Updated: Apr 14
Welcome to my blog, my name is Sophie Rado, and I am based here in beautiful Auckland, New Zealand. I recently completed my certification with Peter Hess Institute for Sound Massage, Level 1. I completed my training with the incredible facilitator Ute Coleman, Sound Relaxation based out of Margaret River, Western Australia.
Before starting my training in sound massage, I had very little knowledge about all the benefits and science behind the Peter Hess bowls. I'd love to share with you some incredible information that I learned. So put the kettle on and settle in and get ready to be blown away.
Peter Hess Institute
OK, great what is it?
A sound massage begins by lying down, fully clothed, on a massage table. Various bowls are placed on the feet, pelvis, shoulders, chest and hands. The sound session lasts between 45- 50 mins of sound, followed by a 5 -10 min reflection in perfect quiet.
Sounds lovely... but what are the health benefits?
The Peter Hess sound bowls have spent a meticulous two decades in the making to perfect the non-harmonic overtone sounds and vibrations.
In a nutshell, it provides profound relaxation and releases physical tension. It helps improve sleep and digestion and lowers blood pressure. BUT if you are a bit of a nerd like me, here are more of the wellness benefits listed below.
Neuromuscular System Increase in reflex activity, number of active motor units and EMG signals.
Cardiovascular System Heart rate and blood pressure are lowered, and the peripheral blood vessels become less constricted (resulting in a warm feeling)
Respiratory System The inspiration phase increases oxygen consumption, and breathing becomes even and regulated.
Central Nervous System Promotes relaxation as an increase of Alfa and Theta brain waves (observed in an EGG)
Metabolism Blood Sugar levels increase, and cholesterol, salivary cortisol and norepinephrine levels decrease.
Neurological activation in the following areas:
Amygdala The part of the limbic system that is responsible for emotions
Hippocampus is the part of the limbic system that is responsible for emotions and memory
Anterior cingulate cortex Responsible for attentiveness and wakefulness
Hypothalamus and Midbrain Responsible for autonomic control
Psychological Indicators of Relaxation
Attention that is focussed inward
increase in perceptive abilities/ awareness of outer stimuli
Increased associative thinking
Affective indifference (feeling calm and non-reactive or "laid back")
Other Holistic wellness benefits from the intense overtone- rich sounds
Facilitates deep relaxation
Encourages 'Letting go" feeling harmonised and revitalised
Supports body awareness
It opens us up to more significant energy reserves
It helps to strengthen self-awareness, creativity, creative energy and motivation.