Sound massage as a door opener for addicts

When the inner and outer world is in danger of becoming unbalanced, we are trying hard to hold and protect our reality. Where therapists often can not get through, the Peter Hess Sound Massage proves to be an effective and supportive companion, touching on a non-verbal level and entering into dialogue with healing parts.

by Ulrich Krause


Peter Hess® Sound Massage
Peter Hess® Sound Massage

Singing bowls affect us in different ways. People can be influenced on a physical, mental, emotional and behavioural levels. The work with singing bowls belongs to the field of biophysical re-orientation therapy and is based on the idea that living beings are ultimately vibratory systems. Every human being has their own vibrational patterns – at the cellular level, via tissue associations as well as organ related. These vibration patterns communicate with each other and influence each other.

In principle, the Peter Hess sound methods are based on the resources and efficiency. Resistances of the client are accepted insofar as no attempt is made to break them. In the sound therapy work, it is important to help the client find out what she/he needs so that she/he can dissolve the resistance. The principle of this wholeness method is the strengthening of self-healing powers. Physical and emotional blockages can be resolved with the soothing sounds and vibrations of the singing bowl.

Strengthening experiences

The Austrian Specialist in Psychiatry and Psychotherapeutic Medicine Bärbel Fichtl reports in the book “Sound Methods in Therapeutic Practice” about a study, in which some 400 sound massages were performed for inpatient in renowned alcohol and drug detoxification and treatment centres in Vienna and Lower Austria. This study concludes that the sound massage can produce various positive results. With regard to “resistances” she writes about the psychodynamic influence of the sound massages, that the often existing, suspicious attitude of addicted persons to external influence in the case of the sound massage is negligible. “98 percent of the patients were able to use the treatment without devaluing or withdrawing from it, as is often the case with other methods offered. The application of the sounds was consistently experienced as pleasant … with feedback like “I felt cared for and protected”. Since this is a non-verbal process, the person performing the sound / sound treatment takes a back seat. Negative transmission phenomena therefore take less place. The patients were able to experience strengthening and positive feelings on the physical as well as on the relationship level. “

Conscious interpersonal resonance

Gabriele Ehnis the therapist familiar with the effect of the sound educational settings within therapeutic environment of inpatient child and youth welfare service, reports in similar fashion.

She writes: “For me as a therapist, the sounds of the singing bowls and the sound-educational settings offer an opportunity to expand my work, which positively influences it in many ways. With the sounds of the singing bowls, I have a valuable door opener to enter into dialogical contact on a nonverbal level. Especially in the first phase of building relationships, I observe that less “resistance” arises among the young and that they can accept an offer faster and easier. This means that relationships and empathy can be built more quickly and easily. Perhaps the sounds create a vibrational field in which the interpersonal resonance is easier to achieve.

Similar to hypnotherapy, I address the sounds to an unconscious level. The sounds enable dialogic action – beyond dialogue in the sense of a conversation. The singing bowls also allow me to “touch” – on all levels. Physically, I do not even have to go into direct physical contact. “

The combination of targeted affirmations with the Peter Hess sound methods brings to bear various of the already mentioned aspects. It is essential, among other things, that the sounds touch on a subconscious level. Our lives are largely controlled by unconscious mechanisms that sometimes prevent us from achieving desired goals. Such recurring (often well-known) obstacles are reflected, for example, in established convictions and beliefs. In a concept developed by Peter Hess, the sounds act as a supporting force, which makes it possible to look at something from a superordinate perspective. Powerful rituals help letting go so that there is room for newness, as well as developing helpful affirmations that can initiate sustainable change. So we become (again) active designers of our own lives!

Ulrich Krause is a research assistant at the Peter Hess Institute

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