Sound Balm Workshops

Voice, music & Sound therapy

“The longest chapter in The Brain’s Way of Healing is on music and the brain. I show how it can alleviate some of our most dreaded psychiatric conditions of childhood. But I do so, not only to help children with these problems, but to show people how powerful and deep music is in affecting us and the brain… in The Brain’s Way of Healing I show how music actually affects the neurons, and their firing throughout the brain, and how it moves us so deeply.”

Norman Doidge

Introducing Soundbalm at Tree of Life from January 2016…

Soundbalm is a lullaby for adults – it’s about nurture, recovery, resilience, integration and resonance. Through auditory engagement with melody, breathing patterns, and durational tones across a broad range of frequencies, the warmth of a human voice creates a safe, open field of possibility for transformation and integration.

When premature babies and very young infants are exposed to lullabies sung by an unamplified, live human voice, significant positive changes have been observed in cardiac and respiratory function (1), regulation of eating and sleeping patterns and increased periods of a state referred to as ‘quiet alertness’ (2).

First conceived as an artistic project in 1990, Soundbalm has evolved in direct response to ongoing reports of therapeutic benefits, leading to extensive trials, feedback and development.

Soundbalm sessions have assisted those who are:

  • striving to integrate and habituate new behaviours
  • in need of a nurturing, non-tactile intervention
  • disassociated from their body’s feedback systems – numb, insensate
  • experiencing disturbed sleep patterns and sleeplessness
  • recovering from invasive surgery and other forms of intensive treatment
  • living with life-threatening illness

Sessions take place in The Studio at Tree of Life, a unique space designed to heighten the experience of sound and resonance.

Sharon also offers individual voice and performance skills sessions; in addition, she has a particular interest in the integration of mind/body/voice, accent modification and vocal difficulties for which there is no medical explanation.

When: Sunday, Monday & Tuesday weekly

Bookings: Sharon Thompson   0434 970 028 or sharonattofl@gmail.com

Sharon Thompson is a vocalist, voice teacher, sound designer, theatre artist and a core creative member of multi-award winning International theatre collective one step at a time like this.

Along with a life-long interest in the potential of the human voice, sound and the role of nurture in the lives of adults, Sharon holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Adelaide and has participated in trainings and workshops in Australia and overseas with Jack White (contemporary voice AUS), Dawn Langman (Chekhov voice & acting method AUS), Paul Newham (The singing Cure UK), Joseph Marni (Uncovering the Voice method CHE), Aifoon (Sound artists and educators in aural perception BEL), Roy Hart method (FRA) and others.


 

References:

 (1) Pediatrics / May 2013, VOL 131 / ISSUE 5
The Effects of Music Therapy on Vital Signs, Feeding, and Sleep in Premature Infants

Joanne Loewy, Kristen Stewart, Ann-Marie Dassler, Aimee Telsey, Peter Homel

(2) Journal of the American Psychological Association / November 2013, VOL 44 / no. 10
Science Watch – Music as Medicine – article
Amy Novotney

 

 

 

 

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