The extended interview with FQ
FQ: What type(s) of sound therapy do you practice?
YL: The forms of sound therapy I offer include:
1 to 1 tailored sessions: which can include creating sound-scapes as well as use of tools for specific areas of the body, and/or facilitating the person to express sounds using their voice
Group Sound Baths: I create sound-scapes using selected instruments and my voice for a group of people
Voice Alchemy classes: Facilitating groups of people to explore the healing power of their voice.
FQ: What are some of the tools you use during your sound therapy sessions?
YL: The instruments I currently have in my toolset include:
FQ: How does sound therapy work?
YL: There are several levels in which sound therapy can be seen to be work. Fundamentally, the aim of Sound therapy or sound healing is using vibration to help the body back to its coherent harmonic state.
After a wee chat which will help shape the session, the person is sitting or laying down in a comfortable space to receive different sounds and tones. Sessions can be about 45-60 mins long.
Online sessions are also available for those that are open to use that method. The sound transmission is conveyed to the person using voice. Like a tailored live guided meditation and audio broadcast that aims to relax and uplift the person.
Some of the ways in which sound healing can be viewed:
‘Everything is vibration’
All things have a vibration from the chair we sit, to our bodies and our thoughts, beliefs and emotions. All things has its own resonance – a specific frequency at which it vibrates. Many people have heard of this statement being referenced in different spheres and it refers to the fact that solid matter does not exist as such but at the atomic level everything is in constant movement, therefore vibrating. Our senses perceive high density of molecules as something solid.
Sound is a form of energy or vibration.
In simple terms entrainment is the phenomenon in which two or more independent frequencies synchronise with each other. One object can actually change the vibrations of another object.
If you have two vibrating objects with the same natural frequency or corresponding harmonic, they will both have a forced vibration affect on each other. This process, given time, normally leads to a condition where both objects automatically synchronize. Once complete synchronization has occurred both oscillators are able to vibrate with less energy.
A well known example of this is the grandfather clocks experiment.
The Dutch physicist Christian Huygens, a contemporary of Isaac Newton, discovered entrainment in the 17th century. Huygens was also the inventor of the pendulum “grandfather” clock. He had a room full of these types of clocks of various sizes. One day he went around the room starting the pendulums of the clocks in motion at different times. When he left the room, the pendulums were all swinging individually. When he returned the next day, he found that all the pendulums of the grandfather clocks were locked in step with the largest of these clocks.
Other examples of entrainment can be found in the way music influences our respiratory rate, heart beat and brainwave states, or even finding a mutual pace of walking with a friend. Women living together will often have a menstrual cycle that synchronizes together
The common aspect to any modality or therapy is to assist the person and their body with stress reduction. Any form of relaxation will assist with the body to achieve homeostasis. Whether that be listening to favourite music or walking in nature, finding what suits the individual person can generate effective results.
What I also would add is intention and choice as being a core component to any healing journey. This element for any therapy in my perspective is the key to any transformation to occur. The choice to ‘be well’ for example.
Jonathan Goldman (who I trained with) came up with the formula:
Frequency + intention = healing
It means that the intention of the person working with the sound is as important as the frequency which is being projected at a person to create resonant frequency healing.
I resonate with this formula as finding the appropriate sound the person is willing to receive is just as vital as the intention of both parties of the giver and receiver of the sound.
FQ: Is there any touch involved? Why or why not?
YL: In the one to one sessions there can be touch involved but not an essential part of the session. It depends on the persons sensitivity and what their body requires. Touch maybe through the use of tuning forks lightly applied to different parts of the body and on the meridian lines, And some of the lighter sound bowls maybe place on the body e.g stomach
Going back to everything is energy, the vibrations will be working on many levels not only our physical body but also on as what people call the subtle bodies and many people associate with a chakra based energy system. So sound is not just an auditory experience – it is like receiving a massage with sound.
FQ: Can you share some of the reasons your clients come to you for sound therapy?
YL: From pure curiosity to finding ease with physical ailments, clients have varied with their reasons. The most common reason people come for sound therapy is to reduce mental and emotional stress.
I have had one client who is an ex-dairy farmer who did not want to go down the hip-replacement surgery route and wanted to a different approach and heard about sound healing. Through several sound and energy sessions, together we were able to reduce the physical discomfort is body was experiencing, gain better sleep, go for longer walks and he was able to carry out everyday activities with more ease.
The group sound bath is an accessible way for people to ‘try it out’ and that openness is having some profound effects for some people being able to have clearer insight to questions they have about their life. Most common feedback is better quality of sleep and being able to calm the ‘monkey mind’.
I have had one person share with me that they had been experiencing sciatica for a long while and after just one sound bath she was able to get up off the floor and walk to her car with ease. A year later she is still pain free.
