. When the body's vibratory frequency merges with specific sound frequencies and rhythms (and is combined with healing intentions), deep healing can occur.

How Does It Work?

  • Sound healing penetrates a person's mind, emotions, and body to help bring them to states of deep relaxation. Our bodies consist of nearly 80% water which is an excellent medium to carry vibration. As sound frequencies are played over a person with healing intentions, their body (including organs) is entrained into ease and balance.


  • If you suffer from insomnia, anxiety, depression, or grief, this modality can help you to release and restore. Sound healing is also a wonderful way to simply treat yourself to a beautiful experience where you are bathed in drones, musical instruments, vocal toning, and vibrational frequencies that are known for their restorative qualities.​

Check out my recent Sound Practitioners Training Course, May 11th-12th, 2024.



  • I started my sound healing training in 2008 in Thailand at the Pyramid Yoga Centre, then trained with Johnathan Goldman in 2009 in Colorado, and continued to study sound healing techniques with Gary Diggins from 2015 to 2022, as well as with Darren Austin Hall (2023). I have been practising and offering solo and group sound healing journeys for 15 years.


  • I offer hour-long sound sessions to individuals (and small groups) whereby people lie down comfortably and receive a "sound bath” that is deep, restorative, and meditative. A session usually begins with a discussion of what the individual is experiencing in their life and what kind of sounding they would like to have. From there, I create a sound experience most appropriate for their needs. These sound journeys can easily lead to deep, hypnotic, and healing states of body and mind.

  • I offer monthly sound healing events to small groups (6 people maximum) at my home studio in Guelph, Ontario. These unique events are constantly being updated- Workshops and Events.

Cost $40 per person.

  • I offer private and semi-private sound healing sessions tailored to your specific needs. Expect to be here for approx. 1.5 hours.

Cost $120 (private), $150 (semi-private/two friends share the sound bed and the cost)

  • Create your custom, group sound journey with your family or friends (minimum of 4 people, maximum of 6 people). Expect to be here for approx. 2 hours.

Cost $50 per person.

  • For comfort, individual mattresses, blankets, bolsters, pillows, and mind-folds are provided. Please avoid wearing perfume or cologne.

What musical instruments do I use in my sessions?

  • I have Paiste gongs, crystal singing bowls, Koshi chimes, tuning forks, mbiras, and many other ethereal-sounding instruments to help uplift your energy into the ethers. I also have didgeridoos, a Native hand drum, an Auracle hand pan drum, rain sticks, and rattles to help stabilize and ground your body into the earth.

Mounted Tuning Fork

“Do you know that our soul is composed of harmony?"~Leonardo da Vinci

Water drop vibration

"If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration." ~Nikola Tesla

Sound healing musical instruments.

"We are souls dressed up in sacred biochemical garments and our bodies are the instruments through which our souls play their music."~Albert Einstein

"The one who sings prays twice."
~Saint Augustine.
"The gong is not simply a musical instrument. The gong is God! It is the purest sound out of which all music, all sounds,
and all words are created.”~Yogi Bhajan

Benefits of Sound Healing:

  • Neurological studies have proven that listening to certain types of music makes us more productive and creative. It can relieve stress, improve our moods, and flood our brains with dopamine — the happy chemical. Music also releases oxytocin; a natural painkiller and hormone that allows us to feel more joyful, balanced, and calm.


  • The sounds from various healing instruments influence our brain wave frequencies and can help bring the brain to a theta state within minutes. This is the state that occurs when one is experiencing profound relaxation. Seasoned meditation practitioners often are in a theta state while meditating. 

