Welcome to Theta Therapy
Listen to Jennifer's interview about sound therapy on NPR's show "Scenic Roots"
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“I quickly realized that I’d prefer this as opposed to a massage. I came out feeling more relaxed, grounded, and refreshed. Jenni is truly, deeply invested in the healing effects of sound. I will continue these healing sessions as a gift to myself.” -Nicole
"A session with Jenni is something everyone should experience not just once but as a part of their routine self-care. Her knowledge, skills and healing will take you to a different place - the exact place you need at that time. A session with her left me calm, connected to my inner self, and, of course, wanting more!"
"I personally have a hard time slowing down as a working mother of three. Jenni's session helped give myself the time I need to find my center and hone in on exactly what I needed. She made me very comfortable in my own skin as I melted away into the stillness and the sounds surrounding me." - Mandy
“It was organic and natural. Seriously had an out of body experience. Very calming and clearing and cleansing. Regained rejuvenation. Pitch perfect frequency. Highly recommend it."
Sound Healing Therapy
Jennifer Kearns - licensed sound therapist,
Reiki master, BM/MM in Music, music educator and performer.
Sound Therapy uses sound frequency and vibrations to heal the body, mind and spirit. Therapeutic sound and sound therapy techniques are delivered using tonal and rhythmic instruments and voice.
Did you know that similar to a musical instrument, your body can also fall out of tune?
This disharmony can lead to unbalance, unease, and distress.
Fortunately, we can use tuning forks to “tune-up” our system both physically and energetically.
We all inherently know how music can uplift us, or how noise can upset us.
Sound therapy uses concentrated and purposeful frequency to harness the healing power of music and sound.
In my practice, I have seen firsthand the power of sound heal emotional traumas, clear energetic blockages, help relieve muscle and joint pain from Parkinson's, and help people with depression and fatigue.
A massage is somewhat similar to sound therapy; think of a sonic “massage” filled with powerful frequencies that go into your muscles, trigger chemicals for stress relief and help your body and mind begin its own healing process.
Sound is so healing and powerful. I use tuning fork therapy on acupressure points combined with healing music and instruments that battle a variety of issues such as:
Trauma - Physical and Emotional
Insomnia or low-quality sleep
Pain and Inflammation
"Future medicine will be the medicine of frequencies"
- Albert Einstein
What is Sound Therapy?
Sound healing, as the name suggests, involves using tones. Tuning forks transmit frequencies into the ear and directly into the body. Singing bowls carry a pure and powerful frequency into the space, and carefully selected songs and music are used for healing and entrainment. The ancient technique has been practiced for centuries, initially as a way to treat mental illness in ancient Greece. Today, sound therapy is used to promote physical and mental health, and the benefits are multifold. Different approaches vary based on the desired result. These techniques can reduce stress, mood swings and blood pressure, lower cholesterol, help manage pain and improve sleep.
Sound therapy works through a process called sympathetic resonance. This is when vibrations match the rate of vibration from another source. In this case, your brain matches up and falls in sync with the soothing frequencies from the therapeutic-grade instruments that are playing. And we call this entrainment.
This matching of vibrations allows the brain to relax. The brain moves from a beta-dominant brainwave state – this is when we’re concentrating, focused or stressed – to a relaxed and restful alpha-dominant or theta-dominant brainwave state. The sounds you hear also trigger your parasympathetic nervous system, which is the opposite of the flight or fight response. So, your breathing becomes relaxed and your heart rates slows down too. This all encourages your body to fall into a really deep relaxation.
Pure tone frequencies from tuning forks to stimulate nitric oxide in the body and this has been proven scientifically to create relaxation, enhance cell vitality, vascular flow and heart healing. Nitric oxide enhances the immune system, increases resistance to stress and greater levels of energy, sharpens mental clarity and diminishes depression, and improves digestive and natural cleansing.
How does Sound Therapy Work?
The Science Behind Healing
From a traditional medical perspective sound is perceived through the ear. However, as more scientific evidence has emerged, researchers have found that sound is felt physically via vibrations in the body. These vibrations can have a multitude of effects on a person. Sound healing works in four ways:
Scientifically speaking, sympathetic resonance is when the vibrations in one object produce vibrations in another. For example, if you have two tuning forks close to one another, if you strike one, it will cause the other tuning fork to vibrate at a similar frequency.
This is the principle that causes the body to vibrate at the same frequency as the sounds produced by crystal bowls, gongs, tuning forks and other sound healing instruments. The top two best conductors of frequency are water and solids, exactly what humans are made of.
Brainwave entrainment refers to the capacity of the brain to naturally synchronize its brainwave frequencies with the rhythm of external stimuli. In practical terms, this means that your brainwave frequencies synchronize with the frequencies produced by sound healing instruments. The positive frequencies allow your cells to operate in harmony with each other, healing organs, bones and uncomfortable emotional states.
Frequency Following Response
Brainwaves are directly linked to mental states of consciousness. There are different types of brainwaves: delta, theta, alpha and beta waves. Relatively slow delta waves are emitted during sleep, faster theta waves are emitted during meditation and beta waves (the fastest) are emitted when we are problem solving or focusing on particular tasks.
Sound waves that correspond to these four types of brain waves are generated when the sound healing practitioner strikes specific bowls. For example, the sound healer uses instruments that produce vibrations corresponding to the brain’s theta waves (4-8 hertz) to induce the positive feelings and healing experienced during meditation.
Balance the Brain’s Left and Right Hemispheres
The left and right sides of the brain are very different. The left side of the brain is associated with logic and problem solving. The right side of the brain is associated with creativity. In most people, the right or left side of the brain is dominant. Sound healing works on both sides of the brain to develop areas where we might be weak and improve communication between the hemispheres.
What are the benefits of sound therapy?
Sound Therapy Benefits
Over the years, sound healing has also been used to treat a number of conditions including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, autism, and dementia. Sound healing can help you clear energetic blockages and thus facilitate healing on a physical and mental level. Some of the benefits of sound therapy include:
Bone pain relief
Muscle pain relief
Decreased mood swings
Reduced blood pressure
Improved emotional balance
Reduced PMS symptoms
Reduced risk of heart disease
Improved physiological health
Reduced risk of stroke
Improved psychological health