Another person experienced intensity in their neck region during the sound bath then a sudden release in tension. They tell me that they had suffered years of neck problems from playing the violin and was able to move her head more freely after the sound bath.
FQ: How do you determine where an energy block may exist in the body?
YL: I always have a dialogue with my clients before the session to see what is going on for them whether that be physical, mentally or emotionally. ‘Your biography becomes your biology’ is a notion that is often referenced in vibrational medicine. Referring to all things we take into our body not only food, but our thoughts, actions and choices.
So the physical symptoms is one way to identify where the ‘blocks’ or ‘holdings’ as I call them, are in the body. Other signposts will be in what the clients share with me in terms of the mental and emotion patterns they are experiencing. It’s a collaborative session, so we work together to achieve a different level of awareness which can assist with shifting the blocks.
The draw with sound therapy is that we don’t necessarily have to talk about every issue and assess and analyse it. The sound vibrations does its thing. Whilst it may be helpful to acknowledge some holdings, not everyone wants to go there and talk about it.
From a more ‘woo’ perspective I am able to intuitively tune into the body and notice which area of the body on or off the body sound is required. It’s like the body is speaking to me and sometimes I sense it in my own body.
FQ: What can a client do to make the most of a sound therapy session?
FQ: How can people practice the benefits of sound therapy on their own in everyday life?
There are many audios people can access that are made for relaxation purposes and there are also some audios that are specially recoded that can entrain brainwaves to different states called binaural beats.
‘Vocal toning’ which is a simple and powerful way to meditate using our voice. It can be done alone or with a group. We all have an inbuilt instrument and it’s FREE! Vocal toning is the creation of extended vocal sounds on a single vowel. No melody, no words, no rhythm, and no harmony - just the sound of the vibrating breath. It is a simple yet powerful technique, accessible to everyone regardless of vocal ability or training.
Just 5 minutes of humming on a regular basis can lower blood pressure and heart rate; reduce levels of stress-related hormones, release endorphins and enhance sleep.
These are just a couple of simple ways to practice sound therapy.
FQ: How do loud noises and sounds that cause discomfort affect our mind and body?
YL: It depends on the state of being of the individual and their allowance or resistance to said sounds. I used to live in London and didn’t notice the diggers/road works affecting me, yet for some this causes some huge distress. My experience may just a short exposure to those noises, but over longer periods of time I may have a different response. I personally don’t like metal on metal sounds, but I know for others this is okay for them.
I think ANY discomfort experienced by an individual will have some affect on us physiologically and psychologically. Exposing ourselves (or our cells) regularly to something one does not like is bound to create stress on our systems. So one can either look to release the resistance to the noise/sound by changing their perspective of it, or change the situation.
‘Acoustic trauma’ as it’s known, is where certain sounds or noises can damage the ears. For example, extremely loud sound strikes such has high powered rifles being fired or repeated and extended exposure to high noise levels such as aircrafts. There are many studies and articles on sonic safety, it has been noted that there has been an increase in auditory damage with the popularity of MP3 players with earbud style headphones.
Going back to vibrations, it seems that we all have a preference of frequency to operate in and anything that is out of that range is going to be uncomfortable because there is some belief we don’t want to be entrained to. There are no right or wrong sounds or frequencies, like tastes in music, we will all have something we prefer to listen to and things we don’t and that may change over time too. So perhaps we can all be more aware of our choices of sound delivery and it’s loudness. The body never lies so go with how your body is feeling. What do we allow ourselves to be entrained to and are we okay with that?
FQ: What's your opinion on the thought that all disease and illness is related to stress?
YL: I would say that a large number of diseases and illnesses is related to stress.
My interest is looking at what’s creating the stress in the first place and in my opinion it is often a conflict in individuals where what they believe is in contrast to how they are actually living their lives. As many say the disease is actually ‘dis-ease’ – where there is a conflict we have with a particular situation we are in but we don’t often have the tools to know what to do about it.
Are our beliefs and values coherent with our actions? How many of us are in harmony with how we actually want to live and be in the world?
My way of working is to invite light into people’s lives so that they can make inspired choices to generate a better way of living. Offering intentional sound as a way to do that makes it more accessible to many.
When we are in harmony with ourselves, we can gravitate to those that we resonate with and create beautiful symphonies together we call our reality. And oh my there are many realities to play in!
Yee Ley is a Sound Healer, Intuitive and Facilitator of Possibilities. Yee Ley provides transformational classes and sessions around the globe and aims to invite light into people's lives so that they make inspired steps to create greater. She also has a range of albums called Sonic Tonics which is available on all major digital platforms #yeeleylau #sonictonics