Benefits of music therapy and sound healing include:

  • Reduced stress

  • Fewer mood swings

  • Lower blood pressure

  • Lower cholesterol levels

  • Better pain management

  • Reduced risk of strokes and coronary artery disease

  • Improved sleep

Watch my short video/talk about Sound Healing

Watch a short video of my Mars Paiste Gong


  • Sound may be a complex geometric pattern moving through whatever

       medium it is traversing" (Tuning the Human Biofield, 34). The geometries

       within sound and music can be made visible through such things as a Cyma-Scope, a dish of water, or a Chladni plate (a flat,             metal plate on which a medium like salt is placed, with a speaker underneath it). The higher the frequency, the more complex 

       the geometry is produced. ​

  • The following video links illustrate the important work of Dr. Masaru Emoto (Messages From Water and the Universe) as well as "Cymatics" (the study of sound and vibration made visible through a medium). 

Messages From Water   

Hans Jenny   

Amazing Resonance Experiment   

Nigel Stanford

Barbara giving a sound healing session.


Chakra Balancing Sound Journey: 


  • This sound journey balances the body's 7 energetic centres known as the chakras. We will start with the root chakra (our feet) and work our way up to the crown (top of the head). 

  • Each of the chakras resonates in a specific musical key and is associated with a specific elemental force (earth, water, fire, air, ether, electromagnetism, mind, and the cosmos). The root chakra, for example, is in the key of C and is the earth element musically expressed through low, full musical sounds such as frame drums and didgeridoos. The crown chakra is in the key of B and is the cosmic element musically expressed through quiet, high-pitched chimes and tuning forks. As this sound journey unfolds, participants are bathed in a sound healing experience that is grounding, restorative, relaxing, and otherworldly.


  • In this sound journey, expect to experience a profound sense of physical and mental relaxation, rejuvenation, and integration of the chakras. Sometimes people feel a vibration in each center and see colors infusing their bodies. This particular sound session is a wonderful introduction to sound healing and is appropriate for anyone seeking balance in their life.


Tree of Life Sound Journey:


  • This sound journey uses the metaphor of the Tree of Life which is often a symbol of death, life, and immortality. The ancient Celt's believed that trees were their ancestors and gatekeepers to the other worlds. The roots of the tree anchor us deep into the earth and connect us to the wisdom of the underworld. The trunk of the tree is stable and strong and serves as the connection between death and eternal life. The branches and leaves of the tree reach out and upward connecting us to the cosmos and eternity.

  • We start with the "Roots" section (the ancestral lower realms) which represents our connection to the earth and the nourishing force of Mother Gaia. Musical instruments such as Paiste planetary gongs, C note didgeridoo drones, rattles, Native drums, thunder drums, and a chakapa spirit cleansing bundle are used to stabilize the person and give them an overall sense of solidity and connection to what lies beneath.

  • The "Trunk" section of the sound journey (the earthly realms) represents strength and determination and is expressed musically through the use of consistent, rhythmic, rapid drumming to attain a shamanic trance state. The ritual use of rhythmically beating a drum is one of the oldest practices of humankind. The steady beat of drumming is a powerful tool for relaxing the body and permeating the entire brain, bringing both hemispheres into balance. 

  • The "Branches" section (the upper world) represents heaven and abundance and is musically expressed in the key of A. This section of the sound journey is ethereal, light, and playful Musical instruments such as tuning forks, chimes, shruti box, vocables, and kalimbas are used to elevate and relax the person leaving them in an altered state of expanded consciousness and love.


  • In this sound journey, expect to feel grounded, relaxed, balanced, energized, and connected to the higher realms. 

The Calling Sound Journey:

This sound journey involves 4 separate sections. It begins by getting grounded in the safety of your body, then moving into the watery, reminiscence of the womb experience, then connecting to Gaia and planet Earth's resonating frequency of C#, and then ending with a blissful expansion into the realms of angelic beings and expanding consciousness.

  • Gong BathBegin by lying down on a comfortable mattress covered with cosy blankets and a mind fold. I have three beautiful Paiste Gongs- a 34-inch Symphonic Gong, a 32-inch Mars Gong, and a 24-inch Venus Gong. I also have smaller hanging gongs that are played directly over your body.

