Learning About Sound Healing from Minna in the SF Bay Area
We are big fans of sound as a modality for our healing work and whether you are in a situation of chronic physical pain or suffering from anxiety and stress, music and sound can be incredibly beneficial.
I was fortunate to be able to review a sound healing course that Minna, of Finnish origin, teaches in East Bay (on the San Francisco bridge for those who do not know the area very well).
Minna’s advice before you start!
One of the things I really like way this Minna presents the course (which takes place over a full weekend) is that she does it with heart, authenticity and ethics. You see, if you don’t have a story, then he“S much harder to relate to a customer you work with, to solve their lives“S “story, ‘and by’story‘, I want to say the one that may have helped catch a disease to start with or a disease that has brought you to the other side of the pain.
Part of the process like a animator of healing is fully confident that you have the ability to heal. Have this faith in your Power as a healer is essential because if you don’t believe that you have the ability to manipulate energy and create healing by your touch (and ways to support it, such as sound, Reiki, cranial sacred work and beyond), how do you expect your client?
That said, she reminds us that “You are not responsible for the outcome for others and to believe that they will receive exactly what they need at that time.”
Almost everything I have learned about energy work and healing comes from this place of trust. Even Reiki that would work remotely is based on this premise. For example, according to the training I learned from my teacher Holy Fire, the distant symbol can be used randomly.
By any chance, I don’t mean not focusing or intending, but rather than sending Reiki to a specific part of the body to be healed (using the remote healing symbol), you can create the intention that Reiki does what it needs to do – in divine timing and for the best possible result of the client. Sometimes this magic quantum healing field can work more effectively on its own by intention, because this anxious and disturbing spirit is out of the way.
Like all effective healers, it is essential to show compassion and empathy by really listening to what is needed. Sound Healing says Minna, “It is listening deeply, walking between the worlds like a shaman, giving and receiving at the same time. Understanding this will give you confidence and keep you there while doing the work. “
It’s so important that as a healer (and like one who receives healing) that you come from a place without fear and at a minimum, a sense of curiosity. This curiosity opens up the possibility that you “may” receive healing in a different way – that you are open to learning, to experiencing and going with the flow.
Going with the flow is necessary for both the healer and the healed. Being awake to what appears at a given moment is decisive here. For example, you can get clues when the customer first enters the door, seeing their body posture, breathing, psychology and physical balance. Then, when you enter, you will also find other clues such as their attitude towards situations, relationships, their family history and their experiences, etc.
Which instruments are the best?
People often ask me when I choose a particular crystal bowl or decide to use Koshi chimes in meditation or leave them aside, which instrument is best? Sometimes it will be clear that one instrument is better than another, but in other cases and I would say that in most cases you will have to test and modify from there. This is because we work with energy – yours and the people you work with. Even if you resonate with a particular instrument, it does not mean that your client will also resonate with it.
You want to choose instruments that resonate with your own body as well as that of your client at some point. I add the latter because you will quickly find what works with a client in the first week may not be the best choice in the third week and so on.
Tuning forks are less common than more traditional and well-known instruments such as Tibetan bowls, drums or chimes.
And, there are so many different types of tuning forks to choose from – note the variety above and below. In Minna’s class, we worked with unweighted and weighted tuning forks, each creating a slightly different effect and result.
Koshi chimes are great fun to work with (below). Made of bamboo, they are a treasure to integrate into your sound healing experience. We often use them with meditations, both at home and the ones we weave in our Zoom courses and circles and in person.
There are also more subtle sounds you can create that add soft frequencies to the mix – and sometimes the opposite of what you think will create the desired result – the subtle frequencies often go much deeper into the body and you can train by seeing what sounds with you and what doesn’t, from djembe chimes and drums to kalimbas, sweeter hand drums and crystal bowls.
There are also countless types of bowls and they vary as much in shape as in sound that they are designed to create and where they are made. We work with Tibetan and Nepalese bowls, but as you can imagine, you can get them in countless parts of Asia as well as in other countries of the world. Many cultures use bowls not only for healing, but also in traditional ceremonies and customs.
