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*Note: To add a vibration massage appointment to a float, you will need to call; only stand-alone appointments are in the online booking calendar.
If you have ever been next to a stereo system with a loud bass, you have likely felt the vibration. The reason for this is that our bodies are more than half water, and sound waves travel more efficiently through water than air.
So, what exactly is Vibroacoutic Sound Therapy (VAT)?
Before getting into what VibroacousticSound Therapy is, we should start by telling you what it is not. If you Google vibroacoustic sound, chances are you are going to come across some scary websites about Vibroacoustic Disease, which is tissue and organ damage caused by long-term exposure to high amplitude, low frequency noise. That is not what this is! Vibroacoustic Disease results from exposure to things like wind turbines. Vibroacoustic THERAPY, on the other hand, is basically like getting a deep tissue massage from electronically-generated low frequency sound waves instead of a massage therapist.
We will leave it up to you if you want to scour the internet to learn all about the technical aspects of Vibroacoustic Therapy, and trust us that you will find numerous research papers, articles, and websites devoted to the wonders of this therapy and its amazing benefits, including promising results with Parkinson's and Fibromyalgia. However, the long and the short of it is that this type of therapy has been used in one form or another across all continents for tens of thousands of years, whether in the form of chanting, singing, drums, bells, wind instruments, bowls, gongs, tuning forks, or other vibration and sound-producing devices. From the Aboriginals of Australia who use the didgeridoo to heal illness, to shamans around the world who use vibration and touch for healing disease and balancing the body, to monks who use chanting and prayer, to the Great Pyramid of Giza which may have been designed as it was so to harness low frequency vibrations of the Earth or to enhance sound resonation during chanting ceremonies, ancient civilizations have very successfully harnessed the amazing healing benefits of sound and vibration. Vibroacoustic Therapy in its current form (transducers mounted to beds or mats) was pioneered in the 1980’s by inventors Olav Skille and Tony Wigram, and since then has been the subject of extensive research and well-documented studies that demonstrate overwhelmingly positive results in the treatment of numerous health conditions.
Depending on the condition being treated, audio waves ranging from 30 Hz to 120 Hz are transmitted directly to the body through the use of transducers in the specially designed bed you lay on (transducers are just a fancy word for a device that converts one form of energy to another - in this case music into vibration). You can optionally listen to music through the provided headphones, the combination of sound waves and music creating a wonderfully relaxing experience.
Vibroacoustic Sound Massage is a perfect addition to our little spa because it fits so nicely under the trinity of health that forms the foundation our practice was built on – holistic healing by treating the mind, body, and soul. Vibroacoustic Therapy is an extension of our love of music and our belief in its healing properties.
Music has powerful control over our moods and memories – it can make us cry, make us happy, put a spring in our step when we are dragging, calm us down when we are anxious or upset, and serve as a nice distraction when engaged in mundane or unpleasant tasks. But it goes beyond that with its many physical benefits. Listening to Baroque classical music has been shown to reduce heart rate because it is recorded at 60 BMP which is a resting heartrate; numerous studies have been conducted that show listening to music while having medical and dental procedures makes it both less unpleasant for the patient and easier on the medical personnel; and there are studies on the effect of sound and music on the comfort and development of pre-term babies in neo-natal care. If just listening to music can positively affect mood, breathing, heartrate, blood pressure, sleep quality, and pain sensation, imagine what can happen when you not only hear the music but also feel it!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q: Is Vibroacoustic Sound Therapy Safe?
A: Unlike Vibroacoustic Disease (a completely different phenomena!), Vibroacoustic Therapy is one of the safest alternative therapies available today. It is non-invasive, drug-free, and because sound waves can reach the deep layers of muscle and connective tissue without the use of forceful pressure, you don't have to worry about the bruising, pain, and tenderness that often comes with a deep tissue massage.
Q: What ages of people can use Vibroacoustic Therapy?
A: Vibroacoustic Therapy provides relief and healing for people of all ages. However, because the spa is licensed, all clients must be at least 19 years of age.
Q: How often do I need a treatment/How many treatments do I need?
A: Like other mainstream and alternative health treatments, frequency and duration will vary depending on the condition and the individual being treated. While many clients report a significant improvement after just one to three sessions, for lasting symptom relief the best results are achieved with cumulative sessions of once or twice a week for 8 weeks. However, more chronic conditions may require 2-3 sessions per week and may take 10-12 weeks to show signs of improvement. Once desired results are achieved, clients can drop back to a maintenance schedule which is less frequent, but since it offers so many other benefits many people enjoy doing it regularly even after their initial complaint has been addressed!
I decided to try it because I was desperate for some pain relief. I have been suffering horribly with hip pain and have had minimal improvement despite going to both massage and chiro over the last few weeks, and I hate taking pain meds. While I was laying on the bed it didn't really feel like it was doing much, as the vibration is so light. It was nice and relaxing listening to my music, and I almost fell asleep, but I was very skeptical that it was actually doing anything to help my hip. I was pleasantly surprised when I got home and that evening was the first time in weeks I didn't have to use a heating pad. My mobility increased and my pain was decreased for the next couple of days, but then the pain started coming back. I went for a second treatment and again got a couple of days of relief before the pain returned, but I found it was not as intense when it came back this time. I wish it worked faster, but I was warned that I may need a few treatments and at this point any relief I can get is better than none!
About a month before I was supposed to be leaving on my family vacation to Mexico, I came down with a bad cold. After I got over it I was left with a stupid lingering cough. I wasn't sick or contagious anymore, but I didn't want to be "that person" on the plane hacking my head off with everybody looking at me like I had the plague! I had heard that VAT is helpful for people with COPD which is a lung disease, so I thought it wouldn't hurt to see if it might help my cough. It was a little uncomfortable because it was a struggle for me to lay on my back without having a coughing fit, but I powered through. The vibration was subtle, but I swear I could feel the fluid in my lungs vibrating! I don't know what it did or how it did it, all I know is that the next day when I got on the plane, armed with a whole bag full of cough candies and throat lozenges, I didn't even need to use them because my uncontrollable hacking was gone. I still coughed on and off a bit for a few days after my visit, but I didn't feel like an elephant was standing on my chest and when I did cough it was just one or two little coughs, not a full blown coughing fit.
Disclaimer: This website and the services offered by Blu Holistic Health Spa/Serenity Float Spa are not meant to diagnose or cure any particular illness or condition, nor are they a replacement for a qualified medical practitioner. We simply provide an alternative for our clients to use in conjunction with their existing health and wellness regimen, with consent from their primary health care provider, when necessary.
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