Sound healing and sound therapy may sound similar but they have one clear distinction. Learning this distinction is important because it transforms an action into something to reflect upon. In this extract Lyz Cooper defines each term and highlights the importance of each action.
‘In a nutshell, sound healing is the use of sound to improve health and wellbeing, while sound therapy is the same, with an added reflective process. There are different ways of approaching sound healing. At my own teaching institution, The British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST), instruments are used in a certain order to enable the brain to slip gently into an altered state of consciousness (ASC) that offers many healing benefits. It’s the ability to reflect at this level that turns sound healing into sound therapy. In an ASC, insights may arise that help a person to improve their health and wellbeing, and these can be explored with guidance from the practitioner using a reflective model – at BAST we use the 5Rs.
From #WhatIs Sound Healing? by Lyz Cooper
By incorporating sound healing into your life is something that does not require a huge amount of commitment. Despite this small amount of commitment, it can have a significant impact on your life and ability to communicate effectively. Stepping into the world of sound therapy may seem quite daunting. But there is no reason why you need to be a professional to understand your reflections. If you take the healing process one step at a time you will soon start the therapeutic process of reflection.
Which do you think would have a greater influence on your wellbeing?
Lyz Cooper’s book #WhatIs Sound Healing? provides more insights into the topic.
You can find more detail about sound healing and its history here.