At the start of the course (after much of the story and preparation), she asked each student to choose one instrument to work with and only one instrument. When you are faced with countless choices (as we were in class), it’s easy to get distracted and want to play with everyone. Healthy healing is a great example of the rule that “More does not mean better.”
Remember that part of self-healing is also about trusting your intuition and your confidence – you have to start your journey going inward. Those who went to the dark side of the soul and came back know exactly what I’m talking about here.
Meditating before taking an instrument is also helpful. When you are in a calm and anchored place, slowly approach an instrument to which you wish to connect with your hands and feel its vibrations before even touching it. Remember that energy work can be very subtle and that sound is part of creation. It is only when you feel that you have a real connection with the instrument that you start to make sounds very gently and subtly.
Minna says: “As you work with him, notice how he feels in your body. Listen to the sounds your instrument makes, paying attention to the changes in sound. Try different rhythms and intensity. Match the tone with the instrument with your buzz. Match all of the harmonics in your instrument with your voice. After at least five minutes of creating a single tone with your voice, start making melodies, if called. Take notes of your practice. “
Below I train on a drum way to know how to connect to a instrument in a respondent way – here I went slowly, listen not to fair his but for space and energy too.
You see, like all healing, you have to test different methods because you are dealing with energy and the frequencies (which come from all instruments) impact energy. That’s why the “going inward” part is such an important part of the journey for everyone involved. You have to be honest with yourself and really want to heal (and be healed).
Letting go and giving up is such an important part of all healing, so connecting with what is and is not part of this process, and that includes the instruments with which you decide to work each time.
“You must first develop a relationship with your instruments. It must resonate with you so that you can understand how to make it resonate most effectively with others. “- Minna
Below, Minna shows us the Monolini instrument so fascinating that it plays on one of the students.
Useful for meditation, therapy and sound massage, the Monolini combines light harmonics with the sound of vibrant bass bass and fifth strings. You can get them on the Feeltone website where you can also learn more about them. Although very different from a harp, it has a similar relaxing and soothing sound.
I haven’t had a chance to really work with this instrument except in its class, so I can’t talk about its effectiveness, but we like the sound and you can also get them in different cords, that is say A, C, F, D as examples. There is also something called Monolina, which is similar but can be used as a body monocord, applied directly to the body. You can listen here to get an idea of what it looks like.
The other thing I would add personally is that the practice of instruments in nature can be very deep. The simple fact of being in nature is very ingrained and is a great way to reconnect by harmonizing with your own body system as well as with the sounds around you, such as birds, rustling leaves, wind. , etc.
And the voice?
Ahhh yes, the voice. The voice is its own powerful instrument and as many know it can be extremely healing. You can even start a session with a client using voice after a series of breathing exercises to focus and a short meditation.
The other thing you can do before you start is to pat the body, especially the arms and chest around the heart. By tapping your arms up and down on both sides as well as across your chest, you are helping the heart channel to open, which is a wonderful thing to do before you start. A great boost of immunity can also be done which pats the middle of the sternum.
In her class, we started humming together every morning. It doesn’t have to be complicated at all – just humming oh and ah together for about 3-5 minutes can resonate with yourself, others around you and the instruments.
“The voice is the most powerful resonance.” – Minna
Even after the ohs and ahs, if you and the others you work with are open, you can spend a few minutes singing with the bowls using vowels. You will be surprised how relaxed and connected you feel after such a short exercise. Let’s face it – singing has been around for thousands of years as a way to connect to higher levels of consciousness.
And, you can even SEE the resonance of the voice, and of course, it changes depending on whether you speak (softly and in a loving voice against harsh and angry tones), sing, sing, etc.
The power of the voice as resonance
The voice carries a resonance which can have a profound impact on the body. An interesting read is the Gutenberg project which talks about the resonance of song and speech. If you consider that most of the body is made up of water, then if it can have an impact on the body, what about other bodies of water?