  • Prenatal State: Get immersed into recorded music (composed by Gary Diggins) and live musical instruments that connect you to the womb state (drone in D, gentle rattles, thunder drum, didgeridoo, Native drum, vocables, and other inner-worldly, watery sounds).


  • C# Drone & Hand Pan: Connect to the resonating key of planet Earth C# through pre-recorded cello drones, C# hand pan (made by Micheal Dragoman), and C# tuning forks.

  • Drift Into Bliss: End with a steady heartbeat sound and beautiful and delicate air and fire Koshi Chimes that softly take you deeper into theta brain states. A perfect ending to expand and merge your consciousness with that of the Divine.

  • In this sound journey, expect to relax and be vibrated by the most complex and rich sound vibrations and harmonics generated by some of the most pristine musical instruments in the world.

528 Hz Solfeggio Healing Sound Journey:

  • Just like certain frequencies bring about disease, there are other frequencies that stimulate healing and regeneration. The  Solfeggio Scale, (which was used in ancient sacred music and Gregorian chants), was designed to balance the body's energy in order to keep it in perfect harmony.

  • 528 Hz is known as the frequency of health and longevity. This vibration lifts and tunes your heart in harmony with all of creation and nature. There is a very close link between nature and 528 Hz. For instance, the 528 Hz vibrations are utilized by chlorophyll, thereby allowing plants to draw energy from natural light which gives the leaves their green color. Bees pollinate the flowers by buzzing at a 528 Hz frequency. Oxygen is a carrier of the 528 Hz resonating electrons.

  • In this sound journey, expect miracles to occur. This 528 Hz frequency will help to calm and heal a grieving heart while vibrating your cells and DNA into cleansing states of harmony and balance.

 Watch this video on the Ancient Solfeggio Scale 

Paiste Gong, Crystal Singing Bowl, and Sacred Mantra Sound Journey:

  • This sound journey involves 3 separate sections. It starts with a grounding and stabilizing gong bath, transitions into an uplifting and expansive crystal singing bowl bath, and finally unfolds into a beautiful expression of vocal toning and mantra singing. 

  • Gongs have been used for over 5,000 years for healing, ritual, ceremony, communication, music, and as status symbols. When struck, gongs produce an intricate synthesis of blended overtones as the returning waves of sound build upon one another. Often, the gong sounds become so complex, that they resemble a variety of instruments played simultaneously. Our brainwaves “entrain” to the lower frequency and the sounds slow down our thoughts and harness our minds into deep, meditative states where new neural pathways and patterns are created. Paiste Gongs are handmade in Germany and carefully crafted and tuned giving each one a unique note and cosmic sound.

  • Crystal singing bowls help to bring our bodies and minds into a state of sympathetic resonance with their crystal quartz vibrations. Quartz is a powerful conduit for amplifying energy. One can magnify the effects of a personal healing intention when meditating and listening to a crystal singing bowl. Furthermore, the mesmerizing, soporific effects of the crystal singing bowl’s pure tone and oscillations can ease our mind and body into an alpha or theta brainwave state effortlessly. This process is called entrainment, and it allows a person to experience restorative benefits including deep relaxation, lowered blood pressure, and the release of the body’s natural opiates.

  • A Mantra is a sound, syllable, word, or group of words that are considered capable of “creating transformation”, The word mantra is traditionally defined as, "that which liberates the mind from its troubles and limitations." The mantras used in this sound journey include the Ayurvedic chakra vowel and bija (seed) sounds, the Om mantra, and whatever spontaneously arises.  

  • In this sound journey, expect to be grounded, relaxed, and deeply transported to both the physical and ethereal realms. You may need to take time to rest in complete stillness after the session.

Custom Sound Session: 


  • You can request and create the type of sound healing session that you prefer. Perhaps you want something playful or activating or calming (or a combination). Just let me know and we can take it from there. Contact me at

Please check out my blog page on this site to read more about the power of sacred sound.

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