May qualified as a 'Vibroacoustic Massage with Tibetan Singing Bowl' therapist using the 'Contact Striking Method' on 12 March 2017, under the training of Viktor Oguy and certified by the Vibroacoutic Therapy Association UK. This unique massage originates from the Tsering Ngodrub Tibetan tradition, and Viktor Oguy learnt with his teachers Dr. Nida Chenagtsang (Traditiona Tibetan Medicine) and Pema Rinpoche Rangdrol (Tibetan Buddhism).
The 'Contact Striking Method' is considered a massage technique utilising vibrations created from striking the Tibetan Singing Bowl that is placed directly on to the body to create a state of deep relaxation. The human body is partly 50-65% water, so sound waves, vibrations or frequencies are able to travel through easier than air and are believed to affect us in different ways. In a reseach study conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) comparing effectiveness of Vibroacoustic to laser or ultrasound therapy, they found positive pain reduction in musculoskeletal overload conditions for those using Vibroacoustic Wave Therapy. (Evaluation of the effectiveness of vibroacoustic therapy treatment of patients with so-called "heel spur", 2013)
As our brains work in different frequencies of biorhythms, it is often within a highly attentive stressful Beta state that needs deep relaxation to be induced through yoga, vibroacoustic therapy or other ways in order to reach a peaceful meditative trance-like Delta state. The flowing Lymphatic system which helps the body get rid of toxins, the hearts ability to create vibrations with every pumping motion, and the mystical chakras function in guarding different emotional expressions as well as areas of life suggest the body's capacity to be influenced by vibrations or frequencies. With increasingly stressful modern times, sound therapy has been gaining popularity as a holistic and natural complementary care for wellbeing.
According to the article "7 Health Benefits of Vibroacoustic (Sound & Vibration) Therapy" when stressful cortisol levels fall and our body, brain and mind returns to a state of calm relaxation, certain health benefits may occur:
1. The Limbic System returns to a calm state, that gradually over time helps the body improve self-regulation.
2. The Relaxation Response activates, creating positive physical and emotional health benefits.
3. The heart rate slows and heart rate variability (HRV) improves, which indicates stress resilience.
4. Blood pressure lowers, reducing the risk of stroke and heart attack.
5. Muscles relax, which in turn can reduce pain from tension and spasms.
6. Pain lessens through a combination of deeper relaxation and an increase of happy hormones.
7. Circulation increases, nourishing the cells and organs.
Since ancient times the Tibetan singing bowl has been an important ritualistic item used in secret personal Buddhist practices by lamas, who received the practice from their Gurus on a one-to-one basis and had to keep to lineage rules that kept the practice secret. Tibetan singing bowls were believed to have mystical spiritual powers to connect different realms, affect auras, chakras, energy flow, states of consciousness or emotions, used in practices to improve health, and some even argue it originated from early shamanistic Tibetan Bon tradition. May was attracted to the Tibetan singing bowl because of her own Buddhist Vajrayana chanting practice and exploration of relaxation through teaching yoga...so as a Vibroacoutic Massage therapist she tries to offer deeply spiritual and relaxing sessions from the heart.
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"I felt the effect of singing bowl session much more in the second session compared with the first one. Perhaps it was because I knew what would happen after the first one In the second session, I could really feel the benefit and greatness of singing bowl therapy.
The vibration and sounds from the bowl, at first felt quite foreign and recognisable, soon became unnoticeable, as my body started to resonate with them and as I went deeper into relaxation. All the physical and mental blockages were unblocked. Suddenly everything began to flow so smoothly and naturally. The one-hour long session passed so quickly, while I was deep into relaxation and enjoying letting my body circulation, energy, and my own vibe flow as they should.
The tiredness I felt soon after the end of the session was soon replaced with warmness and calmness in my body and mind. Singing bowl therapy worked well for me to relax and improve the flow of my energy and body circulation."
~N. C [April 2017]