In his powerful book Water Sound Images: the creative music of the universe, photographer and researcher, Alexander Lauterwasser demonstrates this visually.
“Virtually all the myths of the creation of the world describe the formation of the primordial universe as a progressive solidification from a liquid state under the auspices of sound … the firmament manifesting itself as the Word of God, Nada Brahma, the world is healthy… a world sung in being. Through our contemporary scientific lens, we now conceive of all forms as fields of resonance – structure, like a sound merging into matter. – Book of sound images of water
In the book, he shows that the projection of audible sound frequencies in water emerges from delicate harmonic patterns, whose structures reflect those found in the natural world, from single-celled sea creatures to the formation of galaxies. We find the book powerful and essential.
Now let’s see how resonance works with water from playing a Tibetan bowl as Minna shows in her class below.
Above and below, Minna shows us how water reacts to the play of a copper bowl and how we can learn how much vibration to use by observing how it affects water – as a reminder, what percentage of our body contains water? You do the calculation and you will obviously get the relevant point here.
There are a myriad of songs that you can also try and I would say here again that if you do the exercises in the wild, it’s even better. If you want an aspect of the research here, read this article on the nature and neurophysiological correlates of song. However, one of the reasons why I personally don’t like traditional scientific studies is that it often doesn’t include “belief systems” in the mix, which is such an important part of the result.
You may be feeling, “So I still don’t understand which instrument is best suited to a situation.” And, the truth is, you will only do this after you have practiced and experienced.
Here is what I have learned from Minna and other teachers and practitioners of sound healing over the years: intention, intention, intention. You must choose your instruments with intention – determine what the person will resonate the most with and go with it, defining your intention.
Connecting to any instrument is a bit like a relationship you might have with a horse. For sound healing to work, you must have the intention and feel grounded with your instrument. And another thing that I will add since so many people forget it: be in your body, not in your head. It’s part of all holistic healing practices – if you’re in your head before you start a session, do whatever motivates you to bring yourself back into your body.
We have also practiced different ways of diagnosing a problem using instruments, for example: you can diagnose symptoms and blockages based on what appears with the instrument – or what appears IN the instrument. Said Minna, “If you hear higher pitch sounds coming from the bowl, then there is a tension in the body that needs to be released.”
We use the chakra system all the time when we are working with others, so it is helpful to understand the body’s energy system which includes our chakras. Most people only think of the 7 traditional chakras, but there are many more that extend far above and below the body. We are also working with something often called the Merkabah which takes the form of a circular shape, and here is also a lot of healing magic.
Whether you resonate with the chakra system or not, to become a master in healing the body through energy work and sound, you must know our system energetically. Consider all of the holistic ways of healing, from meditation, breathing and Reiki to acupuncture, sacred skull, Feldenkrais and acupressure.
Below, Minna shows us the basic lines that cross the body – many of her exercises have used this diagram as a basis. For example, you can place Tibetan bowls around certain parts of the body that correspond to these basic lines.
Whether you want to eventually become a sound healer, using the power of to complement something you already do (like massage or even healing with essential oils), or are just curious how to use it to add more calm and serenity to your daily life, it is worth taking a course or two.
Learn more about Minna and her work
Minna is the founder of Harmoniaalto – named after a Finnish word which means a wave of harmony. Minna says: “Sound is a wave that brings us back to a feeling of harmony. It is a place where the heart and the brain unite and work together, where everything is released and where you feel inner peace: a place beyond stress, anxiety and even pain. “
As a certified sound practitioner, she founded Harmoniaalto, as a commitment to establishing ways to transform the way we approach sounds in and around us.
She has been in business life for about 17 years, leading a stressful life – she has turned to various forms of meditation, yoga, and other somatic practices to find balance and harmony until that she be introduced to the use of sound vibrations as a vehicle for well-being and balance.
For her, this discovery triggered deep and precious reflections on the means to help people to become more present and to promote relaxation in the body and mind by implementing tools centered on sound.
Check their website for more information, including when you can take advantage of upcoming classes.
Here’s a short video of Minna teaching her sound healing class.