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Sound Therapy and Music for Health and Well-being

At some point in our lives we have all been moved by sound or music.

Whether it is the sound of the dawn chorus, a breeze through the trees on a summer’s day or your favourite music track that always brings you to tears, the ability that sound and music has to move us is well recognised. There is increasing interest in the transformative power of sound and music, Daniel Levitin and Oliver Sacks have helped popularise this field with their best-selling publications.

Our organisation is dedicated to improving health and well-being with therapeutic sound and music. As well as running award winning training courses we have been conducting ongoing research and development since 1994. Our aim is to give our students the knowledge and skills to be able to develop professional and safe businesses using tried and tested techniques. As well as this our vision is continue to raise awareness of this important field with projects, events and a growing range of products.

Who is The British Academy of Sound Therapy?

We have affiliations and membership to the following organisations, giving your qualification further support, information and credibility

The Therapeutic Sound Association
The Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine
The Complementary Medical Association
The British Complementary Medicine Association
The International Institute for Complementary Therapies
The National Alliance for Arts, Health and Well-being
The International Association for Music and Medicine

We are based in the UK, and also run sound therapy courses in Australia and New Zealand.

What is sound therapy?
Our method, known as the ‘BAST’ Method, comes under two main headings – ‘passive’ and ‘participative’. All of our techniques supported by case studies, research and experience.

Passive sessions usually involve laying down and receiving a treatment. In a 1-2-1 session a treatment would be created to suit a client’s individual symptoms and needs but one of the main aims is to induce a deep state of relaxation, known as an Altered State of Consciousness (ASC). This is achieved by playing certain instruments (such as Himalayan singing bowls, Gongs or crystal singing bowls) in a specific way. The latest research has shown that there are many numerous benefits to health and well-being with regular deep relaxation. Our method also uses a model of reflection known as ‘The Cooper Sax 5Rs Model of Experiential Processing’ – or ‘5Rs’ for short. This enables a client to gain clarity into their symptoms/situation/problem, and, with support from the therapist, find ways to improve their health and well-being using therapeutic sound and this reflective technique.

In a passive group session, such as a sound-bath, gong-bath or sound relaxation session, treatment would be focused on enabling an ASC to be achieved by group members in a more general way. Our methods are holistic, taking into consideration the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health and well-being of each individual.

Participative sessions may be focused on developing communication and team-work skills – or for expression, reflection or creativity, for example. There are also therapeutic benefits to community music making, sonic art, performance, soundscapes, voice groups and drum and rhythm circles. Individual sessions can also be participative, such as with the Holistic Voice Therapy sessions where breath, movement, voice and visualisation may be used to enable a client to improve health and well-being in a more dynamic way.

Please browse around our site for more information and if you have any questions email us at mail@britishacademyofsoundtherapy.com or if you would rather speak to someone please call us – 00 44 (0)1243 544454. Please also sign up to receive our e-newsletters by putting your details in the box at the top of this page.

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