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Flame Lily Sound Therapy - 20240404 Z72 2469

ABOUT me

Hi, I’m Claire. I have always had a deep desire to help people heal and to do so through music. I hold a Masters Degree in Music Composition (MMus) from the University of West London, and an HLD (Higher Level Diploma) with Distinction from the British Academy of Sound Therapy. This qualification combines a Practitioner Level Diploma (PLD) with a Diploma in Group Sound Therapy (GST). I obtained distinctions in both. 

I am qualified to offer both individual sound therapy and group work such as the soundbaths and narrative soundscapes which I incorporate into my retreats. 

As a music educator for well over 15 years, I first discovered the role of music in the development of the brain when training as a Kindermusik Therapist in 2007 and since then I have been asked to present my research to a variety of different organisations, from psychologists to schools to musicians. This led to the discovery of the role of sound in human functioning and the pursuit of sound qualifications. 

I am a member of the Catholic Medical Association and the International Therapeutic Sound Association.

How Sound Therapy Works - Ringing Bowls
How Sound Therapy Works - Bowls On A Mat

WHY FLAME LILY SOUND THERAPY?

The Flame Lily is the national flower of the country where I was born, Zimbabwe, and incidentally is my favourite flower. The first flower to emerge after the first rain, a time much anticipated and celebrated after the dry winter, it is a symbol of rebirth and of hope which is appropriate for this season of my life, but also for the whole world as we grapple with the lingering effects of the pandemic and its consequences. Significantly, the Flame Lily contains colchicine which is used in the treatment of cancer. A healing plant for a healing therapy! 

How Sound Therapy Works - White Bowls
How Sound Therapy Works - Gong

Historical significance and its modern role in our lives?

Sound has been utilised for wellbeing for a very long time: our ancestors intentionally employed sound in monumental structures like Stonehenge, the pyramids, and cathedrals, recognising its impact on human beings. Now, research demonstrates that through sound, humans synchronise with one another and the living world around them through entrainment, as our bodies and surroundings constantly resonate with measurable vibrations. Human brainwaves, (which are actually just the rhythms created by neurons when they connect with each other), elicit varied experiences, with faster brainwaves associated with intense concentration and slower brainwaves with sleep. All brainwaves are crucial for healthy brain function, but modern life’s stressors often keep us locked in fast brainwave speeds, hindering transitions to slower brainwaves during sleep and impacting rest quality. Neglecting the reflective and imaginative states of slower brainwaves deprives us of profound moments of contemplation and connection. Slower brainwave speeds are essential for maintaining brain, body, mind, and soul, and if overlooked, our minds “steal” these moments, resulting in autopilot experiences and fragmented attention.

what are the objectives?

Sound therapy uses this synchronisation (known as entrainment) to calm and slow down our brains and bodies (and minds and souls) through the use of instruments specially chosen because the frequencies they produce are dominant frequencies, to help us return to our original, personal resonance (your body has its own, personal frequency of health which is measurable), to connect with our inner selves, restore physical health and dissolve any physical pain or tension we might hold in our physical bodies. Our reflective method enables us to work through emotional challenges in this state, and to explore resistances and limiting beliefs that keep us from physical and emotional resonance.

To learn more about this, check out an article I wrote for WeAreCreative.uk.