United KingdomSound massage is based on ancient knowledge concerning the effect of sounds that was applied in Indian healing therapy as long as more than 5000 years ago. According to Eastern ideas man was created out of sound, i.e. he is sound. If a human being is "in tune" with himself and his environment, then he or she is able to arrange his/her life freely and creatively. Since the early eighties, the German engineering graduate (FH) in Physical Technology Peter Hess, born 1941, has been studying radiesthesia intensively. He did a series of investigations on places of force in Wales and in Nepal. Since 1984 he has been looking more and more into the effect that sound has on people. Based on his manifold experience with sound, particularly in Nepal and Tibet, he started to work with singing bowls in that year. Investigations and experiments on the effect of traditional music on the human mind and body form the basis for sound massage. In the course of many years of practice, Peter Hess has adapted this knowledge to people in Western cultures. The result of this work is the Peter Hess-Sound Massage.
In Uenzen/Northern Germany Peter Hess is manager of the Institute for Sound Massage Therapy, which is continuing to further develop the method of sound massage and passes on the experiences gained in seminars in Germany and abroad since 1986.
The origin of the singing bowls in Tibet and Northern India for the most part still remains a mystery. Their original function has not been wholly determined. Literature discusses their use as a resonance body or sacrificial bowl in ritual applications but also their use as crockery. Peter Hess did not find any definite statements on this either, in spite of many years of investigations on his numerous journeys all through the Himalayas and his visits to monasteries.
Today, because of increased demand, there are only few antique singing bowls of good quality. Often new bowls can be found that neither correspond to the old metal alloy nor are fabricated in the traditional way. Since the start of 1990 Peter Hess has been trying to track down the knowledge covering the traditional composition and fabrication of singing bowls. After a few failures he succeeded in early 1997 to revive the traditional fabrication of singing bowls in the old composition of 12 metals. These new singing bowls with the Peter Hess products® seal of quality, that are produced according to ancient tradition, guarantee constant quality throughout.
Areas of Application for Sound Massage
Sound massage is very well suited for private use as well as professional application.
Private use: Here the emphasis is on relaxation and well-being. This can be attained by self-application or by sound massage in a circle of family or friends.
Wellness and cosmetics: Inner calm, self-confidence, and health are the main factors determining a person's appearance. Sound massage achieves well-being and beauty that comes from within.
Massage and physiotherapy: Application of sound massage is also possible with acute physical problems. Blockages can be perceived consciously. Moreover, interrelated events that caused these symptoms can be identified. The patient experiences sound massage as very agreeable and gentle.
Medicine (Practiced by physicians):
By way of its relaxing and pain-relieving effect sound massage can support medical treatment, for instance in cases such as damaged discs, abdominal, digestive, and heart problems, painful joints and bad circulation, as well as many other health problems. It can create a relaxed, open and co-operative atmosphere for doctor-patient talks.
Therapy and psychotherapy (Practiced by qualified therapists):
In this wide area of application sound massage has proven to be an excellent method to relax clients deeply in a very short time. Subsequently or alternatively from within this deep relaxation, the respective therapeutic process can begin.
Other areas of employment (Practiced by qualified experts):
- Obstetrics, - nurseries and schools, - retirement and nursing homes, working with handicapped people, - speech therapy, - care of the dying.
Sound massage with singing bowls is a sound therapy where singing bowls are placed on the dressed body or into the health aura and tapped gently with a felt mallet. The calming harmonizing sounds as well as the gentle vibrations of the singing bowls induce a feeling of well-being and a very effective deep relaxation ("sound-based relaxation"). With people in good health sound massage will support the development of their inner harmony and provide them with energy and strength for their daily tasks. Creativity and productive energy will receive new impulses. With physical, mental and psychological issues, sound massage will help to bring relief from pain and problems that cause daily stress, worries, and anxiety.
The most important effects
- Fast achievement of deep relaxation, since the sounds appeal to a person’s original trust.
- Gentle massage and harmonization of each individual body cell through sound.
- Relief of tensions and blockages in the body.
- The client experiences his body to be pleasantly light and vibrating freely.
- Reinforcement of self-healing forces.
- Positive influence on self-confidence, creativity and productive energy,
- attainment of renewed joie de vivre.
- Letting go of old patterns - a new order can evolve.
Training (length, fees, qualification)
The basic training course comprises two weekend and one 4-day seminars as well as a concluding supervision weekend.
Another way of training is a one-week intensive course, plus the obligatory supervision weekend three month later.
In addition, qualified sound masseurs/masseuses also have the possibility to attend supervision weekends or various further specialist courses such as "Sound Pedagogics" or “Sound Massage Therapy”.
The participants of the courses will receive an attendance certificate following each part of the course; and on finishing all of the training, a certificate confirming that its holder is entitled to practice "Peter Hess-Sound Massage". There is no exam. For sound masseurs/masseuses who work with sound massage on a professional level, we recommend attending supervision and/or further training seminars regularly.
English Literature about Sound Massage according to Peter Hess:
Health and inner Harmony
Through Sound Massage According to Peter Hess®
Edited by Verlag Peter Hess, 2008
ISBN - 13: 978-3-938263-27-3
ISBN - 10: 3-938263-27-X
11,80 Euro (D) 12,20 Euro (A), 13,50 $ (US-Dollar)
Peter Hess-Klangmassage in der therapeutischen Praxis
Sound Massage According to Peter Hess® in Therapeutic Practice
Deutsch/Englisch DVD German/English
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